Promotion, communication, facilitation

Since 2006 I have been working in a growing array of projects related to promotion, outreach, facilitation, and community engagement. For these activities, I often collaborate with other professionals or organizations.

The track record is provided below. Individual events or very short projects (e.g. a one week campaign or a presentation) are listed separate from long-term running initiatives.

A note on language diversity
Several of the initiatives listed below are currently documented in Italian. In English you will find brief descriptions, and subtitles for the majority of videos. Please write write for more information (in English ou français).

Events or short projects

2000

    1. Survey of GIS skills in Sardinia, with web forms and paper dissemination. 120 replies obtained.

2005

  1. Procurement of a band for a wedding party (Nema Problema, an Italian-Balkan band)
  2. Date for Nema Problema for an event on “wine and stars” (Calici di stelle) in Massa Marittima (Tuscany)

2006

    1. The Revenge of the Killer Chihuahua and of the Zombies: Scripted and co-produced a short movie [2] with a production team involving 30 people

2007

    1. Riflessioni sul tema(tismo) video “spot” for the Italian OSGEO Chapter [3]
    2. Palla 21: from Tuscany to Chicago (and back): Promotion and management of a “mission” of a group of 20 players of an ancient hand ball game from Souther Tuscany (for Spanish folks: very similar to pelota Valenciana), to Chicago, Illinois in the Summer calendar of events by the Dept. of Culture of this city [4]

2008

    1. participated in the organization of an OpenStreetMap mapping party in Arezzo [5]
    2. M(‘)appare Milano: created a three-month participatory mapping campaign in Milano [6] (for Milano I created the title “M(‘)appare”). Various people took part in the events, including citizens which you might not expect, such as a blind lady, or people typically disconnected from ICT and mapping. Note: The M(‘)appare was then used as a “format” in Ferrara, Portofino, Antola Park.
    3. organizer of a national conference on “Culture, environment, and free/open informatics: which opportunities by the integration of diverse themes” [6.1]
    4. Summer campaign for GFOSS.it – Proposal and management of a stand at Festambiente (the main Summer festival on environment in Italy), for the Italian OSGEO Chapter, together with collateral activities. [7]
    5. “Le palline sulle colline” (little balls on the hills): promoter and manager of two photographic exhibitions (one in Tuscany and one in California) and one photographic contest on the ancient Tuscan hand ball game [8]

2009

    1. New Year’s Eve party (with participation for three days of 50 people from outside Tuscany in a village of 200 residents) [10]

2010

    1. “l’altro lato dell’altro lato” – farewell event for a major radio show (l’Altro lato – creator of the event, and part of the organizing committee). The event was attended by over 250 people from all over Italy. [11]
    2. photographic contest “between dusk and dawn” (with some 600 participants from 52 countries) [12]
    3. organizer of the “First INSPIRE mashup” (on biodiversity), from April to the INSPIRE conference in Krakow [13]

2011

    1. Presentation event of the Attivarti.org association at Terra Futura (Florence, one of the main events in Italy on awareness raising about environmental sustainability), with a session on light pollution and a concert arranged in the evening. [14]
    2. Lecture at Politecnico di Milano [15] (this is included as an “event” since it was provided as a performance, rather than a “standard” lecture).
    3. Proposer and manager of the second INSPIRE mashup [16], including a social event and a live radio interview with Radio 24 (the main “news and talk” radio in Italy).
    4. Photo exhibition in the Toscana Foto Festival of a selection of the best shots from the “Between dusk and dawn” contest in 2010.
    5. Festambiente stand for Attivarti.org [18]

2012

  1. Presentations at various events related to biodiversity, in the context of the ENVIROFI project (see below)
  2. Coordination of the exhibition and a web catalogue for the Società Filarmonica Popolare Torniella [20]
  3. Organization of a two-day event on Culture, environment, and open innovation (Nov. 19, Monticiano, and Nov. 20, Massa Marittima) [21]
  4. Organization of presentation for the proposal of comments to the new Master plan on environment and energy by Regione Toscana[22]
  5. Brano bag“: a series of blog posts published by 7AM CET on each working day (live, no automatic scheduling), proposing  a song, its lyrics, and some thoughts inspired by the song, or the previous day. From July to December.

 

2013

  1. New Year’s Eve concert in Torniella (Southern Tuscany), again with Hardisco (in collaboration with the Torniella and Piloni communities)
  2. See “Long-term projects”, below

2014

  1. Four articles for the Opinions Post, a citizen journalism web site (January)
  2. Boscoriserva: a series of articles commenting songs from the Woodstock festival.

2015

  1. Experimental campaign in Torniella and Sesto Fiorentino (Tuscany), with a combined meeting of the Loss of the Night network.
  2. Facilitator for the participation of a team from the Farma Valley to the INVOLEN location-based game contest
  3. Mentor and jury member for the Connected Automobiles 2015 Hackathon

2016

  1. Farma Valley Winter Fest

2017

  1. pibinko.org + Attivarti.org + associates Winter campaign (with fifteen events and activities in eight Italian regions)

Long-term projects

  1. 2003-2006: I had the role of staff manager in the Italian branch of a large environmental engineering company (multinational). In addition to recruitment etc, among my tasks in this role I had the responsibility of creating and managing entertainment/social activities for the staff and for guests/clients (mostly from the USA).
  2. 2008-ongoing: BuioMetria Partecipativa project (participatory light pollution monitoring) [21], then leading also to CORDILIT [22], Toscana Stellata [23], and the Loss of the Night EU COST Action
  3. 2007-2010: GFOSS.it (the Italian OSGEO Chapter) – Founding member. Board member (2007-2008), and vice president (2008-2010). Mainly active in communication/marketing, and relatioships with other entities. [24]
  4. 2010-2012: Facilitator of the INSPIRE Thematic Working Group for the Production and Industrial Facilities data specification.
  5. 2012 -2013: Citizen science coordinator for the biodiversity work package of the ENVIROFI project [19]
  6. a concise history of participatory night sky monitoring from Italy (work in progress)