Genny Carraro (Managing Director, RIVE, Italy) was born in the Venice area (Italy). She lost her sight at the age of two due to a car accident. Her disability, she realised with time, is her biggest enemy as well as my best friend and motivator. She is curious, wants to know, discover, feel; she is an enthusiastic, determined and ironically restless child! Genny graduated in International and Diplomatic relations (Gorizia Italy) as her dream was to work for a better world from inside the institutions. However, they told her she couldn’t serve her country as she doesn't have total physical integrity! So she decided to focus on what had always been in her heart – to give everyone the chance to live a dignified life! Genny attended a Masters in Humanitarian Assistance in Dublin, Ireland and immediately afterwards set up a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to work with street children in the Philippines, acting as P.R. and fundraiser for the European region and liaising with donors and beneficiaries. Amongst the many activities she got involved with whist living in Dublin, she worked in a radio station as a journalist raising awareness about environmental issues, political issues, immigration and integration.
In recent years Genny has focused mainly on environmental issues and facilitation methods, taking several training courses throughout Europe. This gave her the chance to meet lots of inspiring people and visit lots of different exciting places and life styles. In 2013, Genny became part of the founding group of a new intentional community in the Florence area (Italy). She is strongly convinced that only by supporting each other can we really express ourselves at the fullest. She offers workshops and group facilitations combining several techniques. Life experience teaches her every day that she can take care of the planet, of others, of relationships, only if she learns to see and welcome her own light and shadow sides, if she learns to listen and let go. To support herself and others on this path she decided to become founding member of the new-born Italian Process Work and Deep Democracy School and to start up a training group in Sociocracy - two methodologies that she hopes will support inner and outer conflict transformation, group dynamics and a healthy living.
Genny got involved with the Italian Ecovillage Network (RIVE) for which she became the International Relations Representative and took part in several European projects for adult and youth education. In February 2015, Genny was elected to the first Council of ECOLISE – a European network of local initiatives. A few months later she was appointed Managing Director of GEN Europe at the Arterra office in Spain. She thanks everyone for the trust!