In the historical process, we are experiencing a period of intense complementation at a planetary level, as well as an enormous technological acceleration.  The last major revolution came about with the leap produced by a digital development that has enormously speeded up communications and the passage of information to a massive level. At the same time, the forms of human relationships and the perception of historical time are changing.

This planetarisation in which we are immersed is such that the fate of one place on the Earth is no longer independent from those of other places.  The ongoing process is increasingly directing humanity towards a planetary destiny that is necessarily shared.  And yet this does not mean that there’s always a constructive dialogue.  What it does implies, however, is a sharing of the globalised environment in both geographical and virtual forms.  In this sense, multiculturalism becomes an irreversible fact.

We are at a historical crossroads of great importance in which a psychosocial background prevails characterised by: strong disorientation, psychological and existential destabilisation and uncertainty of the future.  In particular, we are passing into an era (whose change was marked by the digital revolution) in which the effects of such a psychosocial background are tending to accentuate. The dangers of all of this are evident, but it is equally obvious, by the same historical mechanisms, that the current negative or positive developments will be managed by those generations that will handle the immediate and long-term future of the planet.

In this sense, the phenomenon of generational changes in the historical process and, in terms of present developments, how it applies to the generations that are close to coming into their own, gain importance.



Lorenzo Lucchesi


Paolo Papi
Alpha laboratory




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