on BLOG, transformation 7 mag, 2015


Tuesday I had the opportunity to visit for a few hours the EXPO: I wanted to have a first impression as soon as possible and understand what it was in reality. For two years I had loaded the event of high expectations: in fact I hoped to receive from the Expo decisive information and points of reflections on food, nutrition, new technologies, future, progress, hunger, and I hoped that the Universal Exposition could be an opportunity to make humanity make a step forward towards a more modern, sustainable, equitable concept of food.

But on April 30th, reading the article by Carlo Petrini (the founder of Slow Food) on "La Repubblica", I picked up a not very reassuring warning, an exhortation to not expect anything more than a parade. Petrini wrote: "World expositions speak all languages of the world. A theme is chosen and all countries are called upon to say at what point are on that. There are formal narratives, because the governments participate in world exhibitions: so those appointments end up becoming official documents. They are - more than a state of the art - the expression of how each nation tells itself and how would be seen by the rest of the world."

Well, between controversy and protests, between truth and misinformation, between triumphalism and downsizing, after just four days from the opening, I was there. What I was left of my visit? A sense of great sadness, of a great opportunity lost. And propaganda, like the one that deeply annoyed me in the pavilion of Thailand (try it).

Among the many pavilions - quickly visited -, only three or four countries "did the exercise": I speak of Angola, Korea (very moving), Morocco, apart the ZERO Pavilion and the State of Vatican. For the rest, information that had nothing to do with the theme, some "special effect" (in the pavilion of the United Arab Emirates, for example, which is worth a visit), carbonated soft drinks, chocolate snacks, parades. I even saw Maya the Bee! The "Future Food District" (a treat for an engineer like me) is actually a supermarket ... and every five seconds a child continues to die of hunger and malnutrition.

To close, a sentence from the pavilion of the Vatican: "The narrative of the Pavilion is not over yet. Now everyone is asked personally. Going back to his daily lives, each will make the experience acting on himself and converting his existence." But, beyond the Vatican good intentions and expectations, what will be left to the most, apart the parades?

Third and final quote: "I believe in people. But I do not believe in the majority of people. I know that I will always agree and be at ease with a minority ..." Nanni Moretti.

I believe more and more that the potential for change and renewal is there and is huge, but can only come from small, modern, clean, clever, agile groups, that truly believe in the values they profess. We'll make it!






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