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Designing a more Sustainable Europe: list of participants

03aGianluca Salvatori

Over the past twenty years Research and Innovation policies and Management have been his main areas of interest.
From 1993 to 2001 he has been senior executive of one of the most important Italian research centers in the field of new technologies (the current Bruno Kessler Foundation) and later (2003-2008) he has been a provincial councilor for the planning, innovation and internationalization of the Trentino Region. Having this role, he contributed to the launch of relevant initiatives in the field of renewable energies and sustainable buildings, such as the Habitech technological district, the Green Building Council Italia and the Sofie consortium focused on wood technologies within the building industry.
In 2009 he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Progetto Manifattura a company set up by the Autonomous Province of Trento, with the task to manage and regenerate/renovate an abandoned industrial site, transforming it in the location for production and innovation activities dealing with the clean tech sector.

03aAnia Rok

Sociologist. She works as Project Officer for Governance & Social Innovation at ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, an international network of cities dedicated to sustainable development.
Her current work focuses on local transitions towards sustainability and in particular the changing relationships between policy makers, citizens and researchers.
Currently based in Freiburg (Germany), but her true love is and will always be Warsaw (Poland).


03aCarlo Battisti

Civil Engineer, Sustainable Innovation Consultant. LEED® Accredited Professional. Certified Project Manager IPMA®. He also holds a Master in Management and Organizational Development at MIP, Polytechnic University of Milan.
He has had twenty years of experience in construction companies, playing different roles. Since 2009 he has been working as project manager in the Constructions Cluster of TIS innovation park, Bolzano. In 2010-2011 he worked as manager of the business unit for sustainable products of Habitech, Trentino. In 2012 he was project manager of the Green Communities Project (Italian Ministry of the Environment). http://carlobattisti.com

03aBenedetta Panisson

Visual artist. She works with video installations, photography, live performance and drawing. She has a degree in Aesthetics at the University Ca ‘Foscari of Venice, then she continued her studies at the Masters in New Technologies for Art at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, Milan.
Some of her most important collaborations and participations: Performance International Prize, curated by Marina Abramovic (2005); Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Venice; Furla Prize for Art (2007); Centrale di Fies (2008); Care Of, Milan; Centre International des Recollets, Paris; International Sarajevo Winter Festival (2013), UNESCO and COAL, Coalition pour l’art et le developement durable, Paris (2013).

03aElisa Bertolotti

Designer and researcher. She works with communication design, moving images and storytelling for social innovation. She is member of IMAGIS research group at the Department of Design at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy.



03aBruno Centrone

Telecommunications Engineer. He is currently involved in the Puglia@Service project at the Dhitech Scarl technological district, which deals with issues relating to innovation, aiming at creating a smart territory through innovative entrepreneurship. He is an expert in Smart Cities and a member of “Puglia Smart Lab”, a Living Lab which acts in the Apulian territory and that deals with co-designing and co-creating services with citizens, local authorities, government, academia and firms of the territory, following the PPPP paradigm (People Public Private Partnership).


03aFabiana De Santis

Management engineer. She is interested in ICTs, Open Innovation and Smart Communities. She participated in the implementation of applied research projects and technology transfer projects related to business networks. Moreover, she has experience in writing national and European projects. She is currently engaged in the project Puglia@Service (Dhitech Scarl), aimed at the realization of the Living Lab “Puglia Smart Lab”.


03aValentino Moretto

He holds a master degree in Management Engineering, with a thesis on the use of Artificial Intelligence in Complex Apparatus. He is project manager in a business network contract among pharmacies Farm@net (among the first in Italy). He is currently involved in the Puglia@Service project, at the Technological District Dhitech Scarl, aimed at building and developing smart territories. He is a member of the Living Lab “Puglia Smart Lab” (part of the European network ENoLL) and he is an expert on smart cities.



03aMarco Iamiceli

He is deputy-mayor of the Sassinoro Municipality and council member for Public Works, Planning and associated services of the “Titerno Alto-Tammaro “mountain community (Campania Region, Italy).





