Monday, March 30, 2020

Waiting for the Encyclical:the Environment Pope!

The vatican observer John Allen has anticipated the Encyclical on the environment coming out today with a book called The Francis Miracle. This is an excerpt from that book recently appeared on TIME magazine.

Francis is making the environment a top concern and speaking out against the ‘sin’ of ‘exploiting the Earth’
This month marks the second anniversary of Pope Francis’ election.
The following is taken from THE FRANCIS
MIRACLE: Inside the Transformation of the Pope and the Church by John L. Allen Jr.
TIME Books
It was probably
inevitable that the first pope named Francis—inspired by a saint who preached to birds and gave pet names to the sun and the moon— has turned out to be a strong environmentalist. In fact, Francis has said that concern for the environment is a defining Christian virtue. (The young Jorge Bergoglio trained as a chemist, so he has a foundation to appreciate the scientific issues involved.) This elementof the social gospel bubbled to the surface as early as his inaugural mass, when Francis issued a plea to “let us be ‘protectors’ of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the
St. Francis’s imprint on this pope is clearly strong. In unscripted comments during a meeting with the
president of Ecuador in April 2013, he said, “Take good care of creation. St. Francis wanted that. People
occasionally forgive, but nature never does. If we don’t take care of the environment, there’s no way of getting
around it.

Francis is making the environment a top concern and speaking out against the ‘sin’ of‘ exploiting the Earth’This month marks the second anniversary of Pope Francis’ election.

The following is taken from THE FRANCISMIRACLE: Inside theTransformation of thePope and the Church byJohn L. Allen Jr.TIME BooksIt was probablyinevitable that the firstpope named Francis—inspired by a saint who preachedto birds and gave pet names to the sun and the moon—has turned out to be a strong environmentalist. In fact,Francis has said that concern for the environment is adefining Christian virtue. (The young Jorge Bergogliotrained as a chemist, so he has a foundation toappreciate the scientific issues involved.) This elementof the social gospel bubbled to the surface as early as hisinaugural mass, when Francis issued a plea to “let us be‘protectors’ of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.”St. Francis’s imprint on this pope is clearly strong. Inunscripted comments during a meeting with thepresident of Ecuador in April 2013, he said, “Take goodcare of creation. St. Francis wanted that. People occasionally forgive, but nature never does. If we don’t take care of the environment, there’s no way of getting around it.

The two previous popes were also environmentalists. The mountain­ climbing, kayaking John Paul II was a strong apostle for ecology, once issuing an almost apocalyptic warning that humans “must finally stop before the abyss” and take better care of nature.

Benedict XVI’s ecological streak was so strong that he earned a reputation as “the Green Pope” because of his repeated calls for stronger environmental protection, as well as gestures such as installing solar panels atop a

Vatican audience hall and signing an agreement to make the Vatican Europe’s first carbon­neutral state.

Francis is carrying that tradition forward. Among other things, he told French President François Hollande during a January 2014 meeting that he is working on an encyclical on the environment. (An encyclical is considered the most developed and authoritative form of papal teaching.) The Vatican has since confirmed that Francis indeed intends to deliver the first encyclical ever devoted entirely to environmental issues.

In a July 2014 talk at the Italian university of Molise, Francis described harm to the environment as “one ofthe greatest challenges of our times.” It’s a challenge, he said, that’s theological as well as political in nature. “I look at . . . so many forests, all cut, that have become land . . . that can [no] longer give life,” the pope continued, citing South American woodlands in particular. “This is our sin, exploiting the Earth. . . .

