All this fits into a context that raises serious concern: the ISTAT publishes the provisional inflation data in April 2022 equal to 6.2% on a annua, and FAO complaint how world food commodity prices have made a significant leap in March to reach the highest levels ever.
The report Effects and expectations on inflation edited by IPSOS for FederDistribuzione of March 2022 does not reveal anything that we cannot imagine on our own: the main concerns of Italians are employment and the economy, as illustrated by this chart.
With my anxiety I certainly spoil the excess, but you are optimistic, right?
How do you go about purchasing? Do you notice the weight of the product? Have you had the opportunity to directly observe any cases of shrinkflation?
Repair Café is a fantastic idea that was born in Amsterdam in 2009 by Martine Postma.
But what is a Repair Café?
It is not just a hangout.
It is not just volunteering.
Repair Cafè has a very important social function.
Repair Café is a free meeting place where you can repair objects of all kinds together.
Repair Café is an organization that provides tools and materials to help carry out repairs on clothes, furniture, appliances, bicycles, dishes, appliances, toys, and much more thanks to the availability of experienced volunteers, with repair skills in all types of fields.
The success in the Netherlands has spread over space and time, forming a worldwide movement with the express purpose of preserving the ability to repair in society and promoting the recovery of objects that can continue to function.
There are organizations in Belgium, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, India, Japan and many other countries around the world.
In this video Martine, Ginko and Therese explain also giving numbers
Isn’t it wonderful that coffee machines are among the most sheltered objects?
There is also a Repair Café in Pavia founded in 2015 by Irishman Mike Kavanagh and Australian Michael Richards.
The team, which also takes care of teaching the knowledge needed to repair, has since grown and organizes repair events in collaboration with various local associations.
In this regard, I would like to point out the appointment on Saturday 26 February: Activators Breakfast.
Are you for reuse? Can you fix broken objects? Is there a particular object to which you have given or would you like to give new life?
Among other things, ironically, this business was born in a former shoe factory.
The project was presented to UNIFI Impresa Campus in 2013 here you can find the spin off of the Florentine University Incubator and the newsletter which decides its success.
Funghi Espresso then participated in Expo 2015 receiving consensus and acknowledgments.
Mushrooms Espresso is inspired by Gunter Pauli‘s Blue economy becoming part of the concept of Smart city, but even more of Urban farming.
Antonio Di Giovanni, one of the creators of the Startup Mushrooms Espresso, is also the founder of Circular Farm whose production cycle illustrates in detail the composting process and hydroponic cultivation.
Have you already tried the hydroponic method, that is, out of the ground?
In this case keep calm is not for the coffee but for an interesting as well as admirable volunteer project.
The general objective is to sensitize young people to the adoption of sustainable and responsible lifestyles, in contrast to the increasingly widespread “culture of waste” and disposable use.
The active promoters are four young people from different backgrounds: Edisona Xhani from Albania, Sophie Anvroin from France, Hamudi Salama Batah from Spain and Mehdi Meddeb from Tunisia who are involved in sharing information and promoting initiatives by working in the fabric of the community to combat food waste.
Keep calm and go volunteering therefore consists of a European Solidarity Corps that is funded by the National Youth Agency and promoted by the Europe Area of the Belluno Committee of Understanding.
In fact, on Sunday a flash mob took place in Belluno to involve more people with the aim of raising awareness the population.
And speaking of the fight against food waste, I suggest you follow Paola who through her book ll gusto di non sprecare, her blog Primo non sprecare for years has been diligently and deeply involved in the fight against waste.
It was nice to discover that many of us use coffee grounds, so I trust in just as many precious suggestions for food as well.
Obviously I wondered in what sense, and why according to this concept the Weimar Republic is less precisely known with reference to the economy, which is generally the focus, as for example in this Rai Scuola video.
Of that period I had already mentioned the Baroness but Dadaism remains perhaps more separated from the socio-political context, so the fulcrum of the creative movement manifests itself with the rise of the Bauhaus.
So I searched for a first answer to Moma: Bauhaus The school of art and design founded in Germany by Walter Gropius in 1919, and shut down by the Nazis in 1933. The faculty brought together artists, architects, and designers, and developed an experimental pedagogy that focused on materials and functions rather than traditional art school methodologies. In its successive incarnations in Weimar, Dessau, and Berlin, it became the site of influential conversations about the role of modern art and design in society.
The names that resonate are Paul Klee or Vasily Kandinsky, but obviously I cannot but mention Marianne Brandt and her metal coffe set!
There remains the question of the true essence of the Weimar Republic: does all this really prevail over the disastrous hyperinflation?
Maybe you are one of the aforementioned lovers of art history and design and you know how to explain me.
