Sarzana’s Festival della Mente has arrived at its 9th edition, and in such a difficult year as 2012, its organizers find that discussing creativity and creative processes is an important challenge as well as an invaluable opportunity to stimulate a public debate. Nothing can be more useful than culture and intellectual endeavors to help us all understand current trends, perhaps try to change the current, alarming state of things for the better. After the nearly 500 events of the past 8 years, attended every year by an average of 40,000 people from all over Italy, Sarzana’s Festival della Mente—Europe’s first to be entirely devoted to creative processes—renews its commitment and presents its 2012 program. Its director, Giulia Cogoli, has joined forces with leading Italian and foreign intellectuals to develop a number of lectures, workshops and performances designed for a large audience. This is a Festival for all: for children and teenagers—nearly 50 meetings are designed especially for them—as well as for adults of all ages. Once again this year, a select group of leading thinkers, authors and performers will discuss their creative work in an accessible language, addressing issues of literature, music, science, history, linguistics, psychoanalysis, philosophy, neurosciences, art, landscape, society, theatre, food, botany and much more. The red thread that runs through the program is as usual the absolute value of knowledge. There is no future, there is no democracy, there is no progress without knowledge. This is the meaning of the Festival, and this is what you can expert if you come to share three special days, made possible by the support of Fondazione Carispe and the City of Sarzana.