Green Markets, Trust and Regulation

Environmental concerns among consumers are growing everyday, boosting the demand for a faster green transformation of the economy. However, imperfect information and misleading claims can generate confusion and distrust, jeopardizing the success of the green transition. The aim of this article is to show what can be done about it, both at an individual and institutional level, in order to spread clear information and build trust in the green markets.

Kathrin Jansen, a female leader in a man’s world

After introducing you to Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the director general of the World Trade Organisation, I would like to continue our journey today by introducing to you another female leader worthy of our attention and admiration. Her name is Kathrin Jansen; She is the Senior Vice President and Head of Vaccine… Read More »Kathrin Jansen, a female leader in a man’s world

Turkey’s withdrawal from Istanbul Convention

If you’ve been following the news or social media in the last month, you’ve undoubtedly heard of something called the Istanbul Convention.  What is the “Istanbul Convention”? Approved by the Council of European countries, the Istanbul Convention is the first legally binding international instrument that creates a comprehensive framework to… Read More »Turkey’s withdrawal from Istanbul Convention

The new Whatsapp Privacy Terms, what we almost gave consent to…

How many times have you accepted “Privacy Terms” or the very well-known “Cookies” without ever having read them first?  You have probably done it so many more times than you can ever imagine or care to remember. By signing the ‘Terms and Conditions of Usage’ without consulting them as we… Read More »The new Whatsapp Privacy Terms, what we almost gave consent to…

The Dark Side of Sustainability: Greenwashing.

The trend is clear; regardless of the market you are in, your consumer base will grow if you produce sustainable products. At the same time, long-term sustainability is nowadays the new standard for investors. In this framework, a shift towards the production of green products would resemble a natural process… Read More »The Dark Side of Sustainability: Greenwashing.

Franco Battiato and the beauty of cosmopolitanism in 2021: “L’era del cinghiale bianco”

My dear readers, I’m sorry to inform you that I really don’t know how to start this article. Franco Battiato is a figure that is so inspiring to me, a master of…what? Are there people who don’t know about him? Are there people who are asking themselves who is this… Read More »Franco Battiato and the beauty of cosmopolitanism in 2021: “L’era del cinghiale bianco”

Workplace and University: The Transgender Experience

What is it like being a transgender person in the labour market and in academia nowadays? How do people perceive transgender people? Are they discriminated or are they accepted and supported by the people who surround them? Trans people can face stigma and hostility at their workplace. Indeed, people have… Read More »Workplace and University: The Transgender Experience

Pfizer: The Lethal Ethical Code

Pfizer is a multinational pharmaceutical corporation that has products in almost all pharmacies around the world like Advil, Nexium, Lyrica and many more. Pfizer’s ethical controversies reached a peak in 1996, when an outbreak of meningitis took place in Nigeria, where two hundred children were given medications without their parents’… Read More »Pfizer: The Lethal Ethical Code

The instruments for a post-covid Europe: funds for resilience and sustainability

Since March 2020, Covid-19 Pandemic has been damaging many aspects of our society. The economic sector is for sure one of the fields that suffered the most from the overall crisis. This is especially due to the multiple lockdowns undertaken by countries to limit the propagation of the virus, which… Read More »The instruments for a post-covid Europe: funds for resilience and sustainability

Big Companies, Innovation and Sustainability 

Big Companies, Innovation and Sustainability  In our era, people are finally realising the impact their actions have on climate, the environment, and our planet in general. The World Health Organisation states that “according to current projections, droughts will strongly increase in frequency and intensity in the coming decades in large… Read More »Big Companies, Innovation and Sustainability 

The green economic turning point of the revolutionary Airlite painting

What would your reaction be if we told you that today murals can help our environment? And we are not talking about propaganda murals of course, but actual masterpieces able to filter and clean the air from cars’ pollution. Believe it or not, we are introducing you to the new… Read More »The green economic turning point of the revolutionary Airlite painting

Anti-government Protests Around The World: What Do They Have In Common

Protests are an integral part of democracy, and special attention needs to be given to them. When citizens revolt against their governments, it gives them a chance to dismantle government structures that have failed to meet the responsibilities towards their citizens. A democracy is built on the wishes of the… Read More »Anti-government Protests Around The World: What Do They Have In Common

Defining Indie Music: a Game of Whack-a-mole – The Sanremo Controversy

What is indie music? Is it possible to define it? Does it mean it is “independent”? If so, from what? What exactly do we mean when we say that we are into indie?   While trying to write an article about the history of indie music, I looked for its… Read More »Defining Indie Music: a Game of Whack-a-mole – The Sanremo Controversy

Intergenerational Learning: A conversation with a 62 year old.

