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Thursday, December 31, 2009

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There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.
Frank Lloyd Wright

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

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It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.
James Thurber

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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Laughter is America's most important export.
Walt Disney

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Monday, December 28, 2009

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The harder I work, the luckier I get.
Samuel Goldwyn

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

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Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.
Charles de Gaulle

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

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We are what we believe we are.
C. S. Lewis

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Friday, December 25, 2009

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Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
Dale Carnegie

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

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We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.
Herman Melville

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

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Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
Aesop

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

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Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.
Robert Bulwer-Lytton

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RSS

Combine printing and radio and you get RSS technology.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

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The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop.
P. J. O'Rourke

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

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Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
Laurence J. Peter

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

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I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Bill Cosby

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Friday, December 18, 2009

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If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.
H. G. Wells

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

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Let him that would move the world first move himself.
Socrates

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Rain is Falling


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Rock'n Roll is King


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Roll Over Beethoven


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Strange Magic


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Sweet Talking Woman


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Telephone line


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Light Exhibition Design - Milan

Light Exhibition Design in Milan - Festival della Luce a Milano - Giochi di Luce a Milano

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Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
Hannah Arendt

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

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Education is the transmission of civilization.
Will Durant

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Monday, December 14, 2009

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The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
Plutarch

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Seth's Blog: What Matters Now: get the free ebook

Seth's Blog: What Matters Now: get the free ebook

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

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Failure is success if we learn from it.
Malcolm Forbes

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Scoiattoli e tacchini excerpt 1

Scoiattoli e tacchini

Squirrels and turkeys
by Gian Paolo Montali - excerpt 1


Capacità di allenare i sogni, questa è una delle
caratteristiche che devono avere un bravo Coach e
un bravo Capo, affinché il viaggio non finisca mai.
In modo che ognuno abbia sempre una sua Itaca
in mente, come scrive il poeta Costantinos Kavafis
(Itaca):

Sempre devi avere in mente Itaca
¬ raggiungerla sia il pensiero costante.
Soprattutto, non affrettare il viaggio;
fa che duri a lungo, per anni, e che da vecchio,
metta piede sull’isola, tu, ricco
dei tesori accumulati per strada
senza aspettarti ricchezze da Itaca.

Itaca ti ha dato il bel viaggio,
senza lei mai ti saresti messo
in viaggio: che cos’altro ti aspetti ?

E se la trovi povera, non per questo Itaca ti avrà deluso.
Fatto ormai savio, con tutta la tua esperienza addosso
già tu avrai capito ciò che Itaca vuole significare.

All’inizio, non pensavo all’importanza del viag-
gio. Solo in seguito ho capito che le sconfitte e le
amarezze sono il prezzo da pagare per realizzare i
sogni. Essere sconfitti è salutare; perdendo ven-
gono a galla difetti e punti deboli. L’unica possi-
bilità che abbiamo a disposizione per migliorarci
è che il viaggio sia pieno di difficoltà, che metta a
dura prova corpo e mente.

Tratto da: Scoiattoli e tacchini di Gian Paolo Montali, pagg. 20 e 21

English version

The ability to coach dreams, this is one of the
peculiarities that a good Coach and a good Leader
must have, in order the journey will never end.
So that each of us could always have an his own Itaca
in his own mind, as the poet Costantinos Kavafis writes
(Itaca):

But you must always keep Ithaca in mind.
The arrival there is your predestination.
Yet do not by any means hasten your voyage
Let it best endure for many years,
until grown old at length you anchor at your island
rich with all you have acquired on the way.
You never hoped that Ithaca would give you riches.
Ithaca has given you the lovely voyage.
Without her you would not have ventured on the way.
She has nothing more to give you now.
Poor though you may _nd her, Ithaca has not deceived you.
Now that you have become so wise, so full of experience,
you will have understood the meaning of an Ithaca.

At the beginning, I had not been thinking to the importance of the voyage.
Only nextly I understood that defeats and sorrows
are the price to pay in order to realize our dreams.
To be defeated is healthy; by losing, defects and weaknesses turn out.
The only opportunity we have at our disposal in order to improve ourselves
is that the voyage has to be full of troubles,
that harshly tries out our own body and our own mind.

