The Potential of Synergy

 Developing a Tool to Design Ecosystems for Sustainable Soil Management

Dear friends and partners, good afternoon!

You may remember our announcement that our Fellow Tsilla was a speaker at the 5th ICSD. Today we are proudly sharing with you the full manuscript that accompanied her talk, published as open access (CC-BY-NC) by the European Journal of Sustainable Development.

Let us remind you the exceptional values that Tsilla represents, which we hope to push as the new normality here at SCImPULSE. Tsilla is the young mother of two, and she traveled all the way to Rome with her young son Elias (say hello to him in your reactions ;) Below is a picture of the two in front of the venues.

In fact, Tsilla is devoting her passion and original thinking to prepare a better place to live in for the next generation. And she does so with the irreducible strength of a mother, who given the right support by her family and coworkers can achieve everything proudly, she sets her sight on. 

Please support her project, as she is an example for more than just transferring ideas from science to innovation.

But let’s cut to the chase, and leave the impressions of the meeting to her own words:

"I was thankful to have the chance to join the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Development (on September 6-7, 2017 in Rome, Italy) to share the system agriculture (codenamed “Resuscitation”) project, and our progresses towards a first botanical computational tool, and to meet other professionals interested in renewing agricultural theories and practices from other disciplines. The international speakers were representing sustainability from environmental, cultural, economic and social perspectives, which allowed for an interesting exchange of ideas and crossbreeding.

In particular, additionally to methodic scientific questions about data retrieval, I received comments on the side of intellectual property rights or farmers’ concerns. I especially entertained interesting conversations with social scientist Dr.  Anne Strøm Prestvik from NIBIO, who shared with us a study about pesticide use in Norway’s farm, and Dr. Romeo Ciminello from the Pontificia Università Gregoriana, an economist deeply invested in ethics, trying to design new development indicators to measure impact on human capital, rather than economic growth, or GDP.  It was refreshing to discover a common interest in the ecological/agricultural input and output of the computational toolkit I am working on.

I had the opportunity of learning about different land distribution issues in northern Europe and South America and was galvanized to learn about the success of sustainable farming and land management in various areas of Latin and Southern America.

Among the many, I appreciated the lectures by Dr. Stefano dell’Anna about the experiences in Cuba, and by Dr. Roberth Villazon Montalvan of the Universidade Federal de Santa Caterina about the experiences in Brazil. I cannot exaggerate the value of these meetings, as they contribute to expanding and reinforcing the foundations of knowledge and strategies for the success of the type of soil management and farming I am working to promote. 

To conclude, I would like to remark that while this conference, and the meetings that occurred by being together, strengthened the conviction that a holistic approach to sustainability is necessary and suitable. I enthusiastically learned the conceived computational toolkit I am working on, to plan environmentally friendly soil management, is useful not only for agricultural or remediation purposes but also for the impact it can enable in the dimensions of economic and social sustainability. This opens up exciting new opportunities to work with development investors and policymakers.”

…well, after Tsilla’s words, there is not much that can we can add. Please, let this all sink, and let her energy be contagious. Support this project. You can offer your time and skills (there is always a shortage of good architects, expert coders, citizens willing to collect, test and share data in their gardens. 

Contact us and discover the unlimited ways you can support us. We also accept financial support. The SCimPULSE foundation is a Public Benefit Organisation (ANBI, 501(c) 3) registered in the Netherlands. Donations given to SCimPULSE Foundation are tax deductible.

Innovation in Healthcare: Futuro Summit 29-30 September

The Forum Della Leopolda, dedicated this year to the search of a Sustainable future for Healthcare, will host the most prestigious Italian institutions, organizations, and companies invested in innovation in care. The event is organized in parallel experiences, and the "Futuro Summit," Sept 29-30, will bring together leaders in the healthcare sector for conversations about innovation in support of sustainability.

Topics will span from new and future technologies to therapeutic revolution, and will address the meaning of new industrial trends; advances in neuroscience, digital transformation in care, cybersecurity, visions for the future, and longevity. The talks are idea-focused, and on a broad range of subjects, to foster learning, inspiration, and curiosity – and provoke conversations that matter.

Many forces are driving the need for innovation as the traditional care delivery model is often seen as overwhelmed. Technology has always played a crucial role in healthcare innovation and will be no different in the future. However, we enter an age when the pace of technology-enabled innovation is likely to change. More focus on the patient experience, big data will become commonplace, and advancement in digital technology will create enormous opportunities, which we auspicate will translate into a more human and sustainable model of care. These are some of the issues tackled at the Summit.


