My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Wikimedia Foundation Inc, San Francisco, CA, USA
I have had the luck to be born in a family which praise culture and studying, and in a society where I have always had the freedom to pursue them. I am not speaking about my Country of origin (Italy), but the whole Western Civilization, Plus I had the ultimate luck to live when the Information Technology flourished, and it supposed a big change in my life.
Contrarily to most people getting old (I am 41), I am not a nostalgic; I remember perfectly how difficult it was in the past to look for information, how much time you had to spend to get bits of what you wanted, before the Internet, Wikipedia, or the presence On-Line of huge Libraries in all languages, and all over the world. So every day I wake up, and I am thankful to be born nowadays.
I spent all my life studying, there is nothing I love more.
I remember one day, I was asked if I had trade the beautiful memories of Dante's Divine Comedy for one million dollars. I convincingly denied the possibility. My wealth is what I know, and that is what I bought in my life, not with money, but not becoming obsessed with it.
But if I had a choice to study is not because of talent or skills, it is because of circumstances, and there is no one day I am not thankful to all the people who made and still make this dream possible: the carpenters who built the doors, which permit me to isolate myself from the rest of the world, the producers of coffee, who help my concentration, the one who invented the font I am reading and it is so understandable, and so forth. Everyone who did something I am using and enjoying in my day by day!
But among all of them, I have to keep in a special place all that is related to technology of information.
During my life I had to move to two different countries, ultimately US, and it would be impossible for me to dedicate myself to what I love, without technology. I use it every day, as I use Wikipedia every day; so, even if I am not rich, I try to donate every year to the Wikimedia Foundation, in order to keep this wonderful global knowledge project going.
Universal access to information could increase human creativity and productivity of more knowledge, beauty and art. We can finally achieve a marvelous, colorful, rich and prosperous world, we have to insist and realize this ancient dream.