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About Francesco Grillo

Francesco Grillo is president of the think tank Vision. He has a PhD from LSE, and is an advisor to Italy’s Minister for Universities, Research and Education. He is also visiting scholar at St Antony’s College, Oxford University and a columnist for the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera.

Francesco Grillo es presidente del think tank Vision. Tiene un doctorado por la LSE y es asesor del Ministro de Universidades, Investigación y Educación de Italia. También es profesor visitante en St Antony's College, Oxford University, y columnista del periódico italiano Il Corriere della Sera.

Articles by Francesco Grillo

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

How can Europe survive the extinction of its ruling élite?

The problem of Europe is that it is like those Catholic marriages with no divorce clause which had the tendency to become a cage of mutual hypocrisy – cheating, if not violent.

UBI: balancing progress and protection

Why we need to be able to think in terms of a brave new world.

Elecciones de Italia: el Movimiento 5 Estrellas y la transformación hegeliana

Para los italianos, la primera opción es pensar que pueden soltar amarras y regresar a un mítico pasado, anterior a una globalización en la que su país ha perdido. English

Italy's election, M5S and the case for Hegelian transformation

The first option for Italians is believing they can draw their bridge up and return to some mythological past which preceded the globalization game that the country has lost out in.

Why the UK’s hung parliament is an opportunity for constructive Europeans

The reality is that after this election any UK government will be a weak one: no matter whether the cabinet is led by Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn. There are opportunities here.

Back to the future: the rebirth of a classical approach to democracy and education in a post-modern society

Education – combined with technologies  – seems to have triggered a sea-change in the contract between government and those who are governed.

Italy's paradox: Renzi and the Five Star Movement

Matteo Renzi and Beppe Grillo may need each other if Italy is to free itself from a paralysing stalemate.

Rome, Brexit, Trump and Greens – so many forms of establishment meltdown: revolution in the making?

Everywhere, people are increasingly hostile towards whoever wants them to vote just for the sake of stability and out of fear of a jump into the unknown.

A modest proposal for giving a soul to quantitative easing

Why not redirect quantitative easing towards funding environmental technology?

Making sense of Italy’s Second Republic: when politics become a soap opera

Over the last decades, the Italian media has become a scene for the soap opera of Italian politics. Will Beppe Grillo's recent electoral successes, partly due to his heavy use of social media, put paid to the media-politics status quo in Italy?

Italy 2013: collapse, revolution or renaissance?

It is a strange country that risks killing off Europe having been one of its founding and most reliable members. To move away from the sterile politics of the past twenty years, Italy has to come up with something new - but what?

An attack on the world

The London bombings are the latest assault on a prominent global symbol, intended to emphasise the “empire’s” vulnerability. In response, the world needs a new way of thinking that combines technology and democracy, says Francesco Grillo.

The mother of all questions: how to reform global governance?

The period of crisis in international institutions and political order inaugurated on 11 September 2001 has left intact public trust in the United Nations itself. The organisation should seize the moment for a bold, imaginative reform of its institutional architecture – one that will help establish a global public contract able to address the problems of democracy, peace, sustainability and the network society that will define the new century.

From catastrophe to global governance?

The unknown enemy has turned the connective tissue of modern life into a weapon of destruction. The attacks on the “centre of the world” reveal the dark side of the network society. The lesson is to globalise further: intelligence and police work, risk assessment, and ultimately governance itself.

Think tanks in the global marketplace of ideas

Think tanks can survive the pressures of competition, and maximise their resources of independence and flexibility, argues the director of the Italian organisation Vision. But they must adapt to a change of scale, and start thinking globally – without maps.
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