This complex, intellectual organ, endowed with the extraordinary capacity to conceptualize and project, allows human beings to explore the earth, to represent reality, to describe it through symbols and written language, to interpret it with speech, to create a shared culture and transmit knowledge to future generations, enabling them to experiment, discover new concepts and relate them to one another.
Knowledge and resources have been transferred by reliable networks over centuries, gradually changing the course of human history. From African drums that telegraphed urgent news in coded rhythms to present-day cell phone, satellites and resource distribution networks; the relationship between individuals and millions of other people and the environment surrounding them has been radically transformed.
New research and technologies provide avenues where network users can intervene, acting locally while pursuing global aims. With their help, we envision new ways to build - in harmony with natural resources, with the direction of investments, the orientation of technological development and institutional change - an efficient network model that sustainably improves the human condition.
Among humanity’s needs, cooperative networks based on solidarity and upheld by an ethic of Social responsibility represent a further step toward achievement of true human development and greater freedom for all people.
Rita Levi-Montalcini was born on April 22, 1909 in Turin, Italy. After earning a medical degree, she received an invitation from Professor Viktor Hamburger in 1947 to conduct research at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1952, in Rio de Janeiro, she identified the Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), a discovery for which she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1986. A member of the most prestigious scientifi c academies, and in 1992, she established the Rita Levi-Montalcini Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose aim is to educate young African girls. In 2001, she was appointed as Senator for Life to the Italian Senate, and in 2005, she founded the European Brain Research Institute (EBRI).
Rita Levi-Montalcini died on December 30th, 2012 in Rome.