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The Fate of the West

Main Location: Verona
Dates: 4-22 June 2018
Academic Director: Bill Emmott, former Editor in Chief of The Economist

Western-style liberal democracy has been the world’s most successful political idea, as measured by the extraordinary success and spread of this form of constitutional government and market economy to more and more countries around the world since 1945, ranging from Italy to Japan, from Chile to South Korea, from France to Spain to Taiwan to Canada – and of course the liberal democratic homeland, the United States. Now, the idea seems in trouble. But how much trouble, where will it lead, and what can businesses and individual citizens do about it?

First, we need to understand the causes of the apparent decline of the West: why Donald Trump was elected, why Britons voted for Brexit, why inequality has been rising and why public finances are so strained that mainstream political parties have found it so hard to respond to. The 2008 financial crisis lies at the heart of the explanation, but why did that happen? Why has globalisation become such a dirty word?

Second, we need to comprehend how longer-term trends are interacting with post-2008 woes: the impact of demography and the aging of societies; the impact of technology, especially AI and other automation; the impact of the rise of China and other emerging economies.

As we seek such understanding, we need to keep current woes in historical perspective: how our fears today compare with those of past decades, and how societies evolved and adapted their way out of trouble. But finally, and above all, we need to look at what all this means for business and for us as citizens: how we can adapt and have an impact ourselves.

Location and Schedule
Week 1 - Program Introduction and Case Studies

Location: Verona and Institutional Headquarters
Date: 4-8 June 2018

Activities are hosted in the Italia Innovation Studio (Verona) and inside the partner institutions headquarters. Nationwide transportation is arranged and covered by the organization, with travels on the same day.
Participants should arrange their accommodation downtown Verona, while occasional overnight stays are directly arranged and covered by the organization.

 
  • 9am - 12pm
  • 2pm - 5pm
Monday
  • Program Introduction
  • Studio Workshop
Tuesday
  • Global Leader Series: 1st Conversation
  • Case Study Introduction 1
Wednesday
  • Global Leader Series: 2nd Conversation
  • Case Study Introduction 2
Thursday
  • Global Leader Series: 3rd Conversation
  • Case Study Introduction 3
Friday
  • Final Remarks with the Academic Director
  • -
Week 2 - Bridging Theory and Practice

Location: Verona
Dates: 11-15 June 2018

A series of thought and business leaders from the international and local scene will lead multiple workshops in the Verona Innovation Studio.
The class will be led into its deep understanding of the case studies, discovering social needs and innovation opportunities useful and debating its entrepreneurial ideas.
Participants should arrange their accommodation downtown Verona, while occasional overnight stays are directly arranged and covered by the organization.

 
  • 9am - 12pm
  • 2pm - 5pm
Monday
  • Lecture
  • Studio Workshop
Tuesday
  • Lecture
  • Studio Workshop
Wednesday
  • Lecture
  • Studio Workshop
Thursday
  • Lecture
  • Studio Workshop
Friday
  • Final Remarks in preparation to the Sprint Week
  • -
Week 3 - Design Sprint

Location: Verona
Dates: 18-22 June 2018

The final week of the program is led by Jake Knapp, with a week-long design sprint.
With a unique five-day process, participants will solve the toughest problems emerged during their discovery and test their new ideas in partnership with companies and stakeholders.

 
  • 9am - 12pm
  • 2pm - 5pm
Monday
  • Map Workshop
  • Map Workshop
Tuesday
  • Sketch Workshop
  • Sketch Workshop
Wednesday
  • Decide Workshop - with Italian political leaders
  • Decide Workshop - with Italian political leaders
Thursday
  • Prototype Workshop
  • Prototype Workshop
Friday
  • Test Workshop
  • Program Final Remarks
Costs and Financial Aid

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for the program amounts to 5.000 EUR.
The amount covers academic activities, program operations and VAT.

Financial Aid - Italia Innovation Founders Fund

Your financial circumstances have never kept you from great achievement, and they will not keep you from Italia Innovation.
Thanks to our need-blind international admission policy, applying for financial aid will not hinder your application.
Thanks to its Founders and Partners, Italia Innovation offers several funds to directly cover your scholarship needs.
Our scholarships are based entirely on need, not merit or citizenship, and come from a variety of sources, including Italia Innovation Founders Fund, donations from partners and general tuition revenues.

When to Apply for Financial Aid

We are committed to make our financial aid application as streamlined as possible.
Apply for aid at the same time as you apply for admission. Your financial aid application will in no way jeopardize your chances of admission.
Keep your application on track with our application timeline.

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Program Enrollment Deadlines
28th February 2018 - Early Application Deadline
30th March 2018 - Regular Application Deadline

Financial Aid Deadlines
28th February 2018 - Early Financial Aid Application Deadline
30th March 2018 - Regular Financial Aid Application Deadline