The globalised society is going out of control, for many reasons.
The innovation ideology, which dominates current political and economic discourse, emphasizes the importance of priming the pump of technical invention as the only way for tackling the social, economic and environmental crises which challenge the sustainability of our societies. But this faith in the salvific power of innovation can also be seen as a primary factor inducing these crises, through the cascade of unanticipated (and often unpredictable) consequences that follow in the wake of innovation processes.
In the last three years, the INSITE project had been investigating on how it might be possible to change the way European society organizes its transformation processes, in order to achieve a higher level of social cohesion and to steer innovation processes in socially positive directions.
In its multidisciplinary journey, the project involved and interacted with the Social Innovation world, a movement capable of inspiring many young people to explore new career opportunities, which combine entrepreneurialism with the desire for social change.
But despite the success and the results achieved so far, we believe that Social Innovation still lacks the concepts and means to orient its development in more socially promising directions. This is the case because up to now, nobody has addressed, with a usable robust methodology, the problems of monitoring and steering in socially positive directions the cascades of unexpected social and attributional transformations that innovations trigger.
With this video, we want to share our ideas about innovation and unpredictability and opening a call for “stories of change”: examples of how an unexpected event, an idea, an artifact, or a person changed your life, or the story of your community, in a better way.
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Massimo Banzi helped invent the Arduino, a tiny, easy-to-use open-source microcontroller that’s inspired thousands of people around the world to make the coolest things they can imagine — from toys to satellite gear. Because, as he says, “You don’t need anyone’s permission to make something great.”
Taking advantage of a TEDx Bologna invitation, I finally got around to putting together a tightly scripted 15 minutes presentation in English on the vision underpinning University of Alicante’s INSITE component. This sort of stuff is hard to do even when you are speaking your native language, and here I’m not. Nevertheless, I think the point got across. Here’s the video: you can see our nifty little prototype in action around 12’00.
In the following video Filippo Addarii (Euclid network) talks about his life and explains why Italy isn’t the place for pursuing a successful and rewarding career.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
The fourth floor (Quarto Piano) — a short film that tells the cultural educational research work of transformation and re-appropriation conducted by a group of Italian and Roma children in an abandoned apartment in the “Vele” of Scampia, a wicked building know for hosting a massive drug market.