This is one of the greatest challenges of our time: to convert ourselves to a type of development that knows how to respect creation.” Not so long ago, the idea of Catholic environmentalism would have struck some as a contradiction in terms. In the 1960s and 1970s, it was fashionable among pioneers of the environmental movement to fault the entireJudeo-­Christian tradition for humanity’s savage indifference to the earth. Lynn White, Jr., of the University of California published an influential article in the journal Science in 1967 in which he blamed the Bible for making Westerners feel “superior to nature, contemptuous of it, willing to use it for our slightest whim.” While acknowledging contrary currents in Christian history such as St. Francis, White nonetheless ended with a sweeping indictment: “We shall continue to have a worsening ecological crisis until we reject the Christian axiom that nature has no reason for existence save to serve man.” Today things are virtually upside down, with Pope Francis seen as an important environmental advocate. Writing in The Atlantic Monthly, Tara Isabella Burton praised Francis for “publicly—with the dizzying reach granted to a man in his position—emphasizing an understanding of nature that, in contrast to the combative dichotomy so prevalent in mainstream politico­ religious discourse, is intrinsically positive in its treatment of the physical world.” Burton called thepope’s vision one “that is, radically and profoundly, pro­ life.” Burton’s reference to “pro­life” connotes that

Francis is leading Catholics to view environmental concern as part and parcel of what it means to foster a “culture of life,” and therefore of equivalent importance as resisting abortion and gay marriage.

In the argot of contemporary environmental thinkers, if Benedict XVI was the Green Pope, then Francis may be remembered as the “Dark Green Pope”—a figure who intensifies the Church’s commitment to the environment by linking it to the corrosive effects of consumerism and runaway global capitalism. Before Francis arrived on the scene, the American political theorist Jeremy Rifkin forecast that issues such as GMOs and climate change would dissolve the old left­/right divisions, creating a new “biopolitics” in which defenders of nature on the left and defenders of human life on the right would find themselves allies, standing against a 21st­century hyper­industrialism that sees everything, including nature and organic life, as a commodity. Francis, the pope of the social gospel, could develop into the leader who makes Rifkin’s predictioncome true.

Excerpted from THE FRANCIS MIRACLE: Inside the Transformation of the Pope and the Church

by John L. Allen Jr., published by TIME Books, an imprint of Time Home Entertainment

Sparta lives on. In Taranto

On the initiative of tiredless activist Marco De Bartolomeo,  tomorrow the cituzen of Taranto will open the debate on their future and theior pas. In fact taranto and Sparta were twin cities. taranto was a colony of the Spartans and survived to see or days.

Marco De Bartolomeo tells the story wonderfully in an exciting presentation called Taranto Spartan City.

This is also becoming a brand name for the future of a city whose present image is suffering of the negative externalities created on the economy, public health and environment by the crazy choice of making a natural and historic paradise, host ground for heavy steel industries.

This model is a typical fossile second industrial revolution model and is now in a terminal crisis. The only way out is a new model based on the  Thrid Industrial Revolution principles, based on the territory, its biosphere, its people its food and natural resources and its culture.  These assetts will garantee a more balanced development of Taranto that will take the city in his glourious Spartan Past and out of steel and fossil energies. . Millions of people in the world feel attracted to the Spartanity, call their football teams with Spartan names, have an adoration for the “300” movie.

Marco De Bartolomeo

Let them come to Taranto to see the heritage of Sparta with Spartan races and competition, enogastronomical experiences, theme parks, renewable energies,  hydrogen boats, 3D printed souvenirs and items, and forget about the steel once and for all.

The Association Taranto the Spartan City aims at redefining the future through the past and discussing in an inclusive and open way all ideas on this framework in an event that takes place in Taranto on the 18th of June, in the shadow of 2300 years old doric columns.