03aAndrea Quartarone

Television writer and creative producer for the most important Italian broadcasters (including Rai, Mediaset and La7) as well as a communication consultant. Member of ASK Bocconi, he is the teaching fellow of Visual Cultures course in Bocconi University since 2010 and he is collaborating with the European Centre for Living Technolog, within the “Emergence by Design” project.



03aThomas Miorin

Since 2009, he has been the director of Habitech – the Energy and Environment Cluster of the Province of Trento (Italy). He coordinates and supervises the company’s activities related to the provision of services, research and innovation, as well as market transformation towards sustainability.
He is co-founder of Axelera, an association created for a new leadership in spreading a clear understanding of dynamics and exponential technologies. In the past he worked as CEO of the first private district center for services in Italy. In addition to that, he was professor of Logistics at the University of Local Production Systems of Padua, as well as professor of Small & Medium Enterprise Development in International MBAs in the Middle East.
He later served as a consultant and trainer for local development in Italy, in Europe and in some developing countries (Egypt, Malawi, Argentina, Jamaica), collaborating with various international organizations and contributing to the development of a number of districts and business networks.


03aLucas Fulling

He is currently “Project Officer – Social Innovation” at Euclid Network, the network for civil society professionals and social entrepreneurs. He leads Euclid’s work on citizen engagement, ICT and social innovation through projects and policy development. Currently, he is involved in several EU-funded research projects, exploring the use of online tools for collective intelligence and citizen engagement. He also advises corporate clients, as for example Vodafone on technology and public service innovation. Lucas holds a MSc from the University College London.



03aMario Festa

His past and current activities have been oriented around sustainable architecture, both in the areas of environmental and landscape planning and in bio-architecture. His experience in various national and international contexts includes the reconstruction of Berlin (1993-1999) where he worked mainly in urban planning and improvement. In the city of Bolzano (Italy) from 1999 to 2008 he worked in the testing and definition of building standards for low energy consumption buildings, at the start of “Casa Clima” certification protocol. For many years he has been active in the research and development of interdisciplinary projects ranging from contemporary art to landscape planning, and from sustainable architecture to social sciences, as organic means to interpret problems connected with the territory, especially in marginalized areas with serious developmental delays. Among these projects was that of “Azione Matese”, carried out in the Matese Regional Park, involving five municipalities. This project was addressed at stimulating new forms of cooperation and generating a new perception of the territory as a dynamic resource; it was the result of the interaction between local funding and new economic and cultural impulses; and it was realized through the conduction of art and architecture laboratories.

03aSerenella Sala

She has been working as scientific officer at the European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability since 2010. Previously, she was the coordinator of the Research Unit on Sustainable Development (GRISS) at the department of Environmental Science at University of Milano Bicocca. Her research activities are related to the emerging discipline called “sustainability science”. With strong interdisciplinary approach, she develops methodologies and models for sustainable development, integrated environmental assessment, life cycle assessment, risk assessment for supporting eco-innovation of process and products as well as resource efficiency. She holds a PhD in Environmental science and she authored 5 books on Ecoinnovation and sustainability, as well as scientific papers and book chapters on sustainability science, risk assessment, life cycle assessment and ecoinnovation.

03aAmerigo Nutolo

He started his artistic experience with theatre since he was a teenager, and he progressively changed from theatre to artistic and cultural projects strictly linked to the territory and its dynamics: from 2006 until today he has been curator of several projects: Private Gallery (2006), Re:Public (2008), Everest FM 100.1 (2011), exhibition formats based on a broad relation between artistic artifacts and citizens, aimed at achieving a conflict resolution in cultural/social contexts by artistic interventions. He has a background in Philosophy, early interrupted to focus on his aesthetical interests in critical writing, applied studies and performance dynamic in art reception and production and public processes.

03aFrancesca Piredda

She is assistant professor at the Design Department of Politecnico di Milano and she teaches at the School of Design. She is a member of the IMAGIS research group and of DESIS International Network.
Her research deals with communication design, audiovisual language and new tv, focusing on collaborative processes and transmedia strategies for brand communication and social innovation.



