Discovery and Healing: Post-COVID-19 Reflections from Italy

At the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, Italy was among the first of many nations to be significantly impacted by the virus. It was in those initial moments that feelings of shock, concern, and uncertainty struck the hearts of many. However, emerging from those early emotions, came the videos of Italian neighbors singing from their balconies. This inspiring scene appeared to signify the unity of humanity in the face of crisis.

For a moment, we all became Italian.

Together, as a global community, we are now beginning to move beyond this initial period of shock. And in reflection, we may find great value in the introspection of our early emotions and spirit whilst in crisis, in addition to the actions or reactions that resulted from those feelings. Through this process of discovery, we will better equip ourselves to prepare for a post-COVID-19 future, a future intended to heal.

Through a robust and interactive conversation, we drew upon the cultural, philanthropic, and governmental experiences of Hyacinth Bailey, Ambassador Giorgio Marrapodi, Daniel Kropf, and Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke & Duchess of Castro, Prince Charles & Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies.

This event was part of a series of virtual convenings launched by Synergos in 2020. For more information, visit

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