Intergenerational learning is an approach that involves learning between different generations; it helps people learn about the world, themselves and others. It is a reciprocal process that involves all, in a mutually beneficial system of teaching and learning. It promotes understanding and increases tolerance towards people of other generations.  Through… Read More »Intergenerational Learning: A conversation with a 62 year old.

The Trials and Tribulations of India’s Adolescence 

    Around a year ago, I had received a translated copy of  “The Sailor who fell from Grace with the Sea” by Yukio Mishima. To me it looked like a mere sob story, but the outline of the novella was surprisingly linked to a modern issue which remains overlooked.  Filled… Read More »The Trials and Tribulations of India’s Adolescence 

Uganda: when accessing the Internet is going political

Uganda, an East African country bordering Congo and Kenya, is going through dark days for human rights. On Thursday 14 January, after a long-running campaign between Yoweri Museveni, vying for a 6th term, and Bobi Wine, MP and youth favourite singer, the country voted. A tense electoral process for the… Read More »Uganda: when accessing the Internet is going political

Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza: An African Heritage Activist

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Mr Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza is an activist with a rising profile who gained notoriety for his stance supporting the repatriation of African artifacts obtained during the French colonial era from French museums and back to their countries of origin. Born in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, he… Read More »Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza: An African Heritage Activist

The road to a clean life starts with a clean home

In a world where everything is new, innovative, useful, fast and replaceable, it is difficult to appreciate the little things. Thanks to the growth of the offer,every day,new products come out, in order to fulfil the needs of a new, growing, and more demanding population.  It is in this new… Read More »The road to a clean life starts with a clean home

For a radical practice of love and hope. Erich Fromm’s socialist humanism

One of the most common things that high school students get to hear from their teachers or tutors is that they should be ready to get out of the cosy cocoon of school to face the “sharks out there’’, ready to rip them apart. They, therefore, are encouraged to beware… Read More »For a radical practice of love and hope. Erich Fromm’s socialist humanism

THE MOVIE HOUSE-CHRISTMAS EDITION

Guess who’s back with some terrific Christmas suggestions.  This time it’s not films, but tv series!  Our favorite Christmas episodes from some of the most famous tv series of all time!  Glee (Season 3 episode 9): “Extraordinary Merry Christmas”.   If you’re looking for spending Christmas time in the name… Read More »THE MOVIE HOUSE-CHRISTMAS EDITION

Why the 60’s and 70’s are the Greatest Decades of Music

Two words; progressiveness and innovation, that is what the 60’s and 70’s is all about in terms of music. The decade saw a vast advancement in multiple genres and was introduced to many other sub-genres as well. So many of these changes in the musical scenery have influenced current pop-culture… Read More »Why the 60’s and 70’s are the Greatest Decades of Music

Demisexuals: the pride and the prejudices

Someone may assume that nothing could make bigots happier than someone who preselve themselves until the right  person and the right moment come, but that is not the case, and demisexuals know it too well. But let’s take a step back: what is demisexuality?   Demisexuality is a sexual orientation… Read More »Demisexuals: the pride and the prejudices

FROM BLACK TO GREEN FRIDAY: A NECESSARY TRANSACTION

BLACK NOVEMBER “Black Friday”, “Cyber Monday” and “Single Day” are events dedicated to shopping lovers from all over the world. Both online and offline,they are days in which people around the world queue physically or virtually to grab the best deals on the market. Not even Covid-19 has stopped this… Read More »FROM BLACK TO GREEN FRIDAY: A NECESSARY TRANSACTION

Over the Rainbow… with the Friends of Dorothy: Garland’s iconic status in the Queer world

I’ve always taken ‘The Wizard of Oz’ very seriously, you know. I believe in the idea of the rainbow. And I’ve spent my entire life trying to get over it. – Judy Garland. Saying that Judy Garland is an important figure in the LGBTQIA+ world would be just an understatement… Read More »Over the Rainbow… with the Friends of Dorothy: Garland’s iconic status in the Queer world

Covid-Vaccines, let’s clear up some doubts!

