Gabriele, Padova


Your story in a few lines

I was born in Verona, Italy, in 1988. When I was 19, I moved from Verona to Padova, where I attended university. After graduating in Political Sciences and International Relations, I went to Madrid, where I settled for almost one year and I had my Erasmus period. Back to Padova, I earned my Master Degree in International Politics and Diplomacy.

I started working as a journalist while attending university. I dealt with local news and foreign affairs for two newspapers, located in Verona and in Rome. In 2011, I was admitted to the “Ordine dei Giornalisti” as “Pubblicista”.

At the moment, I work at the University of Padova, where I handle administrative support to research, with particular reference to the managing of EU projects. I keep on writing articles for “Il Bo”, the official on-line newspaper of the University.



Joys and pains of your job

My actual job is really interesting: it is never the same and it does not let me get bored of it.

The negative aspect is that the frame in which it takes place is governed – sometimes – by the “chaos” of administrative bureaucracy.



Apart from the job…who are you?

I am a (non)poet and a singer… in sum, just a stupid beggar of blue.



A particularly remarkable story you would love to tell?

We all have a story to be told, everyone is a storyteller. There are stories that you’re born into and stories that you choose to live. It’s universal, it’s human, and it’s timeless. The core truth is that everyone has a story, and indeed everyone is a storyteller.

This is the story I would like to tell you.



A memorable encounter happened to you recently?

Lately I have met self-awareness: unforgettable.



Do you like to share with us your favourite culinary passion?

I know it is a stereotype of Italian lifestyle, but… pizza!



And your favourite drink?

Water or wine, it depends on the situation.



Which music and which books with you now?

I can say I am an omnivorous reader and listener: from masterpieces of literature to up-to-date bestsellers, from classical to soul music, I enjoy them all.

While I am answering to this interview, I listen to Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” song.

In my bag, right now, there is the short story titled “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”, written by Richard Bach (I read it again and again and I always find some new inspiration).



Do you live slow, and if yes, how?

Unfortunately, I do not live “slowly” the way I would like to.

Moving faster and faster does not make us happier, nor gives us more lifetime, which in fact is more and more saturated. Speed, in fact, is damaging us: let’s just think to sudden and impressive acceleration in population growth, greenhouse gas emissions, loss of biodiversity, urban degradation, pollution, inequalities, agriculture forced from genetic manipulation. For a sustainable future, humanity – and me too – must reduce speed, get slow and regain a sense of limit.



A talent you have, the one you miss?

I like thinking my real talent is my empathy.

On the contrary, I am not able to let things go.



What did you learn from the life so far?

In life, I learned to thank the silence.


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