This is a presentation (in Italian) of the event:


La città e la provincia di Taranto sono al centro di complessi e storici processi di transizione tali da richiedere una immediata e speciale attenzione ed un vigoroso sostegno da parte delle componenti sociali locali e, in particolare, delle alte dirigenze sia pubbliche che private. A differenza di quanto accaduto a favore di altre province del sud e centro Italia, le azioni dei governi nazionali e regionali condotte nell’area tarantina sono apparse sino a questo momento orientate a garantire e favorire prevalentemente le attività delle grandi industrie pesanti specializzate nella produzione massiva di manufatti adatti al mercato nazionale ed internazionale, ma non in grado di dare corpo ad una virtuosa e locale rete dell’indotto. La programmazione ed i finanziamenti privilegiati a favore delle produzioni pesanti, definite strategiche per l’intera filiera nazionale, hanno pertanto garantito la prosecuzione e la continuità delle attività affini anche in altri centri industriali remoti, senza però comportare una benefica ricaduta per tutte le altre imprese locali. I relativi cicli produttivi hanno finito tra l’altro per generare importanti ed estese esternalità negative soprattutto sul piano ambientale e sanitario, le quali hanno offuscato l’immagine generale del territorio e danneggiato le altre attività tradizionali. Le azioni condotte a difesa dei comparti produttivi tradizionali, spesso spontanee, si sono invece mostrate deboli, insufficienti e frammentate poiché poste al di fuori di un contesto e di un progetto unitario ed integrato sostenuto a livello nazionale ed europeo. La peculiarità si è pertanto articolata in un profondo stato di crisi del territorio ionico, risolto spesso con la cessazione ed il ridimensionamento persino di noti e storici marchi ed esercizi di imprese private di piccole e medie dimensioni; in pratica, della vera e principale ossatura della filiera produttiva ionica. Le categorie più colpite sono state quelle di commercianti, artigiani, pescatori, allevatori, agricoltori, ma sono risultate penalizzate in generale anche tutte le altre libere professioni. Malgrado i generali e negativi fattori congiunturali ed il momento storico particolarmente sfavorevole, altri centri provinciali pugliesi sono riusciti lo stesso ad avviare un graduale e provvidenziale processo di riconversione e differenziazione, mentre la programmazione economica ed industriale operata nel territorio ionico si è rivelata spesso un vero e proprio tallone d’Achille in grado di far perdere alla comunità locale importanti opportunità di sviluppo e di riconversione, quelle stesse promosse e finanziate anche e soprattutto dalla Comunità Europea e, purtroppo, prossime all’esaurimento in virtù dell’imminente uscita delle regioni meridionali dagli elenchi di attenzione riservati alle aree svantaggiate. In uno scenario talmente critico e recessivo sarebbe stato opportuno prendere atto dell’esaurimento e della restrizione verificatasi sul fronte della domanda nel mercato interno, per poi puntare sulla selezione di tutte le attività alternative con indici economici positivi e stabili, quelle caratterizzate da una forte domanda da coltivare nel tentativo di intercettare e dirottare nuovi flussi finanziari esteri e idonee a riportare la provincia ionica nell’alveo delle attività sicure e con grandi ricadute occupazionali ed economiche per tutti e non solo per pochi. A tale proposito, non è da escludere il ricorso alla sinergia e alla cooperazione internazionale. Ma le azioni atte ad imprimere una svolta duratura e concreta ad un complesso processo di riconversione, possono essere coronate dal successo esclusivamente in presenza di unimpegno comune e partecipato di tutti i soggetti portatori di interessi. Per tale motivo, l’Associazione “Taranto, la Città Spartana”, consapevole delle esigenze e delle opportunità generate dal corretto utilizzo del patrimonio e delle risorse territoriali, in associazione ad un brand di respiro internazionale, ha posto non a caso all’attenzione delle parti sociali il problema di concentrare gli sforzi e le energie a favore di un piano omogeneo ed integrato, valorizzato da un tema portante ed universalmente riconosciuto, in grado di svolgere il ruolo di volano e di rilanciare tutte le attività produttive da sempre reale espressione delle naturali, storiche e genuine vocazioni del territorio ionico. In quest’ottica, l’Associazione “Taranto, la Città Spartana”, ha già identificato quattro principali filoni attraverso i quali promuovere il rilancio del territorio, e relativi alla cultura e al turismo, alla logistica e