This week our guest on StoriesOn is:
Giovanni Porcellana, is a Nuclear Engineer working at CERN – TERA Foundation on design and development of particle accelerators for treating cancer (Geneva, Switzerland). Co-founder and COO at Bizanami and Global Shaper from Turin-Geneva hub.
Coming back to Geneva, I did not feel like I was finally coming back home after a long journey. Actually, it was as though I had not even left home during those incredible days of Shape LatAm.
Visiting relatives who live a bit far away gives us this feeling, and that is exactly what happened when I visited the Shapers in Salvador.
I arrived in Brazil as an Italian – only a “Latino” and not “Americano” – but the Latin American Shapers fully adopted me and I now really feel like a Brazilian, a Bolivian, a Panamanian, a Paraguayan, a Colombian… their exceptional warmth helped me build incredible bonds with the sisters and brothers – both old and new – I met there.
But this is not the main reason I am writing these few lines. What I really want to do is to be an active witness of the fabulous results achieved by this committed group of young people.
In 24 hours, Shapers performed not one but three transformational miracles in the streets of Candeal, a favela of Salvador. Having met the people and understood the desires of the local community, the Salvador and Brazilian Shapers had identified three main dreams. During Shape LatAm, we all worked towards realizing these dreams and succeeded, despite adverse meteorological conditions. We cleaned the streets and prepared new facilities for collecting trash, we mapped online and offline all the talented artists of the neighborhood, and we created from scratch a new square with a playground for children.
This is, for me, the real meaning of shaping the local community.
We also demonstrated that Shapers don’t just believe in miracles; Shapers make them true. And it feels so good afterwards!
Once again, I congratulate the awesome Salvador and Brazilian Shapers who made it possible. Parabéns Amigos!
I also thank all the Latin American sisters and brothers for their spirit and their passion, for being a strong community, and for being such a loving family. Muchas Gracias Queridos!
This sense of accomplishment and this immense gratitude will remain with me forever: Grazie mille!
“Não sabendo que era impossível, foi lá e fez”. Jean Cocteau