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My work is situated at the intersection of design, entrepreneurship, social innovation and sustainability. In particular, my interest is in how design can be used as a practice and as a way of thinking to support innovation, entrepreneurial activities and management processes.
I have conducted research and teaching activities in leading international centers (Harvard, MIT, Aalborg University, Polytechnic University of Milan, Malmö University and University of the Arts London), (co)authoring and (co)editing some 70 publications. My latest book (Visualizing the Data City, Springer, 2014) explores the potential of data visualizations for more inclusive urban design, planning, management processes.
I have founded and managed 6 companies, including Vianet, an interaction design agency focused on delivering advanced technology and design solutions based on ethnographic research methods. Vianet has worked on more than 500 high-impact and award-winning projects, from interactive museums to experimental publishing platforms.
I also work as a consultant for public and private organizations (the European Commission and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) in order to help define strategies, policies and funding schemes to support strategic design approaches targeted to innovation.

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