We live in a time of political, economic and social crises in the European Union, with a growing threat of new barriers both physical and cultural. Alongside this, there is a fear of immigration from the southern areas of the world which are scourged by wars, drought and poverty. The challenge is to ensure that solidarity and unity continue to be relevant in this geopolitical environment, where economic power and technological knowledge is increasingly moving toward the East and the Pacific. My commitment is to communicate and work for the ideal of a more united and stronger Europe: secure, transparent, shared and welcoming, with new and more efficient governance, simplified to better meet the challenges of globalisation. Based on the lessons of history, I would like to create a new narrative of the construction of the European model - unique and exemplary in 20th century history. This narrative would help us to understand the present and to better predict the future, making us not just participants, but also protagonists in what happens tomorrow. I work to spread the idea of a social Europe, not as a "model of an outmoded dream", but as a new smart Europe, which delivers global solidarity. In 2017, Europe will be 60 years old. Too young as a political entity to share sovereignty, values and rules? The globalised world is moving fast and there is no time left to procastinate. If we want to build a better future and an inclusive sustainable growth, we must do it now!
In line with Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN and UE, I actively participate in cultural, social and business activities to bring about the radical transformation of the contemporary world, global development and environmental protection, peace, security, the rule of law and good governance. Through these activities, I try to promote, disseminate and strengthen dialogue and interactions between institutions and citizens, in pursuit the common good. My commitment is aimed at helping to eradicate poverty and hunger in the world; in promoting and disseminating sustainable agriculture; in improving human health, access to education and continuing education for all; in ensuring gender equality and empowerment especially of young women; in reducing regional imbalances and in promoting the development of the most disadvantage areas; in ensuring clean air, water and energy; in nurturing sustainable and inclusive growth, and full employment; in avoiding waste, and unnecessary effort, and consumption that degrades and damages the environment; in building infrastructure and inclusive urban centers which are resilient, innovative and secure; in protecting and promoting the development of human capital, as well as social and cultural capital; and in preserving the health of the seas and terrestrial ecosystems.
Innovations are our visions of the future. I aspire to help improve communication between institutions, businesses and citizens by implementing networks of eco-friendly, smart, interactive business and cultural activities on a European scale. The aim is to confer a competitive advantage on European citizens, through the wider use of the IoT, intelligent and integrated technologies, Big and Open Data, augmented reality, 3D printing, home automation and cutting-edge robotics.
I work to facilitate the transition to new models of production and social organisation based on sustainability, and zero pollution and waste. This means moving from a linear economic and production process to a circular and sharing economy as existed before the advent of mass production. In the circular economy materials are reused and never wasted. Indeed "waste" has also value, becoming the input to create other products or new energy sources. Arte Povera anticipated this concept giving, through artistic creativity, a cultural and an economic value to things that we often throw away.
Nature provides society with numerous benefits such as food, clean water, healthy soil, textile, the capture of carbon dioxide and many others. Biodiversity is the natural wealth of the Earth and basis for life and the prosperity of all humanity. In recent decades, due to urbanization and the indiscriminate use of pesticides, biodiversity has unfortunately been disappearing at an alarming rate which diminishes the hope of a healthy life, the best possible working conditions and of general prosperity. I am committed to cultural, social and entrepreneurial activities that protect the environment by creating small "oases of natural ecosystems" which prevent the impoverishment of biodiversity in various areas of the world and support work to maintain the genetic diversity of species.
Based on the concept of creating small oases of "natural and virtual ecosystems", I designed the Smart-City-Farm-House in 2014. It is an integrated structure of rational building, technological platform and natural ecosystem for smart working and living in perfect harmony with the surrounding environment, founded on a respect and appreciation of nature, architecture, technology and the "genius Ioci". Focusing on quality of life, environmental comfort and preserving the ecosystem, I aim to use the most appropriate architectural and technological techniques, along with natural materials, which interact optimally, efficiently and economically, and to make the house self-sufficient in terms of energy, water, food, and low costs for those who live and work there.
By 2050 demand for energy will double, and demand for water and food will increase by over 50% due to strong population growth and increasingly limited food resources caused by deteriorating weather conditions produced by excess carbon dioxide in the biosphere. The first home of humanity is our bodies, but also Nature. What is needed now, is not only sustainable, clean energy, but also healthier ecosystems and healthier production, in contrast with today's food industry, with its dependence on long-distance transportation of goods, packaging and food additives, all of which is expensive, generates CO2 and endangers our health.
The watchwords of this new millennium are not only "know" but also "know-how", "to foresee" and "know how to innovate". Staying up-to-update in both scientific and cultural development is an essential requirement in today's society and for industry 4.0. Life-long learning should be available to people at various stages in their lives when they are cognitively ready. It should meet the needs of basic and continuing education, be tailored to people's individual requirements, available on demand and in a format that makes learning easy. In our world of accelerated technological progress and social innovation, we increasingly require specialized individuals and professionals, able to keep pace with evolving knowledge. Without this expertise and the innovation it produces, there is no economic and social development, nor a better future.
Helping and cooperation does not only mean "doing", but also spreading positivity and educating in an environment that facilitates learning: Work, cultural identity and life-long learning must be integrated if we are to ensure individual, social and economic success and foster growth. Building a modern society that is free, conscious, open, fair and accountable requires some fundamental ingredients: conflict resolution and managing change and decision making in a democratic way, in a bottom-up relationship; communicating, exchanging and sharing information, training, knowledge and good culture and society. A social whole is more than sum of the individuals that compose it. In it, people interact not only as individual players, but also as social and environmental actors, determining new dynamics of learning and interaction that create networks of cooperation which benefit not only the human capital of growth, but also promote higher self-esteem, self-efficacy and self-determination. It is further enhanced through the use and development of applied ICT to foster and improve living and working conditions, democracy, transparency, and open government through better interaction and communication between institutions, business and citizen.
A free, modern and cohesive community should be part of a dense network of open individuality, thirsting for different cultures, curios to discover and learn new knowledge, new realities and new world. The nourishment of the spirit goes hand in hand with the satisfaction of personal cognitive and psychological needs. It also takes into account material needs and the need of a personal and collective well-being which is the foundation off a happy society that is virtuous, fair and safe. There is no innovation and development without knowledge. In the modern world , institutions, businesses and citizens are engaged in a debate about economic models and what lifestyle to pursue to save the planet's heart and to promote well-being in a modern society. The answers are not only less consumption and less waste of existing natural resources, but also better knowledge and greater attention to the arts, to creativity and innovation, to culture and the conservation of cultural and environment heritage, recognizing not only their spiritual value, but most importantly their role in social inclusion, the growth of human capital, the development of social interconnections and the improvement of living and working conditions, health, security, psychological well-being (both personal and collective), and the increase of production, competitiveness and PNB. If knowledge is power, art is the happiness that this power gives us.