Economist, expert on collaborative public policies and online participation. Committed to make government smarter and more open, using the Internet to tap into the citizenry’s collective intelligence. Worked with governments and IGOs in various capacities; now entrepreneuring at Edgeryders; civic hacking with Wikitalia and Spaghetti Open Data. He has been a reasonably successful rock musician (Wikipedia), but he is trying to quit.
I am an expert on collaborative governance, from an economic background but these days thinking 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. I have firsthand experience in establishing, nurturing and running communities of citizens that work with government towards public goals. I work mainly for the Italian Ministry of economic development and the Council of Europe, but I also have regional and local level experience. I am interested in complexity economics as a framework to think about these things; to get my thinking deeper and more rigorous, I am doing research in this area, as a Ph.D. student at Alicante University. I am the author of a book on the wiki government, many journal articles and this blog, and I try my best to be reader-friendly while not watering down the arguments.
I co-founded a social enterprise called Edgeryders. We do a new kind of knowledge product we call open consultancy, based on the same principles I have been developing and applying in my public sector work and in my research. I try to keep some time for plain old civic hacking, with Wikitalia and Spaghetti Open Data
As a musician I am interested in our common roots, especially those of my native Emilia Romagna region, which I like to expose to a fairly global audience. My main project is digital folk group Fiamma Fumana, active chiefly in North America and northern Europe. I also work with my old friend Cisco and occasionally with some non-Italian world music artists like the British band Transglobal Underground and Danish singer Gudrun Holck. I also am among the founders of Italian folk-rock band Modena City Ramblers.
The photos in this page are downloadable in hi-res.
My GPG public key is downloadable from here.