AFTERWORDS

Progressing relentlessly, the Coronavirus that has isolated us and struck us numb is now putting our trust and faith in the world to the test. Afterwords is a series of individual thoughts, words and ideas from around the globe providing an intimate intake on how to figure out our next steps in a world that is different than the one we left behind.

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Afterwords

Reflecting upon the Afterwords journey

RELEASED // The maize team reflects on Afterwords' six-week journey and the themes addressed by its contributors. They examine how these authentic words and reflections made at eye level correlated to various phases of this crisis as it unfolded.

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A light that never goes out

TRUTH // Chris Chavez is a yoga teacher, musician, and co-owner of Cihangir Yoga in Istanbul, Turkey. In this inspiring talk he reflects upon our own ability to connect to an inner truth and use it as a guiding light in times in which we face change and uncertainty. He gives some insights into how connecting the dots of our confusion can fuse together an opportunity that will help us become the most of who we can be.

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Building a future by being fully present

FAMILY // Enrico is the chief marketing officer of Clementoni and the father of Matteo, Luca, and Giorgio. Enrico and his sons reflect upon the impact this lockdown has had on children in general and on family dynamics in particular. They speak about discovering new values and new opportunities for creating deeper interpersonal relationships both within the family, extended family, and peers. Luca and Matteo also share their thoughts about school and learning, based on the new experiences that they have had during this period of lockdown.

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Waiting for the future to happen

FUTURE // Martin is a futurist and chief designer at SAP. He is a keynote speaker and an enthusiast reflecting upon our role as humans in new emerging future scenarios as we address situations we could have predicted yet made no space or time to address. Martin invites us to be proactive creators of the future desinging it based on the questions that must be asked and faced in advance.

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Why we need restaurants

RITUALS // Tommaso Mellili is a Chef and Author passionate about the role commensality and the space it has acquired in shaping our society and social interactions. He reflects upon restaurants being the last space that modern loneliness hasn't conquered yet and its role as a common ritual for the present and the future of the human community.

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Uncanny mediated surrogates

PRESENCE // Franco La Cecla is an anthropologist and architect. He shares thoughts about the meaning of virtual connections established through technological tools and the need to trust the surrogate image of our peers as we can't really see or hear the person on the other side.

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Innovate our Inner Technology

ABUNDANCE // Sujith Ravindran is an applied spiritualist and the founder of The BEING at Full Potential movement. Sujith sees the lockdown as the perfect “being” time to connect with the self and listen to our true calling. He speaks about ways to embody a new mindset of abundance that is necessary to figure out what new normality is, what equitability means for humanity, and how a new balanced self is important for us as individuals and as part of a larger whole.

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Plowing the fields of our community

WORDS // Matteo is a journalist and documentarist. He is the editor-in-chief of maize magazine at H-FARM, and co-director of the school of journalism at Università Cattolica in Milan. In an intimate account he shares reflections about this delicate moment that has also struck him personally on a physical and emotional level. He explains why he felt the need to gather his community around the Afterwords project and shares lessons learned from this crisis triggered by personal events. He reflects upon the sense and meaning of words and the importance of acknowledging micro moments, which compose the story of our lives.

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Human principles of existence

SOLIDARITY // Thami Schweichler is an award-winning social entrepreneur and designer based in Amsterdam. He shares hopeful thoughts about the economy of care and how solidarity can help humanity get back to its principles of existence using creativity and direct action.

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Turn sacrifice into a meaningful change

POSITIVITY // Mauro Porcini is a sought after speaker and chief design officer at PepsiCo. Mauro shares some thoughts about the value of time and the opportunity that has been given to us to reinvest ourselves in meaningful actions that bring joy and quality to our lives, like relationships, creativity, and respect.

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Acheiving unity through social equity

DISPARITY // Chico Tillmon is a strong believer in the power of education and a thought leader in violence prevention and trauma-informed care. Chico is a promoter of social equality reflecting on how this pandemic has made disparity even more evident. He invites us to open our eyes to the importance of supporting everyone as part of a collective effort, giving individuals and marginalized communities equal opportunities and access to education, medical care, housing, and food.

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Creating meaningful and compasionate connections

TENDERNESS // Massimo Redaelli is the founder of Prima and a storyteller at heart. He reflects on the resilience Italy has demonstrated through history and the ingredients that helped it overcome various transformative events. He invites us to explore our tender side as human beings and connect to our collective sense of togetherness.

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No more leaps of faith into the infinite

FAITH // Irwin Kula is a Rabbi and author, president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. His inspiring talk reflects on the profound meaning faith has concurred in our life and the new interpretation it gets when scampering between the narrow poles of a Redeeming God on the one side and a post-modern scientism on the other as we deal with this crisis as a global community in search for meaning rather than matter.

