Great leaps, ideas, dreams.

In an interview released in The Saturday Evening Post in 1929, Albert Einstein said that: "Imagination is more important than knowledge, because knowledge is limited, while imagination embraces the world."

Indeed, nothing can be discovered or invented if it hasn't first been imagined. The ability to see beyond is a great resource, both personal and collective. And it is not only of use to creatives, but also to scientists, managers, politicians, explorers, architects, geographers, gastronomists and researchers, who need to and know how to imagine, because change - in any economic, social or personal context - is always led by imagination.

In this third edition of Innesti we speak about visions: in other words, the imagination that has an active role, that acts as a trigger for change, that helps to solve problems, offers tangible solutions, conquers new areas of knowledge, defines good practices.  And, consequently, we speak about visionaries: men and women able to see far ahead, to go where others have not yet gone, adopt new points of view, not allow themselves to be conditioned, not be afraid to say what they think. It is a "tribute to the great leaps, to ideas and dreams," as Cervantes would say, since vision loves obstacles, because it overcomes them; it faces limits, and goes beyond them; it is not afraid of constraints, because it breaks out of them.

The visionaries we have written about are at the forefront of the changes that they themselves have brought about, and their stories bring together the past, present and future, because they are timeless.

Just as vision is needed for science and knowledge, it is also needed for sustainability, designing new forms of being together and being in the world. It is just as true when we think of the opposite: the absence of vision prevents us from seeing possible virtuous alternatives.

This is how the sustainability that we are gradually narrating, edition after edition, is enriched by words and stories that make it easier and easier to get interested in and identify with.

And if sustainability becomes our compass for orientating ourselves in the world, then it becomes necessary to have a new, obstinate, slightly rebellious vision.

Martina Liverani
nature and
Visions, specialisms and blinkers

"Environmental thought" starts from the ability to observe a phenomenon and know how to make wider connections. A few experiences.

The watercolours of nature

Creating art from Nature. The visionary ecstasy of the artist Nicola Magrin.

The art of foraging

Name: Valeria Margherita Mosca.
Passion: the environment, and collecting wild, unexpected plants and fruits in total respect of nature.

food and
The taste of the circular economy

Three-star chef Eneko Atxa speaks about the entrepreneurial vision of his eco-friendly, multi-award-winning restaurant concept: discovering Azurmendi.

A visionary with a refined palate

The future of cooking will never be able to do without the " ante litteram food blogger " par excellence: Artusi, the ambassador for Italian food culture.

An interview with Carlo Petrini

The founder of Slow Food's commitment never stops: "Terrafutura. Dialogues with Pope Francis on Integral Ecology" is out now.

Sustainability is to stop breaking the world into pieces

Why is geography so important for sustainability?
Geographer Franco Farinelli explains.

An interview with Carlo Ratti

"An open city": the architect from the prestigious CRA studio explains what "the spaces of the future" will be like.

The nudge, a gentle push

It is the new "alphabet" that encourages virtuous behaviour, important for sustainability: a conscious citizen counts for more than a citizen bound by rules.

CAVIRO, stubbornly going against the grain since the beginning

The biggest winery in Italy and its "sustainable vision" that is always ahead of the trends. An interview with the CEO, SimonPietro Felice.

Diversity, weapon of survival

Tessa Gelisio and her focus on the need for biodiversity as a source of change, innovation, resilience and evolution.

Science for diagnosing the problem, technology and vision to solve it

Climate change: according to philosopher-influencer Rick DuFer, creating individual awareness is the key to pushing everyone towards action.

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