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Roundtable

  • Meeting in digital format
  • 14 July 2020
     
     

    Of pandemics and resilience. People, communities and development post Covid-19

      The pandemic has unmasked the fragility of our self-assured, globalized, skill-savvy world. Even the most economically advanced countries’ primary response to this unknown virus was a low-tech social distancing, which has necessarily foregrounded the limitations of human action and knowledge.  The Socratic paradox “I know that I do not know” encourages the kind of continuing fortification of basic research that calls for increased funding from the Italian government.

    • Meeting in digital format
    • 6 July 2020
       
       

      For a sustainable and responsible economy: the role of finance

        Sustainability has been a concern in the financial world for some time now, with steady and significant growth over recent years in investments centered on ESG (environment, sustainability and governance) criteria. Far from slowing that trend, the Corona virus epidemic is proving an accelerator, with investors seizing on the opportunities associated with a “green” recovery and reconstruction.

      • Milan
      • 18 November 2019
         
         

        Foreign investments as a driver of growth in Italy

          Italy has great potential to attract investments but many factors still hinder the influx of foreign capital. Data on the presence of multinationals offer a mottled picture. As regards the manufacturing sector, the more important of the second ranked European industrial power, nearly 20% of employees answer to foreign multinationals, a percentage that rises to 25% in the field of mechanical engineering, the pride of the “made in Italy” brand.

        • Rome
        • 14 February 2019
           
           

          Culture, information and competition: identity and multipolar governance

            Concomitant with the adoption of more stringent European copyright rules, any discussion of innovation and competition in the information sector necessarily involves examination of the current digital revolution. The instruments of governance inherited from the traditional sectors of publishing and telecommunications no longer suffice to deal either with the changes under way or the high concentration of market shares and financial resources in the hands of so few: large scale platforms and major American and Asian digital operators (in terms both of hardware and software).

          • Rome
          • 20 March 2019
             
             

            Toward the european elections

              Europe is finally being put to the vote. Of course, the parties of individual nations will continue to count, and national issues will hold a certain importance for citizens called to the polls.  But in the end what will be at stake is a new idea of Europe, because this time, and as never before, the European construction is going to be judged politically.

            • Rome
            • 17 April 2019
               
               

              Public Administration and capitalism of the digital platforms

                The aim of this Aspen Institute Italia round table was to examine the public administration’s role in meeting the challenges posed by technological innovation. A background document entitled “Public administration and digital platform capitalism” was presented during the meeting.

              • Roma
              • 28 May 2019
                 
                 

                Science and people. Understanding and supporting research and its applications

                  There has been a waning over recent years in society’s trust in and understanding of scientific progress and its pervasive benefits. How can science and public opinion be reconciled when the two appear to exist on parallel planes, divided by the critical confrontation being fomented by the social networks? A polarization of positions that is influencing the perceptions of communities and of policies that include with scientific and/or technical aspects.

                • Rome
                • 17 July 2019
                   
                   

                  Innovative therapies and welfare: a new paradigm

                    The Italian and European healthcare systems are under increasing pressure as the result of a series of dynamics involving their populations and of new technological and scientific trends that are calling into question the efficacy and appropriateness of current approaches to the provision of healthcare services.

                  • Milan
                  • 2 December 2019
                     
                     

                    Open innovation: financial technology, banking, business

                      Banking is one of the sectors most exposed to the digital revolution. The major changes introduced by new technologies and the various actors that have debuted on the credit market are causing traditional operators to wonder about their future. The timid attempts at innovation undertaken to date by Italian banks do not appear sufficient to ensure their competitiveness in a scenario that is seeing sources of short and medium term returns shrinking.

                    • Milan
                    • 1 July 2019
                       
                       

                      Infrastructure and sustainable mobility

                        The theme of mobility is central to current reflections on economic development, and considerations on the mobility of persons and goods – to which approximately 29% of global CO2 emissions can be attributed – is a special focus.

                      • Milan
                      • 4 November 2019
                         
                         

                        Labour market: innovation and skills development

                          The global economy is undergoing deep and rapid changes that are revolutionizing how production is organized. The very concept of the “job market” seems outdated in a world where skills are increasingly becoming the real currency. If the most innovative firms’ main demand is for talent, however, it is impossible to imagine a future without policies tailored to the transition that the majority of workers are going to have to face as they adapt to the continuing changes imposed by digitalization.

                        • Rome
                        • 2 October 2019
                           
                           

                          The circular economy and sustainable development

                            Italy is, by far, leader of Europe’s circular economy, recuperating double the European average of raw material, much more than the Germans in all sectors, but especially in hypercompetitive ones such as wood/furniture. Much needs to be improved, however, in the proper management of every phase of the waste cycle (from collection to recovery to disposal) which is an integral part of the circular economy. A single southern Italian region – Sardinia – reports recycling and reuse percentages far above the European average.

                          • Rome
                          • 6 November 2019
                             
                             

                            Making the most of Italy’s energy resources

                              Wealth creation, energy demand and CO2 emissions continued even through 2018, building on the trend of the previous year. With every day that passes, the problem of reducing emissions becomes more urgent and its complexity more evident. A complexity that began to emerge at the very beginning of annual emission measurement but that does not offer a holistic rendering of the phenomenon.

                            • Milan
                            • 15 April 2019
                               
                               

                              Brexit and financial markets: the consequences for Italy

                                Brexit and all the uncertainty it is generating constitute an entirely new and potentially destabilizing element for financial markets.

                                London has long functioned as Europe’s main financial market despite being located outside the Eurozone. The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union now places Europe at a crossroads: either reach an agreement making it possible to maintain a good portion of operations in London or begin the long and painstaking task of creating a continental marketplace.