International Talk:“Beyond the fears: thinking the unthinkable?”

Beyond the fears: thinking the unthinkable?

Is the provoking question suggested by the International Talk held by Ariele on October 22nd and 23rd, 2021 (Online – ZOOM).
Surfing through panel discussions, conversations, workshops and movie projections, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the raising of many of the contemporary fears as a possibility to envisage new relationships within the members of the society.
Starting from the results of a three—years research held by the Polis’ team of Ariele, the Talk will discuss how care-givers could play a significant role within the society.

In particular, the following topics will be explored in depth:
– How to promote an “active and reflective citizenship” among society (Opus UK)
– How to leverage on arts and narrative techniques to support the experience of the physicians during the time of Covid (Ariele Brasil)
– How to develop community welfare (Ariele Psicoterapia)
– How new relationships can unexpectedly stem from discrimination; how the younger generations foresaw the Covid pandemia months ahead; how cities are changing, together with the role of majors (Ariele – Polis Team)

The conversational settings offered by Ariele will host international guests from the US, UK, Brazil, Middle East, as well as Italy.
In the evening of October 22nd inspirational movies will be screened and discussed together.

Day 1 – Looking down from the tower: the complexity of the reality
14.30 Opening: The Chair provides an overview of the Talk and structure of the two days – Chair Daniela Patruno
14.45-15.30 Welcome speeches in main room: “How can we rebuild relationships in society? Daniela Patruno (Ariele), Leonardo Speri (Ariele Psicoterapia), Rosangela Bacima (Ariele Brasil), Olya Khaleelee (Opus) – Chair Francesco Liuzzi
15.30-16.15 Lecture: Annamaria Burlini (Ariele) and Dario Forti (Ariele)
16-15-16.25 Break
16.25 -16.55 Conversation in Plenary Session – Chair Daniela Patruno
16.55-17.05 Break
17.05-18.20 Workshop 1: Listening Post International – Exploring a new idea of “global citizenship”: a Laboratory Approach (Ariele and Opus)
Workshop 2: Human Resources Narratives: Invisible Stories (Ariele Brasil)
Workshop 3: Mayors and post covid Cities: what’s new? (Polis Ariele)
18.20-18.30 Break
18.30-20.00 Spoken and unspoken issues about fears and transformation, with Mark Stein (OPUS), Morgana Masetti and Carla Vergara (Ariele Brasil), Sukari Pinnock (NTL), – Chair Simona Bernasconi
20.00 Break
21.15-23.00 Cinelogos special night: Thinking through screen and shadows, with Giuseppe Varchetta (Ariele), Dario D’Incerti (Cinelogos)

Day 2 – In the search of meanings: what course of possible action?
14.45-15.00 Opening: Overview of the Talk and structure of the second day (main Room) – Chair: Daniela Patruno
15.00-16.00 Thinking the unthinkable: how could Israelis and Palestinians live together? Conversation with Robi Friedman and Dario Forti. Chair Simona Bernasconi
16.00-16.10 Break
16.10-16.40 Conversation in Plenary Session – Chair Daniela Patruno
16.40-16.50 Break
16.50-18.05 Workshop 4: Welfare, Relationships, Cooperation: a case study (Ariele Psicoterapia)
Workshop 5, Foreseeing Covid: young people, nature, future, fears (Polis Ariele)
Workshop 6 Lodi Canteen Case: fears, resilience, solidariety (Polis Ariele)
18.05-18.15 Break
18.15-19.00 How can we generate hope? Closing in main room with: Daniela Patruno, Rosangela Bacima, Tiziano Saccani (Ariele Psicoterapia), Olya Khaleelee – Chair Francesco Liuzzi


“Human Resources Narratives: Invisible Stories”

This workshop is a proposal for working with groups, developed by Ariele Brasil and carried on in online events during 2020 and 2021, the pandemic period.
An experience lived by a Human Resources professional will be interpreted and discussed with the help of art.
We believe that behind all the lived stories there is something invisible, wich presents itself to people little by little, with insistence and only after the first look, the first listening, the first reading.
Our proposal for “HR Narratives” is to open a space to feel, debate and reflect on the complexity of people’s experiences in the world of work, with attention to internal content, beyond technical paradigms.
After the artistic interpretation, participants will be invited to express what the narrative provoked and if and how it connects with each one’s experience.
The invitation is for the participant to let himself be impacted, experience the stupor, share and learn from a collective construction.



One of the first subjects of research of Ariele’s Polis Group is about the role of the Mayor, which in Italy represents the most significant and generally acknowledged junction between institutions and the civil society.
The interviews with a sample of small and medium-large City Mayors in some of the Lombard provinces explored the richness and complexity of this role, which combines different areas of responsibility
and relational vertexes, among which, in particular, there are:
• listening and representing the interests, needs and aspirations of the voting citizens and local communities;
• the responsibility of the functioning of the city’s organizational machine
• the management of the working groups at every level;
• the two-way relationship with all roles, inside and outside administration;
the personal ability to embed work and personal life, duty and love.

