Botany and its own rhythm

The metaphysics of plants


The art of postponing

Dr. Tim Pychyl, a professor of psychology and member of the Procrastination Research Group at Ottawa's Carleton University, takes us into the quicksand of wasting time and why we do it, instead of facing what really needs to get done.


A theoretical physicist's take on one of life's most ethereal questions

The mystery of time is not yet understood in physics, cosmology, and the neurosciences. According to Carlo Rovelli, time is definitely not “necessary.” The theoretical physicist actually claims that, in the basic equations that he uses in his work, there is no “time” at all.


What are the benefits of a project-based organization?

What does an organization look like where there is an expiration date set for everything? An enterprise that follows these approaches is not simple or suited for everyone, but it might just be the workplace of the future.

Tomas Barazza

how can the old continent matter again?

As 2020 emerges, a new decade is imminent—and with it the adjustment of our compass. Our lense of the future combines both science fiction and reality shock. In order to enter a future worth living in, Europe needs its own ideas, its own Moonshots.

Harald Neidhardt

Long story short

From Alexei Stakhanov to Elon Musk, some people are particularly keen on the type of workaholism that hustle culture perpetuates. It’s all about how “busy” they are — how many projects they’re juggling at the same time. Hustle culture has become the standard for many to gauge productivity and performance.

Alberto Tundo

Bad habits in the workspace

We hate them, but we can’t work without them. Psychology professor John Kello helps us balance our complicated relationship with one of the most used and abused ways of getting things done — meetings

Alice Azzolini

Utopia and Ideology

Alessandro Ferrara, professor of political philosophy at the University of Rome talks about how politics has always been influenced by utopian thought, from Plato's republic to dictatorships, explaining the concept of hyperpluralism, sensible utopias and the legitimation of democracy.

Alessandro Ferrara

A neuroscientist explores how our brains make sense of time

Our bodies do not have clocks, but instead various neural systems that allow for time keeping, which vary depending on how we are experiencing the world in a given moment.

Moran Cerf

Innovative approaches to better employee engagement

How can organizations ensure that employees are engaged at work? Organizations that consistently add value to their employees, and other workers in their organization will be able to attract, retain, and keep the best people at their top level.

Guido van Nispen

The Skeptical Enthusiast

The guarantee of safety in autonomous driving points to some challenges with the evolution of AI technology. Can we guarantee safety using a data-driven approach? How much data would we need? Do we have the time to collect and validate it?

Vittorio Di Tomaso

How can a civilization teach itself how to die?

The apocalypse is here; it’s just unfolding in an unexpected way. How can a civilization teach itself how to die?


Planetary boundaries

“When climate experts claim that the global warming increase should be held below 1,5 °C above pre-industrial levels, they are giving us a range. If we can stay within these two degrees we will be fine, but if we exceed this limit, we’ll have to face huge problems”.

Andrea Signorelli

our latest issue

N. 8 - December 2019

Contemporary utopias

Twelve radical visions to navigate collective confusion