The timeless appeal of printed paper

December 18, 2015 in Economy

A young Italian takes a chance by opening a Italian-American bookshop in Boston

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David Risher: mind in California, heart in Africa

May 29, 2014 in Economy

I've already talked about technologies for literacy in Africa, with the virtual libraries of the project Librii. Today I am back on the topic thanks to David Risher, an extraordinary person I had the pleasure of meeting at the time of the Harvard Business School, which we were both attending.

Federculture Report: one year on

Federculture Report: one year on

September 25, 2013 in Economy

Federculture has recently published its 2012 report but this time the figures, a little surprisingly, compared to the steady growth of the previous years, are very bleak

Bookshops, stores and the challenge of change

Bookshops, stores and the challenge of change

April 29, 2013 in Economy

A few weeks ago, a meeting was held at the Foyles bookshop in Charing Cross Road in London, one of the most famous and established bookshops in the city. The meeting attracted little attention, but I believe it is worth consideration.

The Power of Quiet - Alessandro Benetton blog

The Power of Quiet

March 18, 2013 in Philosophy

Today, it is generally accepted that to make your mark you need to be bright, extrovert and friendly at all costs.

Beyond GDP: well-being is inclusion - The Alessandro Benetton blog

Beyond GDP: well-being is inclusion

September 26, 2012 in Economy

Robert Kennedy already said it: Gross Domestic Product “measures everything… except that which makes life worthwhile”.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - the future is woman - The Alessandro Benetton blog

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: the future is woman

May 30, 2012 in Economy

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the President of Liberia (in her second term in office), Africa’s first woman head of state, the first coloured female head of state in the world and a recent recipient, at the end of 2011, of the Nobel Peace Prize

The six killer apps of Western Civilisation - The Alessandro Benetton blog

The six killer apps of Western Civilisation

March 12, 2012 in Philosophy

This winter I met Niall Ferguson, an important British historian and writer. Ferguson is well known for his controversial theories, and this inspired me to read his latest (much-debated) book Civilization: the West and the Rest.

Keep humanities alive - The Alessandro Benetton blog

Keep humanities alive

March 8, 2012 in Philosophy

Let’s go back to the subject of education.This is one of my favourite topics because it regards the future of young people and, therefore, the future of our society as a whole.