Passato e Presente describes the Weimar Republic like a parable, divided into three phases: and it is precisely the intermediate phase that sees the artistic flowering.
Weimar is a political, institutional, social and artistic laboratory, crossed by the tensions of modernity.
Let’s imagine observing all this while sitting at the Romanische Café where the artists met and being able to analyze the Neue Sachlichkeit: that is the New objectivity but also the expressionism of cinema and the approach to realism through their eyes.
Crossed by the tensions of modernity.
During a conference in Florence on the occasion of the centenary, published by the Ministry of the Interior The Weimar Constitution is defined as the first Charter that tries to respond to strong social tensions, and as a document of extraordinary modernity because it re-proposes the theme of the relationship between democratic legitimacy and the legality of limits to freedoms.
So, I assume: only artists have had the opportunity to fully express and experience freedom?
Yet the Weimar Constitution provided for example: universal suffrage, wages increased in real terms, pension and sickness benefit schemes, compulsory unemployment insurance, government subsidies for the construction of parks, schools and sports facilities, and a massive program of construction of public housing.
But from “suitcases full of dreams” we literally passed to suitcases full of banknotes to be able to buy basic necessities and metaphorically speaking not even AVUS: Automobil Verkehrs und Übungsstrecke that is the first highway in Europe has been able to “run” the freedom of a republic renamed “glass” for its fragility.
But glass is also transparency. How the truth?
I quote Wislawa Szymborska: He made himself a glass violin because he wanted to see the music.
Gaia derives from Greek mythology and represents the mother goddess of all gods, personification of the earth, but in this case she becomes the engine of digital innovation in Europe.
In September 2020, 22 companies and organizations (11 from Germany and 11 from France) have taken an important milestone and finally transferred the joint project into solid structures: The 22 founding members signed the notarial founding documents in order to establish an international non-profit association (French: association internationale sans but lucratif, in short: AISBL) under Belgian law, the GAIA-X, European Association for Data and Cloud, AISBL.
From reading these words the first thing that emerges, for me, is the absence …
But in November our Ministry also attended the summit and on May 28 Confindustria kicked off the Italian hub by defining it as the moment of starting a shared path, aimed at aggregating and coordinating all the subjects interested in the development of projects that aim to enhance data, and an opportunity to get to know the European project and the methods of implementation in Italy.
What exactly are we talking about? Gaia X is a federated data infrastructure for Europe.
Energy Health Smart living Industry 4.0 Portability Interoperability Interconnectivity Identity & Trust Federated catalogue Sovereing data exchange Compliance
The main objectives are to develop ecosystems, to bundle national initiatives, and to provide a central point of contact to interested parties on their respective countries.
In fact, it is evident that the amount of data on a digital level is increasing day by day, and it is no coincidence that a whole series of new figures are emerging, among which the demiurge of big data particularly fascinates me.
Not to mention the parallel growth of IoT: Internet of things which involves a further exponential increase in connected devices.
But how important can a European Data Cloud be? How is the data handled now?
It is clear that this is an ongoing situation, and as it happens in a fiscal way for the giants of the web, armed with fragmentary, incomplete, if not non-existent regulations, the companies that manage the server farms act in an almost undisturbed pseudo-monopoly regime.
The need that is underlined is to achieve an autonomy that allows one to no longer have to make use of American or Chinese structures.
For example, I found huge data centers that China has built in a semi-desert area of Mongolia, previously dedicated to the breeding of the famous horses: The Mongolian National Data Center, established by a government resolution issued on June 24, 2009.
Or the Data Foundry in Texas founded in 1994 as one of the top 50 ISPs in the United States.
The aspect that in my opinion is not sufficiently taken into account is that “not everything that glitters is green” …
Servers need to be cooled, and this operation, although it is presented as a continuous search for innovation, consumes large amounts of energy.
Google presents its renewable energy project with a photo gallery, while admitting the following:
the 100% renewable energy milestone means we buy enough renewable energy over the course of a year to cover our entire annual electricity consumption, however it doesn’t mean that all of our facilities are powered by clean energy every hour of every day. To compensate for times and places where the wind does not blow or the sun does not shine, we buy a surplus of renewable energy at other times and in other places. Our ultimate goal is to achieve CO2-neutral energy supply for our operations in all locations, at all times. We are actively exploring strategies to achieve 24/7 CO2-neutral power supply to all of our data centers, closely monitoring our progress towards achieving this goal.
I conclude with the thing that scares me the most: the more we move forward, the more the main operations we carry out, from bank transactions to public certificates, from tax returns, to the signing of contracts, depend on applications and on telematic accesses, without which we would be practically paralyzed.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not calm. Am I wrong?