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“The best way to predict future is to create it”. Abraham Lincoln’s words inspired the leitmotiv of the sixteenth edition of Festival della Mente, the first European festival on creativity and birth of ideas. The concept of "future" has always been important and necessary for the human mind, but it takes on particular meaning in an era like ours, full of social changes, technological transformations and unknowns that weight on the present.
With the usual multidisciplinary and popular approach, the festival wonders about the possible scenarios that await us in the scientific and humanistic field, without forgetting that in order to look to the future one needs to know the past. And with the certainty - as Lincoln reminds us – that, to imagine the future we want, it is necessary to create and invent a new reality starting from today.

Programme of the 16th edition


Cristina Ponzanelli Sindaco del Comune di Sarzana
Giovanni Toti Presidente della Regione Liguria
Claudia Ceroni Presidente della Fondazione Carispezia
Benedetta Marietti Direttrice del Festival della Mente

Event #1

Amalia Ercoli Finzi

Space Exploration: today, tomorrow, and… the day after

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Event #6

Alessandro Barbero

Popular revolts in Medieval Europe.
The Jacquerie of French peasants (1358)

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Event #7Approfonditamente

David Monacchi

Fragments of extinctions

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Event #11

Luigina Mortari

Taking care of oneself, of others, of the world

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Event #12

Antonello Provenzale

How is Earth’s climate changing?

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Event #13

Lina Bolzoni

The art of reading between past and future

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Event #14

Massimiliano Valerii

The end of «the end of history»

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Event #15

Filippo Tuena

Scott: future’s first explorer

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Event #16Approfonditamente

Dario Bressanini, Lucilla Titta

Yesterday’s and tomorrow's diets. How to survive fake news?

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Event #19

Massimo Recalcati

Will it still be possible to love you?

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Event #20

Andrea Moro

The race and the language: the future that does (not) expect us

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Event #21

Paolo Colombo, Michele Tranquillini

Ernst Henry Shackleton. The hero who defeated the Arctic

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Event #24

Alessandro Barbero

Popular revolts in Medieval Europe. The rebellion of the Ciompi (1378)

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Event #25

Roberto Celada Ballanti

The destiny of a community and many religions: is there a dialogue for the future of humanity?

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Event #30

Mauro Agnoletti

What is the perspective of the future of Italy and of the world?

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Event #31Approfonditamente

Marco Ortenzi, Marco Parolini

The real truth about plastic and bioplastic (maybe)

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Event #32

Barbara Mazzolai

Robots of the future and plants

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Event #34

Stefano Laffi

Re-writing the future of our children

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Event #36

Matteo Nucci

Achilles, Odysseus and the truth of the future

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Event #37

Atelier dell’Errore

Prototypes of prophetic zoology

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Event #40

Alessandro Barbero

Popular revolts in Medieval Europe. English peasants’ revolt (1381)

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Event #41Children / Kids

Carlo Carzan, Sonia Scalco

Leonardo, the genius that saw the future

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Event #42Children / Kids

Teatro dell’Orsa

Water tricks

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Event #43Children / Kids

Dino Ticli

The Earth, a troubled planet

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Event #44Children / Kids


The city is sounding

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Event #45Children / Kids

Sualzo, Silvia Vecchini

Like a comics

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Event #47Children / Kids

Girls Code It Better

Code is a girly game

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Event #48Children / Kids

Martina Berra

Callus collectors

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Event #49Children / Kids


Screened into future

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Event #50Children / Kids

Anna Cerasoli

The Pi and geometry party

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Event #51Children / Kids

Teatro dell’Orsa

Futura. Postcards from life

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Event #52Children / Kids

Teresa Sdralevich


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Event #53Children / Kids


If I see, do I believe?”

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Event #54Children / Kids

Francesco Giorda

I do save the planet

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Event #55Children / Kids

Valentina Zilibotti

Moon’s discovery

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Event #56Children / Kids

Scuola di Robotica

The Robots’ zoo

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Event #57Children / Kids

Andrea Vico

Understand and then choose

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Event #58Children / Kids

Francesca Sanna

And you, which fear do you have?

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Event #59Children / Kids


Touching the sky with a finger

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Event #60Children / Kids

Federico Taddia

Revolution is done by feet!”

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Event #61

Anna Cerasoli

Matemathics: food for the mind

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Event #62

Alberto Pellai, Barbara Tamborini

The emotive education of the hyper-connected generation

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Event #64


I’m here too! Let the kids speak

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Event #65

Stefano Laffi

Imagination and re-generation exercises

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