  The holy grail of medical research in 2020 is finally here. Pharmaceutical companies have apparently developed an effective vaccine against Covid; this is a great result showing the wonders of modern medicine. But all the hope and joy that such an event was seeming to bring have been replaced… Read More »Covid-Vaccines, let’s clear up some doubts!

LAB4ALL Champions The Great Cause of HYGIENE

A new proposal for student’s education Our GG Alumni association is moving forward with a partnership which was started in July, namely the Lab4All initiative, launched by two associations: Orizzonte and SeedScience, which started collaborating last year. They came up with this project by merging their two missions. We saw… Read More »LAB4ALL Champions The Great Cause of HYGIENE

The Italian CPRs: modern lagers for migrants before our eyes?

The CPRs, which stands for Centri di Permanenza per il Rimpatrio (Permanence Centres for Repatriation), are employed to identify and deport from the Italian territory the irregular migrants. On paper, they might seem completely adequate to their goal, but many organizations argue that the time of detention is too long… Read More »The Italian CPRs: modern lagers for migrants before our eyes?

Dismantling Hindu Fundamentalism: Ethnic Nationalism with Fascist Undertones?

I’d like to start by saying that this is not an attack on the believers of Hindutva. More than anything, this is a lament of a 20-year-old who sees his world crumbling before him. Writing this essay from an objective, academic perspective has been extremely difficult for me and I… Read More »Dismantling Hindu Fundamentalism: Ethnic Nationalism with Fascist Undertones?

The queerest Parliament in the world: New Zealand

New Zealand has elected the queerest Parliament in the world since the last elections in October 2020. How has New Zealand got to the point to reach this result? What’s the history behind such a progressive achievement, not only for the country itself but also for the ones witnessing such… Read More »The queerest Parliament in the world: New Zealand

The Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) takes place every year on 20 November all around the world. It was first established to honor trans people murdered in transphobia-motivated crimes, and is now the highlight of Transgender Awareness Week. Trans people and their allies come together for candlelight vigils, tributes to… Read More »The Transgender Day of Remembrance

The women of Poland defying the lockdown and protesting for their rights

On October 23rd, the Polish Constitutional Tribunal enacted a judgement that voided the 1993 Law on abortion. The part which formerly allowed the termination of pregnancy within the first 12 weeks; in case of serious or irreversible fetus’ malformations or syndromes was revoked. The right of abortion remains valid in… Read More »The women of Poland defying the lockdown and protesting for their rights

Aeroponics systems as a local answer to global issues

  In France, where I come from, you learn in the first year of highschool to manipulate and understand the Maslow Pyramid of human’s needs. What you discover, back then, is the already intuitively felt importance of food and water, placed among the “physiological needs”, at the bottom of the… Read More »Aeroponics systems as a local answer to global issues

A common policy for climate change: how to avoid a catastrophic future

During the diplomacy festival, Global Governance students of the second year had the opportunity  to attend an event about climate change, in particular regarding the urgent need for a common  policy involving climate change in order to avoid a future catastrophe. It is evident now more than ever before, how… Read More »A common policy for climate change: how to avoid a catastrophic future

Update on the new Italian measures against Covid: the DPCM of October 24th

Picture from http://www.ilmessaggero.it Here’s a summary of the Prime Ministerial Decree of the 24th of October that will be in force from October 26th to November 24th: RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTLIFE Bars, pubs, restaurants, ice cream parlors, pastry shops will close at 18:00. The maximum people allowed at the table is… Read More »Update on the new Italian measures against Covid: the DPCM of October 24th

Protests in Indonesia

What about Indonesia?  The Republic of Indonesia is the largest archipelagic country in the world, located in Southeast Asia and Oceania, between the Indian and Pacific oceans. With the population over 273 million people, it is the world’s 4th most populous country as well as the most-populous Muslim-majority country.   Economic side of… Read More »Protests in Indonesia

Moria Fire in the European Scenario: How Far Has the Debate Got?