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Strength and Vulnerability - Being Me

VULNERABILITY // Jane Andrews is Head of the Primary Years Program at H-International School Treviso and an experienced international educator. She discusses the need for leaders to be themselves — strong as well as vulnerable — to provide the human support and connection required by members of a school community during uncertain times.

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Collective empathy and vibrations

GROUP IMPROVISATION // Jeffrey Ernstoff is the creative director at TWIN Global. He reflects upon the tools and capabilities we have as humans that enable us to feel connected to other musicians in times of physical separation. Jeffrey explains that Group Improvisation is one compelling instance of what separates us from other species, given our capacity to exercise empathy and communicate through metaphors. He invites us to use our social capacity and commitment towards a shared purpose using humankind's collective imagination.

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What we are telling ourselves

ATAVISM // Lorraine Justice is a product design expert speaker and professor. She reflects on how our reaction to the crisis might influence and shape next generations. As a professional focused on human-centered design she incites us to take a broader perspective and think about a new approach to design focused around life, beliefs, and of course, new habits.

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Never again without

ESSENCE // Stefano Laffi is a sociologist and founder of Codici, a center for research and social change. In an honest discussion he explores the basics that we are rediscovering in our lives as we go through an individual ecological process of eliminating unessentials.

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The human challenge of social distancing

CONNECTING // Anna Catalano holds an impressive portfolio as a senior member of various director boards. During lockdown and social distancing she reflects on the importance of maintaining a human connection. Anna shares how slowing down from a jet set life has brought her to appreciate even more the privilege of having physical connection with colleagues and friends.

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Education cannot be suspended

EDUCATION // Emiliana Murgia is a teacher and digital animator from Milan. She is at the forefront of education, among those who are struggling to maintain a school routine for children who are at home during lockdown. In her enthusiastic approach, she shares her belief about the importance of digital solutions, with a conscious awareness that they can't replace physical school and human encounters.

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A little bit more life

LIFE // Carlo Rovelli is a theoretical physicist. In an honest account about the impact of this crisis, he reflects on how we perceive life and why this moment has moved our minds and hearts in such an unusual manner. Carlo offers another perspective on the privilege of living.

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The future just happened

ENVISION // Maia Guarnaccia is an author and advisor at MHLUXE and was formerly vice president at Vivienne Westwood and global brand marketing and communications director at YOOX-Net-a-Porter. Maia reflects on the basic ingredients we need to balance our existence. He speaks about building a future that is coherent with how we initially intended and envisioned it to be.

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Purposeful transformation

CONFIDENCE // Julia von Winterfeldt is a human leadership advocate and the founder and CEO of SOULWORX. Julia shares reflections on our own sense of purpose and how we can relate to and serve others during this crisis.

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Choosing to hope

STILLNESS // Micah Christian is the lead vocalist at Sons of Serendip. Micah reflects on the opportunity that has been given to us to revisit our life, work, and relationships. He speaks about the importance of being still and the power of collective hope.

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The new fashion magnetism

AUTHENTICITY // Francesco Tombolini is the president of the Italian Chamber of Luxury. He shares his perspective on a fashion ecosystem that will be driven by value and emerging magnetism.

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Chaos and fear fuel creativity

CHAOS // Harold O'Neal, a New York-based jazz pianist, composer, and hip hop dancer, shares his thoughts and new music catalyzed by this crisis' chaos and fear.

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Resilient Leadership

LEADERSHIP // Harald Neidhardt is CEO & Curator at futur/io Institute, whose goal is to build sustainable futures. He invites us to rethink the role of Leadership by demonstrating the sense of purpose, perseverance, honesty and vulnerability towards this situation.

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The rise of contemporary post-humans

FRAGILITY // Leonardo Caffo is a philosopher, curator and essayist, best known for his theory on antispecism and contemporary Post-human. He explains why today, more than ever before, fragile humanity has reached a "definitive collapse point."

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Thinking beyond what is possible

RESILIENCE // Robert Swan, OBE, is the first person to have walked to the South and North Poles. He leads non-profit 2041.org which seeks to protect the polar ice caps. He explains how resilience saved his life during near-death experiences.

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Sharing and connecting in times of adversity

FOREWORD // Robert Wolcott, co-founder and chairman of Twin Global introducing the importance of sharing and connecting in challenging moments of adversity.

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The courage to face change

FOREWORD // Tomas Barazza, co-founder of maize and a senior partner at H-FARM opens up about the courage needed to embrace change during times of crisis.