There are infinite ways to fail, and just as many to deal with it. But what is failure, really? And how can we excel at it? This issue of maize is a celebration of losers—what we call “seconds,” or “eternal lasts”—because they can be more likeable (and more successful) than winners.

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Pandemic prism

Covid-19 has infiltrated our lives, politics, and thoughts. Here’s a view of it through philosophy, history, and literature.

by Laura Silvia Battaglia

Culture & Society

Why do we procrastinate?

Dr. Tim Pychyl takes us into the quicksand of wasting time and why we do it, instead of facing what really needs to get done.

by Riccardo Coluccini


Mostly plants, not too much

A philosophy about how to dine with reverence challenges us to go back to a place in time where food is sacred.

a conversation with Michael Pollan

Environment & Sustainability

Green activism

A responsible business grows thanks to corporate activism, not despite it.

by Gianluca Pandolfo

Environment & Sustainability

The end of boundaries

Drawing lines is a cultural practice that puts us, and our view of reality, on the map.

by Riccardo Coluccini

Future of work

Brave new work

Aaron Dignan helps companies navigate the unchartered territory of the workplace of the future, advocating for open information.

by Francesco Salonia

Future of work

The currency of time

In principle, technology should allow us to work less, but in fact, we are working more.

by Leonardo Caffo

Two minutes to midnight

The methane once trapped into tundra ice is evaporating. Rainfalls, flooding and hurricanes are increasing. Will we survive?

by Carlo Carraro

Culture & Society

Harvesting misunderstanding

Every misunderstanding implies there is also an understanding. But what if understanding is only an illusion?

a conversation with Franco La Cecla

Digital ethics

The World Wide Web utopia

Humanity should be the purpose of data and machines at work, but, today, that’s not quite the case.

by Vittorio Di Tomaso


Cartographies of time

What does time look like? Daniel Rosenberg and Anthony Grafton curated the first visual history of the timeline.

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Art & Music

Paolo Cirio

Investigating social fields impacted by the internet, through art, as technology changes how we perceive the world.

by Eleonora Raspi


Death is not an option

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

by Alice Azzolini


Beyond meat

Soon, natural resources will not be enough to feed us. Here’s how synthetic biology could help.

by Sridhar Iyengar

Artificial Intelligence

AI way to hell

When we talk about Artificial Intelligence, it’s often technology and technique. But to understand it, we should put ethics first.

by Leonardo Caffo


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.

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Courtesy of Guilherme Gerais
Digital ethics

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?

by Philip Di Salvo

Future of work

Productivity before dawn

Morning routines have become more and more popular. How does productivity happen before the world wakes up?

by Ornella Sinigaglia


Harvesting an educational utopia

H-FARM is creating an innovation hub where entrepreneurs, professionals, and students live together.

by Riccardo Donadon


maize is a triannual magazine powered by H-FARM, an international hub for innovation, education and entrepreneurship, that explores the complexities of innovation and the shifting dichotomy between technology and evolution through the lens of philosophy, arts, and humanities.

Each issue of maize is an aesthetic monograph, which explores a central topic through compelling interviews, reports, short stories, personal essays and visuals. This magazine is for those who love open discussions, philosophical ideas, and contemporary thoughts. It is also for those who are eager to discover new ways to develop foresight, be inspired, make informed decisions, and participate in the innovation process—all while staying human.