The psychosocioanalytical individual interviews revealed some common issues about the role combined with a very high level of anxiety, which makes the capacity of coping one of the main issues to be effective in the role.
The Covid-19 pandemia and the consequent medical emergency stressed an already difficult situation, placing the Mayors of the main cities at the core of citizen’s needs and expectations.
In the workshop we will therefore ask ourselves if the Mayor is, today, the organizer of the local community needs or its scapegoat.



The Lodi canteens case had a strong resonance locally, nationally and internationally, able to rally thousands of people in preventing a discriminatory episode against weaker sections of the immigrant population: the children.
“In 2017, the City Council of Lodi approved the amendment to the Regulation on access to social benefits (municipal services at a lower rate) requiring non-EU citizens who needed access to such services to obtain
from their consulate or embassy a certificate attesting the income and registered movable or immovable assets owned abroad, as well as the composition of the household. This certification must be accompanied
by the Italian translation, legalized by the Italian Consular Authority certifying its conformity.”
This was deemed as an attempt to establish a discriminatory approach disguised as equity in the social culture.
“The Court of Appeal of Milan, Section of Persons, Minors, Family, has completely rejected the appeal to the judgment of the first instance brought by League Party member and mayor Sara Casanova and “has ascertained – as we read in the judgment filed yesterday – the discriminatory behaviour of the City of Lodi.”
Thanks to the wide resonance of the media, this political choice activated very significant enforcement and restorative actions and genuine solidarity both on local and national level.
Through the narrative of some of these traumatic and divisive aspects of the social life, the research group would like to reflect upon the possibility of a psychosocioanalytical intervention in the Polis.
Can the Psychosocioanalysis:
Help social groups to reflect upon social conflict?
Raise awareness on the meaning and the purpose of people’s actions?
Grasp the fears and the underlying dynamics of collusion and defense against conflict operating on individuals and groups?
Traditional theories and tools of the organizational setting could be effective in the wider area of the polis?
This is the topic we aim to discuss together.


Listening Post International: a laboratory methodology for the exploration of a new idea of global citizenship

The Listening Post methodology was born in OPUS at the end of the 70s as an ongoing research to explore dynamics of change in society, and subsequently developed and standardized to constitute an international network.
Listening Posts (LP) are regular meetings that take a ‘snapshot’ of society at a particular moment in time. They explore the idea that a small group, when studying the behaviour of the wider social system that is society, will unconsciously express some of the characteristics of society and that these are discernible from the themes and patterns emerging from the discussion.This method of exploring the underlying dynamics in society is without parallel as a piece of social science research, with data now available from over 30 countries around the world.
Since 2011 Ariele takes part to the OPUS International Listening Post Project, convening at least once a year LP sessions in Milan in order to observe the conscious and unconscious dynamics of change and the sociocultural trends of development.
LP is therefore a relevant contribute to the understanding of what is happening in a certain particular moment in society, through the sharing of experiences, thoughts and reflections of the participants in their role of “reflective citizens”.
Since the beginning of 2020 the International Listening Post (ILP) is held online, which allows the sharing of cross-cultural experiences face to the global pandemia and to develop a new idea of “global citizenship”, without borders.
In the workshop we will present a quick overview of the methodology and of the most relevant findings of the last Global Report, which will be amplified in the discussion with all the participants.
Materials about LP and the Global Report will be shared in advance; further experience of participation to LP sessions is welcomed but not necessarily required.



One of the experiences which contributed to the observation and the collection of helpful elements in fueling the research on the “contemporary fears” promoted by Ariele Associazione Italiana di Psicosocioanalisi Polis Group regards an interview conducted in the Spring of 2019 addressed to twelve-grade teenagers from a scientific High School in a semi-suburban neighbourhood in Milan, using the pshycosocioanalytical group interview, focused on the contents, on the processes and on the emerging psychic instances.
The purpose of this workshop is to share and discuss how the words of the boys and girls were a prediction of the pandemia: mourning vision of the future, fear of death and loss, loneliness and isolation , poverty, anxiety of failure.
Are they predicting Covid-19 vulnerability and powerlesness of us all?
In this workshop we are going to discuss about fears and future of the young generation and to explore the role of Institutions to face the Covid-19 pandemic period, with an innovative approach.


“Taking care of institutional relationships for a participated Welfare: the experience with the City of Brescia”

This workshop aims to present the role of Ariele Psicoterapia in the Brescia Welfare Board in order to promote participation processes and create a group named “Psychologists for Welfare” to analyze emerging issues in the “Polis” and discuss them with citizens. (2016-2017-2019)
In 2020, “Psychologists for Welfare” group, promoted a psychological SOS service for COVID, under the aegis of the Civil Defence, coordinated by the Metropolitan Municipality.

This project could be defined as a succesfull one because of:
– the attention to the internal and external dynamics,
– the attention to communication between different stakeholder,

These are good practices that help different actors (citizens Institution, ) to participate in the creation of a new idea of Welfare.


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