03aGiulio Salivotti

he has a background in Mathematics, but in his career he has covered different roles: professor, union organizer, member of different Committees (e.g. Drug Addiction, Youth, …), director of social networks and public administrator (Municipal councilor and councilor in the town of Biella). Currently he is councilor of the City of Sordevolo (BI).
Member of ANCI since ’95, on its behalf he has been in the National Council and Addictions Steering Group of the PNA Ministry of Welfare ( ’06 – ’08) and in the Italian Committee ” Youth for Europe ” ( ’96- 2000). Currently he is President of the X Check for Youth ANCI Piedmont .



03aFilipa Pimentel

Transition Network – National Hubs Coordinator and EU Policy Coordinator.
Portuguese and mother of two girls, in 2000 she went to Brussels to join an internship at the European Commission and, since then, she has been working at EU level in several EU Institutions and organisations related to sustainable development.
In 2009 Filipa heard about the Transition Movement and, half a year later, she catalysed a group of friends to found the third Transition Initiative in Portugal – Portalegre em Transição. Six months later, she quit her job to dedicate herself fully to the Transition Movement and started working very closely with Transition Network. Filipa is now a fully integrated member of the staff team, acting as the International Coordinator of the Transition National Hubs and making the bridge between Transition Network and the EU Institutions (and other organisations based in Brussels).
She is inspired by the concept of Gift Economy and she is particularly interested in exploring alternative responses to the austerity programmes so popular with many governments of today.


03aCristiano Bottone

until 2005 he had been working in advertising in a fairly conventional way (e.g. creative direction, communication strategy, etc.), but working behind the scenes of industry and finance let him discover that the “system” would have soon been disrupted. From that moment, he began to look for another way to organize our complex society. In fact, he did not have much hope of finding it, he was just convinced of having to try.
In 2008 he discovered that a small english group was trying something that he had never seen before: they called it “Transition”. He decided to experiment in Italy the same model and he founded, with a small group of citizens, a Transition Initiative in Monteveglio (near Bologna), the first experiment in Italy. Simultaneously, Transition Italia was created to be the national hub of the movement in the country. Today in Italy there are 35 Transition Towns experiments in progress, and the “contamination” is spreading fast.


03aMonica Carmen

architect with skills related to european project design.
She was born in Venice (Italy) and she graduated at the University of Architecture of Venice.
Actually she is studying European Funding and Europlanning at the University Academy of Venice. Between 2009 and 2013 she has been member of the board of the Chamber of Architects of Alto Adige/Südtirol, and since 2012 member of the Committee of Tutela Insiemi (historic ensemble protection) of the city of Bolzano (Italy). Between 1993 and 2000, she lived and worked in Berlin, partnering with different architects to design buildings and installations. In 2001 she founded her own studio in Bolzano. Her work focuses on sustainable building design and participatory urban planning; her activities include participations in competitions, publications in architectural and urban planning fields. In 2001 she was co-founder of the paesesaggio workgroup, and between 2001 and 2009 she was co-designer and coordinator of “Azione Matese”, a European Union’s research, using art and design to envision a “sustainable urbanity” for the economic and socio-cultural revitalisation of the Matese region (Italy).

03aAntonio Santangelo

socio-semiotic researcher, specialized in audiovisual studies. He does research at the University of Torino, but he is also freelance marketing consultant and television author. His main interests are the development of a mature vision of semiotics as a social science that can be used in the communication studies, both as an analytical and as a creative tool, to understand and also to “predict” the meaning people may give to their experience of communication products (e.g. television programmes, movies, advertising campaigns, political campaigns, objects design) and to their mutual interactions around communication products (e.g. comments, discussions, actions of any type).



03aStefania Sardo

she earned a master degree in “International Management” at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, with a particular insight on innovation processes and inter-firm collaborations within the mechanical industrial district of Modena (Italy). In this context, a specific attention was devoted to the investigation of a private initiative, whose goal was that of fostering innovation processes among small and medium sized firms. From 2009 to 2011 she collaborated with Officina Emilia, a project which promotes active knowledge of the local socio-economic and technological context, as well as the issue of the regeneration of competences, with particular regard to the mechanical industrial district of the region Emilia-Romagna. She is currently working at ECLT as a temporary Research Fellow within the “Emergence by Desing” project (EU FP7-funded international research project), contributing to the development of a new evaluation methodology for innovation processes, called Dynamic Evaluation, and testing its effects in some case studies.

