190 Years of Future
190 Years of Future
Not so many companies in the world can take pride in a business that is 190 years old. Having lived through the three centuries during which modernity took shape, Generali has built a unique heritage of knowledge, experience, relations and business initiatives. With the podcast 190 Years of Future, Generali looks back at its history and at its longstanding commitment to sustainability, inclusion, diversity and innovation that has constantly been projected into the future. A commitment that has always been about engagement, passion and dedication to shape a better future for all. Our guide through this journey is American journalist Jennifer Clark, bringing to you the voices from Generali's offices and from the communities where the Company is active: the voices of its entrepreneurs, partners, and customers. The voices of Generali's people.
The Power of a Safety Net
Nancy Córdoba is a young woman who grew up in Monte Quemado, a small town in rural Argentina. Like most girls her age, she had to leave school to help her family make ends meet. But instead, she was referred to Haciendo Camino, one of many NGOs that are part of Generali’s Human Safety Net. A movement of people helping people, a net that gives the confidence and support to take on the challenges of life.
Creating value with Diversity and Inclusion
Ranjana Kumari was a young student from Varanasi when she realized the price that women have to pay for prejudice and stereotypes. She's now a social entrepreneur, committed to defending the rights of the most vulnerable women of India. Her story is powerful, and it's just one of the many, inspiring voices collected by Meet’Her, a project powered by Generali that reflects the company's values. Its aim is to empower women entrepreneurs around the world, reduce the gender gap, and promote diversity in all its forms.
Insuring pieces of History
The beauty of art is that it is very personal, and liked with emotion. A piece of art could be meaningless to someone, while representing everything to someone else. This passion is what drove Generali into the fascinating world of art insurance, together with the willingness to help gallerists and art collectors protect their most beloved pieces. In this episode, we talk about this fascinating world with Chris Marinello, leading expert in recovering stolen pieces of art, Iris Handke, Head of Arte Generali Germany, and Ezio Fantuzzi, Head of Communications of Arte Generali.
Rising like a Phoenix
Federico Garcea is an entrepreneur who quit his steady bank job to start his own company. The idea was to sell people the chance to plant a tree in a remote place, supporting local communities and helping fight deforestation. Now he has a team of more than 50 people and a community of millions of users. Treedom is just one of the companies that were supported by Generali within the framework of Fenice 190, a 3,5 billion euros investment programme that will be deployed in the next 5 years and that will contribute to the European economic recovery. A concrete demonstration of Generali’s ability to overcome moments of discontinuity and profound renovation, to protect and help the economy and society rise from the ashes into a new life, just like the phoenix that gives its name to the Group’s initiative. In this episode, we delve into this idea of “starting over” in the name of sustainability with Aldo Mazzocco, Head of Private Markets and Real Assets and Chairman of the Fenice 190 steering Committee, and Nathalie Tocci, Honorary Professor at the University of Tübingen in Germany, and Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali.
A red heart with a green mind
On June 24th 1988, the New York Times ran a story that made history. On its front page there was a short piece with a headline reading: “Global warming has begun, expert tells Senate.” The expert they’re talking about is James Hansen, the first scientist to testify before the US Congress about the human causes of climate change. In this episode we dive deep into what the green challenge really means for an insurance company like Generali. We do so with Simone Tagliapietra, professor and research fellow at Brugel, and Cristiano Borean, Generali’s CFO.
We’re in early 20th century Prague. We sneak into the room of a young man. He’s working as a clerk for Generali, and he’s writing to his father about his hopes and dreams. That man is Franz Kafka and that letter is stored in the company's archives, in Trieste. This is where we begin our journey into the role of the agent: how was it historically perceived?
How did it change over the years?
We spoke with Carmen Martinez, winner of The Global Agent Excellence Contest, Renso Vazquez, also winner for the Young Lion category, and Isabelle Conner, Generali Group Chief Marketing & Customer Officer.
The future of Wellness
Trends today show that the combination of innovation and wellness is a winning one. This is demonstrated by the increasing number of people who use apps and platforms to practice sports on their own, or purchase devices that allow them to track their progress. During its 190 year long history, Generali has demonstrated an ability to respond to social and cultural changes, anticipating trends. Today, the Group makes no exeption. In this episode we talk about these innovations with Bruno Scaroni, Generali’s Chief Transformation Officer, Simon Guest, CEO of Generali Vitality and Jorn Watzke, Garmin’s Senior Director Global B2B Sales.
Believe in the future
At the last stop of our journey through Generali’s 190 years of history, journalist Jennifer Clarks interviews social scientist Arthur Brooks. Brooks is the William Henry Bloomberg Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School. He has devoted his career to understanding poverty and how private industry can lift people out of it and create value for the economy, developing a science of happiness and satisfaction. He is also the author of 12 books. In this episode Brooks focus on happiness and on how insurance plays a leading role in this positive cycle.