Freely translated from “Scoiattoli e tacchini” by Gian Paolo Montali pages 20 and 21

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

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To be is to do.
Immanuel Kant

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Friday, December 11, 2009

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The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
Paul Valery

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

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Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.
Milton Friedman

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will.
Nelson Mandela

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

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Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.
Lou Holtz

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Monday, December 7, 2009

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One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.
Antonio Porchia

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

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Whoever is happy will make others happy too.
Anne Frank

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Dynamic management Better decisions in uncertain times - McKinsey Quarterly - Strategy - Strategic Thinking

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Change before you have to.
Jack Welch

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Friday, December 4, 2009

A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - I'm alive


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Evil Woman


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Secret Messages


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Calling America


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Fire on High


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Summer and Lightning


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Shangri-La


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - So Fine


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Radio


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Jungle


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Bluebird


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Living Thing


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Last train to London


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Rockaria


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Shine a Little Love


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Tightrope


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Danger Ahead


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Turn to Stone


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Eldorado overture


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Midnight Blue


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - All over the world


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Diary of Horace Wimp


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Standing in the rain


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When one teaches, two learn.
Robert Half

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Millennial Leaders - Bea Fields, Scott Wilder, Jim Bunch & Rob Newbold



MILLENNIAL LEADERS


A great book I read last year in 2008. I was very pleased to directly receive the book by one of its authors, my online friend Bea Fields, completed with an autograph of her.

The very modern and updated book gives a deep insight in the peculiar way the so called Generation Y approches work and life.

The book, very smooth to be read, encompasses a number of interviews with experts in this field, as well as precious "Point of reflections" at the end of each chapter.


From Chapter I "The Roots of a Generation" :


"Echo Boomers. The Connecteds. Generation Y. Millennials.

This isn't a list of rock bands, but the numerous names attacched to the generation of young people who were born after 1980. And there are 74 million of them in the United States right now, a population that will soon outnumber the Baby Boomers who have dominated the workplace for two generations."


"Here is a generation of young adults who have never been without the Internet or cell phones.The Soviet Union existed only in their history books. To "Google" is a verb and text messaging is their email."


"Gen Y, as a Group, has tremendous influence in our culture, with a powerful impact on the workplace. On teh job, they are interacting with members of others generations - Gen X, baby Boomers, and the Silent Geneartions. Each generation brings its own perspective and set of tratis, but how do you bridge the ever-widening gap between so many interconnecting age groups ?"


"…..The reliance on the Internet and text messaging to communicate within their socila network has reduced many social and interpersonal skills. The have great expectations and "I want it now" impatience that confounds their managers and employers."


"As our stash of fascinating insight continued to grow, we saw the need to share it with others who have been unable to find a way to live, work, and play with these unique youth. In this book, we offer perspective on the upbringing that has created the Gen Y mindset by letting the experts speak for thenselves. We deliver their knowledge and advice to help you grasp the core essence and unrealized potential of this segment of the population".


"This book is about busting myths, not people. Gen Y has been accused of being self-serving, lazy and disrespectful. We'll explore the realities of these myths, revealing a generation of young people who are dedicated to volunteerism and making a positive change in their world. We'll show you that these highly self-sufficient individuals welcome leadership and respect the value of older mentors."


http://millennialleaders.com/




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I want to put a ding in the universe.
Steve Jobs

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

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Don't go through life, grow through life.
Eric Butterworth

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

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Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.
E. Joseph Cossman

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Monday, November 30, 2009

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The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Vince Lombardi

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

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Passion is the mob of the man, that commits a riot upon his reason.
William Penn

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

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Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

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Friday, November 27, 2009

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The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different.
Peter Drucker

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Shunga. Arte ed Eros nel Giappone del periodo Edo

Shunga. Arte ed Eros nel Giappone del periodo Edo

On the 20th of October was inaugurated, and the 21st of October officially opened to the public, the exhibition “Shunga, Arte ed Eros in Giappone nel periodo Edo” hosted at Palazzo Reale, in Milan. Saturday the 21st of November Palazzo Reale has celebrated the one million visitors to the exhibitions by offering a free entrance to the public.


