From time to time I like to introduce some stories outside the overall theme of this blog. In this post, we take a look at some innovative developments happening in Italy on the education front. Such innovations are not new in a country where Montessori and Reggio Emilia Way (child care) originated. And so it is with Avanguardie Educative (TEAL) and La Scuola Open Source.
"Before design as product and practice was segmented into theoretical
camps like product design, systems design, speculative design and
discursive design, a generation of Italian designers created works that
provoked thought and proposed social commentary while simultaneously
existing as products. Ideas were made into things that could meet the
imperatives of industry, which included the necessity of being made and
used. The work of design luminaries such as Colombo, Castiglione,
Aulenti, Sotsass and Pesce pushed the boundaries of the design world.
The relationship between thought provoking design and industry is one of
the significant aspects of Italian design that has exerted a particular
influence on international design and it has served as a model of
flexible practice that has inspired a new generation of American
"...Design is at its core a visible language. The language of design
includes color, shape, form, line, scale, and function. When these
elements of the design language are used together to create a series of
symbols, this is considered a visual system. One question to ask based
on the XXI Triennale Concepts: How can we design visual systems with
visible language in a globalized world? The influences between Italian
and American Visual Systems are numerous. Two examples of
Italian-American influences visual systems are here in Washington, DC:
the signage system for the Washington, DC Metro System, and another in
New York City: the subway map, both designed by Massimo and Lella
In the face of deceitful practices from bottling to content to packaging, olive oil producer Bellucci operating out of Grossetto (a town situated roughly in the middle of Florence and Rome) is using technology to keep consumers informed about their EVOO.
"...CEO Gerard Jara said, "Our
trace-to-source technology allows us to fulfill consumer demand for
authentic, fresh, healthy, and honest EVOO at a time when integrity is
what matters. The app enables us to connect our customers to the source
of their EVOO in small family groves in rural Italy
and gives users the skill they need to taste for freshness and flavors
distinct to genuine EVOO. They'll learn how to authenticate EVOO."
"When Italy reports its first-quarter gross-domestic-product figures
Friday, economists are expecting just 0.3% growth from the previous
quarter. That would be just half the rate of the eurozone as a whole,
according to Eurostat.
Italy's economy grew 0.8% last year, the
first positive result in four years. But by the fourth quarter, that
growth had largely petered out, amid worsening global conditions. However
Italy's troubles -- related to family ownership, little forward
planning and low productivity -- reflect long-standing structural
"...Mr. Masuelli considered firing some of his five employees, but the rigid
labor laws meant the cost of dismissing them was too high. At the same
time, new health and safety regulations have eaten into profit."
Such an economic landscape is bound to have a negative impact on the entrepreneurial spirit and for a place like Italy - where inventions and innovations are as part of the landscape as earth, wind, water and fire - this can have a major negative impact.
"Italy, one of the key players of the European Space Agency (ESA), is continuously building up its important role in human spaceflight and in international space cooperation. The country of seven astronauts is shaping the future of Europe's next generation launch vehicles and is actively taking part in ESA's space exploration projects. In an interview with astrowatch.net, Italian Space Agency (ASI) President Roberto Battiston, talks his presidency and Italy's contribution to spaceflight."
One of the key responsibilities and contributions of the Italian Space Agency is to build Multi-Purpose Logistics Modules (MPLM)
"The moduleswere provided to NASA under contract by the Italian Space Agency
(ASI). Three MPLMs were built and delivered to NASA and have names
chosen by the ASI to denote some of the great talents in Italian
history: Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello and Donatello.
Although built by ASI, the modules are owned by NASA. In exchange for
building the MPLMs, ASI receives access to U.S. research time on the
Italy, one of the key
players of the European Space Agency (ESA), is continuously building up
its important role in human spaceflight and in international space
cooperation. The country of seven astronauts is shaping the future of
Europe's next generation launch vehicles and is actively taking part in
ESA's space exploration projects. In an interview with astrowatch.net,
Italian Space Agency (ASI) President Roberto Battiston, talks his
presidency and Italy's contribution to spaceflight.
It's unfortunate Sportsnet is no longer broadcasting professional cycling. Anyway, the most unpredictable and exciting of all the major races is well under way. The 99th edition of the Giro d'Italia started in cycling mad Holland and completed the fourth stage at Praia a Mare today.