The Milan Hub project Improve is the first inter-generational critical thinking exercise in Milan aimed at identifying the impacts generated by the Fourth Industrial Revolution on future generations. The project focuses on unemployment, the demand of new skills by the job market and on emerging work challenges. Improve leverages the Global Shapers network to identify and invite topic experts to run the workshops.
Since 2017, over 100 workshops have been organized for university and high school students in partnership with the United Nation's Local Pathways Fellowship, Catholic University and Politecnico di Milano in Milan, il Salone dello Studente, Fondazione RUI, ELIS and Talents Venture. The workshops have taken place in Milan, Rome, Turin, Genoa, Palermo, Naples, Matera, Sicily, Florence and many more cities in Italy. The project features over 30 workshop topics, linked to the Sustainable Development Goals and the 4IR and focused on issues such as The Future of Healthcare, Impact Investing, Smart Agriculture and Nutrition and Smart Cities. Around 25,000 students and young practitioners participate yearly to project activities, as well as 20 topic experts.
In particular, since January 2018 the project has led a series of workshops targeting high school students. The hub put in place a pilot collaboration with the Leonardo Scientific High School in Milan, consisting of a series of eight interactive workshops per class per year. The pilot provided 16-17-year-old students with basic knowledge on a series of sustainability and technology topics linked to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, as well with practical skills useful to finding a job in key topics.
In 2018-2019, the project scaled-up throughout Italy, with more than 50 workshops organized across the peninsula with the help of the Turin, Genoa and Palermo Hubs. In 2019, several collaborations were concluded with high-standing organizations in Italy involved in the education space, such as Fondazione RUI, ELIS, Salone dello Studente...
Since January 2020, also the Florence and Trento Hubs have started collaborating with the Milan one for the scale-up of the Project.
In June 2020 Improve kickstarted a brand new collaboration with Fondazione RUI for its "Universitas" project, aimed at providing coaching and mentoring to high school students, unable to pick their university curricula. This has enabled Improve to further diversify its offering and to remain active all year long, since the project will run from June to September and will later continue during the year with the traditional Improve activities in university residences.
In December 2020, after having restarted its workshop activities involving also the nascent Naples hub, as well as the Bari and Venice hubs, we published our Improve book (in Italian) available on Amazon.
RESPONSE TO THE COVID CRISIS
Once the COVID crisis sparked in Italy, we switched our workshops to a digital form and started working on the following: