Exposure to global challenges
Simona, her design team, and a number of cross-sector partners are raising the bar on what’s possible in these settings where mother and child mortality is a high priority topic.
The project, which transcends language and can be adapted to cultures around the world, is an innovation we can easily trace to Simona’s exploratory and venturous nature. She doesn’t see herself bound by her own culture or Italian origins. She’s certainly informed by her heritage, but she’s also informed by other cultures which she interacts with on a daily basis.
“I left my [home]town to study in Milan, to be more exposed to global challenges,” she says. Specifically, Simona was interested in “how design could contribute to the resolution of environmental or social challenges.”
Philips is also about the intersections of cultures. And for innovation to take place, learning and sharing are key. In this sort of exchange, you get back what you put in, and Simona is all in.
“I think it’s very naive to think that, alone, you can change the world. Alone it’s very difficult,” she muses. “But if you can contribute, together with other global and local players who are very active and knowledgeable, and you combine efforts, you can save lives.”