SHAPING ITALY 2018
After 10 days on the road, I am back in Palermo! This weekend I traveled from Milan to Genova, one of my favorite cities in Italy, for the Shaping Italy conference. I had the incredible opportunity to meet fellow Global Shapers from Italy and around the world, learn more about the organization and brainstorm new projects to implement in Palermo.
The Global Shapers Community is a network of young people driving dialogue, action and change. We believe in a world where young people are central to solution building, policy-making and lasting change. This amazing initiative of World Economic Forum is home to over 7,000 Shapers around the world in over 162 countries.
The Palermo hub was launched this summer, and this was the first event I've attended - and I'm already looking forward to the next one! I enjoyed the fascinating speakers, and the breakout groups to bring different perspectives and solutions to issues affecting all communities (I participated in the workshop on gender parity). I've returned home full of enthusiasm and ideas for concrete actions to impact Palermo over the next few months.
There's a funny story about how I got involved with Global Shapers. When I decided to move to Palermo, I used social media to introduce myself to like-minded people around the city. I somehow came across the Palermo Innovation Hub and added Carlo, who was very active in some of the different groups I joined. He's a Global Shaper who is originally from Palermo but lives in Australia and we actually haven't met yet (aside from Skype), but he's become a great friend and source of inspiration.
During that same pre-move period, I was introduced to Domenico through mutual friends from Palermo who live in Milan. We kept in touch and I was thrilled to hear that he became the hub's curator - and obviously ecstatic when he asked me to join the new hub.
It's an honor to be a part of this vibrant organization and to be an instrument of change to the city that I love so much. I'm excited to see what the next few months hold for us! Stay tuned...