How NASA’s experience can promote healthcare for all on Earth (too)

do-patients-trust-telemedicine-01One of the principles of Jugaad innovation is to include the margin. This means enabling people living in remote areas with the same (or almost the same) tools as in the more advanced countries.

A smart way to apply this principle is telemedicine. Specific medical instruments are already been designed to connect the patient in a village or far-flung area to the physician in town, who can remotely check the patient and diagnose diseases in real time, reducing costs and still giving proper assistance.

An article published on the Harvard Business Review brilliantly explains how telemedicine is used to remotely assist astronauts who spend months in the space and might experience the need for medical care. Continue reading

Redefining our concept of work

How-to-Feel-Happy-and-Positive-At-WorkIn a 2013 survey of 12,000 professionals by the Harvard Business Review, half said they felt their job had no “meaning and significance”, and an equal number were unable to relate to their company’s mission, while another poll among 230,000 employees in 142 countries showed that only 13% of workers actually like their job. A recent poll among Brits revealed that as many as 37% think they have a job that is utterly useless.

They have, what anthropologist David Graeber refers to as, “bullshit jobs”. On paper, these jobs sound fantastic. And yet there are scores of successful professionals with imposing LinkedIn profiles and impressive salaries who nevertheless go home every evening grumbling that their work serves no purpose. Continue reading

Sustainable eating: a new course in LUISS to learn sustainability, even with food

well-beingAwareness. Aware living, aware eating.

It was after a reflection upon this concept that we decided to inaugurate a 40-hours course on well-being in LUISS, open to bachelor and single cycle students. This is a very innovative project, which embodies the evolution of the idea that led us to create a few years ago the space for a shared garden in the viale Romania campus.

The future has some key words: sharing, awareness, respect, sustainability.

Our planet shows already evident signs of suffering, due to the high rates of consumption and waste production. Reverting this trend is no longer an option. Continue reading

How fair is our share of the world?

How do we share the world? This is the question Max Galka asks on Metrocosm, in an extremely interesting interactive map of the globe, that reshapes according to the lens we choose to use. Cartograms are a helpful tool to visualise immediately the social impact of economic variables. In particular on Metrocosm, there are six socioeconomic variables: GDP, debt, population, births, wealth, billionaires. The data shown are interesting. Continue reading