New life for small villages?

In many countries, the COVID-19 emergency has led to a greater propensity on the part of companies and workers to remote smart working. This phenomenon, together with the search for a slower pace of life and more affordable living costs, has…

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When welfare is collaborative

In order to respond with new services to meet people’s need for well-being and a social life, one of the contemporary solutions is ‘collaborative welfare’. The name reflects the fact that services are based on reciprocity. The giver and the…

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From the “Social Street” to Communal Landings 2.0

In contexts where impoverished social relations combine with the economic difficulties of welfare, solutions to problems often come from the bottom up. This is what has happened, for example, with the “Social Street” experiment, in which people, based on principles…

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Sustainability and social cohesion

When we talk about sustainability and the three pillars that support it (economic, social and environmental), we tend to emphasize environmental sustainability. There are many reasons for this, not least the centrality that the climate crisis has assumed in our…

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When resilience is transformative

The COVID-19 pandemic is an event guaranteed to produce long-term social and economic impacts. Someone has even coined the term 'covidic' to identify a sort of new era: a pre-COVID era compared to a post-COVID era. We shall see. What is…

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The other side of the pandemic… the infodemic

Referred to as an infodemic, fusing the nouns 'information' and 'epidemic', this is another of the many problematic issues on which the COVID-19 coronavirus emergency has led us to reflect. The WHO (World Health Organization) has been denouncing the risk since…

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Where to buy? How to buy?

The world of retail is changing. Not only for small businesses, but also for supermarket chains and large-scale retailing. Technological innovation, new lifestyles and new needs: the way we buy is evolving and changing, and the retail giants are trying to…

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From communication to education

Not everything changes in the same way, even in retail. Even for large retailers, where technological innovation has changed the way we shop, some things have not changed since the 1980s: some direct communication tools in particular, with reference to…

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