This collaboration between NanoValbruna and impactmania, which was born during the inaugural edition of the Festival, clearly demonstrates some of the silver linings of the event, which "allowed to establish not only working relationships, but also bonds of friendship" according to Martina Chirico.
From awards and grants, to lifelong relationships, and landing dream jobs, the following report encapsulates the meaningful impact impactmania internships have had on University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) students, faculty, staff, and collaborators.
As a matter of fact, we developed a relevant awareness of the world, which is now — more than ever — required to understand contemporary issues and their dynamics. And it was precisely this aspect which thrilled our editorial staff of teenagers from Friuli Venezia Giulia, forced to stay at home due to the pandemic, but focused on diverse nations, using technology to interview the ones we would had never imagined reaching.
COVID made us all Digital Nomads However, it didn’t stop us from cross-cultural, interdisciplinary learning and forming friendships for life. A series of migration topics were explored in this Program — from songs inspired by migration, mirror neurons, losing of one’s name and identity, to social media being a new tool of integration. The project culminated in an online exhibition and a public presentation, May 18, 2021
Photos flood our screens and get shared and reshared and cannot be ignored. So it is important to ask how and why certain images are selected and published.
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“The goal we establish is to create connections that last a lifetime.” This is the message that Paksy Plackis-Cheng, Senior Fellow of Research and Media at UC Santa Barbara, has given to the students in the first online meeting on the second of December, summarizing in one sentence the spirit of this international collaboration: the comparison between cultures and experiences, providing benefits that can lead to human progress.