I have recently returned from a trip to Italy that included both work and pleasurable activities! I spent the first half being involved in a workshop in Pollenzo just south of Torino and the other half in the land of beauty called Cinque Terre and I also went to Pisa to see something lean to one side.
During this first week in Italy i was involved in the Active Welfare workshop which was part of the World Design Capital International design Summer School in Torino . I applied then got accepted to be involved in a workshop about the local health system in a place called Fossano not far from Pollenzo where we were staying. I was working in a group of 30 (way too many me thinks) some people were undergrad and postgrad students, some were working in their own business, some were phds. Alongside this workshop were 2 others based on Food Networks (being run by Marti Guixe) and Open and Safe Places ( )and our particular workshop was being run by Lesh and Laszlo both who very recently have left Philips Design to set up their own business called Fuelfor in Barcelona, Spain.
One thing that was great was that i was staying and working in the University of Gastronomic Science, oh my god what a beautiful place. I was in a hotel that head a courtyard, swimming pool, jacuzzi and great breakfast!
We spent the week learning about three areas of interest in relation to our clients: rehabilitation, obesity and access to care. We worked in teams and initially carried out fieldwork at a rehabilitation hospital in a town called Fassano, interviewing various patients, family members, therapists, doctors and nurses. The amazing hospital we visited that dates back to the 1700s and was a former church, some amazing retro fitting and juxtaposition of medical equipment and beautiful architecture…..to be continued