Costruire una professione a partire da esperienze di vita

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Building a profession starting from life experiences

Liridona Rexha, Chiara Panciroli, Giulia Notari, Umberto Vitrani, Francesco Bagni

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The story of Liridona, a 27-year-old Albanian girl who lives in Reggio Emilia in the district of the Stazione area. Arriving in Italy with her family at the age of 12, in the summer of her high school she noticed that her younger brother, aged 6, did not know how to spend the afternoons: there were no organized activities or public or private places of aggregation in which children could find themselves. Together with the sisters and two friends they thought of trying to organize moments of play for the neighborhood children. They invited some children from the building to a snack shared in the public park in the area. To their surprise, 22 children arrived that day. They spent an afternoon together breaking their television and video game routines. They could not ignore that desire to be together and have fun and so they decided to continue. Since July 2011, the entertainment activity in the neighborhood has continued to this day, involving more than 200 children and young people. At the beginning it was not easy to find a formal frame that could accommodate an experience that arose in such a delicate and complex spontaneous way. However, over time, Liridona has known other realities and operators and the service has become part of larger projects step by step, entering into a relationship with Social Services and Third Sector entities to become a real social work of community. Getting in touch with these children inevitably meant getting to know their families with their daily labors and challenges. Liridona and other operators met, entering house by house, over 90 families and, thanks to their motivation and commitment, many activities were born, including a food sharing service, support actions for female entrepreneurship, sports activities for women and mutual support groups. One of the main challenges they faced was the search for suitable spaces to host this complex process in continuous evolution. The district of the station area, as often happens in other cities, gathers mostly foreign families and those in economic difficulty. Being a solution experienced by families as temporary accommodation while waiting to move to other districts perceived to be better for their quality of life, housing and common spaces are poorly valued, maintenance-free and often used for illegal activities. To overcome the ambiguity inherent in using private condominium spaces for semi-public activities, they have chosen to proceed through urban participation methods, involving a group of architects from the public space. The problematic process of confrontation between the stakeholders involved has forced all operators to leave the boundaries of their professions and take into consideration the community as a place for sharing not only needs and needs, but also as a laboratory of ideas and social innovation that transforms spaces in which he lives. The contribution tells, through Liridona's voice, how a social profession can be born from an experiential knowledge made available to one's own community.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Building a profession starting from life experiences
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationIl ritorno a casa degli ulissi. Le professioni al tempo della rigenerazione urbana
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • lavoro di comunità
  • lavoro sociale
  • partecipazione
  • relational social work
  • sapere esperienziale


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