03aValentina Anzoise

she earned a master degree in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Information Society at the University of Milano-Bicocca, where she has been Research Assistant and contract professor from 2004 to 2012. Currently, she is Associate Researcher at ECLT within the “Emergence by Design” project (ICT- FET program) – where she is contributing to the development of a new approach to the evaluation of innovation processes – and contract professor of Sociology at the European Institute of Design (IED) in Milan. Beside the academic activity, she has been consultant for several sustainability related projects, developed by public and private institutions and civil society organizations, e.g. ARCHIMEDES project (Achieving Real Change with Innovative transport Measures Demonstrating Energy Savings) Civitas Plus program, FP7; GJUSTI project (Green Jobs, Università Scuola Territorio e Imprese), coordinated by Fondazione Franceschi and Banca Etica; La Famiglia sostenibile, coordinated by AgenziaInnova21, ComeUnOrtopuòFare, coordinated by Fondazione Idra, etc.
Moreover, since 2008 she is in the Board of the Visual Sociology Working Group (WG03) of the International Sociological Association (ISA), and member of the Scientific Committee of the 1st level University Master on Communicating Sustainable Tourism at the University of Milano-Bicocca since 2012.

03aAlberto Lusoli

He earned a master in Economics of Complex systems at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. After six years as a R&D manager for one of the leading marketing agencies in Italy, he entered the research field joining the European Centre for Living Technology (ECLT) in Venice where he is now working on the Emergence by Desing (MD) project. The research consists of carrying out case studies on innovation in ICT, in particular with respect to the cascading changes in social organization and societal-level attributions they bring in their wake. The work include the development of agent-based models that capture the most important phenomenology that arise in the case studies. He’s also investigating how ICTs, more specifically Collective Awareness Platforms, could be used to engage civil society in the co-contruction of a socially sustainable future.

03aPaolo Gurisatti

is an Industrial Economist, Entrepreneur and Local Development Agent. He is President of STEP (Research Centre on Society, Territory, Economics and Politics in Vicenza – Italy) ane coordinates its MDA (Masters in District Administration) division. He was the first president of ABITECH (Technology District of Energy and Environment in Trento), promoter of GBC Italia and today he is scientific coordinator of the project “Green Communities” (UNCE and the Italian Ministry of Environment). He has taught in different Italian universities (Venice, Padua, Udine and Trento) and participated to research projects, events and masters in different regions of the world.

03aDavid Lane

David Lane was Professor 1976-1992) and Chairman of the Department of Theoretical Statistics (1989-1992) at the University of Minnesota. In 1992, he became Professor of Statistics in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Modena, of which he was Chairman (1998-2001). From 2001, he is member of the Faculty of Communications and Economics of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, where he currently serves (since 2003) as professor of economics. In addition, Lane was a member of the external faculty at the Santa Fe Institute from 1989 until 2009; he continues to serve on the Institute’s Science Board and Editorial Board

03aMargherita Russo

Professor in Economic Policy, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. Her main research topics (both theory and empirical research) are focused in two main related fields: dynamics of innovation (innovation as a social process, the role of relationships between firms in fueling innovation processes, policies to support innovation, the effects of innovation on the organization of work and skills); structure and change in local production systems (emergence of networks of competences in local development processes, local development policies; competitiveness of local production systems, environmental and social sustainability of local development). Since 2000, she is director of Officina Emilia, a research-action promoted by the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia supporting an active knowledge of the local context in a global perspective.
In the last decade she has been involved in several international research projects on innovation (Phoenix Innovation Study, Arizona State University) and EU projects on theory models and analysis of innovative processes (Iscom, Insite, MD). http://personale.unimore.it/Rubrica/Dettaglio/mrusso

