Economist and network scientist, expert on online collaboration, collective intelligence, and participatory, networked organization. Worked with governments and IGOs in various capacities; cofounded not-for-profit research and consulting collective Edgeryders; dabbled in civic hacking with Spaghetti Open Data. Currently with the Accelerator Lab of the United Nations Development Programme. I have been a reasonably successful rock musician (Wikipedia), but I’m trying to quit.
I am an expert on collaborative governance. I am from an economics background, but these days I think 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 am interested in complexity economics as a framework to think about these things. I am the author of a book on the wiki government, many journal articles and this blog. 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 my brothers- and sisters-in-arms of Spaghetti Open Data. I am currently working full time for the Accelerator Lab of the United Nations Development Programme.
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. Founder of Modena City Ramblers, then of Fiamma Fumana. I occasionally return to the stage, but that’s mostly a friendship thing now.
The photos in this page are downloadable in hi-res.
My GPG public key is downloadable from here.