Written by: Anna Nardone, Arina Lopukhina Until now, the Moria migrant facility on the Greek island of Lesbos was seen as the most faithful representation of hell on earth, despite rarely making big headlines. Nobody could predict that, after the fire occurred in the night between the 8th and the… Read More »Moria Fire in the European Scenario: How Far Has the Debate Got?

The Nagorno-Karabakh, 30 years lasting conflict, is still reality

On Sunday the 27th of September, the heaviest clash since 2016 erupted, creating destruction and spreading fear. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is an ethnic and territorial conflict that involves Armenia and Azerbaijan over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh and several other close districts, which are de facto controlled by the self-declared Republic… Read More »The Nagorno-Karabakh, 30 years lasting conflict, is still reality

The “Mole People”, those who live in city’s sewers and underground.

Thousands of homeless people live under the streets where their dignity and basic human rights fails to be achieved. Sleeping in a warm bed and having a roof over your head isn’t a luxury available to everyone. In fact, the people who live in the city’s sewers and underground, better… Read More »The “Mole People”, those who live in city’s sewers and underground.

From greenwashing to pinkwashing: all the shades of brand activism, behind the facade

One of the most popular marketing strategies of the past few years has been associating one’s brand to social issues. Whoever uses social networks, surfs the internet, or just watches TV, can easily recall a promotional campaign in which the product advertised endorsed messages related to female empowerment, multiculturalism or… Read More »From greenwashing to pinkwashing: all the shades of brand activism, behind the facade

CORONA TALKS- a conversation with Professor Hauwa Ibrahim

As students, we have started this section trying to give as much information as we possibly can being obviously limited by our young age and our limited knowledge. This has brought us to the decision of involving in this project professionals who can help us understand better the situation in… Read More »CORONA TALKS- a conversation with Professor Hauwa Ibrahim

Capitalism and Environment: the other disease

The world is facing a global health crisis, but wasn’t the  planet already sick?   While the number of living vertebrates diminished of 60% between between 1970 and 2014, the oil production never stopped increasing (i.e chart below). In August 2018, the global world production passed the 100 billions barrels per… Read More »Capitalism and Environment: the other disease

The Promised Land and a Villain

(Karahasan, Sefa. 2020 Ledra Protest. Unite Cyprus Now, DHA News Agency, 7 March 2020, https://www.facebook.com/unitecyprusnow/photos/a.1541251715886040/3053942934616903/?type=3&theater) Today we are flying off to a little island in the heart of the Mediterranean (Sea); which is as the rest of the world, also fighting with the “common enemy” in disguise as a virus.… Read More »The Promised Land and a Villain

SARAMAGO’S “BLINDNESS” AND COVID-19. HOW LITERATURE DESCRIBES THE PRESENT

    The literature describes everything that happened yesterday and everything that will happen tomorrow, and our aim as readers is the one of being careful to seize up those features that help us to understand our past and that teaches us how to face the future. Starting from this… Read More »SARAMAGO’S “BLINDNESS” AND COVID-19. HOW LITERATURE DESCRIBES THE PRESENT

JOKER finally at peace with himself

 This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from the film, ‘Joker.’ (Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP) Smile, because it confuses people. Smile, because it’s easier than explaining what is killing you inside. Arthur is mentally unstable. He works as a clown to pay… Read More »JOKER finally at peace with himself

Blockchain: The fundamentals

Before I dwell into the specifics, I plan to provide my readers with insights on certain fundamental aspects that I consider essential to understand this topic.

To begin with, one needs to understand what a blockchain is. In my words, I would define blockchain as a digital method of recording information in a way making it nearly impossible to hack or cheat the system.

According to Oxford, blockchain is defined as a digital ledger in which transactions made in bitcoin or another cryptocurrency are recorded chronologically and publicly. Perhaps the concept of blockchain would go way beyond this notion, and that its characteristic as a foundation for cryptocurrency is just one of the many features that have been explored by blockchain analysts.

This article aims to let the readers have a basic knowledge on blockchain, how it works, how it affects peer to peer lending, and how it is disrupting the traditional financial transaction sectors.

How does this work?

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