Dr. Marco Manca, President, and co-Founder SCimpulse Foundation, scientific attaché at CERN, CEO of WideBank
- Digital transformation:  Machine Learning, Bots, and Borg..beyond the limits of the big data discourse, grabbing the opportunities of human intelligence.
- Can we make the world a better place in the next 20 minutes?

Deborah Liebart, SCImPULSE “OpenCare” Research Fellow
- Finance and care: governance, mutualistic systems, and risk distribution.

Taghi Aliyev, Doctoral Student at CERN
- Big data in healthcare, known unknowns, and lessons learned in science.

Dr. Salvatore Cognetti, UK NHS Grampian
-  Guidelines and Healthcare: are we building care around the average Joe? Click here for a snippet of Dr. Cognetti's presentation.

Joint discussion:
“Primum nonnocere”: Between personalized and predictive medicine
 Drugs Prediction of interactions and toxicity

- Becoming proactive in safety in healthcare, and leveraging the available knowledge to forecast general population and personal adverse effects of drugs (or their interactions in multi-prescription)

Antonio Gaddi, Director of the HealthLab of G-Technology Foundation, and Scientific Director of QI International Ltd.

Simonetta Scalvini, Scientific Director of the Scientific Institute of Lumezzane

Francesco Gabbrielli, Director of the National Laboratory for Telemedicine and new Assistive Technologies, at the Italian Higher Institute of Medicine

The power of ideas to transform healthcare

Fabrizio Faraco
Interactive Sas
Strategist, trainer, mentor, facilitator
The SCimPulse Foundation in collaboration with Fabrizio Faraco will be offering the participants a taste of the "collision event" format, which SCImPULSE has organized before with OpenCare, Geneva Responsive City Camp, CERN IdeaSquare CBI, and many, many other partners.   The theme of the collision event will be the meaning of user experience in care, and what the design of the future should invest in. In short, the user experience design applied to the doctor/patient relationship.

Ideas Competition

The "Ideas Competition" is for innovative ideas from individuals, research teams, entrepreneurs, and early-stage start-ups with ideas that they would like to bring to the next level, for the fruition of general public. The winner of the competition will have the opportunity to be mentored by SCImPULSE and its trusted partners, to evolve into an ethical and sustainable reality, both regarding strategy and business model, and concerning execution.

Come and check this first time in Italy!

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Maria Simonetti | September 2017

SCimPulse Participates in the Futuro Summit

SCimPulse is in collaboration with the Forum Leopolda at the Futuro Summit, in Florence on September 29-30, 2017. The Futuro Summit is dedicated to celebrating innovation within the healthcare sector.

Open discussions will be in support of sustainability, technology, therapeutic revolution and impact of trends in the industry as well as in service design.  Discussions will include neuroscience, digital transformation and much more. If you're interested in the future of healthcare, register and join us.

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OpenCare Welcomes Francis Coughlin

Francis will be facilitating a series of themed sessions at the upcoming OpenVillage Festival in Brussels, Belgium, on October 19-21, 2017.  It's a participant built event dedicated to bringing together existing projects into a demo of a new health and social care system powered by open source, community-driven solutions.
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Francis is a medical doctor, and an active member of Woodbine Health Autonomy Resource Center in Ridgewood, New York. Woodbine is a hub for developing the skills, practices, and tools for building communal processes. Together with health professionals and informally trained practitioners hosting workshops and sharing skills within the community.

Concept of Community

Their radical approach puts health back into the hands of the people with an ambition to share knowledge and create a sense of community care. Health and social care are impaired and most of us don’t have the idea of being part of a community and the concept is foreign to many. 

So, how can we bring it to the forefront and weave it into everyday care? We can’t all become medical doctors, but we can find the balance, discover the needs of the community and realize how we can project and initiate our resources into the future.

Gems of Innovation

There are tremendous innovations across health care to improve outcomes and identify disparities. However, OpenCare is the opportunity to turn gems of innovation into sustainable models that can be integrated into the care system making it affordable and accessible for the population that experiences the lowest equity of care.

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Being healthy can no longer be defined as not being sick, it’s a collective concern. It’s being recognized that to improve health care, engagement within the care sectors needs to improve and systems must be delivered safely, systematically, affordably and reliably. OpenVillage, in connection with OpenCare embraces a more integrated comprehensive approach towards care. All communities deserve the opportunity to reach their greatest health potential.

