Finally Good design is the new black

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So distant in time so near in vision Steve Jobs and Adriano Olivetti.

jobs olivettiGreat companies in the past as Olivetti and now such as Apple and Tesla are all design-driven companies.

These companies adopt design thinking when they are creating new products and solving business problems.

Last year, Forrester Research and Adobe found that design-driven companies have outperformed the S&P Index by 219% over 10 years.

From ELF <<“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.”

— George Washington Carver

Design is a key differentiator in driving business success and customer engagement. In a study conducted by the Design Management Institute reviewing business performance for design-driven companies as compared to the S&P Index over a decade (2004-2014), design-driven companies consistently outperformed the S&P by 219%.>>

And if you like numbers, take a look at these. Design-led companies reported:

  • 41% higher market share
  • 46% competitive advantage overall
  • 50% more loyal customers
  • 70% digital experiences beat competitors

Take Apple as an example, it wasn’t always the mega-success that it is today. In 1997, Steve Jobs conducted a major company overhaul. He cut several product lines and pushed the company toward developing a distinctly Apple experience. To this day, all of the “i” products’ look, feel, and user-friendliness set Apple apart from its competitors.

Design thinking showed us that Apple was a company with a soul and vision.

Design is the new black

the-white-house-beThe speed of innovation is only getting faster and it’s because of the internet. It’s permeating every business. Take television and film, i.e. House of Cards was bought by Netflix somewhat because Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, looked at the data of Netflix users’ streaming behavior and concluded that there was an audience for Kevin Spacey.

Everything that any profession does—from research and development, to strategy, to content creation—can gain a soul only through design thinking. This is why I love design.

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Happy Mind Happy Life Beauty Living

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In my experience I started to live in beauty only when I decided to turn off the nasty buzzers.

But what about beauty links it to happiness?

In The Architecture of Happiness, Alain de Botton weighs the feeling of walking into an “ugly” McDonalds in the Westminster area of London compared to the feeling of entering the “beautiful” Westminster Cathedral across the street. He says that because of the harsh lighting, the plastic furniture, and the cacophonous color scheme (all those bright yellows and reds), one tends to feel immediately “anxious” in the McDonalds.

What one feels in the Westminster Cathedral, however, is a calmness brought on by a series of architectural and artistic decisions: the muted colors (greys and bleak reds), the romantic yellow lighting that bursts out onto Victoria Street, the intricate mosaics, and the vaulted ceilings. Although the Westminster Cathedral has the same principle elements of architecture as the McDonald’s—windows, doors, floors, ceilings, and seats—the cathedral helps people to relax and reflect, where the fast food restaurant causes one to feel stressed and hurried.

It seems part of humans’ appreciation of beauty is because it is able to conjure the feelings we tend to associate with happiness: calmness, a connection to history or the divine, wealth, time for reflection and appreciation, and, perhaps surprisingly, hope.

“Beauty manifests a hope that life would be better if the object of beauty were part of it,” writes Princeton philosopher Alexander Nehamas in Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art.

wpnature.com-field-lavender-fragrance-sky-nice-summer-scent-nature-beautiful-lovely-purple-meadow-pretty-rows-phone-wallpapers-1024x640Nature is my inspiration, to love my perspiration, live in peacefulness is what we have in return, and it is up to us to decide whether it is worth.

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From Nation State to Global Community

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In this post I’m trying to reply to a publication from the Strategic Foresight Club[1], and represent an update of one an older article on linkedin BE, it was 2015 and the forecast trend is growing. cool

Well, in my opinion we’d  introduce the concept of  Nation State vs Corporate State, about that, we all are experimenting from the opposite fronts the echoes of the, till now, Financial World War III raising from the ancient caves of human stupidity.

Now, what’s the academical definition of Corporate Citizenship:

DEFINITION of ‘Corporate Citizenship’[2]

The extent to which businesses are socially responsible for meeting legal, ethical and economic responsibilities placed on them by shareholders. The aim is for businesses to create higher standards of living and quality of life in the communities in which they operate, while still preserving profitability for stakeholders.

