“Home is the place where you work and I work in many places,” said Alfred Nobel. Since I’ve moved abroad, I’ve asked myself many times where my home is, because when you travel and work in a different country, everything is different and you learn to see the world with different eyes. Curiosity is definitely what helped me to adapt myself during my journeys and experiences, but it is hard if people judge you for stupid reasons like your nationality. In other words, moving country twice helped me to be “Piccolo Franco – citizen of the world” and not “ Piccolo Franco – the Italian.” One time, when I was living in Germany, I went to a job interview and the CEO of a company said to me: “Italian? Naples? Ah, Mafia”. Of course, another candidate got that job because of a racial prejudice. When I was a child, my biggest dream was to fight for peace in the world and I used to say that one day I was going to win a Nobel Prize. Today, I don’t know exactly how to change the world for the better, but I am pretty sure knowledge can improve the world, even though silly people try to destroy ideas of authenticity, solidarity and equality. If there is one thing that I’ve learned, it is that if you give the right weight to your words and you share stories that can inspire people to be brave, you can make the difference and the truth will finally win.
“If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied”
For those who don’t know, Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite and other explosives, was born in Stockholm on the 21st October 1833. After his death in Italy on the 10th December 1896, he personally wanted that his fortune generated by his 355 patents was used to institute the Nobel Prizes, which have come to be known for awarding the greatest achievements throughout the world. Alfred Nobel spoke 6 languages, lived in different countries and was a lover of English Literature. Unfortunately there is no Nobel Prize for Literature this year. The Swedish Academy was forced to announce the postponement of the Nobel Prize for Literature in May 2018 after 18 women made sexual assault allegations against French photographer Jean-Claude Arnault, husband of member Katharine Frostenson.
“You can find justice only in your imagination”
If I could explode like dynamite, I would destroy all prejudices though creativity and fantasy. People need stories and as a Storyteller in the world, I want help them to find inspiration. By travelling, I learned that why you do something helps you to go in the right direction. We are not machines, but people who think and feel and we can do great things. Even win a Nobel! When I was 7 years old, I wrote a type of pink romance where Princess Carla married Prince Erik, and tried to kill the rich Marmo who was killing the dreams of children. Unfortunately, I burned the manuscript because I thought it was boring. Anyway, in the subsequent years, my thirst of knowledge taught me that travelling is an art which can make human souls sublime. Travelling, following my instincts and allowing myself to be inspired by people wiser than me, today I want to give a voice to all fears and fight for what is right in order to say, “no more prejudices” or “no more racism.” Maybe one day I will win the Nobel Prize for Literature!
Below, you can view the full list of Nobel Prizes and Nobel Laureates:
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2018: James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo
“for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation”
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2018: Arthur Ashkin “for the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems”; Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland “for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses”
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018: Frances H. Arnold “for the directed evolution of enzymes” and George P. Smith and Sir Gregory P. Winter “for the phage display of peptides and antibodies”
The Nobel Peace Prize 2018: Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”
The Sverige RIksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2018: William D. Nordhaus “for integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis” and Paul M. Romer “for integrating technological innovations into long-run macroeconomic analysis”