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From Risk to Resilience

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Recent years have seen our world dominated by polarized debates about the risks and rewards of economic interdependence. But this binary approach has never been realistic. To survive and thrive over time, companies and countries will need to embed risk and reward calculations within a broader framework of systemic resilience.


Mariaelena Caputi

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Salzman International

illustration of Companies have started reappraising and reconfiguring their position in China because the risks and opportunities of doing business there have changed. Their challenge is to maintain access to China’s upsides while managing increasingly complex risks.
illustration of The severe weather events that affected Italy in July, splitting the country into two parts, have a name: climate crisis. Climate change, an undeniably anthropogenic effect, is upon us. We should get used to extreme events and expect them to become more frequent and more intense.
illustration of The great challenge facing every business leader is how to use digital and AI to create outsized value for the organization. The promise is great. Leaders who reshape their companies and take the time to get the details right will be richly rewarded.
illustration of Recent global turbulence raises a question: Is the world shifting to a new economic regime for the long run? It might be, but the shape of that future remains uncertain.
illustration of Recent years have seen our world dominated by polarized debates about the risks and rewards of economic interdependence. But this binary approach has never been realistic. To survive and thrive over time, companies and countries will need to embed risk and reward calculations within a broader framework of systemic resilience.
illustration of Clearly, wanting to fall in love isn’t a bad thing. But wanting love too badly can lead you to prioritize the act of falling in love over picking the right person.
illustration of The Dominion settlement is disappointing, but our legal system isn’t designed to take down corporate media giants.
illustration of The CEO behind the company that created ChatGPT believes artificial intelligence technology comes with real dangers, but can also be
illustration of A series of illustrations that celebrates the longest-running brands on the Franchise 500 list, delves into what it takes to be the best in the business and features the fastest-growing franchises in 2023.
illustration of Women across Iran have bravely taken to the streets to demand liberation from state repression and justice for Masha Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman murdered by the morality police.
illustration of Buyers, sellers and renters are in for more twists and turns, as soaring mortgage rates and stubborn inflation signal belt tightening ahead.
illustration of When the U.S. and China fight, it is the environment that suffers.

The Trump administration’s moves to decouple the two economies means less leverage over Beijing’s green policies. (…) When it comes to environmental protection, decoupling is a lose-lose proposition for both countries.
illustration of A tribute to Spring, which returns every year to warm our hearts.
illustration of A series of illustrations for the Jan-Feb 2023 issue of Entrepreneur Magazine.
illustration of Your smartphone can broadcast your exact location thousands of times per day, through hundreds of apps, instantaneously to dozens of different companies. Each of those companies has the power to follow individual mobile phones wherever they go, in near-real time.

That’s not a glitch in the system. It is the system.
illustration of The constitutional right to abortion has been overturned, but the Garden State remains committed to reproductive rights.
illustration of How the end of the constitutional right to abortion in the United States will impact women's freedom of choice.
illustration of And the livin'is easy.
illustration of COVID-19 has left thousands with a distorted or lost sense of smell. Researchers are getting a clearer idea of how. This understanding and a growing awareness of olfactory disorders could help others facing smell loss from COVID-19 or other causes.
illustration of High fitness levels are associated with a lower risk of depression and anxiety. (…) “Reports that people are not as active as they used to be are worrying, and even more so now that global lockdowns have closed gyms and limited how much time people are spending out of the house. Physical activity is an important part of our lives and can play a key role in preventing mental health disorders.”
illustration of As little as anyone can seem to agree on these days, one thing that liberals, conservatives and independent observers alike said was abundantly clear after the first presidential debate on Tuesday night was that there were no winners. America lost, they said. (…) Most of the political professionals and pundits watching said the 90 minutes of bickering, interrupting and shouting was an unbearable affair that had further exhausted the patience of a weary and beleaguered nation.
illustration of A New Mother’s Search for Home.

The waiting list for housing in New York City’s Section 8 program — which provides vouchers for rent — has been capped at 10,000 names. It stopped taking applications in 2008. Think about that for a moment. Our government’s primary program to provide affordable housing is so oversubscribed that you can’t even get your name on a waiting list. What’s going to happen in these subsequent months as our unemployment rolls swell? Where will people find shelter?
illustration of American startups are competing to bring electricity to communities that remain off the grid.
illustration of Times reporters have obtained decades of tax information the president has hidden from public view.
illustration of Many symptoms of Covid-19 were difficult, but losing my ability to taste hurt the most. Each day I hope for the familiar aromas and flavors to come back. I wait like the rest of us, for the things I love to return.
illustration of How a scholar, advocate, and judge upended the entirety of American political thought.