Shunga (春画) is a Japanese term for erotic art. Most shunga are a type of ukiyo-e, usually executed in woodblock print format. While rare, there are extant erotic painted handscrolls which predate the Ukiyo-e movement. Translated literally, the Japanese word shunga means picture of spring; "spring" is a common euphemism for sex. The ukiyo-e movement as a whole sought to express an idealisation of contemporary urban life. Following the aesthetics of everyday life, Edo period shunga sought to express the sexual mores of the chonin in the widest variety of forms possible, and therefore depicted heterosexual and homosexual, old and young alike, as well as a wide range of fetishes. In the Edo period it was enjoyed by rich and poor, men and women, and despite being out of favour with the shogunate, carried very little stigma. Almost all ukiyo-e artists made shunga at some point in their careers, and it did not detract from their prestige as artists. Classifying shunga as a kind of medieval pornography can be misleading in this respect.

Extracted from Wikipedia.


For more info : Comune Milano

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To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.
Will Durant

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.
Bertolt Brecht

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Steve McCurry 1980-2009 Photo Exhibition in Milan, Palazzo della Ragione

Steve McCurry 1980-2009 Photo Exhibition in Milan, Palazzo della Ragione

In its evocative frame, Palazzo della Ragione in Milan hosts, from the 11th of November 2009 to the 31st of January 2010, an exceptional collection of more than two hundreds snapshots showing faces, tragedies lights and landscapes from far countries, particularly the poor ones in the South and East of the world. Steve McCurry is a maestro of photojournalism and won twice the World Press Photo Awards.
Evocative, touching, dramatic and magic images will strike you and you'll never forget them.


http://www.stevemccurrymilano.it/mostra.php

http://www.stevemccurry.com/main.php




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Il Barbiere di Stalin

Il Barbiere di Stalin di Paolo D'Anselmi

Come il barbiere di Stalin, che non si sentiva responsabile dei crimini del dittatore, ciascuno si sente pulito e pensa sinceramente di non aver nulla a che fare con misfatti e inadempienze che constata ogni giorno: ep
pure tutti "flirtano" con il male. Qualche volta lo servono. Pensionati e lavoratori, politici e cittadini, dipendenti pubblici e privati, lavoratori dipendenti e popolo delle partite Iva sono l'un contro l'altro armati, convinti che altri siano i responsabili. D'Anselmi invece se la prende con le personali responsabilità di ciascuno. Il messaggio finisce per essere tuttavia ottimistico e non catastrofista perché riconsegna a ciascuno la chiave della propria felicità. Puntando l'attenzione sul lavoro delle imprese e delle istituzioni l'autore svolge un'analisi puntuale dei diversi settori dell'economia e del sociale, crea un database sterminato di scempiaggini che si perpetrano e di cose buone che si fanno, e presenta così uno spaccato della nazione e l'agenda per una cultura dell'attuazione.

SCHEDA LIBRO EGEA

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The truth is that many people set rules to keep from making decisions.
Mike Krzyzewski

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Monday, November 23, 2009

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About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends.
Herbert Hoover

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Slow Economy by Federico Rampini

Slow Economy by Federico Rampini



Friday the 20th of November at Librerie Feltrinelli in Piazza Piemonte, Milan, was held the presentation of "Slow Economy" (published by Mondadori) by its author Federico Rampini, columnist of La Repubblica.
Just coming from Beijing, where he had a meeting with President Barack Obama and some chinese students who interviewed the american leader, back in the same borough where the author reminded the audience he had been working for so many years and thus so familiar to him as to consider it a point of reference, he deeply tackled many topics of his brand new book Slow Economy giving a good insight of his last work.

The author told the audience about his three main voyages from the US, California, to China in Beijing and then back to the US, in New York. He observed that whereas the first move led him to a still old fashioned China, the last one to New York caused him to leave a completely changed China, by far most modernd and efficient. For istance, he remembered how his last move from China to New York made him notice how modern and big was the Beijing airport, which has its sizes five times larger than the Heatrow airport, a huge, iper-efficient and modern airport and structure; this latter, compared to the New York one he found when he landed in New York, made him notice how broken, crumbling, dirty and inefficient it was.
In the same conditions is also the New York subway, that in many respects reminds the bad conditions of Mumbay underground.

