A conversation between Moky Makura, Executive Director of Africa No Filter, and Adama Sanneh, Moleskine Foundation CEO.

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Adama Sanneh: Hey, how’s it going?

Moky Makura: I’m fine, how are you?

[AS] I’m good. Thank you for being here.

[MM] And it’s great to be here. Thank you for inviting me on.

[AS] Look, let me start with this. Can you tell us a little bit more about the thinking behind “Africa No Filter”?

[MM] It’s a combination and it’s like a natural endpoint for all the things I’ve done in the last 20 years or more. Let me explain just a little bit about what Africa No Filter is. It’s essentially what you call a donor collaborative…


A conversation between Raphael Chikukwa, Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, and Adama Sanneh, Moleskine Foundation CEO.

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Adama Sanneh: Hello everybody, I am very excited now to have here with me the brand new Executive Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, you had been one of the protagonists of the National Gallery and now you are the executive director. How does it feel?

Raphael Chikukwa: Well, I feel really honored and I…


A conversation between Sebabatso Manoeli, Senior Director for Strategic Programmes the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity, and Adama Sanneh, Moleskine Foundation CEO.

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Adama Sanneh: When we talk, when I ask you about this idea of this concept that we are exploring of creativity for social change, what would be your three words and why those three words?

Sebabatso Manoeli: And I can choose any of my two sets of three words Adama?

[AS] Anything you want.

[SM] OK. Yeah, creativity for social change, I mean, I think for me, the word beauty and justice, those two…


A conversation between Heba Y. Amin, multi-media artist, researcher, and lecturer, and Adama Sanneh, Moleskine Foundation CEO.

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Adama Sanneh: Hey Heba, good to see you. How are you?

Heba Y. Amin: Nice to see you too. I’m good. I’m good.

[AS] So as you know with this podcast, we use it to kind of explore the boundaries of this idea of creativity for social change.

This is something that is within our mission is Moleskine Foundation. But we still don’t know fully what that means. So we use those moments to kind of have, again, potential exploration and wandering around those concepts, and as a compass to our concepts, we use words.

And so we always ask…


A conversation between Uzodinma Iweala, CEO of the Africa Center in New York, and Adama Sanneh, Moleskine Foundation CEO.

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This episode was recorded in November 2020.

[Adama Sanneh]Thanks a lot for your time, and I’m really excited about this conversation.

[Uzodinma Iweala] Thanks for having me and for inviting me on to join you guys. It is quite the day to have a conversation with you. You guys are going into lockdown. We are. I don’t know what we’re doing, but whatever is happening is not quite clear at this point in time. So a lot of uncertainty in the world.

[AS] But actually, you know, tell me, how is it? How’s it going, because I know about your…


This text is drawn from the Martini Lecture Bicocca delivered by Filippo Grandi at the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca in Milan on 22 March 2019.

A growing number of people are uprooted from their homes and countries and are looking to the international community for solutions.

The number of people forcibly displaced by war, violence, and persecution has exceeded 70 million for the first time in history. A significant portion — some 25 million — are refugees, having crossed a border, and sometimes several borders, in search of international protection. …


Interview with Rasha Deeb

On a sunny afternoon of the second day of a new year, the artist Rasha Deeb sat down with Anna Jäger to talk about how to translate life effects into painting and sculpture, the irreversible definitiveness of carving wood, the refusal of being put in simplistic categories, and the big man’s fear of small birds.

Anna Jäger: Do you remember the first moment when you thought about yourself as an artist? Rasha Deeb: I do! I was 15 years old. I was drawing the figure of a woman, just for myself when I suddenly realized: Oh, I can really draw…


Roberto Casati: “We simply need to help them. It is not politics,
it is not sociology, it is not ideology. It is the sea itself that asks us.”

When a government member of a democratic country closes the seaports and limits room for manoeuvre of a rescue ship, condemning it to roam the sea with a “load” of shipwrecked people, and exerts pressure on the countries under which flag it sails, some of us see an inhuman act against migrants, others an institutional sloppiness, still others feel that something is not quite right but they accept it for one or another reason. But this is not the real wound. We are not only talking about an omission, about turning our heads elsewhere: what is at stake here is…


Federico Alcaro

Creativity is a means of expression for the deepest part of ourselves, of our true self. It is the foundation of the human condition, it pushes us to overcome our limits, moving on a common track and crossing barriers, walls, as well as physical and mental boundaries. Without it, survival as a concept would not exist: all the actions that were taken throughout history to solve a problem would not have been possible without creativity. The endogenous force of creativity lies in its dynamism, in its ability to innovate and to increase awareness in ourselves and in those around us.

Sketch for the notebook
Photo: Federico Alcaro


The AtWork Manifesto

Many, Many (people), 2011 — Pascale-Mhartine Tayou, Moleskine Foundation Collection.

“We have nothing to teach anyone… This inner light that belongs to everyone just asks to come out; and provided that we have the necessary intellectual and human tools, our role is to help this light reveal itself and flourish.”

— Simon Njami

AtWork is an itinerant educational format, conceived by Moleskine Foundation and Simon Njami, that uses the creative process to stimulate critical thinking and debate among the participants. It contributes building a new generation of thinkers. Driven by the conviction that creative skills are key to producing positive change in society and making our collective future, we wish…

Moleskine Foundation

The Moleskine Foundation is a non-profit organization that believes that Creativity and Quality Education are key to producing positive change in society.

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