Are you interested in building communal practices and tools to overcome limitations in our health systems? How you are using open source science to create solutions to meet care needs? Or, you want to share your experience of giving or receiving care? Join OpenVillage and Propose a Session or Get a Ticket.>>> Click on the link

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Tsilla Boisselet, presenting her research proposal at ICSD

Tsilla Boisselet will be presenting her research proposal at the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Development in Rome, Italy on September 6-7, 2017. The conference will address the fundamental questions of Sustainable Development from the critical challenge of human, environmental, and economic sustainability concerning the present and future generations in a global perspective.

Tsilla, leader of the Resuscitation project will be sharing how to use positive interactions between plants with contrasting species and how an informatics tool will replenish the soil.

A method that uses the synergy between species to improve agriculture and soil use and help give the farmer’s land an ecologically and economically sustainable second chance.

The corresponding Paper will be published online in October 2017 in the Special Issue, Volume 6, and Issue 4 of the European Journal of Sustainable Development (EJSD).  


Environmental and economic limitations prompt the search for areas of improvement to reduce the environmental footprint of agriculture while increasing its resilience and maintaining productivity.

We propose a biomimicry approach, where cultivation and productivity are more dependent on intrinsic dynamics than on human/chemical inputs driven by fossil fuels. To specifically target synergetic dynamics and overcome difficulties linked to poor knowledge and hazardous trial-and-error processes, we are developing an informatics tool to design adapted, efficient plant partnerships or clusters.

The tool consists of a prediction model that suggests a potential win-win plant or other symbiotic relationships, flexible enough to exploit information about local soil/climatic conditions. As the tool gains strength from generated data, it evolves into a simulation model for several-component ecosystem-like systems. In this way, the tool establishes a solid base to support and accelerate applicability of intercropping–type methods, providing realistic expectations about growth and harvest over time, including ecological criteria such as biodiversity. Thus, the tool provides a way out of the deforestation/agriculture dilemma, and opens up possible human soil use during remediation of polluted areas, with significant consequences in many different domains affected by human soil use, including environment, soil stability, health, and climate.

Read more details on the Resuscitation project, here….>

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Connect With Us and Our Ongoing Projects

We invite you to get to know, share and comment on some of the ongoing projects at the SCimPulse Foundation. The portfolio of the Foundation is unusually diverse, with the common thread of similarity that all its projects share the aim of improving humanity’s living conditions. From investing in education to empowering people to provide an open network where ideas become feasible initiatives.
Soundsight is helping the visually impaired navigate without using the sense of sound. Read more.
echOpen is bringing new tools in the medical field to help make healthcare more accessible using open source hardware.

Hubotics-is making wearable exoskeleton, affordable and customizable for shoulder and elbow rehabilitation.

Tsilla Boisselet is helping give the farmer’s land “a second chance” with the Resuscitation project -to revitalize soil and promote agriculture as a healthy ecosystem.

Any attempt to understand care in the 21st century means understanding its historical roots and the value of the past that challenges us. Deborah Liebart, a researcher on the Opencare project is exploring care in European societies and the effectiveness of different care systems.

Joining CERN Openlab

Recently, SCImPULSE Foundation has joined a project on big-data analytics with Intel and CERN. Exciting times lie ahead, and we look forward to sharing with you how this cooperation will evolve and develop. Read more

OpenVillage Participation

Just as a reminder, OpenVillage is continuing to accept participants. So far, OpenVillage has groups of initiatives coming together from Brussels, New York, Greece and Germany to approach social, health and physical care in unconventional ways.  If you’re working on a project that tackles access to care or solutions to address the needs of society, register for the event.

Join OpenVillage Festival in Brussels, Belgium, on October 19-21, 2017, in connection with OpenCare, a research project making health and social care accessible for all, open source and participatory.

Connect with us and learn more about the foundation and how we promote the well-being of humanity and how we can help boost your initiative off the ground. For expression of interest on any of the initiatives, please use the contact form on this blog or email us at

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Care On The Shoulders of Giants

Advances in care over the centuries have sometimes been ignored but continue to serve as reminders for the need to understand and build a wider perspective. For this to be accomplished, history must be traced.
Deborah Liebart, Alumna of the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, Researcher with the Center for Historical Research and Fellow for OpenCare is exploring the question of care in European societies and how effective the different care systems contribute to the inclusion and sustainable growth of the European Union.  She will be participating in mobilizing and exchanging her knowledge and experience within OpenCare.