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,” she said, quoting Martin Luther King, Jr. But it only bends that way, she went on, “if there is a steadfast commitment to see the task through to completion.”
illustration of “The word apology comes from the Greek apologia, which means justification, explanation, defense or excuse. A key part of apology, perhaps, is really listening to the victim’s experience, taking that in deeply and trying to create a process of repair.”
illustration of We’ve lost track of just how badly served the planet has been by the agriculture and distribution systems that evolved in the name of efficiency and price competition. Shutting your eyes may be presidential policy, but the journalist and blogger Tom Philpott won’t let us get away with it. He wants to focus our attention squarely on the environmental consequences of the global and, especially, the American way of raising food.
illustration of “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou
illustration of “Put simply, we should distrust online reviews because emotions are involved. The problem is consumers are bad at determining which reviews are based on actual experiences and which aren’t. We are easily fooled.”
illustration of Even in states with the strictest abortion laws, pregnant people have a safe, inexpensive option to terminate their pregnancies. But few know about it.

Pregnant people in Texas, or in any other U.S. state, can visit an array of websites that will mail them two pills—mifepristone and misoprostol—that will induce a miscarriage when used in the first trimester of pregnancy and possibly even later.
illustration of Coronavirus cases are once again rising as the Delta variant has given way to Omicron, a highly contagious form of the virus. The surge has fueled demand for Covid tests especially on New Year’s Eve.
illustration of Not a game.
illustration of Yes! But it depends on the kind of coffee and the quantity. (…) The fourth most popular beverage in the country, coffee is steeped into our culture. Just the right amount can improve our mood; too much may make us feel anxious and jittery.
illustration of The death of the artist: how creators are struggling to survive in the age of billionaires and big tech.

The critic William Deresiewicz considers how we arrived at a situation in which it’s easier than ever to share your creativity with the world, and harder than ever to make a living doing so.
illustration of A large study has linked several common anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills to an increased risk of death, although it’s not certain the drugs were the cause.
illustration of Taken together, complicity, feminism and the technological boost of a hashtag seem to have made for a perfect storm and a cultural awakening at once.
illustration of Should the virus reach extreme levels of infection globally, it would very likely be the first true test of the 21st-century way of life, laying bare the hidden fragility of a system that has long felt seamless.
illustration of Microplastics are small enough to be ingested by sea animals, including those that end up on our plates. 70 years of manufacturing plastic later, we are finally starting to see where it all ends up when we toss it.
illustration of “One of the cardinal signs of infection is raised body temperature,” says Waleed Javaid (…) It’s unclear if or how the coronavirus might change the use of body temperature as a diagnostic tool. In the near term, Javaid says, knowing your own average temperature and how it fluctuates might help clinicians diagnose and treat some illnesses more accurately.
illustration of Along the way, Mr. Trump played to his conservative base, seeking to divide the nation over race and cultural flash points. (…) Mr. Biden, in response, offered a message of healing that appealed to Americans from far left to center right. He made common cause by promising relief from the unceasing invective and dishonesty of Mr. Trump’s presidency.
illustration of On a typical workday morning, if you’re like most people, you don’t wake up naturally. Instead, the ring of an alarm clock probably jerks you out of sleep. Then you throw out your arm and hit the snooze button, silencing the noise for at least a few moments. It may seem like you’re giving yourself a few extra minutes to collect your thoughts. But what you’re actually doing is making the wake-up process more difficult and drawn out.
illustration of Decades of studied ignorance, political cowardice, cynical denialism and irresponsible dithering have allowed the problem to grow deeper and immeasurably harder to solve. But today, we are at an important turning point. The changing climate is no longer an abstract threat lurking in our distant future — it is upon us. We feel it. We see it. (…) And with that comes a new urgency, and a new opportunity, to act.
illustration of Nanoinfluencers are slyly barnstorming the 2020 election.

Beware! Digital door knockers with small followings are posting often subliminal paid ads on social media.
illustration of Dr. Sahar Yousef, a UC Berkeley-trained cognitive neuroscientist and recently turned strategic consultant to businesses and startups, shares a few tips on how to break through the noise and structure your day — and mind — for higher productivity. Spoiler alert: Quit your multitasking habits now.
illustration of The United States has its best opportunity in 150 years to belatedly fulfill its promise as a multiracial democracy.
illustration of Nowadays, there are many who consider that writing well is boring and that what's cool is to write with mistakes, because that way they show they have creative freedom and that they are not sheep that follow vulgar grammatical rules.
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illustration of A visual study about what animate beings and inanimate things have in common.
illustration of The use of search engines is causing our brains to reorganize where it goes for information, adapting to new computing technologies rather than relying solely on rote memory.


Mariaelena Caputi studied Fine Arts, Graphic Design and Multimedia in Rome, Milan and Salamanca. Her professional activity moves between Illustration and Design. Through a conceptual and multidisciplinary approach, she creatively blends different media such as photography, illustration and everyday objects, always looking for the best way to bring ideas to life.


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