Coliving: a deep cultural exchange for communities

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Coliving: a deep cultural exchange for communities

Over the years, the Coliving at Casa Netural has welcomed many guests, including digital nomads, freelance professionals, but also tourists and families from all over the world, who have inevitably left their mark and an irreplaceable and precious memory.

With most of our guests we created a deep bond of friendship and, despite the many kilometers that divide us, we are able to keep in touch and we have created a network that truly embraces the world.

Last month with Mike Knas, who lives in Boston – United States, we did a Netural School Live on FB on the topics he really cares more about: marketing, design thinking and innovative methods.

mike knas coliving casa neturalMike is a digital nomad and works remotely, traveling the world. Before visiting our Coliving in February 2019, he had already been to Germany, Ukraine, Lithuania and Slovenia and couldn’t wait to be in Matera to immerse himself in the magic of the historic center and Lucanian traditions. Casa Netural, for Mike, was the best solution for his lifestyle, balancing the work and the need to visit new exciting places.

Here is what he wrote about his experience:

“Upon arriving in Matera, I was anxious to find the old town and see it with my own eyes. But because of the 6 hour time zone difference I needed to work by 3pm. 

So I checked in at Case Netural. Samuele, one of the hosts, showed me around, my living quarters, coworking space, and introduced me to everyone as well. I immediately felt warmth and interest from people who used the space. Everyone was kind and super curious about how in the world I head about Matera and why I wanted to visit. Early in the afternoon, I experienced something really cool. The espresso break. One of the residents went downstairs and shortly thereafter came up with a tray of espresso and snacks. I really appreciated how social Casa Netural residents were. a few Casa Netural members went to the kitchen to prepare a meal with locally sourced ingredients. I definitely participated, and took moments to notice how a community became a family to make and share the meal. In addition, the Casa Netural members included people from different parts of the world, for someone like me who thrives on such diversity, it was the best day ever.I’ve been to so many innovation hubs, but the social ones stand out the most because they help preserve humanity, kindness, and provide economic opportunities. Casa Netural became my favorite. “

Erica Cirino
– instead – is an American wildlife writer, activist, scientist and wildlife rehabilitator who had the Coliving experience with us in 2018

Erica Cirino - coliving casa neturalShe is currently dedicating herself to writing her book about the global crisis due to pollution caused by plastic.

Of her experience at the Coliving at Casa Netural here is what she tells us: “I found Casa Netural on Airbnb and felt my values were very in line with yours: a concern for environment, culture, people…. I also love to sail and I’m very used to/enjoy the communal life.

Casa Netural asked me to give a talk about my work as a photojournalist covering the story of plastic pollution at sea, and live-translated it into Italian. Many people from the community attended and we had a great discussion about plastic pollution and environment and sailing that crossed language and cultural barriers.

There was great exchange, and for me, it was amazing to learn about Matera from the people that live there at this intimate event.”

This two experiences underline what coliving means for us: people connections to foster social impact and sustainability all over the world.

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