The Radical Re-design of Business: Are You Ready?

People Powering Digital Innovation

Industries are reforming in creative ways, challenging companies to blend talents, ideas, and technologies in a radical wave of innovation.

Everywhere you look, companies are using and creating a supercharged stream of innovation that is creating opportunities. Thriving in this digital era of promise means increasing the speed of innovation and collaboration. The main energy for this is not some magical technology-it’s talented people.  There is a sense that you prosper only when surrounded by a lot of resources that make it possible to succeed. Think of it as your garden, where you need fertile soil, seeds, and other ingredients to make things grow.

A successful business evolves rapidly. While innovative businesses needs experimenting and collaboration. They must attract resources of all sorts, partners, suppliers and producers of materials and developers to create a cooperative network.  Virtually every business sector is being impacted by digital. Process and experiences are being reshaped by new technologies.  In response to these changes, companies are rethinking how they do business. How can we unlock novel innovation and create resilience in society?

Discover Hephestos

Hephestos, an initiative of Massimo Mercuri and Marco Manca, founders of the SCimPULSE Foundation and CERN collaborators that have participated in the initial stages of this project, and WeMake (MakerSpace), with Massimo leading the co-creations team. Hephestos, a digital fabrication eco-system platform that enables and paves the way for a new radical business model.

Its goal is to set up transparent organisations to share standards and protocols, to connect the dots of design specifications and leverage an existing product management. A platform that will bring the same transformation that World Wide Web brought to our everyday life. Hephestos enables a pervasive and widespread fabrication system that will impulse employability and share resources.

“We believe the experience of this organization with previous consortiums like the World Wide Web Consortium have great value to assure the impact this initiative and increase the odds of transcendental benefits for humanity, says Massimo Mercuri”

Hephestos suggests that a company be viewed not as a member of a single industry but as part of a collaboration platform that crosses a variety of industries. Companies can co-evolve capabilities around new innovations: They work cooperatively and competitively to support new products, re-create new devices, meeting needs, and eventually incorporate the next round of innovations.

“Talent Clusters”
  Drives innovation

The digital era will rely on machines, but winning will require — perhaps more than ever — talent pools that can thrive in an increasingly digitized economy. Navigating this shift will be one of the defining moments. It’s time to get serious about how our organization’s most important asset- its people-will work in this exciting digital age. 

Digital businesses recognize that they need platforms and the entrepreneurial talent pool around them as engines for continuous information exchange, insight generation and value creation.  

Advantages for an Entrepreneur

For an entrepreneur who chooses to build a business in a digital ecosystem, participation can offer significant advantages, i.e. market entry costs reduced, access to customers and location independent, and that is just the beginning. An increase in income than they might not have had as independents due to lack of reach or community. It will allow scarce skills to be abundant, digital eco system can harness experts and aspiring professionals for a wide variety of products and services. 

Hephestos, a digital collaborative platform will help redefine organizations and widen its value to member companies; communities make the digital ecosystem model well suited for entrepreneurial journey. Hephestos shows opportunities for leaders in business, craftsman and other creators that will influence organizations’ strategies and operations for years to come.  

Accelerate Learning

The craftsman’s critical eye and creative mind is vital to evaluating new possibilities to make things that enable humanity to flourish in these challenging times. But this requires us to think and act as craftsmen and apply our to understanding our non-linear world, which is in part shaped by open, complex and seemingly vague systems that are highly interdependent of each other.

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Preventing Overweight and Obesity: Explore the Environment

It’s not news that obesity among children is widespread and continues to be a leading health concern in the United States, and the same is happening in many countries around the world. What may come as a bit of a surprise is that it's even happening in Mediterranean countries, especially among children.

Italy famed for its healthy lifestyle and Mediterranean diet, is the second highest next to Greece tackling weight issues and obesity in children. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), warned that the rate of overweight children could be a key issue for Italy in the coming years.

New Initiative for Childhood Obesity in Italy

While the rest of the world is encouraged to copy the traditional Italian menu by swapping junk food for fruit and vegetables, it seems Italians are forgetting the lessons they taught everyone else. Are traditional home-made meals and snacks losing out to low-cost, calorie-packed fast food, coupled with less physical activity?  Healthy food is easily available in Italy and the opportunities for physical activity are ample. Why are the figures for obesity so high?

Dr.Annamaria Acquaviva, nutritionist, dietician, mother and co-creator of the BATMAN initiative is on a mission. The BATMAN project, a study carried out with the support of the IORInstitute of Oncology of Romagna, the National Association of Dietitians and in collaboration with the ScimPulse FoundationThe project aims to help families of children with overweight and obesity through a nutritional path that conveys the knowledge of proper nutrition useful to the child; at the same time identifying the obstacles and difficulties faced by families with children 3-10 years in achieving a healthy way of life. 

Insight Into Preventive Strategies

Despite many health interventions, in Italy 21% of the children are overweight with 10% categorized as obese. These numbers are alarming which complelled Dr. Acquaviva to delve further. Children diagnosed with illnesses that were associated with the elderly, she knew something had to be done. “Unfortunately many times the interventions of nutrition education and health promotion are not sufficient to implement lasting change in lifestyle. The goal is to provide tools for parents to foster the child's health, keeping in mind the adult's point of view, which provides us with valuable information to overcome the possible critical interventions and propose actions really useful and practical “says Dr. Annamaria Acquaviva, dietitian and pharmacist in charge of the project".

Healthy Lifestyle

Dr. Acquaviva, together with her passion for tasty cooking and a healthy lifestyle believes the two can work together. Annamaria started her journey as chemist, but it was prevention instead of cure that intrigued her.  It’s no secret that prevention is a big buzzword in healthcare, or that a healthy diet is a cornerstone of preventative care. With obesity on the rise and more people concerned with the link between diet and overall quality of life, this initiative is welcomed.

Nutrition-the science of food  

Long-term, healthy behaviour changes are most successful when the entire family gets involved. Weight is a common topic at dinner tables, whether revealing itself in open discussion or unspoken actions. It’s an intricate subject every family deals with differently, some through restriction or portion control practices and others not at all. Dr. Acquaviva’s initiative promises distinct set of essential insight, expertise and skills needed to inform, inspire, and ultimately reshape Italy’s appetite. An approach to develop strategies for the prevention of excess weight gain targeting the factors contributing to obesity is the first step in combating the problem. The key to changing health behaviours, explore the environment that gives to them. 

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