alla organizzazione dei flussi internazionali di merci, all’esportazione dei prodotti locali e infine all’industria della ottimizzazione dei servizi pubblici e privati. Tali attività sono state inquadrate e sviluppate nell’ambito di 5 distretti polifunzionali e integrati; l’obiettivo è semplice: sostenere lo sviluppo di Taranto incentrato sul turismo, sulla cultura, sulla ricchezza storica, artigianale ed enogastronomica del nostro territorio, ma anche sulla logistica e sul traffico internazionale delle merci. Tuttavia, l’intervento strategico proposto dalla nostra Associazione e che nelle linee generali mira a dotare il territorio di tutte le infrastrutture ancora mancanti e necessarie a sostenere le nuove attività, non vuole essere unico ed esclusivo ma desidera piuttosto compendiare ed integrare armonicamente gli altri valenti progetti a favore della provincia e della città di Taranto. Si tratta, in sintesi, di un insieme di linee guida di fusione ed armonizzazione più che di un unico progetto, che vogliamo costruire assieme a tutta la cittadinanza. Fino ad oggi la nostra Associazione, attraverso incontri e presentazioni, ha cercato di far conoscere il potenziale che, come città, abbiamo a disposizione. Ma oggi appare finalmente maturo anche il tempo di passare alla dimensione reale ed operativa dei progetti a breve, medio e lungo termine. Noi ne abbiamo alcuni, ma siamo consapevoli che sono solo una minima parte di ciò che una comunità come quella tarantina, può ancora esprimere e sostenere.. Per questo lanciamo una CALL PUBBLICA, un incontro aperto a tutti da realizzarsi nella giornata del 18 giugno, ore 17, presso il Salone della Provincia, dove invitiamo tutti coloro che vogliono unirsi a noi per iniziare questo percorso, a partire dalle associazioni che da anni sono attive nel valorizzare il nostro patrimonio culturale e naturale, dal mare che può essere uno splendido “acquario senza vasche” alla scoperta degli affascinanti segreti dell’Isola del Centro Storico. Dalle radici spartane fino alla Taranto contemporanea, passando per tutte le civiltà susseguitesi nel tempo, non c’è alcun contrasto tra i vari elementi perché costituiscono un unicum tarantino. Il pian strategico proposto alla cittadinanza tarantina è compatibile e non è in contrasto con nulla, ma si pone come un nuovo tassello in una necessaria e inderogabile dimensione di rete, in cui ognuno sostiene e promuove gli altri, per offrire ai viaggiatori italiani e stranieri un “pacchetto” esperienziale unico al mondo. Per salire negli standard internazionali e diventare una meta di qualità davvero appetibile, c’è tuttavia bisogno del contributo di tutti, dei professionisti dell’accoglienza e del marketing turistico, di studiosi, archeologi, ingegneri, architetti, artigiani, commercianti, imprenditori, ma anche di singoli cittadini che hanno buone idee e la voglia di realizzarle, si tratti di start-up di giovani o di un artigiano in pensione. Tutta la società alla quale, lo abbiamo probabilmente dimenticato, appartiene il territorio in cui vive, può diventare artefice del proprio futuro. Ne ha la possibilità e anche il dovere. La progettazione è un valore assoluto e l’esperienza della vicina Matera ci indica la strada giusta da percorrere. Per questo iniziamo ufficialmente il nostro viaggio con una “call”, perché crediamo nel valore della partecipazione attiva, un concetto ben coltivato negli altri Paesi quando occorre affrontare temi che hanno un forte impatto sulla vita di una comunità. Nel nostro caso, il tema è come detto un turismo sostenibile che rilanci e sostenga parte della nostra economia per il prossimo secolo. Desideriamo offrire il nostro contributo a questo processo: ci incontreremo, discuteremo e insieme, magari creando un comitato ad hoc nei prossimi mesi, decideremo una road map da seguire. Anche il sito web, che verrà attivato in occasione della call, sarà una piattaforma dove proporre idee, singole disponibilità e competenze, dove tutti i progetti che verranno scelti saranno monitorati in modo trasparente in tutte le fasi di sviluppo. Questa è la partenza di un viaggio comune che speriamo porti lontano, che inizia il 18 giugno, ore 17, presso il Salone della Provincia, dove sono invitati tutti i cittadini di Taranto. Tutti coloro che vogliono aderire al dibattito sono pregati di prenotare i propri interventi rispondendo alla mail sottostante scrivendo “PRENOTO INTERVENTO” oppure prenotandosi in sede di evento attraverso la registrazione che verrà eseguita prima della Call pubblica. N.b. Ogni intervento avrà max 5 minuti di tempo a disposizione. Farà fede l’ordine cronologico di prenotazione.

