We won’t be silenced

We won’t be silenced

Considering that he’s been credited with minting hundreds of words, even Shakespeare must have found himself in the same position as Jane Evans: when you realize that the language you have is too limited to describe the incoming change and new words are necessary to embrace the future. That’s how the concept …

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Make your future happen

Make your future happen

I can’t really say I talked with Cindy Gallop. Actually, I’ve been swamped by her words, fascinated by the magnetic energy of her brilliant mind and pushed to the side of the blender by the centripetal force of her reasoning. After our conversation ended, I put my pen down on the paper and a sentence I heard time ago came back to my mind…

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I regard fighting ageism as a critical feminist challenge

I regard fighting ageism as a critical feminist challenge

I know exactly the coffee shop in Milan where Pat and I could sit down, watch the world goes by and talk for hours. She would be surprised that we could go from a cappuccino in the morning to an appetizer in the evening without leaving the same tree-lined street. On my hand, just as it happens when we “talk” online, I would…

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Allow yourself to evolve

Allow yourself to evolve

It took only a tweet for Anita Irlen and I to click. It might be because of our common background in sociology and the resulting mindset or because of her motto “No Mud, No Lotus” that lets shine a witty personality, the result is that we found ourselves immediately on the same wavelength. As the author of the blog Look for the Woman beyond Fashion…

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There’s no time limit to self reinvention

There’s no time limit to self reinvention

While the hero-based mystique makes us believe that the start-upper is a young white male garage owner, the reality is - luckily - far more diverse. As Pierre Azoulay et al. from MIT have pointed out in their 2018 paper “Age and High-Growth Entrepreneurship”, for the most successful firms…

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Reject self-imposed limitations

Reject self-imposed limitations

In a world of talkers, Stela Lupushor listens. In our conversation, I felt overwhelmed by a wave of attention. I believe she tapped also into this ability when she decided to give up the security of a corporate job - she led the HR Strategy and Social Analytics functions at IBM…

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The potential doesn’t age

The potential doesn’t age

Alison Wolf is a British economist and the Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management at King’s College in London. When her book “The XX Factor: How the Rise of Working Women Has Created a Far Less Equal World” came out, I had a great conversation with her. In a phone call across the continents…

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5 reasons why Susan was right

5 reasons why Susan was right

Susan Sontag, the American writer, philosopher, political activist and one of the most aware voices of the last century, acknowledged that we only have one script for aging: the imperative of the eternal youth. In her essay “Is there a double standard of aging?”, she warned us…

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Train yourself to laugh

Train yourself to laugh

It’s a sunny Wednesday morning when I meet with Yodphet Sudsawad in her office. We’re both barefoot and this is the norm at Panyaden, the international school she helped to create in Chiang Mai, some four hundred miles north west of Bangkok. With sustainable architecture and plenty of nature all around, the school is a gem…

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Rethink the need of perfection

Rethink the need of perfection

I got in touch with Debbie Clarke Moderow a few years ago, when I wrote a feature on fitness challenges. I was fascinated by her story and her determination to hit the Iditarod Trail for the second time and complete the race after the first failed attempt. As it generally happens with…

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Challenge the ideology of aging

Challenge the ideology of aging

We are always sensitive and passionate about discrimination and we know how to recognize it when it’s about race, gender, and socio-economical variables. Then, without realizing it, we have a bias against age. We’re so “good” at it, because we practice all the time…

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