This is our home, welcome. It is not finished yet. To complete the web project that we have in mind it will take a few more weeks. But it was important for us to start. To open our doors. To begin telling everyone what is happening in Italy. A revolution, some say. The end of capitalism as we know it, write others. We’ll see. From our observations we can only confirm that, at this point, not a week goes by without the announcement of a new FabLab (in quantity we are second only to the U.S., surprising, isn’t it?). Not a week goes by without a workshop for children starting. We are happy because projects by Italian makers on crowdfunding platforms, one of the many ways to get financing, are the order of the day. Revolution or not, things are truly changing at a rate that possibly no one had foreseen. In respect to just three years ago, when Massimo Banzi and I inaugurated FabLab Italia in Turin, a temporary structure within the context of an exhibition on the near future in Italy, it seems like another world. For this reason, last January Massimo and I, together with Carlo De Benedetti, established the Make in Italy cdb Foundation: to tell the story of this new world and to help it grow.
About storytelling, I have little to add because it is what I have done all of my life: I can only say that the Make in Italy blog will be journalistically rigorous and follow the passion for the innovators that you know. It is an open space, obviously: if you want to write, go ahead. If you send us a post in Italian we will translate it into English because, from here, we would like to speak with the rest of the world. But the blog is a given, we have not created a Foundation to write a blog. It is the rest that I would like to write a few words about, with the facts to be verified starting tomorrow. How can a foundation help Italian makers and fablabs? In many ways, I’ll name a few:
1) giving support for the creation of a fablab
2) contributing to the identification of a mission that responds to the needs of the territory in which it operates
3) writing a business plan that renders the activity sustainable
4) offering a consultation service for participating in the many competitions for access to public financing, in particular European
5) and then promoting projects that contribute to the diffusion of this culture.
To do this we are creating a small team, some who you already know well, I believe: Barbara Ghella and Zoe Romano have taken on managerial roles; Massimo Menichinelli and Alessandro Ranellucci have the task of supporting the already existing fablabs and those to come with particular attention to education projects and relations with the FabAcademy. And, soon, we will also officialize the person who will reveal the secrets of European competitions.
So, I repeat, welcome. The doors are open. There is a lot of work to do. We will give it our all.