Summary: Federico Pistono, a young Italian, grew up in an alpine village. Early on he dismissed the compulsory conventional school system, which he found did not encourage the development of individual strengths. So he started programming at the age of 11. Finally, he was accepted at the United World College: No marks, no status, but rather a certificate relating to behaviour, attitude, culture, openness to new ideas and willingness to constantly demand more of oneself. Later he went on to found NGOs, political movements and sustainability groups, in a variety of settings. As a non-expert he wrote “Robots will steal your job, but that´s OK: How to Survive the Economic Collapse“, which was heavily criticised, but endorsed shortly after by a Study of Oxford Martin School, and recommended by Google’s CEO Larry Page. Pistono summarizes: There are always things impossible or difficult to realise. However, if you approach the matter enthusiastically with a desire to become an expert, you can succeed and nobody will be able to hold you back!

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Author: serendii

Original Title: Wie ein Nerd aus der Provinz einst ein Buch selbst publizierte und heute von Google-Gründer Larry Page und dem Wall Street Journal beachtet wird

Language of Article: German

Publishing date: 2014, November 16