Working from the South with ‘South Working’, a new perspective for the South in the essay by Militello and Mirabile

Published by Donzelli with a preface by Carlo Borgomeo, president of the Con il Sud Foundation which supports the initiative

Working from the south can represent a turning point in their working and personal life for men and women. We are witnessing an epochal change in the world of work: during the pandemic we observed a very wide spread of ‘smart working’, and now – with the resumption of Covid cases – a new Health Protocol for workers has just been developed. , valid until next October 31st. Elena Militello and Mario Mirabile are among the animators of the South Working Association. Working from the South (at

“It was founded in March 2020 – they tell Adnkronos – with the aim of capitalizing on the ideas and experiences of those who managed to return to their home towns and bridge the economic, social and territorial gap between North and South. , between industrialized and marginalized areas of the country “. From this experience, the book “South working. For a sustainable future of agile work in Italy” was born, recently published by Donzelli, enriched with a preface by Carlo Borgomeo, president of the Foundation with the South.

According to Inapp data relating to 2021, in Italy there has been a sudden increase from 570,000 to over 7 million ‘smart workers’. One of the most striking aspects of the phenomenon is represented by southern Italy and women: many southern workers have had the opportunity to return to their homelands, thus contributing to territorial enhancement. It was also possible to observe an interesting phenomenon: “Even workers not originally from Southern Italy – the authors argue – have moved to the south, thanks to smart working. This trend is of fundamental importance, because in the globalized world it is increasingly it is necessary to make the south attractive, especially for young talents “. (continues)

An interesting phenomenon that concerns working women is highlighted

As we know, women have been penalized by the pandemic and have lost their jobs to a much greater extent than men. For them, working remotely has resulted in a further increase in home and family care burdens. “The lack of availability in homes of an adequate space for smart working – continue Militello and Mirabile – has not been taken into consideration by the employers, who have classified the problem as a mere private matter”.

However, moving from large urban centers to smaller ones “has allowed many women to have a more sustainable lifestyle and work. Therefore” South working “could allow women in the future to take advantage of spaces, times and services that are more commensurate to their needs. their needs. “It is desirable – explain the authors of the book – to imagine a more equitable future for our country, in which digital technology can pave the way to build a widespread geography of work in a way that is not only agile, but above all cohesive”.

“South working” takes its name from the movement of the same name, later supported by a social promotion association created “thanks to the support of the Con il Sud Foundation, which aims to create more cohesive and sustainable development models, based on relaunching marginal areas – recalls Carlo Borgomeo – with agile work solutions from shared work spaces, the ‘community principals’, thanks to which at least part of one’s experiences and skills can be returned to the territory “. (Rossella Guadagnini)