The Future of the Book


Via MAG @ graphicsafari an interesting video from IDEO on three concepts on the future of the book.
Have a look!

The Future of the Book. from IDEO on Vimeo.

Meet Nelson, Coupland, and Alice — the faces of tomorrow’s book. Watch global design and innovation consultancy IDEO’s vision for the future of the book. What new experiences might be created by linking diverse discussions, what additional value could be created by connected readers to one another, and what innovative ways we might use to tell our favorite stories and build community around books?

Luftmenschafte. Donne e uomini dai piedi leggeri.


I am sorry for the english readers. Interesting article on a new perception of citizenship in Europe.

[…]Quando andiamo a spasso in una delle sue città europee alla ricerca di un ristorante che non ci faccia troppo sentire la nostalgia a me della caponata e a lui della piadina, ho l’impressione che qualcosa di differente sta accadendo a una parte d’Italia. Queste persone e molte, moltissime altre sono l’Europa, senza bisogno di troppi discorsi e teorie, e hanno capito qualcosa che i teorici dell’Europa non hanno mai capito: che l’euro e l’Europa sono la possibilità di restare italiani, greci, spagnoli, francesi senza essere umiliati dalle stupide politiche nazionali dei rispettivi paesi. Essere europei significa mantenere una propria identità senza doverla confondere con un’appartenenza a una classe dirigente che in patria blocca i processi d’apertura e trasformazione.
Ovviamente questo è il quadro positivo, profondamente innovatore di questa compagine di nuovi europei, sono quello che George Steiner chiama “luftmenschafte”, uomini dai piedi leggeri, una definizione sprezzante con cui i nazisti appellavano gli ebrei e tutti i cosmopoliti. La parte tragica sta nel fatto che questo è il risultato di un’espulsione: per l’Italia si tratta della liquidazione di una potenziale classe dirigente di professionisti, pensatori, ricercatori, imprenditori. E questa è davvero una tragedia: ognuno dei miei amici italiani in Europa condivide amari ricordi di strade bloccate, di rifiuti, di offerte di lavoro ricattatorie, di posti universitari in cambio di una beota fedeltà alla noia accademica.[…]

Leggi tutto qui: Ecco gli italiani dai piedi leggeri – Il Sole 24 ORE.

Helsinki Artists Make DIY Bike Lane


Hämeentie is the longest street in Helsinki, Finland, and one of the city’s main thoroughfares. It has four lanes of traffic, but no space whatsoever for cyclists. There’s no bike lane between the buses and the sidewalk.

To create their own, the Finnish collective Länsiväylä poured paint along one section of the street and then invited a group of cyclists to ride through it at midnight, leaving a visible trace of where bikes would ride if there were space, and creating a colorful new boundary.

read all at: Artists Make DIY Bike Lane Along Helsinki Thoroughfare – GOOD.

More pic from the flickr photoset are here

Adoption and Regulation


One of the first thing that impressed me when I landed in China is the amount of electrical city cruiser, motorcycles, and scooters. They are everywhere. And they appear from nowhere just behind you at any moment, everywhere: on the sidewalk, on the road, at crossing. Beyond the fact that it takes time to get used to them and to develop that extra sense that allows you to survive in the city, I am amazed at the rate of adoption of those things.
I remember before leaving Italy an electrical scooter was launched accompanied by a quite visible marketing campaign. What will be its succes if everything else do not change in the system? What I want to say is that I had the feeling that a transition to new a new, and possibly better than the oil based one, energetic ‘ecosystem’ will need a thorough consideration of the complex, interwoven underlying system. I recently discovered having a ‘real’ thermal engine motorbike in cities is almost impossible. You will not get a licence plate, or you will do only with very ‘creative’ workarounds. In fact only few are seen around, and mostly those you can rent to take you around the city.

So should we rely on laws and regulation before that on people awareness?
Of course banning thermic engines would be a decision that would impact drastically our lives as well as the economic system as it is now. How can we design a way forward? Where to start and what kind of goals should we give ourselves? I believe the discussions on those issues in the policy making circles are active, but outputs are little and dis-organized. If we want (do we?) to transition the mobility industry toward a different model, we have to design the way(s) this can happen. This should take in account policies, manufacturing and industry needs, availability of resources, and many other nodes of the net.

I am convinced we cannot leave this transition to be organized by the ‘invisible’ hands of the market. Because efficiency and profitability will be hard to achieve in the beginning. This transition should be guided, helped and somehow managed at a systemic level. Should not just be market based.

On the other hand interesting and broad in scope private initiatives are arising. One example could be the Better Place Project. Companies and Countries that are keeping a careful eye on those issues like the vision of the project and decided to join in, in various ways. Obviously there is an economic interest for the car manufacture, it might only be a future oriented ‘research/experiment’ to be ready as it is obvious that this new model is in contrast with the current paradigm. But it also obvious, to me, that when countries invest and get involved in those kid of projects they are looking at a bigger value output than one that is only economic/profit based.
It is en effort to value innovate, to innovate systemically aiming to deliver results that are meaningful, that make sense. To me value-innovation is the result of a series of equations which include design-action, complexity, knowledge, multidisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity, and culture as variables.

Check Shai Agassi TED talk here:

photo via

MBA done!

Not a super fresh news, but a few weeks ago (while still in China) I got the certificate from International School of Management, my school in Paris, sent at home in Italy. I graduated with Honors with the thesis “WEAVING KNOWLEDGE TO DEVELOP AND MANAGE MEANINGFUL INNOVATION. Invent, Innovate, and make sense of the future through design.” [Soon online at]

I am happy, and I would like to thank all the professors, the school people, and my classmates for the nice time we spent together studying, working and enjoying.

The pic is from a library in Kunming, I did not get the MBA at Harvard Business School!