28 Novembre 2023

How the Met reawakens fashion in 2024: technology beyond the looking glass

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  This month, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, also known colloquially as “the Met”, announced the theme of the Costume Institute’s Spring 2024 Exhibition: “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.” For those interested in fashion – designers, scholars, journalists, entrepreneurs, and, fashionistas – every year's announcement is a highly-anticipated moment. One reason is that this theme will also be featured in the Costume Institute Benefit, an evening the entire fashion industry and beyond will be waiting for and watching closely, also known as the Met Gala. From 1971's "fashion plate" to 2023's "Karl...

17 Ottobre 2023

Few women in tech. Even fewer at the top

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    Considering the opportunities it offers and the talents it already lacks, women are too few in tech. In the field, female professionals comprise less than a third of the world's workforce (World Bank), hold 28% of computer and mathematical occupations and do not even reach 16% in engineering and architecture jobs. In the United States, where STEM occupations represent 23% of the total labour force, women are 35% (National Science Foundation.) Their presence doesn't spike even in the "big 5" (Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta and Microsoft), reaching, in 2020, only 31% of the employees. Albeit in the next few years, the...

11 Ottobre 2023

Puccini’s Turandot: from music box to metaverse

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    Among the operatic masterpieces throughout history, Giacomo Puccini's Turandot is one of the most world-renowned works. Puccini's Turandot also has a fascinating and storied history that can be described as “born global”, because the inspiration for this opera came in a music box brought from another part of the globe, thousands of miles away from Italy. Thinking Inside the (Music) Box It has been documented that the inspiration of Turandot came from a music box Puccini received from an Italian diplomat to China at the time, the late-19th century. The music box contained several Chinese melodies, three of which were...

28 Marzo 2023

Anna Dorangricchia (UfM) on women entrepreneurs in MENA region

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    In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, women who open a business undertake a gruelling path. Female entrepreneurs face some of the highest levels of discrimination in accessing capital or productive resources: 45%, compared to the world average of 27%. In an area with one of the highest unemployment levels, over half of the female workforce is hired informally, and women tend to spend six times more on domestic work and unpaid care. If already worldwide, girls and women are the most impacted by economic downturns. In this region, they are also threatened by disasters related to climate change, economic...

21 Febbraio 2023

Dell Women Entrepreneurs City Index: London is the best

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  When asked how the pandemic affected their businesses, according to recent surveys*, half of female early-stage entrepreneurs agreed it created new business opportunities; one quarter reported it prompted the use of new digital technologies; and over half confirmed they expect to adopt more digital technologies in the coming months. Yet in 2023, men entrepreneurs are still twice as likely as them to raise more than 100k $ in funding. More often choose more innovative sectors, and start their businesses earlier in their lives (40% begin before 35, and 8% before 25.) Globally women are active entrepreneurs. And almost...