M.O.T.H.E.R. Social Economic Forum moved to Badolato: Smart workers and Free workers online as innovators

Yesterday 10 May 2022 the M.O.T.H.E.R. Social Economic Forum moved to the beautiful medieval village of Badolato, in the province of Catanzaro (Calabria).

The enthusiasm that is characterising this event is increasingly contagious, and the high participation of local people and entrepreneurs (as well as our young guys representing the M.O.T.H.E.R. project partners) is a striking testimony to this.

This LTT2 was enriched with playful-didactic moments within the festive context of the Euro.Soul Festival and other more specific moments of study and discussion aimed at animating the debate by focusing on two central categories in the M.O.T.H.E.R. project:
Smart Workers and Free Workers Online.

In practice, public meetings were organised by the Jump Association (organiser of this Learning Teaching Training mobility) to highlight all the concrete opportunities present in the local scenario, invested by the new “smart” work trends that throughout Southern Italy (besieged by historical economic difficulties) have been inexorably accelerated by the Pandemic.

The small village of Badolato was chosen as the location because it has long been open to the world and internationalisation and is trying to regenerate itself after years of neglect and economic difficulties precisely through the influx of many Free Workers Online (also called “digital nomads”) from all over the world those who choose this quiet and picturesque destination in Calabria to work online in their respective professional fields leading a slow life, away from the stress and paces imposed in large cities.

On the other hand, all participants were able to benefit from direct contact with local Mother Workers, modern ‘smart’ farmers or artisans who, with their intelligence, will and passion, are sowing the Calabrian lands with entrepreneurial ideas and projects.
They are enterprising young people who best summarise the image of a courageous generation that remains in their own land, seeking to create development in the field of agriculture, crafts, the agri-food chain, etc.

These realities were recounted through concrete testimonies that intrigued all the International guests who were also able to admire breathtaking views and landscapes as they strolled through the small streets of the village.

The day ended with a social dinner, which undoubtedly recharged our guests in view of the next exciting appointments.

Here are some happy moments of the day in the company of the 26 M.O.T.H.E.R. Social Economic Forum participants, new Badolato residents Mario, Chris, Rebecca, the  Swedish guests currently in Badolato Elisabeth & Dick, Christina & Thomas, and of course all the local people and entrepreneurs who participated in this exciting event organised by Jump Team:


Written by
Francesco Tirinato – Junior Project Manager (Jump Team)

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