Empty spaces (for post-covid restart)

In these pandemic days, I’m discussing with some friends of mine. They are entrepreneurs in one of the richest area of northern Italy. Subject matter is what we can (or must) ask to our political leaders for a quick restart after covid.

What we surely must not accept is to go on with investment cutting in key services, such as Health and Education. We also must not anymore accept to waste money, giving resources all around, without transparent criteria and clear purposes.

We all know that negotiation means to reorganize and exchange resources with the objective to gain more value than we had before.

So, what must we ask for?

An empty space of opportunity. We urgently need an empty room where companies, entrepreneurs, workers and students can restart to create value for collectivity, money and future.

Rome, Cinecittà studios 1/2

How does Government produce an empty space of opportunity? Through new rules and fresh money.

Let’s take an example. My first job (and earned money), as a young consultant in the mid ’90s, came from the opportunity provided by TLC liberalization. Mobile services business brough value for tons of people and changed our way of life forever. An entire new business to set up, from infrastructure to phone sellers, from connectivity to mobile advertising.

We now need something similar to that extraordinary opportunity, in terms of positive impact and value creation.

Let’s be creative. Let’s be realistic. Let’s set a possible agenda for our next leaders:

  • move to 100% renewable energy by 5 years
  • reshape Health Care system by 2 years
  • redesign working system on the basis of what we are learning from smartworking lesson, by NOW
Rome, Cinecittà studios 2/2

Let’s go?

FA-RE (“to do” verb) is the start and the end of FA-ttura-RE (to invoice)

In Italy, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises are 92% of total. They are the key component in the supply chain for many well-known food, design, fashion and mechanical sector companies. They produce value.

SME need to get back to invoice, very quickly, in order to overcome this terrible phase.

In the Italian language, such as in any other southern Europe country, “to invoice” verb (ie.: fatturare) comes from “to do” verb (ie.: fare).

In Spanish, it sounds facturar. In Portuguese, faturar. In French, facturer.

Italian entrepreneurs, in their thoughts and informal speeches, often use “to do” and “to invoice“ as they were synonyms.

It is nice to think that FA-RE is the start and the end of FA-ttura-RE. They boths comes from the latin verb facio, is, feci, factum, facĕre, which still stands on the Pantheon facade.

Europe, Rome – Pantheon
Marcus AGRIPPA Luci Filius COnSul TERTIUM FECIT
Made by Marco Agrippa, Lucio’s son, during his third year as consul

So, let wish to all Italian and European companies to restart very soon to invoice, because invoicing relates with what we think, create and produce.

Only at the end of the story, invoicing becomes an accounting writing.

At government level, compared to perfect balance sheets parameters, I am sure that most Europeans definitely choose verbum facere