In welcoming the new year, we usually tend to look back and to see perspectives.
2016 was a year full of events, projects and remarkable successes. Our students were acknowledged as the best in many international contests; we have extended the educational value of the shared garden in the campus in viale Romania to young people with autism and elders from the neighbourhood; we expanded the campus, making it bigger and more comfortable.
We did a lot, but there is still much to do ahead.
The world is changing, and we should follow suit, restructuring the educational offer to let our students flourish and nurture their talents. We should teach them how to be innovative, primarily for themselves. In a frugal, effective, shared and interactive way.
Till Wahnbaeck, CEO of Welthungerhilfe, a German engineering company, writes in an article for The Guardian that the real innovation stands in giving a proper answer to the question: “is there a better way?”.
This is much of the frugal innovation, which is mostly about our mind-set. Doing more (and better) with less, reducing the consumption of material resources to maximise results. In a sense, we should make “sales” of innovation, giving access to goods and services even to those who could not afford them before.
My wish for the new year is that today’s young people, not just LUISS students, could keep questioning themselves and look for answers. That they could keep asking if there is a better way to do things, to improve processes, to simplify what is too complicated, to guarantee equal opportunities to an increasing number of people.
Our task is to hone them with the right tools to turn on a positive change, to spread a mind-set of ingenuous and effective frugality. In a word, to create value.
The challenge for the new year is to never stop running towards a brighter future.