What's up with WTI: Editorial # 157

Nov 18, 2022 311

Dear friends, so many things happened, both in Italy and in the US, since the last editorial! I finally had the opportunity to be back in the US, this time with my friend Fabrizio Fasani, General Director of We the Italians.

We participated at the Italian Embassy in Washington in the presentation of the Transatlantic Investment Committee, a project we helped launch at our Gala last June in Rome and with which we are studying a form of partnership. We were honored to be among the guests of Her Excellency the Ambassador of Italy to the U.S. Mariangela Zappia, to whom we described the Italian American Reputation Lab, the project that we then recounted in a highly successful and well-received presentation as part of the day that ended with the wonderful NIAF Gala, in which We the Italians was a sponsor and brought as sponsors two other Italian companies, MovieItaly and Capitta & Partners.

We then moved to New York, we must met with our friends from Serie A in their office in the Big Apple: there will be news soon that we will announce when they are ready. Also at the Columbus Citizens Foundation the presentation of the Italian American Reputation Lab was a great success in terms of audience and interest from the participants, among whom we had the pleasure of having the Italian Consul General in New York, Fabrizio Di Michele. Finally, we were able to visit the Italian American Museum, which I represent here in Italy, which is almost ready for reopening: together with my friend and mentor Joseph Scelsa, founder and President of the IAM in New York, we imagined initiatives to pursue together when the museum is reopened, in the original Little Italy of Manhattan. This was very exciting for me because I consider the IAM my "home" in New York, and this new, larger, more beautiful and modern version of the museum will be extraordinary!

Back in Rome, two outstanding events involved us. First, the presentation of the 2022 edition of the Italians in the World Report, where we met several friends: you will find in this issue of the magazine the abstract of the summary of the Report, which as every year is an extraordinary snapshot of the world of emigration from Italy and to Italy, masterfully conducted by my friend (and also Ambassador of We the Italians to the world of emigration) Delfina Licata. These issues will be very important in 2023 for the activities of We the Italians, but for now I will not tell you more.

And again, something incredible happened on November 9, when we got to welcome 13 Italian-American baseball players and prospects who came to Italy together with Italian national team coach Mike Piazza, a baseball legend, who will coach them on the team that will represent our country at the World Classic in March 2023. Also part of the delegation were our good friends from the Italian American Baseball Foundation, and we had with us a few friends included our Ambassador to the world of Sports, Alessandro Pinto. During this welcoming ceremony, We the Italians signed a collaboration agreement with the Italian Baseball and Softball Federation, in the presence of the President of the Italian National Olympic Committee, Giovanni Malagò. A truly historic day!

As chance would have it, that was also a historic day for another reason for We the Italians. November 9, 2012 was a Friday. It was that day, 10 years ago, that a small site began its publications. Wanted by someone who loved the United States and Italy, it was not very clear at the time what it was intended to do: almost unwittingly, it began to aggregate news about the two countries of reference, at first only news in Italian. The translation of that first news was "Made Italy/accelerates in the USA. Bisogniero: export +10.4% in 1 half year" and accompanying it was a photo of the then U.S. President, Barack Obama, with the then Italian Ambassador to Washington, Claudio Bisogniero. It was then, at that moment, that We the Italians officially started. As if we were a navigator who sets off in search of the east only to find himself in the west, we found ourselves where we are today, which is a situation I never would have imagined then: there is still a long way to go, but in the meantime on that site, which was later renovated, we host at the moment 70,512 contents about Italy and the United States. And so happy birthday to us!

Our We the Italians’ family keeps growing. This month we welcome two new Ambassadors, one in an American State and one in an Italian region.

Catherine Angotti Carter-Goldston is our news Ambassador in Idaho, the Gem State. Catherine was born in in Grove City, Pennsylvania and has a Bachelor of Science from Edinboro State College, a Master of Education from University of Florida and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California. She has been a teacher and has been listed as a noteworthy Principal by Marquis Who's Who. Catherine is the treasurer of the Italian American Club of Boise, ID.

Elena Palazzi is our new Ambassador in the Campania region. Elena is a contributor and a student of the Master in "Critic Journalism" at the National Academy of Dramatic Arts in Naples. She took Philosophy as BA and Filmmaking as MFA. She grew up singing and acting at the "San Carlo Theatre" of Naples. She won the screenwriting contest "Lo schermo e le emozioni". "Gamers" (2017)- her first short film- has been awarded "Spirit of Comic Con" ("Comic Con" festival - Atlanta, Georgia) and "Best Screenplay" ("Zonta Film Festival"- Alessandria, Italy), and it was also selected by RAI (the Italian broadcast corporation) in its shorts' contest "Tulipani di seta nera".

As Christmas is coming, let me remember a couple of ideas for your gifts. The yearbook of We the Italians is available with the 24 interviews of the past year, both in Italian and English. This is our eighth book: one in English, one in Italian, and six yearbooks like this one, in two languages. In this first month the edition of 2021 has sold much more than the editions of previous years in their first months of release, and this makes me very happy because it rewards the work of all of us. I hope more of you will want to purchase the volume, which you can preview and buy here.

Also, please don’t forget our virtual store, the perfect place where to buy gifts for your family, your friends and – why not – for yourself! You can find more than 20 products in different colors: t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies, onesies, mugs, notebooks, pillows, totes, tapestries, pins, laptop and smartphone cases, magnets, stickers, masks. Buy We the Italians!

It’s all for this month, please stay safe and take care. Ciao from Rome

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