SGDs and USI. Peace, justice and strong institutions

Image by Sharon Brogan, www.flickr.com/photos/sbmontana/. License: CC BY-NC 2.0

Image by Sharon Brogan, www.flickr.com/photos/sbmontana/. License: CC BY-NC 2.0

The year is 2017. Riding the wave of the viral hashtag, #MeToo, the entire Western society questions its actual ability to guarantee women fundamental rights and social justice. The year is 2018. Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old from Sweden, addresses world leaders from the stage of the UN. Thanks to the reach, capillarity and global interconnection of communication networks, from the web to social media, she becomes the icon not only of environmental activism but, more generally, of a generation that demands to be heard. Two examples that seem to confirm the role that communication and its new forms can play in contributing to a more inclusive and participatory society, capable of giving voice to more people and of increasing influence from below, of reacting to inequities and shortcomings, of resolving them in the name of justice and social peace. But is this really the case? And, more generally, is our society managing to avoid socio-economic fractures that put its "peace" at risk?

Let’s reflect on the sustainability goal n. 16, "Peace, justice and solid institutions", from the point of view of communication, architecture and urban economy with Luca Visconti , Dean of USI Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society; Martino Pedrozzi , architect, lecturer at USI Academy of Architecture; RaphaŽl Parchet and Lorenzo Barisone , Professor and researcher respectively at USI Faculty of Economics.

The series: #Fucine (forges). Perspectives for shaping today and tomorrow.

Some of the significant challenges of the modern world and the role of knowledge in understanding and facing them. Starting from the UN 2030 Agenda goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs), we propose a series of ten articles in collaboration with Corriere del Ticino on the occasion of USI’s 25th anniversary. With the guidance of USI experts, we present and ponder the areas of knowledge in which our University is active - architecture, communication, law, economics, computer science, medicine and biomedicine, public health, computational science, data science and the humanities - and their role in forging ideas, perspectives and visions to help shape the present and the future. Each article will begin with a UN objective and three angles: one will offer a more in-depth snapshot, the other two complementary "flashes".

Link to the series

#USI25 #shapingknowledge #knowledgelab #forges


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