At times, the climate crisis, pandemic, devastating conflicts and inequality seem to prefigure a less user-friendly future. In order to change direction, each country, community, business and each individual is called upon to put their talents into play and share them. This applies to Italy too. Our country gives its best when it intermingles its a...

“The lesson the pandemic has offered us cannot make us go back to square one. That would be a mistake, a waste of energy, and we wouldn’t have the chance to meet future challenges.” David Sassoli  As David Sassoli, EP President, recalled during the presentation of the Assisi Manifesto, the current crisis has forced Italy to undergo profound transfo...

There is nothing new about the idea of a circular approach in the use of resources. Circularity is the strategy that nature and the human species, since its appearance on Earth, have refined to efficiently manage scarce resources. It is the strategy that Italy, historically poor in raw materials, has smartly adopted to find materials, to produce –...

On the eve of COP26 in Glasgow, crucial for climate policies, the twelfth edition of the GreenItaly report, produced by the Symbola Foundation and Unioncamere with the collaboration of Centro Studi Tagliacarne, allows us to take stock, with data and stories, of the situation of the green economy in Italy and its strengths. Conai, Novamont, Ecopneus...

Since last year the world hasn’t been the same. The pandemic has changed our lives and has put public health at the centre of many individual and collective choices. We have learnt how health may affect many aspects of our life: work, social cohesion and economy. Many countries have paid the price for the mistake of having cut the health expenditur...

Last March, in the municipality of Peccioli in Tuscany, the first robotic shopping carts were taken into service. The carts go straight to the shops’ entrances and then reach autonomously the houses of the people who made the purchases. In May, at the Gran Caffè di Rapallo, which Hemingway was known to frequent, the first two robotic waiters in Lig...

From domestic robots to space robots. 100 Italian stories from south to north that tell of technologies ready to improve people’s lives: innovations applied to daily activities, healthcare, industry and research. It is the country described by Enel and the Symbola Foundation in the fourth report on Made in Italy innovation “100 Italian Robotics and...

In 1990 in an article that appeared in The Atlantic, a magazine of American politics and economics, the American political scientist Joseph Nye invented the term Soft power. The concept, taken up and expanded later by the same author in a best seller with the same title, was opposed to the American hard power, based on the idea that the national af...

Culture is one of Italy’s strong points. According to some surveys, such as the one conducted last year by the US News magazine together with the University of Pennsylvania, it is even the first country in the world for its cultural influence. A primacy linked not only to cultural production and historical heritage but also to our ability to transm...

Environmental challenges point to new opportunities that, thanks also to Italian manufacturing traditions, are within our country's grasp: the circular economy is one of the most exciting and promising of these opportunities. Italy – poor in natural resources – has always striven to make more efficient, intelligent and innovative use of materials,...