Time & Location
Tomorrow at 14:00 CET
No password: Just register via the link.
The fundamental topics/discussion/questions that we want to explore with participants are:
- Where do different participants in the discussion see areas in their work/experience where standard economic thinking is not cutting it?
- Where do different participants see a role for out of the box economic thinking within their contexts given that it is risky?
Giacomo Pinaffo, Fondazione Communita Di Messina
Born in 1982, Giacomo Pinaffo holds a bachelor in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Local development economy. He has focused his entire study and work career on the social economy sector, where he has worked since 2009. He has been project manager at the Presidency Office of FEBEA (European Federation of Ethical and Alternative Banks and Financial Companies), in SEFEA (financial cooperative, tool of FEBEA) and SEFEA IMPACT (asset management company dedicated to impact investing strategies). He has supported these organisations in their political and operational relations with the various EU institutions, taking part to numerous negotiations, meetings and events (engaging mainly the EU Commission, EIF, EESC). He has developed a deep knowledge of the social economy and social finance context throughout Europe, being directly engaged also in the screening and execution of investment operations throughout Europe in such sectors. He joined FdCM in early 2020 as Project Manager.
Dr. Alberto Cottica, Edgeryders
Alberto is an expert on collaborative governance and participation. He studies participation through data analysis. That led him to build up substantial skills as a data scientist, and in particular a network scientist, both in business and in academia. He has a proven track record of managing processes of ICT-enabled design and delivery of public policy and public services in collaboration with citizens.
Alberto has firsthand experience in establishing, nurturing and running communities of citizens that work towards common goals, sometimes in alliance with government. He also has a proven track record of driving adoption of innovative practices - and of a practice of openness and transparency in policy delivery – in fairly conservative large organisations, including government agencies. To achieve this, I had to hone my advocacy skills, and use them successfully to build positive narratives that change is possible, and we need not be scared of it.
Alberto hails from an economics background, but these days thinks more in terms of network science, data science and complexity theory than of textbook economics. Pervasive information and communication technologies, together with the societal changes they have been associated with, enable public policy and even public services to be collaboratively produced. Alberto has first hand experience in establishing, nurturing and running communities of citizens that work with government towards public goals. He is interested in complexity economics as a framework to think about these things. Alberto has authored a book on the wiki government, many journal articles and a long running blog.
1.5 hr session:
5 min: Nadia opens the event, describes the agenda and introduces the speakers and opens the floor for you to do short presentations. Maria goes over tech, chat questions.
5 min: Giacomo talks about his personal professional experience that lead him to working with the Foundation in Messina.
5 min: Alberto talks about historic developments in economic thinking and introduces the series. Hands over to Giacomo.
30 min: Deeper conversation. Alberto prepares some questions to ask Giacomo the Messina Advanced Social District (which he will send in advance) and then the two of you talk with one another in “free form”.
5 min: Break
15 min: Breakout session. Participants are split into small groups, each one has its own allocated zoom room and a host from the crew (ideally Alberto, and Giacomo would be in separate rooms. The groups are to discuss/answer two questions:
- Where do you see areas where standard economic thinking is not cutting it?
- Where do you see a role for out of the box economic thinking given that it is risky?
25 min: Plenary, open floor moderated discussion.
3 min: Nadia closes the session; thanks participants and says what is next (invites people to the next thing and says that we will follow up with each person individually to explore possibilities)
Who is coming?
80 confirmed participants so far from a diverse range of disciplines and organisations including:
Esri R&D Centre, New Delhi
The Scottish Government
Data and Training Consultants
Community Manager & Officer Comms Social Innovation Projects
Consultant - Strategy, Business, Environment, Energy, Sustainability at Researcher
Directors of employment centres
Regional Innovation Centers at IGOs
African Research Center on Aging & Dementia (ARCAD)
The Democratic Society
Senior Experts at European Commission
Accelerator Lab Mali
Digital Transformation Units in governments
Senior City Advisors, Climate-KIC
Heads of Data Units at State e-Government Agencies
Program Directors and Senior Policy Officers at the European Commission
Renewable energy experts