As demand for socially responsible corporations increases, investors, consumers and employees are now more willing to use their individual power to punish companies that do not share their values. For example, investors who find out about a company’s negative corporate citizenship practices could boycott its products or services, refuse to invest in its stock or speak out against that company among family and friends.

Someone’s is still considering this hypothesis as naïve, someone call it CSR[3] but I’d like to offer a free energizing and vigorous cool shower to every sceptic.

Everything’s started one day in a little State named Swiss, a tiny hole surrounded by a cumbersome and hyper-bureaucratic giant baptized Europe[4]

This funny, eccentric State decided to become the very first Corporate based currency, in fact the Swiss National Bank – a central bank – had been one of the biggest buyers of AAPL stock in the first quarter, when it added 3.3 million shares to its existing position, or 60%, bringing the total to 9 million shares, for a grand total of $1.1 billion. Moments ago, the SNB which unlike the Fed and the other “serious” central banks releases a 10-Q divulging its equity holdings, updated on its latest stock portfolio.

So what are the Swiss hedge fund with nearly $94 billion in equity holdings? Here is the full breakdown.

SNB top holdings 2016

$94 billion is nothing in the world contest but means a lot in a small state that has always made the difference in the financial hi-class world.

What’s happening in china since this question was upstretched from a provocation of prof. Zhao Tingyang:

Prof Zhao Tingyang, a Chinese philosopher, has created a stir by proposing that ‘the world’ should be the primary unit of social organization, instead of the nation-state. He rejects an international system, which is based on relations between nation-states, and advocates a global system. In his philosophical framework, all people on the planet should have loyalty to ‘the world’ and participate in its affairs as global citizens, not as representatives of their nations. In such a world, the United Nations Organization is irrelevant. Zhao would prefer some other form of the world government.[5]

Realistically today China believes in Gold working to be the next World Super State:

Graph_Estimated-Total-Chinese-Gold-Reserves

On July 17, 2015, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) updated its gold reserves holdings for the first time since 2009. The PBOC reported adding 604 tons of gold to their reserves bringing the total from 1,054 tons to 1,658 tons.

The PBOC announcement was widely anticipated as a pre-requisite of China’s application for inclusion in the International Monetary Funds’ (IMF) Special Drawing Rights (“SDRs”).

Several observers think China holds a portion of its gold at the PBOC as reserves with the rest held elsewhere in China.

The PBOC’s updated gold reserves are five times more than England’s and certainly enough to show the financial heft required for admission to the SDR. The PBOC doesn’t need to report thousands of tons of gold to get into the SDR and they don’t need to upstage their largest single country trading partner, the United States at this point (whose stated gold reserves are 8,135 tons).

Gold-reserves

*The percentage share held in gold of total foreign reserves, as calculated by the World Gold Council. The value of gold holdings is calculated using the end of month LBMA Gold price published daily by ICE Benchmark Administration. In October 2016 the end of month gold price was $1272.

China’s recent update to its gold holdings put it in fifth place among gold holding nations, (hey Italy looks wealthy too ).

Objectively it seems that China’s primary objective is not acceptance into the SDR but rather to establish a viable parallel international financial structure to rival the IMF.

Indeed: The World most prominent financial trader are blind in the medium long term, just think to the last crisis and to the very old “Tulip fever” of 1637[6], when you don’t consider it a fact don’t continue reading this post.

De-dollarization accelerates while the U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) also rises.

The DXY has risen nearly 20% the past year despite an acceleration of de-dollarization initiatives including increasing sales of U.S. Treasury Bonds by Russia and China and most recently, the creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

The dollar’s rise is based on the premise that the U.S Federal Reserve (Fed) might be raising interest rates, something they haven’t done in nearly a decade. All the focus is on that potential.

Forgotten is that over the past decade the Fed has recklessly created a housing bubble and bust and then compounded their error by printing over $4 trillion to buy near worthless mortgage backed securities from the too big to fail banks and to purchase over $2 trillion in U.S. Treasury Bonds, thereby assisting the U.S. government in increasing its massive deficit.

