#PIW2016 Day Four

#PIW2016 Day Four

Raymond Kurzweil, inventor, computer scientist and American essayist wrote in The Singularity: “At the current rate, the 21st century will be the equivalent of 20,000 years of progress at a speed one thousand times greter than the 20th century.”

“Now, the crucial issue of our time is the need for a philosophy that can take up the challenge of our complexity, understanding mutual connections, interactions, and implications, multidimensional phenomena, and realities that are both solidary and conflictual (just like democracy, a system that nurtures on antagonism while regulating it).” Edgar Morin, La mia sinistra, Erickson, Trento 2011

Rapidity of change (with exponential trajectories) and complexity: these two factors summarise the great challenges that await us in this century. What role can schools play?

There are Italian regions in which one of out of every four young individuals does not pursue studies beyond secondary school. Indeed, 40% of the population aged 25-64 only has a secondary school certificate. And only 24% has a university degree and participates in educational activities. This data places Italy amongst the last countries in Europe, far from the objectives addressed by Europe 2020. Moreover, Italy is amongst the first countries in Europe in terms of youth unemployment, school dropout rates and NEETs. What works and what doesn’t in our schools? Education is a plus. Increasing it help the country to grow economically and brings quality with high levels of inclusion, as Professor Tullio De Mauro has always posited.

The Life Education Model developed by Alfonso Molina (Erickson, Trento 2016) is based on the challenges that await us. This model is experimented with daily at the Phyrtual Innovation Gym and in all the schools that participate in the Network, thanks to an integrated programme of research, action, development and implementation. And this strategic vision is the starting point for the debate that will be held at the Rome Campidoglio, today (Thursday, Oct. 6, 10 am) as part of the Phyrtual Innovation Week (Rome, Oct. 3-8):


  • Laura Baldassarre, Individuals, Schools and Solidary Community Councillor, Roma Capitale
  • Alessandra Cenerini, President, Association Italian Teachers and Administrators
  • Tullio De Mauro, Professor Emeritus, Sapienza University of Rome
  • Alfonso Molina, Scientific Director, Fondazione Mondo Digitale
  • Francesco Zambotti, Research and Development Area, School Office, Edizioni Centro Studi Erickson

Coordinator: Mirta Michilli, Director General Fondazione Mondo Digitale

Full programme – Phyrtual Innovation Week