__ Alessia Zabatino, Forum Disuguaglianze Diversità
__ Annalisa Spalazzi, Researcher Gran Sasso science Institute
__ Alessandra Zagli, Social Innovation Manager LAMA Impresa Sociale
__ Francesco Monaco, Executive at Fondazione IFEL - ANCI
__ Tommaso Triberti, Non-Urban Areas Representative, Tuscany Regional Government Cabinet Office
__ Giuseppe Vignali, Director Appennino tosco-emiliano National Park
__ Marina Lauri, Head of Politiche per la Montagna e le Aree Interne of ANCI Toscana
Moderator: Luca Martinelli, journalist
Over the past decade, Italy has been the first country in Europe to focus on the need of curbing the population decline in non-urban territories, by approving the National Strategy for Inland Areas (SNAI). The Italian government can provide the leverage to fully deploy the economic and social development potential of inland areas, only by guaranteeing the essential services for citizens.
Systemic reflections and new approaches are required, investigating the potential of ecosystem services, the so-called "metro mountain" and of the natural capital of these territories.
Forum Disuguaglianze Diversità
Alessia Zabatino, an economist of culture and PhD in Spatial Planning and Public Policy, deals with human and territorial development. She has worked as planner of the National Strategy for Internal Areas, as coordinator of the territorial rooting areas of the NGO ActionAid Italia, as strategic and programming consultant for PAs and foundations. She is part of the coordination group of the Forum Inequalities Diversity and is a consultant for the Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation. She has written several contributions on the theme of territorial, educational and power inequalities.
Researcher Gran Sasso science Institute
PhD candidate in Regional Studies & Economic Geography at the Gran Sasso Science Institute in L'Aquila. Through an applied and transformative approach to research she is working on political ecology and collective care and management practices as existing alternatives to the current social and economic system. In particular, she analyses enterprising communities in remote and peripheral areas. In addition to research, she is active in various territorial projects and association groups to network, co-create (and apply) a new vision of living in the Apennines. Previously, she worked on strategic planning and the development of innovation ecosystems in South East Europe for a European regional innovation programme on climate change.
Social Innovation Manager LAMA Impresa Sociale
Alessandra Zagli is a community development and facilitation expert with ten years of experience in designing and implementing empowerment and collective intelligence processes within communities and organizations in different settings, using a combination of ICT tools and approaches mainly stemming from the social service design field. After a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy of Language and a Bachelor’s degree in Development Economics at the University of Florence, she joined LAMA Agency as a partner in 2009. She has experience in the design and implementation of innovative non-formal education programmes and in particular, in educational games, team learning, new media and open source technologies for education. She has led co-designing and prototyping events and programmes, crowd-sourcing processes, design thinking for social innovation and systemic design methods and paths. She has coordinated several European Projects in European Countries and the Middle East. She was the community manager for the “OpenMaker” project, financed by the European Research programme Horizon2020, and the “OD&M” project, financed by the European Union Erasmus+, KA2, Knowledge alliance programme.
Executive at Fondazione IFEL - ANCI
Francesco Monaco is technical head of cohesion policies at the National Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI). He is also head of the Investment and EU Funds Department of Fondazione per l'Economia e la Finanza Locale (IFEL). He represents ANCI in the Monitoring and Accompanying Committee of the 2014-2020 programmes and is a member of the National Committee for Internal Areas (CTAI). An expert in European policies, he graduated in Law at the University of Rome 'La Sapienza', where he is a lecturer at the 'URBAN' Master's degree course at the Faculty of Architecture. In recent years, in particular, he has delved into the topic of relations between territorial institutions and local development.
Non-Urban Areas Representative, Tuscany Regional Government Cabinet Office
His first steps in politics saw him participate in the birth of La Margherita in Marradi; it was during this period that he got to know and get close to Matteo Renzi, with whom he would share many battles. In 2003, elected municipal councillor, he also served as secretary of the local La Margherita and as deputy mayor. Re-elected as opposition councillor, he became secretary of the local PD (Democratic Party) and, together with numerous administrators in Romagna and Tuscany, carried out many battles for the territory, gaining more and more space both in the Mugello area and at provincial level. He participated in the birth of the Officine Marradi association. In 2013, he resigned as secretary of the PD of Marradi to run for mayor, also supported by the centre-left parties, with the civic list 'Per Marradi siamo pronti' (For Marradi we are ready).
Director Appennino tosco-emiliano National Park
Giuseppe Vignali has always worked in and for the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. The Apennines are a deep passion for him, passed on by his father and his grandfather's brother. He is passionate about forests and has a degree in forestry science; he has traveled halfway around the world (including the Apennines) looking at branches and leaves, trying to understand something of the complex mechanisms that govern forests and the communities that inhabit them. Today he is the director of the National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines.
Head of Politiche per la Montagna e le Aree Interne of ANCI Toscana
Luca Martinelli (Pescia, PT, 1980) is a journalist. He writes for Altreconomia, il Manifesto and other newspapers. He has collaborated with Radio Popolare and Radio24. As a book author, he has dealt with soil consumption, public water, inland areas, and bread. He has written, among others, 'Le conseguenze del cemento', 'L'Italia è bella dentro' and 'Pane buono' (Altreconomia). He edits the portal 'Storie di giovani imprese' by Fondazione Edoardo Garrone. He was part of the working group of the 'National Strategy for Inland Areas', dealing with communication. Since February 2020 he has been collaborating with OpenCoesione.