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Strasbourg; the the vote on pro-TTIP resolution in the European Parliament, shockingly,  was called off this week in Strasbourg..

Officially, Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, said the debate had been postponed “to give more time … to further reflect on the outstanding issues and to reduce as much as possible the large number of amendments tabled.”

In reality we know that the MEPs received a lot of pressure from their constituents also thanks to the mail bombing organized by the STOP TTIP  campaign.

CETRI-TIRES has  joined the  “STOP TTIP” Campaign and feels very satisfied about this result.

TTIP — Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership — is a massive corporate power grab that would grant corporations unprecedented power over our lives. Members of European Parliament were scared they would lose the critical vote on the pro-TTIP resolution, so they postponed the vote at the last minute.

People-powered movements have played a huge part in stopping this resolution from passing. We’ve contributed to this immense public pressure with our European-wide campaign against TTIP: As of this week more than 2 million people have signed the self-organised European Initiative to stop TTIP.

Members of the European Parliament have heard us loud and clear. One battleis won, but the war is still raging on.

The ennemy is rich and powerful. We cannot  afford to lower the guard right now.

That is why we have to  ramp up the pressure and make sure no pro-TTIP resolution will never pass in the European Parliament, and this dangerous trade deal will bite the dust!

Anyone who wants to know more the details about TTIP, just can’t.

This deal is being negotiated behind closed doors, with only government representatives and corporate lobbyists able to read its  The deal clauses are being discussed between non elected governemnt officials and non elected corporate lobbyists. But several leaks of secret treaty drafts have let us know just how dangerous the trade deal is!

It is outrageous that the profits  of a few global corporations should prevail on the interests of the citizen to a clean environment, social rights, safe food.

Yes, with TTIP, all the  workers’ protection, Environment standards and our food safety, clean energy, social rights and many other things we care about are on the chopping block.

Hundreds of corporate lobbyists and government officials thought it would be easy to push this massive trade deal through. But we aren’t taking the biggest corporate power grab in history laying down.

CETRI-TIRES joined efforts with more than 400 partner organisations all across the European Union to form a self-organised, EU-wide citizens’ initiative ‘Stop TTIP’. With over 2 million signatures, we have become the largest European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) ever.

The bigger we get, the more likely we’ll be able to win the fight against TTIP.

Two years ago, conventional wisdom said that in the epic fight between the corporate-backed trade deal and regular citizens, stopping this dangerous deal would be nearly impossible. Across the Atlantic, another massive trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being negotiated and the chances of stopping it seemed similarly bleak.

But we came together and fought battle after battle: Everywhere that world leaders and trade negotiators have gone for their secret talks, from Hawaii to Brussels, SumOfUs have been there too. We’ve funded newspaper and radio ads all over the world, and overwhelmed key decision-makers’ offices and email inboxes to stop the secret trade deals.

Thanks to the work that all of us, and our partners across the globe, these deals are no longer a sure bet: In Europe, the EU commission didn’t get the expected green light from European Parliament. And in the US, we’ve managed to delay “Fast Track” — a bill that will speed the trade deals through Congress without democratic oversight.

We’ve come a long way, now let’s keep up the pressure and stop these deals for good. Now it is not the time to stop. Let’s keep the pressure high.

Can you add your voice to the European Citizens’ Initiative against TTIP now?

