Inspiring me

inspiration

In this page I would like to share some content that I find on the web, newspapers and readings related to my master’ experience and that in my opinion can be useful to develop critical thinking and thoughts. These contents are not only focused on EMA and CSL courses but I founded interesting to keep track of my thoughts in this master’ experience. 

————————————————————————–

I had the occasion to enter in contact with an extremely interesting learning and teaching experience called “La Scuola Open Source” (SOS) that took shape in Bari.

From its website it is possible to learn that SOS members define themselves as “a community of digital artisans, makers, artists, designers, programmers, pirates, dreamers and innovators. We act together, testing new research, teaching, mentoring, co-living practices and models. We are involved with: research for public and private interest; teaching for learners, freelancers and managers of all ages. We design social and technological innovation”

The core elements of the learning approach promoted by SOS are 1) Non-linear learning paths; 2) Learning by doing; 3)New professions & skills; 4) A sharing space to grow up.

SOS offers many courses, from coding to European project management and aims not only to build skills but also to build a community of people that come together on the basis of common values that are at the basis of the entire experience of SOS.

If you are interest to know more about this experience, have a look to SOS manifesto.

————————————————————————–

On Tuesday 10th January, CheFare published an extremely interesting and necessary reflection on the future of work in our times, written by  Annibale d’Elia and Paolo Venturi.

How does work change in relation to technology? How can we find a balance between the necessity to value work as a crucial element for individuals and society life and the constant (r)evolution of practices lead by technical progress? Is human work intended to be obsolete in a proximus future? What could be the consequences of these issues on the social cohesions of our communities?

Here you can find some open reflections on these issues!
Unfortunately the article is only in Italian but if interested to the topic, you can find basic references to international scholars and pieces.

————————————————————————–

“Inclusive growth cannot be delivered by redistribution of benefits alone – it requires the democratisation of innovation and creating the distributed conditions for all of society to innovate and contribute to making the future.”

This is how Indy Johar starts telling us something about the relationship between innovation and inclusive growth. If your are curious to know how the story goes on, you can find the intere post here and follow Indy Johar on Twitter or on his Medium page.

————————————————————————–

Last week, The Guardian published two very interesting articles that I would like to suggest to people interested in urban issues, democracy and public policies.
Here you find the two:

1. The truth about smart cities: ‘In the end, they will destroy democracy’
2. Could crowdsourcing expertise be the future of government?

Have a read!

————————————————————————–

I just finish to buy some books that some people suggested me to read to have a more general framework on what innovation means and where are we going, focusing on practices and policies.
Here some of it:

  • Noveck, Beth Simone. Smart citizens, smarter state: The technologies of expertise and the future of governing. Harvard University Press, 2015.
  • Colander, David, and Roland Kupers. Complexity and the art of public policy: Solving society’s problems from the bottom up. Princeton University Press, 2014.
  • Rosa, Hartmut. Accelerazione e alienazione. Giulio Einaudi Editore, 2015.
  • Manzini, Ezio, and Rachel Coad. Design, when everybody designs: An introduction to design for social innovation. MIT Press, 2015.
  • Mazzucato, Mariana. The entrepreneurial state: Debunking public vs. private sector myths. Anthem Press, 2015.
  • AA. VV., La cultura in trasformazione. L’innovazione e i suoi processi. Minimum Fax, 2016

————————————————————————–

From November 17th to 20th, I attended the Civic Tech School organised by Top-IX, Fondazione Bruno Kessler and RENA.

The program of the school was quite intese, focusing on different topics related to Civic Tech and trying to mix together a theoretical and practical approach thanks to the offer of frontal speeches and laboratories.

I had the occasion to meet high-level speakers and participants, to share motivations and perspectives of my academic and professional path and to systemically think about how technology can be a tool through which we can have a real impact on society and people lives!

On Storify you can find some cues and links collected during the school!

I strongly recommend the school to young students, public administrators, professors and professional from the most different sectors and background!


Advertisements