03aJocelyn Cunningham

she is Director of Arts and Society which seeks to mediate a neutral space between artists and practitioners working in public spheres and those in local authorities who are keen to explore new and more joined up ways of working, in the belief that both have much to offer each other. The arts can open up new ways of working which impact upon public engagement, social capital, the identity of a place and our attachment to it and encourage active citizenship. Creative practice can create and support innovative collaborations that, in turn tackle intransigent social challenges.
Jocelyn leads on the creative practice element of a county-wide radical restructure as part of a long term partnership between the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and Wiltshire Council. Prior to this, Jocelyn was Director of Arts at the RSA and led on Arts and Social Change as part of Citizen Power Peterborough. Arts and Society is also brokering place-based approaches to evaluation that cut across domains, sectors and roles within this work and currently running a set of roundtables in London entitled Connected Conversations; Passing it On that includes practitioners, thinkers, those that take part in the work and commissioners.

03aBruno Turra

Founder and leader of the network Valut-azione.net Demo Board. Background in Sociology, he is now a prifessional evaluator. Over the years he has developed a personal competence that integrates knowledge and learning borrowed from the disciplines of social, educational, managerial and organizational.



03aCarmine Farnetano

Background in Philosophy at the University of Naples, he is an expert in local development, since 1997 has been involved professionally in local development, first as designer and director of training courses funded under the EU Programming initiatives (Foundation Alario for Elea -Velia, FORMEZ, Local Authorities ), and then as a designer and coordinator of the Local Action Group Casacastra active since 2004 on the PIC LEADER Plus and from 2009 on Axis 4 of the RDP 2007-2013 in Campania (Department of Agriculture ‘s Campania region)


03aGiuseppe Rivello

Background in Communication Sciences in 2012 at the University of Salerno, he has worked for five years in collaboration with ICT companies in Italy , Switzerland and Germany especially taking care of the aspects of marketing and communication. Promoter of innovation initiatives concerning the rural and social dimension, and among other co- founder of the Palio del Grano and Campdigrano .
He collaborates with public bodies such as the Gal Casacastra www.galcasacastra.it .
He collaborates with several agencies of marketing and communications, the most important of which is NinjaMarketing, taking care of the video editing www.ninjacademy.it .
Some of his projects are visible on: www.jepis.it and www.inoutlab.it

03aMario Zoccatelli

President of the Italian Green Building Council, association founded in January 2008.
He has gained numerous and diversified professional experience working as a union leader and expert in various positions in the political and technical CISL, as an executive in government (Province of Florence) or local authorities (Isfol Italian Job Spa). He has also worked as a consultant for major corporations and businesses. At the center of his business there have been innovation processes of complex systems where to activate integration mechanisms between actors and diversified strategies. He has consulting and management experience in the field of human resource development, regional policies, and innovation.


03aPaolo Testa

Currently he coordinates initiatives on public management and innovation of Cittalia , ANCI research center. Background in political science and master’s degree in innovation in public administrations. He started his career in management consulting in Main Milan, historical society founded by Adriano De Maio and Beppe Della Rocca, where he was responsible for organizational development, change management, BPR and public policy analysis for numerous local and central governments. After this rich experience and without interrupting consultancies to municipalities and regions, in the past 10 years he has been responsible for national policies supporting administrative innovation promoted by the various ministers who have succeeded in recent years in the Department of Public Administration; first as an operations coordinator of the Project Semolifichiamo (Simplify) and then as program Coordinator of Cantieri (Shipyards) that he has helped in conceiving, designing and implementing in all its parts. He teaches in higher education institutions and Universities.

03aTommaso dal Bosco

Head of the Public Property Department , Urban planning and Housing policies of ANCI . He has professional experience in the field of managerial services and public administration. He started his career in the field of communications and marketing with the most important firms at the international level, he organized and was marketing director of the Italian Committee for 2002 – International Year of Mountains. Since 2007 he has been General Manager of UNCEM – National Union of Municipalities , Communities and Mountain Authorities with a specific interest on local development issues with a focus mainly on energy, environment and institutional policies. Since 2010 he has expanded his sphere of interest on the problems of urban development. He is a member designated by the ANCI inside the control room set up by the Ministry of Infrastructure for the implementation of the National Plan for the City .