TTIP discussion must not be post-poned, it must be cancelled!

Many thanks to all those who will become active, signing and pressurizing any MEP they know against TTIP.

Let’s make the voice of the citizen heard louder than the voice of the corporate lobbyists.

TTIP is a total travesty! Stop now before is too late.

The European Parliament is about to decide about the TTIP.

The Third Industrial Revolution European Society endorses unconditionately the call of the Green Group of the European Parliament to  make some noise and let your voice be heard by sharing this video! Let us not put profit before people! Let us not permit the ISDS (Investor State Dispute Settlement) that allows Monsanto to sue Italy for opposing GMO’s, Vattenfall to sue Germany for stopping nuclear power and Mac Donald to sue France for setting higher food standards.

Let us all take action and make pour MEPs know how we feel about this betrayal of their public duties!


Jeremy Rifkin in Paris on the 4th of June to speak about the collaborative economy

Sharing economy, collaborative commons, sustainable energy and digital Europe, are some of the topics that tomorrow Jeremy Rifkin will touch at the “collaborative Economy conference in paris where he will be introduced by Philippe Vasseur, President of the World Economic Forum and of the Chamber of Commerce of the Nord Pas de Calais Region in France. The event will also see the Presence of Claude Lenglet, head of the Third Industrial Revolution department of the Region.  The French are way ahead!

For more information go here:

On Being African in Europe …. a young black man, Ivan Sagnet, an engineer from Cameroon..

Congratulations to Yvan Sagnet, Vice President of the CETRI-TIRES for making it to the NEW YORK TIMES!

ROME — While the recent spate of deadly police confrontations with black men in America has sparked a renewed debate about racism, the conversation in Europe about violence, social exclusion and immigration has studiously avoided the issue of race.

But for some Europeans of African descent, the message is clear.

“Honestly, it’s quite tiring watching black people dying all the time,” Tamara Gausi, a journalist who was born in London to parents of Malawian origin, told me. “Whether it’s in Baltimore or in the Mediterranean Sea, in the media it’s almost as if it’s completely normal for black people to die, and that is a terrible message.”

My talks with Ms. Gausi revolve around the deep disappointment we feel about the lack of outrage over the brutal experiences of black migrants. Worse, most Europeans of African roots ignore what is happening on the other side of the Mediterranean.

In Southern Europe, being black is often synonymous with being an African immigrant or a refugee, and therefore an easy target. In 2013 and 2014, in Spain, Greece, Italy, Poland and Ukraine, hundreds of people of African origin were physically assaulted, and many of them killed, the European Network Against Racism reports.

I am of Eritrean descent, though I am light-skinned, and the issue of Afro-European identity is new to me. I was raised in an all-Italian environment, where my African heritage was largely ignored. Even my father, a black man born in Asmara during Italy’s colonial period, rarely acknowledges our ties with Africa. For a long time, I didn’t really question color and seldom realized how frustrating the constant negative portrayal of black people can be. Yet witnessing the oppression and the suffering of those who are fleeing Africa shook my Eurocentric indifference.

There has not been a serious effort to build a narrative about the black experience in Europe that takes into account class and power relations. Though there are eight million blacks living in Europe, there is little debate about the underrepresentation of people of color, who have lived and worked here for generations yet rarely attain positions of power.

Even in Britain, which many see as the most tolerant European country for multiculturalism, most blacks receive inferior educations and have access to low-quality health care. They generally work low-paying jobs, and their unemployment rate is high. In France’s suburbs, the third and fourth generations of immigrants from North Africa face the same fate. This situation has provoked violent riots in both France and Britain in recent years and has created fertile ground for extremism. The neglect reveals ineradicable ties with Europe’s colonial history that clash with Europe’s human rights values.

Creating a black narrative requires questioning old colonial symbols first. This is happening, with a more aware and networked generation of activists. One example is the campaign against Zwarte Piet, or Black Pete, the dull, Afro-looking servant of Santa Claus, dear to Dutch and Belgian traditions. In 2011, artists and human rights groups organized protests until Zwarte Piet’s look was changed. He now appears without the frizzy dark hair and big red lips, though his face is still painted black.