The Price of the “Recovery”

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What Chinese De-Dollarization Looks Like:

While much of the financial media attention is focused on what Janet Yellen and the Fed might say or do, international de-dollarization efforts are accelerating.

China’s de-dollarization efforts are less focused on selling U.S. Treasury Bonds and more focused on increasing global use of the Chinese Renminbi or Yuan, including the following initiatives:

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

The most ambitious Chinese de-dollarization initiative to date is the recent creation of the AIIB. The AIIB was set up to finance infrastructure projects throughout Asia.

U.S. and NATO allies have disregarded U.S. entreaties not to join the AIIB. Despite U.S. objections, Australia, Netherlands, Brazil, Turkey, UK, Switzerland, New-Zealand, Luxembourg, Italy, Germany, France, Austria, Denmark have signed on to participate in the AIIB.

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has been quoted as saying with regard to the U.K’s involvement with the AIIB: “There will be times when we take a different approach. We think that it’s in the UK’s national interest.”

Inclusion of China in the SDR Scheme?

China is making a bid for inclusion in the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) basket of currencies later this year. If such inclusion does not happen or on terms suitable to the Chinese, China is setting up the infrastructure to perhaps bypass the IMF entirely. For more on SDR’s, see http://bcove.me/7qou4729

Conclusion

We can philosophize as we like but the reality is that we have David, (the Swiss system), and Goliath, the new Chinese Ruler who will shape the future world, unless, everyone’s like me will  build or join his private Nation, in my case, S.U.Nhttp://www.superlativa.it/sun/ since I and You are somebody and we all together  can make the difference using our individual power, the power to buy or to ban., and why not to shape a new #blockchain value, named @1trueid

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[1] http://strategicforesight.com/ Strategic Foresight Group (SFG) is a think – tank engaged in crafting new policy concepts that enable decision makers to prepare for a future in uncertain times. Founded in 2002 to create new forms of intellectual capital, our body of work today encompasses over 50 countries, across four continents.
[2] http://www.investopedia.com/terms/c/corporatecitizenship.asp#ixzz3iPFJZ9nS
[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporate_social_responsibility
[4] From fecund EUROPA: a Phoenician princess carried off by Zeus in the form of a white bull and by him mother of Minos, Rhadamanthus, and Sarpedon, but somone says also  from the Phoenician word EROB, meaning where the sun set (west of Phoenicia,west of Bosphorus, Sea of Marmora)
[5] http://strategicforesight.com/publication_pdf/67141BQOT.pdf
[6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulip_mania

A tea with John Maynard Keynes

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The following conversation is based on the genuine point of view of John Maynard Keynes and about the ignorance about History that seems to pervade our leadership.

Good afternoon John, thanks for your kind invitation, truly appreciated, where’s Lydia?

Hi Emanuele, she has gone to see the backstage of a ballet , you know her old passion, but tell me what’s up in this century, I feel myself disoriented.

You remember your words John?

« The game of professional investment is intolerably boring and over-exacting to anyone who is entirely exempt from the gambling instinct; whilst he who has it must pay to this propensity the appropriate toll. »

Well profit and cash are the kings now, few are re-investing and we suffered a structural crisis of the system and unemployment rates, even worse than the Great Depression one.

Gosh Emanuele, I predicted it, was inevitable when you rely on a mass market economic system.

Correct, John but the problem is that USA and even Japan now are rallying on Miltontheory 1.

OMG, to think that I wanted to introduce again a monetary system based on gold!

:DDD John, sorry but it’s really hilarious, I remember again when you told,

«Unemployment develops […] because people want the moon; (or Mars now)—men cannot be employed when the object of desire (i.e. money) is something which cannot be produced and the demand for which cannot be readily choked off. There is no remedy but to persuade the public that green cheese is practically the same thing and to have a green cheese factory (i.e. a central bank) under public control.»

The Federal Banks are mainly or totally private now!

My dear, you’re well informed, but you’d know also in the case what I told to the people who criticize me on the applicability of my models in the long term, … « In the long run we are all dead. »2 … but taste your tea now or you’ll miss the fragrance of these leaves that a friend from the India Office sent me.