After the last dramatic economic crisis the world economy won’t be anymore as we were used to see it before; what’s for sure, we’ll continue being assisting to a further development of eastern economies and to a slower rate of growth of western economies; yet, as I often heard it said, we don’t know yet how exactly the structure, the system of the economy will be after being so dramatically affected.

The same President Barack Obama is aware of this situation and tries to tackle it in a way that sometimes make him even unpleasant and unappealing to his same fellow citizens.

For sure, western people will have to adapt to a different, more frugal habits, abandoning the consumerism way of life.

Rampini cited the effective example of US families and consumers whose attics are full of goods that they’ll never use, to give an idea of the consequences and waste caused by some of the worst aspects of pre-crisis economic system.

In a world that risks to be led by a so called G2 (USA and China), Rampini rightly stressed the necessity of a major role to be played as an actor in the global scenario by Europe. As known, currently Europe as an institution is not living a bright time, yet Europe should be able, must and should be advisable to get a major role in the global policy.

The book, whose title rightly remind us, according to the same author, the Slow Food, mediterranean philosophy and all the positive concepts accompanying it, not least a healthier way of life against obesity, talk also about the studies presented by Sarkozy and led by two renowned Nobel prices: Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen about the possibility of susbstituing the old way to measure GDP, with a new one, taking into account differents and more well-advised that make more sense, since it's clear that western economies are changed and probably won't never regain the same pace and rate of growht as before this last great global crisis. Rampini also cited about a provocative proposal made in Buthan about substituing the GDP with a "Gross National Happiness" Index.

Overpaid managers and their benefits paradoxically increase the GDP measure, while on the other hand the precious work made by some women, such as in the field of the care for persons, is neglected as a GDP input: paradoxical example brought by Rampini to show the necessity to change the old GDP measurement.

Severe recession hit the Globe due to bad Finance, the economy is slowly recovering, yet it really seems that the lesson from the crisis has not be learned so well, since Finance still seems to show unfair behaviours and seems having not much accordingly changed.

The book in many respects reminds me about the thesis and arguments sustained in the great book by the great scientist Fritjof Capra that I recently read: “The turning point” : the importance of the environment and, more generally, of eco-related topics, of sustainable growth, the necessity of a greater appreciation of works traditionally made by women, such as those in the field of care for persons, the necessity to change the way we measure the wealth produced by a nation, the philosophy, the tradition and habits of eastern people as models, as the author himself cited in his examples. All very important topics tackled by Capra in his book of the first years of the eighties; yet, as Rampini himself reminds us, they are nowadays than ever still topical issues. Exactly in the same place where, in a recent past, Capra introduced his last work “The Science of Leonardo”, Rampini has been stressing those vital issues for our Globe.

As the cosmopolitan Rampini said, “Slow Economy represents a distillate of lessons learnt from his voyages, observations and experiences in the Far east.

The books talks about the necessity to pursue Quality in the midst of a slow rate growth world, achieving a sustainable growth.

Lessons learnt from the East: humbleness, modesty, frugality, eastern habits and way of life.

A last example cited by the Author, hinting at his high quality cashmere sweater, is the textile industry: in particular the cashmere clothing made in the Biella textile district.

As known, Chinese economy has repeatedly tried, in a vain attempt, to replicate the quality of our Italian domestic textiles, by building factories perfectly identical to the Italian ones, adopting the same identical processes. Yet, they so far have never achieved to made a cashmere quality product comparable with the Italian ones.

Where does the secret of this lie ? The answer is in the purity of water flowing in the streams where the factories of Biella draw water in order to be used in their production processes for making quality cashmere clothing. The polluted Chinese rivers does not allow to achieve such a high quality standard that the factories of Biella have been able to achieve. (You could find an excerpt from the book (in Italian), dealing with this case, in http://garda2o.wordpress.com ) Of course this is also an example to stress the importance of environmental issues and of sustainable growth, an aspect so crucial and strategic even for the industrial sector.


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