One reason such offensive symbols weren’t questioned until recently is because of the fragmentation among black activists across Europe. In the United States, there has been a comprehensive cultural construction of African-American identity, and a movement that responds when there is injustice or violence. We Euro-Africans still lack our own positive, inspiring symbols and leaders, our Martin Luther Kings, our Rosa Parkses, our Barack Obamas.

“We should be more active in telling our stories and not be afraid of celebrating our culture,” Johny Pitts, a photographer born in England to an African-American father and a British mother, told me. Touring the Continent, he has portrayed hundreds of black Europeans for a street photography project called “An Afropean Odyssey.”

“It is all about opening dialogue, and not just about race or for the sole defense of blackness,” Mr. Pitts said. He is not interested in antiracism militancy. He wants to reframe the image of black men and women in Europe to highlight the dignity and the strengths of African descendants.

Entrenched attitudes are hard to overcome. On a train to Rome recently, I saw ticket collectors blocking access to first-class seats to a young black man, Ivan Sagnet, an engineer from Cameroon. After Mr. Sagnet showed his ticket, they let him in. He noticed my indignation and smiled. “This is not the first time it happens, but I have learned not to react,” he said.

He told me he went to Italy’s Puglia region for the melon season four years ago to earn money for his university fees. There, he helped organize farm workers against exploitative labor practices. He now works for the trade unions, assisting immigrants and raising awareness about worker rights.

“I was happy to see some antiracism groups supporting our actions, but we warned them that the exploited were not just black Africans, since many were Eastern Europeans and Middle Eastern,” Mr. Sagnet said. “Our fight was not about race, but injustice.”

Vittorio Longhi, an Italian journalist, is the author, most recently, of “The Immigrant War: A Global Movement Against Discrimination and Exploitation.”

By VITTORIO LONGHI , Source The New York Times


The digital economy will revolutionize every commercial sector, disrupt the workings of virtually every industry, bring with it unprecedented new economic opportunities, put millions of people back to work, and create a more sustainable low-carbon society to mitigate climate change.

The European Union is embarking on a bold new course between 2015 and 2020 to create a high-tech 21st Century integrated single market that can unite its 500 million citizens and 28 member states, making Europe potentially the most productive commercial space in the world. The plan is called Digital Europe.

Jeremy Rifkin released a new version of his famous “Digital Europe” paper at the occasion of the introductory lecture for the Conference of thje European Speakers of the EU in Rome. The Third Industrial Revolution Digital future is ahead. Wether that would be for all human kind or just a restricted privileged minority will depend largely on the choices we are making today. This paper helps understanding the trend and anticipating it, by creating the zero marginal cost Communities and Comnmons and establishing the citizen and territoria  energy, food and economic soveregnty. The Third Industrial Revolution European Society felt compelled to make this paper available  to anyone who may want to anticipate the future in planning economic and social strategies for a more sustainable and fairer world.

download the pdf of the Digital Europe Rifkin paper.


Jeremy Rifkin lunedì alla Camera con il segretario generale del CETRI Leonida Bombace e l’architetto Silke Krawietz, membro del comitato scientifico del CETRI per gli edifici a energia positiva

Piccola grande lezione di Terza Rivoluzione Industriale alla Camera  da parte di Jeremy Rifkin lunedì scorso in occasione della seduta solenne di apertura della Conferenza dei Presidenti dei Parlamenti dell’Unione Europea.

Dopo aver ricordato che le grandi rivoluzioni economiche avvengono sempre quando si verifica la convergenza fra nuovi sistemi di comunicazione per gestire più efficientemente le attività economiche , nuovi modelli energetici per alimentarle in modo più efficiente e nuovi modelli logistici per favorire gli scambi e i movimenti in modo più rapido e efficiente, il grande pensatore americano ha esortato i presidenti delle assemblee legislative di tutta Europa convenuti a Roma per ascoltarlo a favorire e mettere in corsia preferenziale atti legislativi intesi a favorire la transizione verso una terza rivoluzione industriale  smart, green e digitale.

