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Who and what does Vision represent? We have been asked these questions many times, and we have answered in many different ways. In Italy, as in many other countries, one risks being invisible if one is not seen as directly representing someone or some thing “politically” specific – and thus, in order to avoid such limitation, Vision has remained evolutionary. Vision was not born to be reduced to a single label or purpose, and has never enrolled in any kind of formal list or proposed itself as the leader of individual ‘movements’.

Vision is a think tank; a “factory of ideas”. As our web-site states, we are tenacious, proud, and supremely independent. It is for this reason that we have never deliberated about categories of whom we might ‘represent’. This may have sometimes produced momentary “identity crises”, similar to the many that can define, yet still animate the work and life of many organizations. Yet declining to associate Vision to any of the mainstream political families has not prevented Vision from growing, from comprehensively renovating the people who enliven it. Nor has it stopped our associates from conceptualizing ideas, coalescing them in the pursuit of innovative projects, and turning them into novel proposals to further our cause.

However, this may seem uncomfortable and even precarious in some instances, and it is thus useful to consider that we, in fact, do represent some “class” or segment of people. We are a “representation” of a new social form of aggregation. We need to know if our ideas, analyses, and proposals provide logical contestation with the rest of the world in expressing something which is more widely accepted. At the end of the day, Vision is still a “solutions oriented” think tank, and one must understand how the energy of our projects can fundamentally aggregate and leverage ideas, ultimately transforming extraordinary concepts into revolutionary actions.

In reality we are part of a very specific group - a “category” within the “class” of the “elite”, with very specific demographic and professional connotations. Our ages all range - with some exceptions - from twenty-five to forty; we have all studied with success in some of the most prestigious universities from around the world; some live in Italy, with more in other European capitals (mostly London, Brussels and Paris). We work for prestigious consulting agencies, institutions both in the public and private sectors, academia, and national/international organizations. We are used to earning our keep, not necessarily waiting for permission, and to engage those who are ready for tough debates. We all have dynamic and fun personalities that drive us to continuously acquire new experiences, competencies, and skills. Nevertheless, our Visionaries are still not politically specific, and this liberty is illustrated by our ability to function within the mainstream, institutional political arena of a country like Italy. Both as a “body” and as a “category” of individuals, we act independently from domineering state influence, even if at the same time many of us do influence – individually and also as a think tank – “choices” made within the political domain. This important limitation must be respected, and must be avoided when surrounded by colleagues from elsewhere within our professional tribe.

We are, therefore, not politically relevant because we cannot “define” ourselves. This inability creates a risk: being less effective on relevant choices stimulates for many people the sensation of being invisible.

Certainly, our “limitation” is the consequence of some of the demographic elements that describe us. People like us tend to be strongly individualistic, dispersed over different cities and professional roles, and thus find it difficult to congregate in more stable and traditionally-institutional ways.

The lack of political relevance of a whole generation is largely a result of forms and mechanisms of political participation, representation and decision-making that were designed for an industrial society which has now vanished (see our current project The End of Democracy). These mechanisms are now technically inadequate to valorise the contribution of a class that can now and in the future play a major role in the political (and not just professional) entrepreneurship and decision-making of our society (a thesis we develop in our forthcoming book The Revolution of Generation X).

Vision may still not represent any individual body within society. But it is, in fact, a rather significant representation of this part of society. It is the expression of the most dynamic “body”, or “sector” in society – one which because of its great mobility and dispersion risks being “left out of the system”. Vision is not a representation, and will neither explicitly provide for the “younger generations” nor conform to the “civil society”. It is even less an expression of the “yuppies” because they did not have any political prospective, or of the “NGOs constellation” because, as a think tank, we do seek to influence political choices through research projects and the interactions with traditional politics. We do not represent “anthropological” political groupings even if we do share with them many of our interests, expectations and anxieties.

Vision is a laboratory for a new elite; of projects, but most of all, of the methods necessary to make the different professional cultures and languages spoken across today’s societies communicate and elaborate possible solutions to complex problems. Thus, in this sense, Vision is more than a simple “lobbying instrument”, but rather a lab where the methods necessary for ruling the future get researched and experimented.

We can now answer another question strongly tied to our initial one. What do we want to become, what do we aim to be? We want to be Vision: a unique experience that for some reason, perhaps because of our innate Italian propensity for creating sophisticated innovations in one of the less innovative-friendly national environments, was born. Even if almost all our projects are international, many of our friends are not Italian and Vision itself is one of the most active think tanks in promoting European and global networks of think tanks. We want to be a producer of ideas and projects that are original and independent and effective. A reference point for many of the people who understand as we do the deepness of the challenges that, as a society, we are about to face.


The activities of Vision are integrated with those of the consulting firm Vision & Value (, and share projects, practices, consultants, management, logistics, information systems, and values.


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