Restarter Profile: Meet Stefania

When did you start repairing electronics and electricals?

I’ve always been fascinated about what is inside the box and how things work, opening broken mechanical clocks and everything that wasn’t working in the house. When I decided to go for a sound career I started to study electricity and basic electronics, first by myself and then at the schools where I trained to be a sound engineer.

Why do you attend Restart Parties?

I was looking for a volunteer activity where I could use my skills, and a Restart Party is definitely the one. I’ve got also a very deep sense of community and as I come from Italy I was in need of an activity that allow me to connect with others. Sharing skills, repairing items together is a good way to make a connection with another human being.

What is your favourite kind of repair?

My favourite kind of repair is the one where a participant has not just the item repaired but he/she also leaving the Restart Party with a new knowledge and a bit more aware of his/her abilities, empowered.

What do you do when you are not Restarting?

Work, reading, going to art exhibitions.

What frustrates you (in life)?

Feeling useless and disempowered.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

A new day is a new chance to do something nice and/or beautiful. The little actions that can make a difference.

What’s the first thing – one material thing – that you could not live without? (besides oxygen, food, water, and shelter and medical care)

Beauty in general and it can be very material. A beautiful book, a beautiful music, a beautiful landscape, a beautiful act.

Share something cool with us

20 years back I applied for a bursary for a music sound engineering course in Italy. I was the only one in more than 100 people to answer 100% correct on the technical test. The incredulous members of the exam committee came one after one peering from behind the door to look at me. No one believed that I was a woman. Very satisfied that day.

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