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CIP4

The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press, and Postpress Organization or “CIP4” is a not-for-profit standards association, whose mission is to foster the adoption of process automation in the printing industry. A global organization with representatives from 31 countries, CIP4’s membership is organizational and boasts a diverse membership that includes printers, prepress companies, publishers, vendors of graphic arts systems and software, integrators, distributors, consultants and educators. CIP4 Membership Promotional Program.

I am an active CIP4 associate member and since July 2011 I am a JDF Certified Expert. You can check my name on the list of certified experts on this link.

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You can also find me within the poster of all current CIP4 associate members. My name is registered under InfoGRAPHIC Consultancy which corresponds to my previous and old website www.infographic-consultancy.com.



PMI

PMI

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is the world’s leading not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession, with more than half a million members and credential holders in more than 185 countries. Our worldwide advocacy for project management is supported by our globally-recognized standards and credentials, our extensive research program, and our professional development opportunities.


CDO

This operational friendship, driven by the sense of responsibility and by the desire to contribute to the common good that is present in all of us, has spawned a wide variety of profit and non-profit initiatives over the years.
For the last 25 years, Compagnia delle Opere has been working alongside businessmen and professionals seeking a new, more constructive way to overcome economic, social and cultural challenges. Today, CDO focuses on promoting a networking culture among companies, and on the provision of services to facilitate internationalisation. The ability to join forces in order to consolidate existing business and win new export markets is going to be decisive for the future of all companies.





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ITALIA GRAFICA an Italian monthly magazine published by Tecniche Nuove and dedicated to the printing industry, to publishing and services in this market.

To Invest And To Innovate Today: Open Question

Investment & Innovation I was thinking about two key words: "to invest” and “to innovate” so I decided to check in the dictionary. I took the Oxford Advanced Dictionary (7th Edition) and found the meaning of “to invest”:

To buy properties, shares in a company in the hope of making a profit. To spend time, energy, effort on something that you think is good or useful.

I verified the same word (verb) on Thesaurus and this is what I found:

Expend money with the expectation of achieving a profit or material result by putting it into financial schemes, shares, or property, or by using it to develop a commercial venture.

This is what Thesaurus says about “Investment”:

Act of devoting time, effort, or energy to a particular undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result.

I finally checked the meaning of “To innovate" in the Oxford Advanced Dictionary (7th Edition) to find this:

To introduce new things, ideas or ways of doing something.

This is what Thesaurus says about “To innovate":

Make changes in something established, esp. by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.

It seems that “investing” and “investment” are both activities that generate an expected worthwhile result, that create something useful, that develop something possibly good. While “innovation” is the ability of the investor to profitably use elements that are available in his/her daily life to redesign, to reimagine and to improve the reality. My final thought is that the true essense ofinnovationis made primarily by the act of reimagining, rethinking our simple daily reality in a much more meaningful way. The use and the deployment of technology (software, connections, hardware, ...) should remain be the secondary element which serves and supports the act of thinking and reimagining a new meaningful way of life. If this is so, I wonder why so many companies are buying technology just to continue to do business, to produce things, to provide services in the same old way? What would be your answer?