Journey Begins

Deborah Liebart is committed to improving living conditions and to secure the future for present and future generations. During a conversation with Marco Manca, by learning about the SCimPulse Foundation and its projects aimed at improving humanity, it was natural she was to become a member of the foundation and share her knowledge.

Since that conversation, Deborah has joined the OpenCare project, and we have had the chance to ask her a few questions about her journey so far.

Let’s get to know Deborah

What resonated with you most when speaking to Marco regarding SCimPULSE?

‘’After an unbelievably intense conversation, I was convinced professionally, and humanly, that I should become a member of this ecosystem named SCImPULSE. The portfolio of the Foundation is unusually eclectic, and all its projects share the aim of improving humanity’s living conditions, by investing in education and empowering people as agents, which are notions especially close to me.’’

What attracted you to OpenCare?

‘’OpenCare is one of those few humanistic projects, and I enjoy working with the diverse teams the Foundation attracts, all from different backgrounds, but all motivated, open to dialogue, constantly in motion and looking in the same direction to improve the European care ecosystem.’’

How is your work influencing OpenCare?

‘’It’s calling everyone to rethink what was obvious and create a community that wants to change things for the better by carrying out common projects that are open and intended for discussion. My work as a historian is to show that the concepts mobilized today are the fruit of a long history, that knowledge is cumulative. To paraphrase Newton, being only dwarves on the shoulders of giants, studying the past is necessary for a better understanding of tomorrow's choices and decision-making, both to draw ideas and to avoid making the same mistakes than our predecessors made. A star guiding our steps in the way of today.’’

Do you feel challenged by the topic the Foundation has bestowed on you?

‘’The topic is fascinating and has been challenging in many ways. To study the emergence of the mutualistic movements during the industrial revolution, and to try to understand how individuals at the time were thrown in precarious conditions, and weakened by the ongoing transformation of working conditions. Which succeeded in creating organizations that would allow them to defend their own interest, and at the same time those of the entire group. I will be delving into the blockchain revolution and its rhetoric’s under this historical perspective and retraces its cultural and moral roots.

What is the value and why is it necessary to reflect on the past?

At times of economic crisis, or demographic crisis threatening to break down our systems, it is necessary to investigate our governance systems. Welfare State is criticized and pointed at by many groups, so the choice is to question the centrality of governance and reflect on decentralized systems, capable of full local autonomy, and capable of integrating with the current systems to offer a combination that can benefit the largest number of people.

To function effectively with the present system we must question more than being partisan, or political. We must be pragmatic: to optimize the welfare state, to preserve the characteristics that characterize it, and which make it effective in order to maintain the fragile balance between freedom and equality and to perpetuate our democratic systems and make them more dynamic.

What will you be focusing on next?

‘’I will continue focusing on the contribution of mutualist movements to European societies. After examining the question of care, it would seem interesting to examine the progress that these movements have made within companies, both in terms of productivity and innovation. Simply because of their ability to join forces and share information allowing them a more effective coordination and communication between individuals.’’

Value of Care

The importance of this research is undeniable as it takes on ethical and social responsibility. Progress in care will only prevail as long as advances are remembered and practiced by new generations. The extended report of Deborah’s research will be published in an academic journal and on the SCImpulse website.

The Past Challenges Us

History is relevant to understanding the past, defining the present and leading the future, often we fail to learn from its lessons.

Evolution of care has not been reached, nor have the final pages of its history been written. As long as there remains a thriving sense of humanity in communities and society embraces compassion and empathy care will be met by and within communities.

’OpenCare has been a terrific opportunity to explore care as an ecosystem, being able to wear different hats and challenging truths, prejudices, and the prejudice of breaking down prejudices itself. Interacting with the many stakeholders we met, so many different value propositions emerged, so many value creation hubs that are not captured by the usual health economic thinking… and above all, so many unmet needs have been discussed, that is only marginally satisfied (if at all) even in perfectly thriving welfare systems.There is enough to rewrite the books about what is care and how to deliver it. We will have work for the years to come, to fully bring to fruition the provocations that are emerging today.’’-Marco Manca

To understand care in the 21st century we must understand its historical roots and the value of the past to possess a vision that encourages to eradicate the ineffective and the conviction to create a better system that meets the needs of society.

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