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Welcome to Cortona Friends

In the spirit of the original Cortona-week,
let us keep the light alive.

The Cortona-week experiment was initiated in the far 1985 and held yearly till now, and be honour to the ETHZ as the unique school in the world to host and financially support something like that. However, the ETH direction decided to stop it after 2017. We, the Cortona-friends, decided that this was not the right moment to stop such an experience, whose main aim is the fostering of a new generation of world leaders. This goal is too important to be abandoned, particularly in this period of general political and moral instability. And we (the newly grounded association Cortona-friends) decided to continue the work.


Todi Week

The Todi-week is the sequel of the Cortona-week, an interdisciplinary residence where graduate students and young managers from all over the world and from all disciplines are “mixed” (in addition to several critical scientists) , with artists, musicians, spiritual leaders, poets, professionals in medicine and psychology, politicians.

The aim, with the help of world known professionals and even visionaries, is to open up the horizon of the participants to the values of ecology, ethics, tolerance, internal introspection- and to the actual new frontiers of science, literature, art, economy – the full display of human experience – where life becomes a system view of interacting parts – and not an addition of single isolated domains.

We work together in round table discussions, lectures and with experiential workshops, where the participants can paint, do sculpture or music, meditation, theatre… choosing by themselves which aspects of life are more important for their own life equilibrium.




Todi Week

Were you interested in Todi-week but did not make it in time?
Please contact us, we would like to keep you informed on our next initiatives.

percent of occupancy : 100%
out of a total of maximal 120 participants
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Indian Women: Spirituality and Sexuality

My presentation will deal with spirituality and how it manifests itself in the lives of Indian Women. Does acceptance of the spiritual path necessarily mean renunciation of the material world? Or is there an alternative mode of existence that allows one to develop a distinct selfhood even as one carries out the socio-sexual responsibilities implicit […]


From Shells to Bitcoins

The author defines as Monetarian Economy not necessarily one with currency but one with unity of account (or measure). So, money is unlimited as unity of measure and could be scarce as payment way or currency. The author examines ways of payment without internal value as shells and the history of gold and silver currency […]


Antonino Galloni