Learn More - Week 1


November 2

9.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m.

  • Presentation of WeTell Summer School 2020: Philosophy and Work Plan
  • Introducing the Teaching Team: Create a Goal-Oriented Community


10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.


Teaching Team: F. BENOZZO, E. LAMBERTI

Focus on:

  • Environmental Awareness
  • Narcissus Narcosis
  • Hard Power & Soft Power
  • The Free Will of Poetry

Some environments seduce us in subliminal and overwhelming ways, creating the reassuring illusion that we inhabit spaces enhancing our conscious free will when, in fact, they do not. In our technologically interconnected world, our individual and collective actions are often conditioned by more or less sophisticated forms of persuasions that create mainstream narratives that are not easily noticed. Because of that, we need to gain a more conscious, ecological vision of the ways in which we experience our actuality and nowness, even within our democratic, diverse and inclusive societies. Traditionally, the term ecology implies a respectful relation between all living organisms and their natural environment; yet, today the very idea of ‘natural environment’ is inscribed into a more complex dimension, as the biosphere constantly juxtaposes to the infosphere. The interplay of human and artificial conditions is therefore complicated, with inevitable but not always visible consequences on our cognitive and emotional consciousness, both as individuals and as groups.

The session on STORYTELLING IN/OF COMPLEX ECOSYSTEMS navigates the complex ecosystems of today, following the idea that media are no longer simply the extensions of the human body and mind; instead, they are our environment. Inevitably, being an environment, media are no longer unbiased. Against such a context, we will try to understand if free will is still an option and how it could develop into responsible dissent, meaning here the capability that we have to acknowledge and express one’s own individual thinking, as well as constructive and effective differences (of opinion, language, gender, sexual orientation, etc.).