Really sweet-smelling and delicate John, send my compliments to him, also these biscuits are delicious, and can let me forgive for a while the bitter taste of a world without ideals and ideas, it’s a sort of frustration sometime.

Ideas shape the course of History Emanuele, don’t be discouraged and too much practical, remember:

«Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back.»

Let fly the soul of the genius who’s in every human kind, learn how to inspire happiness and we’ll do rest, by the way we’re not lived for nothing.

You’re right John, at the end this crisis is simply caused to the fact that the Capitalism has reached his scope and goal, we are in the most of the case, or we could, when we would, in abundance of products, and this system need to be re-engineered; Many people of good will and sense is talking about the sharing economy, new models to intend the productivity, in a few words how to be happy, therefore we’re still on time to build a better world when we’ll win.

Emanuele, A study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind, and never forget that nothing matter except states of mind, chiefly our own.

Thanks John, rest in peace, I’ll mind out, and forward my regards also to Cicerone as soon as you meet him, I’ve made one of his motto as mine,<<Historia vero testis temporum, lux veritatis, vita memoriae, magistra vitae, nuntia vetustatis>>(Cicerone, De Oratore, II, 9, 36)

OK Emanuele but we’ve another sort of intending the time and the economy here, but you’re not ready for that, never mind, I’ll do it, take care my friend!

Why did the Keynesian theory didn’t work?  Government spend too much money on post-WWII events. (Examples: Vietnam war, sending the first man to the moon)  The Keynesian solution stopped working  Unemployment became worst  It created Inflation 

In conclusion Keynesian theories work best on economics catastrophes like today’s events

JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES (1883-1946)

The greatest economic thinker of the 20th century, Keynes (a Liberal incidentally) challenged fundamentally the idea that market economies will automatically adjust to create full employment. After working at the Treasury during World War I, he was its chief representative at the post-war Paris peace conference, but resigned in protest at the harshness of the planned reparations. In the Twenties he developed radical plans for dealing with unemployment through deficit financing and state intervention. His insistence on the central role that uncertainty plays in economic decisions foreshadows much of the current interest in behavioural economics. While his basic economic framework – in which short-term economic growth (and employment) depends on ‘aggregate demand’ (consumption, investment and net exports) is built into many of our forecasting models today. Later on, he participated in the Bretton Woods conference (which looked at how to establish a post-war monetary system that would avoid further economic crises) that led to the creation of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Admittedly, he went out of fashion in recent decades when inflation was a bigger worry than unemployment. However, the present crisis has led to something of a revival in Keynesian thinking, and his insights into how international imbalances should be tackled remain highly relevant.

  1. Milton Friedman http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_Friedman
  2. A Tract on Monetary Reform, chapter 3, 1923

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The XXI Century Renaissance

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Knowledge has is origin in our perception used to say Leonardo da Vinci, and a new awareness is shyly facing into the developed world, where the conjunction of metaphysic with mathematic is opening the doors of a new Renaissance.

Kalos kagathos (Ancient Greek καλὸς κἀγαθός [kalos kaːɡatʰǒs]), of which kalokagathia (καλοκαγαθία) is the derived noun, is a phrase used by classical Greek writers to describe an ideal of personal conduct, especially in a military context. Its use is attested since Herodotus and the classical period.

The phrase is adjectival, composed of two adjectives, καλός (“beautiful”) and ἀγαθός (“good” or “virtuous”), the second of which is combined by crasis with καί “and” to form κἀγαθός. Werner Jaeger summarizes it as ”the chivalrous ideal of the complete human personality, harmonious in mind and body, foursquare in battle and speech, song and action”.

In my youth I remained dazzled the first time I saw the Botticelli’s Venus, maybe one of the reason why I’ve decided to make Beauty my center of gravity in the future years, and shells one of my business in life.

But the Renaissance has his origin in the genuine Chivalry , Chivalry refers to the lifestyle and moral code followed by medieval knights. It takes its name from chevalier, the French word for knight. Chivalry included the values of honor, valor, courtesy, and purity, as well as loyalty to a lord, a cause, or a noblewoman.

