The story of the LUISS shared garden, an educational platform for many, in the news

15702218498_430208aa49_h.jpgToday the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera, on page 17 of the paper edition, tells about the LUISS community garden and its educational value for students and the neighbourhood. This project went beyond the best expectations and in about one year became a real gym for growth.

In September, a group of boys and girls with autism, along with middle school students and the neighbourood elders, will be back in the garden – the author of the article calls it the “most shared space in the city”. There will also be students and professors, to foster a better inclusion.

In a thousand square meters garden different realities, ages and circumstances have the chance to meet. Different lives, different habits learn how to get closer and speak to each other. And above all, they learn to listen to each other. Continue reading

New headquarters, new opportunities: LUISS Enlabs grows and gets ready to host more startups

LUISS Enlabs grows up. Last Friday, 8 July, the new headquarters of the accelerator founded after the partnership between LUISS and Enlabs srl in 2013 were inaugurated.

In only three years, the ecosystem around LUISS Enlabs hosted up to 40 startup, which in turn created more than 500 jobs and generated over 20 million euro in revenues from business angels and external investors.

Following the expansion, there will be more than 5,000 square metres available for the accelerator in Rome which, in the historic part inside Termini Station at via Marsala 29h, will be capable of hosting up to 80 startup and will become one of the biggest accelerators in Europe. Continue reading

What would the world be like if 100 people lived on earth?

What would the world be like if 100 people lived on earth? Inequalities would be crystal clear and borders would be stable in their discrepancies.

The majority would be aged 25-54, Asian, and would speak mainly Chinese. 86 could read and write, 14 could not. 87 would have access to clean water, 13 would not; 77 people would have a shelter, 23 would not. The most interesting number, and sadly so, is that only 7 people would have attended college. A vast majority, 93 out of 100, would not have attended any college or university. Continue reading

Good teachers, good school

education-reform.jpgA good school is essentially made of two things: good students and good teachers. An American study cited on the Economist shows how a good teacher impacts the results students achieve much more than you might think. According to the study, in a single year’s teaching the top 10% of teachers impart three times as much learning to their pupils as the worst 10% do. Another suggests that, if black pupils were taught by the best quarter of teachers, the gap between their achievement and that of white pupils would disappear. Continue reading

The end (or the beginning) of economic history: reflection upon Keynes

germoglio-pietra.jpgWe are suffering just now from a bad attack of economic pessimism. It is common to hear people say that the epoch of enormous economic progress which characterised the nineteenth century is over; that the rapid improvement in the standard of life is now going to slow down – at any rate in Great Britain; that a decline in prosperity is more likely than an improvement in the decade which lies ahead of us.

I believe that this is a wildly mistaken interpretation of what is happening to us. We are suffering, not from the rheumatics of old age, but from the growing-pains of over-rapid changes, from the painfulness of readjustment between one economic period and another. The increase of technical efficiency has been taking place faster than we can deal with the problem of labour absorption; the improvement in the standard of life has been a little too quick; the banking and monetary system of the world has been preventing the rate of interest from falling as fast as equilibrium requires. Continue reading