SOCIETY

The way we engage with one another is evolving. Advancements in technology have lead to the rise of a network of informed, tech-minded, global citizens. Technology now has a multifarious relationship with society and has permeated into it all aspects of it, with the potential to completely upend how we progress together as a species.

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The infinite loop of the utopian dream

The promised land is always promised

According to Irwin Kula, a seventh-generation rabbi from New York City, utopia is a place that can never exist, even where there is a strong belief in a higher power.

Thomas More's 1516 utopia could bring us back to the present

We need More

More wasn't the first and he certainly wasn't the last to to examine what an ideal society might look like.

Will we ever reach a point where we have gender equality in the workplace?

The century gap

As worldwide data points to a gender gap at work that is likely to continue into perpetuity, how can we ever hope for a light at the end of the tunnel?

Have we launched into a new era of design?

Why human-centered design is not enough

The design profession is moving towards these areas where people can really help rather than just making an aesthetically-superior product. And this is one of the great things that's coming out of the design field, this focus on health and well-being and human value … although we still want beautiful things.

Envisioning a perfect future

What is technological utopianism?

Science is a guiding star, capable of leading humankind to a new condition. This faith in scientific progress may be the only attribute that techno-utopian thinkers have in common.

Intellectual and artistic manifestations of utopia

Different states of mind

Peter Waldo, Ernst Bloch, Milan Šimečka, and Jerry Dammers (illustrated above, left to right) in the realm of utopia.

Exploring the roles and myths of cyberspace

Do we need a State of Independence from the Internet?

How can we manage a World Wide Web that is inherently separate from reality, where our usual rules do not apply?

Digitizing doctor's visits

The future of healthcare

Apps and telehealth can give people access to a doctor on their smartphone whenever they need them, especially during Covid-19.

Who wants to live forever?

Death is not an option

Biomedical gerontologist, Aubrey de Grey, explains why the elixir for life may be closer than we think.

Seizing opportunities for collaboration from Covid-19

Finding work's 'New Normal'

Working from home puts a spotlight on what isn't working, while creating space for innovative forms of communication and collaboration.

Chico Tillmon works with Chicago youth to break patterns of degradation

Curing a different type of epidemic

Former Chicago gang member, Chico Tillmon, is fighting what seems to be an incurable epidemic in his city: violence. He is on a quest to change the future for thousands of youth who are living in a scenario without hope, because of what he sees as a system that has taken away their possibilities to improve.

What lessons can we learn from debunking 5G health risks?

The life and death of conspiracy theories

Consumers have the right to be worried about new technologies, and experts have an obligation to disperse these fears.

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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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.

AFTERWORDS

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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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.

From Party Line to WhatsApp: A look at our ever-changing ways of communicating

A History of Instant Messaging and Chat

The first instant messages were for programmers, emergency communications, and computer chat rooms, until they entered the realm of our everyday lives. How did we get from there, to having full chat conversations in tiny boxes on our mobile phones?

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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.

What will life after Covid-19 look like?

Manifesto for an after that was before

Leonardo Caffo considers the normal life that we have left behind, and 'a new species of humans,' which might be about to appear in the world.

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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.