Live a meaningful life from Aristotle and Plato up nowadays

I did not know the meaning of the word “Eudaimonia” before reading the articles and the posts of disruptively meaningful life" where each individual is able to express and to fully develop his most authentic and genuine human potential. I believe the eudaimonic vision of a prosperity based upon what we are achieving, accomplishing, fulfilling for ourselves and for the others is a very actual and very fascinating topic. Before continuing let me clarify few things. Eudaimonia is not a religion, it is not ascetism, it is not utopia, it is not a way of life nor a naive vision of the reality. Eudaimonia cultivates depth and authenticity not the “quick and dirty” way. Eudaimonia builds and creates sustainability does not run after easy earnings. Eudaimonia is better quality against more and more quantity of poor quality. Eudaimonia is the pursuite of the most authentic and genuines wishes against the status of having and possessing. Since many decades we are living a dimension of prosperity which is characterized by a fake and dangerous promise that we’ll be happy as long as we continue to buy new stuff and new products. This is the opposite of the eudaimonic vision of prosperity and obviously it is a trap, it’s an unuseful and fruitless pursuite to what Umair Haque defined "the Opulence Bubble". One of its most devastating effects is that it makes us not just economically poorer, but it also impoverishes us spiritually, emotionally, it empties our minds. Reaching happiness within this environment is a scam which has already devastated the ecosystem of the entire planet. No wander if a deep sense of uneasiness and discomfort is spreading across the globe and it does not seem to stop. In this perspective I believe that the “we are the 99%” movement is showing up the deepest distrust against the current system and its proven inefficacy to deliver authentic, genuine human growth and a sustainable future. These people are asking to invest in human potential before anything else: before making investments in the economy, before going on with industrialization at full speed, the nations of the world, the international organizations and institutions must consider to act with the highest attention for the human beings and for the environment.

Our passions will propel a new age of prosperity

If you read through these quotes that I found in different books, posts, articles and speaches, I suppose you will easily guess what I mean by “passions that will propel a new age of prosperity”.

  • In the book “Crush it!”, by Gary Vaynerchuk you read: “Love your family, work super hard, live your passion.” The book is entirely developed around the idea: “Do what makes you happy, keep it simple, work hard, look ahead.”
  • In the book “Enchantment”, by Guy Kawasaki one fundamental concept emerges: “New business are created from people trying to make the world a better place with new ideas which they fulfill by pursuing and developing their passions.”
  • In the book “The art of the start”, by Guy Kawasaky you find this quote from Ludwig van Beethoven: “I never thought of composing music for the fame and the glory. What’s inside my heart must come out; this is why I am composing music.”
  • Steve Jobs during his famous commencement speach at Stanford said: “[...] Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. [...] And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. [...] Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”
  • In the article “The best investment you can make”, by Umair Haque published on the blog of the Harward Business Review you read: “The best investment you can make isn’t gold. It’s the people you love, the dreams you have and living a life that matters. [...] the safest investments of all are the human, the social and the emotional ones.”
  • In the book “The new capitalist manifesto”, by Umair Haque acknowledges “[...] my insight matters less than your vision, ambition and passion.”

The list could go on, but I am sure the underlying concept is becoming clear: if we want to make the world a better place, things have to change first in our hearts. The place where our dreams, ideals, intuitions, inner voices, ideas and ultimately where our most authentic passions are living. This is not just a naive vision of our society, but rather a very different way of feeling and living that brings those who deeply share it, to feel like misfits. In fact when we come to realize that “the heedless pursuit of more is unsustainable and, ultimately, unfulfilling” how would it be possible not to feel a misfit in a world that does not understand the “difference between maximizing consumption and maximizing quality of life”? The starting spark must come from each and everyone of us, from our will to build a sustainable future where “prosperity is not what one has, but what one is capable of”. Within this renewed context we’ll be able to develop the art of living our life paths “meaningfully well” as opposed to “pursuing opulence”.

My Three Words In 2012

I have got the inspiration for this post reading the newsletter I received from Chris Brogan: his idea of writing "Your Three Words" for the new year is great and it arrived at the same time I was trying to figure out a kind of short guideline for my activity in 2012. So very briefly these are my three words in 2012: Consistent - Aggregate - Inspire Consistent and focused on the message: empowering cultural and business innovation begins with the awareness of the immense power that each one of us has individually to change our history. My goal is to aggregate as many people as possible around the subject of meaningful innovation in our society and in our daily business. I guess that if I'll do right the first two steps, I should expect the whole activity in 2012 will eventually become a source of creative inspiration for those that will read me or follow me.

Creative and effective way of communication

This is by far one of the most creative-innovative-effective way of sharing a vision or an idea, I found on the web and - as the video itself suggests - I feel compelled to share it with others! I think this Epipheo video is really awesome and I hope you can enjoy it as much as I did.

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