Marconi Society Blog: Securing Blockchain and The Applications of the Future

A new discussion on the Marconi Society Blog: 

Securing Blockchain and The Applications of the Future




From the first work conducted by Stuart Haber and W. Scott Stornetta in 1991 to its entry into the popular lexicon in 2014, blockchain has grown into a young distributed database technology that has the potential to secure and improve transactions from medical records to food delivery to our own personal identity.

As is the case with many new, life-changing technologies, a Marconi Society Young Scholar has a leadership role in defining and applying the new rules. Salman Baset, CTO Security for IBM Blockchain Solutions, was recognized as a Young Scholar in 2008 and has been doing amazing work ever since.

Read more on the Marconi Society Blog


A Short Theory of Failure: a new paper by Giovanni Corazza

A Short Theory of Failure

A paper by Julia Von Thienen, Christoph Meinel, and Giovanni Emanuele Corazza

published on Electronic Colloquium on Design Thinking Research


Failures are a key concept in design thinking. They are discussed as a resource for learning, whereas fear of fail- ure would be a major block to creative activity. We attempt to clarify the term by reconstructing “failures” as “incon- clusive outcomes” in the Dynamic Creativity Framework. This includes a definition of key terms, the specification of hypotheses, a brief consideration of empirical evidence and discussion of practical implications. 

Click here to download the paper


von Thienen, J., Meinel, C, & Corazza G.E. (2017). A short theory of failure. Electronic Colloquium on Design Thinking Research, 17, 1-5.


Serendipity and Creativity

Serendipity and Creativity: an ISA forum


28th June – 14:00 to 18:00 – Palazzo Marchesini, Via Marsala 26, Bologna

The Institute of Advanced Studies (Istituto di Studi Avanzati, ISA) of the University of Bologna organizes a discussion day on “Serendipity and Creativity“. Giovanni Corazza and Sergio Agnoli will present a talk on the their studies on irrelevance processing:

Here below the program of the day:

Ore 14:00 Dario Braga presentazione e inizio lavori
14:10-15:00 Vittorio Loreto – UniRoma – “Adiacente possibile, creatività ed innovazione”
15:00-15:20 Flaviano Celaschi  “Il corpo come materia prima di progetto
15:20-15:40 Maria Giuseppina Muzzarelli  “Lo storico e la ricerca di una spiegazione: il conseguente, l’imprevisto, il compossibile
15:40-16:00 Giovanni Corazza /Sergio Agnoli L’irrinunciabile irrilevante: evidenze empirico-sperimentali
16:00-16:30 pausa

16:30-16:50 Fabrizia Grepioni “ll caso e l’immaginazione nel laboratorio chimico”
16:50-17:10 Monica Rubini “Valutare o Discriminare? Stereotipi di genere nella selezione del personale”
17:10-17:30 Matteo Cerri “Dal caldo al freddo: cosa può insegnare la fisiologia degli opposti”
17:30 Discussione aperta “prepararsi alla serendipity: un ossimoro?”


More information on the following ISA webpage:



ISMICS 2017: A keynote address by Giovanni Corazza

17th International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS) scientifc meeting


A keynote address by Giovanni Corazza


This year the meeting will be organized in Rome from 7th to10th June. On Friday June 9Giovanni Corazza will held a keynote address entitled “Creativity Principles: How to Challenge the State of the Art“.


For more information on the event program, please visit the meeting website:



Vlad Glaveanu’s Seminar – Bologna, 5th June

Is creativity in the eye of the beholder? Conceptual, methodological and practical reflections 


Vlad Glaveanu

Bologna, June 5, 2017


On Monday June 5Vlad Glaveanu (Aalborg University) will held a seminar entitled “Is creativity in the eye of the beholder? Conceptual, methodological and practical reflections“. In the seminar, organized by the University of Bologna and the Marconi Institute for Creativity, Glaveanu will discuss the long-debated issue of creativity evaluation in the light of the most recent theoretical approaches on creative thinking.


Monday 5th June 2017 – h 11:00
Scuola di Ingegneria e Architettura, Sala Giunta, Dipartimento DEI
Viale Risorgimento 2, Bologna 

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News from Marconi Society Blog

New interesting discussions on the Marconi Society Blog



ConnectToThrive-1030x555The Internet’s Next Frontier:  Getting Better at Getting Better Together: a discussion on the People Centered Internet, founded by Mei Lin Fung and Vint Cerf


motorola-dynatacHow the Wireless Revolution will Make a Better World: Marty Cooper’s thoughts on the three areas where wireless will change the equation drastically



Starving in the Land of Plenty: The True Story of Consumer Bandwidth: John Cioffi’s thoughts on why we struggle for bandwidth in a world overrun with it and how  the industry will change.


HaoZouArticleWhy We Have to do Better: The Case for Tech for Good: Hao Zou’s work to use technology to improve lives in healthcare and financial services



The Internet’s Wild Ride:  From Trust to Cyber Security Threats: how the internet has changed since Len Kleinrock connected two computers together and his new network design


KREYON/CONFERENCE 2017 – Unfolding the Dynamics of Creativity and Innovation, ROME 06/09.09.2017

Kreyon Conference 2017

Rome, September 6 – September 8

The Kreyon Conference 2017 will be held in Rome from September 6th to September 8th. The aim of the conference is to gather scientists from many different disciplines (physics, mathematics, computer science, biology, social sciences, arts, etc.) to address fundamental questions about how people express their creativity and innovate both at the individual and collective levels.

Deadline for the call for papers is June 20th: Call for abstracts


Plese visit the conference website for more information on the event


Innovative Ideas for Cultural Heritage

A new course on “Innovative Ideas for Cultural Heritage” within the SACHER Project


The SACHER project ( offers a course devoted to the generation of new ideas within the cultural heritage domain. The course (in Italian) will provide theoretical and methodological notions at the basis of the science of creative thinking, in order to generate innovative ideas to be applied to cultural heritage. The course is organized by Giovanni Emanuele Corazza and by the Marconi Institute for Creativity research group and it is open to experts in cultural heritage as well as to citizens interested in the science of creative thinking and in its application to the cultural heritage.

More information on the course at this link



How To Become More Creative and Why it Matters – by Giovanni Emanuele Corazza

How to become creative and why it matters

An article by Giovanni Emanuele Corazza, co-authored by Paula Reinman, published on the Marconi Society Blog


Whether you’re a business leader searching for talent, a job seeker looking for your next gig or a parent committed to educating your child for success, you’re in the midst of a new industrial revolution. It’s a world where information is a commodity – we have nearly all the known facts (and a lot of speculation) at our fingertips, anytime, anywhere. While this information is not necessarily knowledge, advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence are already integrating location, context and content to turn it into a much more intelligent experience than we’ve ever had before. In a society where success and human value have long been based on possessing knowledge and expertise, we find ourselves in new territory where these qualities will no longer be sharp differentiators.

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