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Andrea Paoletti – Founder
Architect and entrepreneur, transforms spaces into unique places. Research and write on issues of living, codesign, social and cultural innovation, community building, coagulation, urban regeneration and rural villages. He worked and lived in different parts of the world: UK, USA, China, Mexico, Chile among others. From 2012 she decides to create a new prototype of coworking: rural coworking. Founded in 2012 with Mariella Stella, Casa Netural in Matera, where many unrealistic ideas start to become concrete pieces of business.

Stefano Mirti – Art Director

High School degree at Almira High School (WA, USA), architecture design degree and PhD (technology of architecture) at Politecnico di Torino. Monbusho fellow at Tokyo University (School of Engineering, Architecture Department, prof. Tadao Ando).
As a teacher he has been lecturer at Tama Fine Art University in Tokyo (1999/2000). Associate professor at Interaction Design Institute Ivrea (2001/2005). Head of NABA design school (BA) from 2007 to 2011. He has been visiting professor at AA (London), Strelka (Moscow), IUAV (Venice), Politecnico in Milan, Chulalongkorn (Bangkok).
From 2008 to 2015, in charge for the design course at Università Bocconi, Milan (CLEACC). Since 2012 he is the responsible of on-line activities of ABADIR, Catania. From summer 2013, in charge of “Design 101” and “Architecture 1o1″MOOC at Iversity, Berlin. From January 2014 to December 2015, head of Social Media team for Expo 2015 Milano. Since March 2016, consultant for Homi / Fiera Milano. His work have been published in various international magazines and exhibited in some of the most important institutions in the world (Victoria and Albert Museum, Biennale di Venezia, Triennale di Milano, Architecture Biennale Beijing and others). As a curator he has been responsible for “The invasion of bodysnatchers” (for Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, Triennale di Milano, 2004), “Torino Geodesign”, 2008. Currently working at: “999. A collection of questions on contemporary living.” Since April 2017, editor at

John Thackara – Social Design Curator

John Thackara, journalist, writer and theorist of design. After the edition of the Matera Design festival in 2016, he decided to engage himself more in the project and became the art director.

For 30 years, he has lead Doors of Perception, which unites a community of inventors and designers working on new sustainable approaches for the basic needs. From 1993 to 1999 he was director of the Netherlands Design Institute in Amsterdam.

More recently, from 2007 to 2010, he has curated the English biennial Designs of the Time, which focused on social innovation.

Currently, he is a member of the UK Parliament Standing Commission on Design. Furthermore he is the author of twelve books, among which the best seller ‘In the Bubble: Designing In A Complex World’ (MIT Press).

Chiara Prevete – Law Designer
She has researched on governance and urban management at LabGov- LABoratory for the Governance of the City as a Commons, of which she is also Executive Director. She is a lawyer and a law student in public law at La Sapienza in Rome.

Neal Gorenflo – Co-founder of Shareable
Neal Gorenflo is the co-founder, chief editor, and executive director of Shareable, an award-winning nonprofit news outlet that has covered the latest innovations in the sharing economy, the future of work, and cities for nearly a decade. He’s a prolific speaker, author, and consultant on Shareable’s coverage areas. He’s the editor of multiple books including most recently, “Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons.” As a leading sharing movement pioneer, he advises leaders around the world on how to meet their goals through sharing. This has included work with Seoul Metropolitan Government, the city of San Francisco, the Sharing Economy Association of Japan, and numerous enterprises. Not surprisingly, Neal is an avid sharer whose year of sharing life experiment was covered by FastCompany, Sunset, and 7×7 magazines. As a social entrepreneur, Neal’s strategy for change is simple: let’s share!

Andrea Bartoli – Founder of Farm Cultural Park
Notary since 2000.
He is a lover of contemporary languages ​​with particular interest in architecture, design, art, urban regeneration and territorial redevelopment He is a consultant in strategic planning, feasibility and management of public and private cultural organizations. Fifteen years ago he thought and created the Brand Farm, with the transformation of a farm in a charming hotel, and with the production of countless events of Contemporary Art including the exhibition of the very famous American photographer Terry Richardson.
With Florinda, life partner and accomplice of all his initiatives, in June 2010 they gave birth to Farm Cultural Park, a new generation Cultural Center, winner of numerous awards; invited in 2012 and 2016 at the Venice Architecture Biennale and published in the most important national and international media such as The Guardian and Vogue. In 2015 he conceived and designed Boom-Urban Lungs project financed by the M5S Region’sSicilian Deputies, with which three groups of designers were funded in three different Sicilian cities to carry out territorial development projects. In 2016 he conceived and designed Sou, the School of Architecture for Children. For several years he has been promoter and / or jury member of prestigious International Contest of Art, Design and Contemporary Architecture. He was a guest speaker at the most important Italian cultural events and prestigious international initiatives.

Giudita Melis – Social media & Communication Manager for Wonder Grottole.
After the Master Relational Design, she continued her professional path in Casa Netural, Matera, where she works mostly on Social communication and on the crowdfunding campaign for the project Wonder Grottole. Graduated in Languages and Communication, she studied and worked for many years between France and Spain, mainly in logistic and communication.