Its basis was a blend of military, social, and Christian ethics. Although chivalry began as a code of conduct for medieval warriors, it adapted to the changing social conditions of the Renaissance.

Handbooks from the 1200s laid out the rules of behavior for knights, and pageants and tournaments celebrated chivalric honor. Because knights were part of the culture of feudal courts, their behavior inspired terms such as courtly, courtship, and courtesy, a cool trend, powered from Women and remained popular in the late Middle Ages and well into the Renaissance. Wealthy Renaissance nobles continued to promote military traditions and to show off their strength in tournaments and in war. However, unlike knights of the Middle Ages, who often acted on their own, they tended to form knightly orders and brotherhoods supported by the ruling government. By 1469 such orders had formed in almost every major court in Europe.

As often happens in history and hopefully in the now to come New Renaissance Women are the key to change and capable to make the difference.

The first—and greatest—of the French romances was The Song of Roland (1098), which tells the story of Roland, a brave warrior who died protecting the French army. However, the most influential chivalric romance was the story of the Welsh king Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. This legend developed from the writings of the French author Chrétien de Troyes. It includes such familiar characters as Lancelot, Guinevere, Percival, and Sir Gawain.

The tales of Arthur’s knights provided a pattern of action that appears in most romances. First, a knight sets out on a quest: he must save a lady, right a wrong, complete a task, slay a dragon, break a spell, or find the way to heaven. Along the way he has adventures that test his strength, and he must behave according to a code of conduct. Sometimes he is strong enough, but his luck (or Fortune) may be bad. Good knights try to do the right thing, but they often find themselves in difficult situations. The plots of chivalric romances include many common elements, such as jousts, tournaments, strange customs, giants, enchantments, and flying horses. Some critics argue that readers can interpret these elements as symbols that have moral meanings.

During the 1300s and 1400s, medieval French romances were expanded, altered, and translated into English, Spanish, and Italian.

Italy was home to the most popular romances during the Renaissance. There, writers combined the romance of chivalry with the epic*. Italian poet Ludovico ARIOSTO’s Orlando Furioso (Mad Roland, 1516) is particularly notable because its narrator is both self-conscious and mocking. Orlando Furioso had enormous influence on Renaissance literature and literary criticism. The story was so popular that it touched off an explosion of romances based on its minor characters. Jerusalem Delivered (1580), by poet Torquato TASSO, is the other Italian masterpiece of the 1500s.

During the years of discovery and conquest in North America in the late 1500s, Spain saw a vast outpouring of chivalric romances. By 1575, more romances were translated from Spanish than from French. Spain’s Miguel de CERVANTES wrote one of the most enduring works inspired by the code of chivalry, Don Quixote (1605). It tells the story of a gentleman from La Mancha whose mind has been seriously affected by reading romances.

In England, chivalric romances were the most popular form of fiction after the introduction of printing. In 1485 William Caxton, the first English printer, printed Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur (The Death of Arthur), a version of the King Arthur legend. English poets of the late 1500s, such as Philip SIDNEY and Edmund SPENSER, created works inspired by the romance tradition.

The tradition of chivalry did not survive the changing political climate of Europe following the Renaissance.

Materialism and self-interest soon replaced the knightly code of honor. The values of old nobility gave way to the democracies of France and America and to the Industrial Revolution that now is facing his limits and paradoxes.

That’s why I see in words as Sustainability an invigorating trend of a new reason of interpreting Virtue and Beauty that Women consciousness before all is claiming.

Phenomena like Madonna or Lady Gaga are outdated, and remain alive just in the style of ‘’villains’’.

On the contrary, still timidly but forcefully testimonials like Suzy Amis Cameron, Livia Firth, Charlotte Casiraghi, Laura Bailey, Samata Angel, Baroness Lola Young, Kirsten Dukes and many others are facing the Red and the Green Carpet of Fashion and Lifestyle, but also male trendsetters like Nik Thakkar, Oskar Metsavaht, and why not me 😉

A better world is coming up…stay tuned 😉

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