Rifkin ha  anche ricordato che l’Europa Digitale è molto di più che la banda larga o il wi fi gratuito, ma è la predisposizione dell’infrastruttura dell’internet delle cose con miliardi e miliardi di sensori in rete fra di loro per la gestione di tutte le attività economiche e sociali dell’essere umano sulla terra.

Ecco il link dove si può ascoltare il suo intervento integrale

Jeremy Rifkin explains the Internet of Things

With the Internet of Things we all can transform from Consumers to Prosumers!

The obsessive race to profit and extremized productivity has produced the phenomenon of the Zero Marginal Cost, which has made available in the market an abundance of goods and services that cost nearly Zero to produce. The economic life then re-aggregates itself according to the scheme of the Collaborative Commons, leaving behind the competitive capitalist market’s one.

In the following video, Jeremy Rifkin explains the facts and the vision in less than 10 minutes: enjoy the video and share to let your friends know!


Jeremy Rifkin is the keynote speaker at the 2015 speakers conference organized at the Camera dei Deputati plenary by President Laura Boldrini.

Jeremy Rifkin will deliver an opening keynote address at the annual conference of the speakers of the 28 European Union (EU) member state parliaments to be held in Rome, Italy in the plenary hall in Palazzo Montecitorio on April 20th 2015. Mr. Rifkin will urge Europe’s parliamentary leaders to enact legislation to erect an Internet of Things infrastructure for a digital Europe and a Third Industrial Revolution.

Mr. Rifkin argues that Digital Europe involves much more than providing universal broadband, free Wi-Fi, and a flow of Big Data. To grasp the enormity of the economic change taking place in the European Union, we need to understand the technological forces that have given rise to new economic systems throughout history. Mr. Rifkin points out that “Every great economic paradigm requires three elements, each of which interacts with the other to enable the system to operate as a whole: new communication technologies to more efficiently manage economic activity; new sources of energy to more efficiently power economic activity; and new modes of transportation to more efficiently move economic activity.”

In the 19th century, steam-powered printing and the telegraph, abundant coal, and locomotives on national rail systems gave rise to the First Industrial Revolution. In the 20th Century, centralized electricity, the telephone, radio and television, cheap oil, and internal combustion vehicles on national road systems converged to create an infrastructure for the Second Industrial Revolution.

Today, the EU is laying the ground work for a Third Industrial Revolution. The digitalized Communication Internet is converging with a digitalized renewable Energy Internet, and a digitalized automated Transportation and Logistics Internet, to create a super-Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure. In the Internet of Things era, sensors will be embedded into every device and appliance, allowing them to communicate with each other and send data in real-time to the Communication, Energy, and Transportation and Logistics Internets, providing up to the moment information for managing, powering, and moving economic activity across the myriad value chains in a smart Digital Europe. Mr. Rifkin explains that “In this expanded digital economy, private enterprises connected to the Internet of Things can use Big Data and analytics to develop algorithms that speed efficiency, increase productivity, and dramatically lower the marginal cost of producing and distributing goods and services, making making European businesses more competitive in an emerging post-carbon global marketplace.” (Marginal cost is the cost of producing an additional unit of a good or service, after fixed costs have been absorbed.) The marginal cost of some goods and services in a digital Europe will even approach zero, allowing millions of prosumers connected to the Internet of Things to produce and exchange things with one another, for nearly free, in the growing Sharing Economy.

Mr. Rifkin concludes that “A digital Europe will revolutionize every commercial sector, bring with it unprecedented new economic opportunities, put millions of people back to work, and create a more sustainable low-carbon society to mitigate climate change. The digitalized Internet of Things platform is the core of the Third Industrial Revolution.”

here is the program in Italian

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