Think Tank

Trend setting cultural and scientific debate on the bioeconomy and material flows. Contributions by qualified experts, opinion leaders and prominent figures in the field of environment and economics

# 19 - 2018 January

A Forest

Interview with Marc Palahí

by Emanuele Bompaninterview with Marc Palahí

In addition to providing energy, forests have always played a crucial role in biodiversity conservation and in preserving the equilibrium of ecosystems.... [read more]

# 18 - 2017 September

The New Economy According to Tim Jackson

Interview with Tim Jackson

by Rudi Bressainterview with Tim Jackson

Seven years on from the first edition, a new version of the book questioning the myth of growth has been released. Such volume explains why “the current model is not improving... [read more]

Houses like Trees, Cities like Forests

Interview with Michael Braungart

by Silvia Zamboniinterview with Michael Braungart

We cannot settle for climate neutrality, we must become climate positive. Also, we have to learn to do some good to the planet, following the example of trees. ... [read more]

# 17 - 2017 July

The Doughnut Age

Interview with Kate Raworth

by Emanuele Bompaninterview with Kate Raworth

Deconstructing neoclassical economy is the way to transform the global economy.   [read more]

Creating a Network

by Arianna Campanile

How to get Manufacturing Processes closer to Natural Rhythms.   [read more]

# 16 - 2017 May

Stop Death (of Objects)

Interview with Walter R. Stahel

by Emanuele Bompaninterview with Walter R. Stahel

Reuse, repair, remanufacturing, technological upgrading. Starting from these concepts, Walter R. Stahel talks about objects’ life extension, the other side of the circular... [read more]

A Kingdom Disunited by Waste

Interview with Dominic Hogg

by Silvia Zamboniinterview with Dominic Hogg

With regard to waste, the United Kingdom does not seem to have either a distinct direction or an innovative vision. As a result, the policies of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and... [read more]

Closing the Circle is Just One Option

Interview with Thomas Rau and Sabine Oberhuber

by Antonella Ilaria Totarointerview with Thomas Rau Sabine Oberhuber

The future of materials according to the Netherlands. With material passports, limited editions and products as a service. And a suggestion: let us start with the... [read more]

# 15 - 2017 March

Lest We Forget Beauty

Interview with Stefano Boeri

by Marco Morointerview with Stefano Boeri

Today, it is in cities that key themes of the circular economy are concentrated; in urban scenarios, the relation between the environment and human activities must be combined with new... [read more]

The Power of Art

Interview with Anne-Marie Melster

by Carola Marzullointerview with Anne-Marie Melster

Thanks to its strong evocative power, the artistic act can generate sensitivity towards sustainable behaviour, increasing awareness on the environment and climate change and pushing... [read more]

# 14 - 2017 January

Surprise, Surprise: Germany is not that Circular

Interview with Henning Wilts

edited by Silvia Zamboniinterview with Henning Wilts

The contradictions of a Country that considers 100% recycled a landfilled smartphone and – in its industries – uses 85% of virgin raw materials while boasting strict rules... [read more]

Who Will Fund the Rescue of Earth?

by Andrea Barolini Elisabetta Tramonto

The North and South of the world wrestled over the matter of funding the fight against climate change at the Marrakech COP. [read more]

Penelope's Lesson

Interview with a Erin Meezan

edited by Emanuele Bompaninterview with Erin Meezan

The story of Ray Anderson, the father of industrial ecologism. How he transformed his manufacturing company into a symbol of the circular economy which today produces textile flooring... [read more]

Turning Wounds into Stories

Interview with Serenella Iovino

edited by Matteo Realeinterview with Serenella Iovino

When a territory is devastated by natural disasters, it is necessary to start a regenerative process for social, cultural, and environmental reconstruction. One such example is the... [read more]

# 13 - 2016 November

Trump Warms up the Climate

by Emanuele Bompan

Soon the least green president of all times will take office in the White House. A shrewd communicator but with an unclear line. First, he states he does not believe in climate change... [read more]

The Metamorphosis of Matter

How Today Art and Waste Talk to Each Other. Poised between Ethics and Poetics.

by Carola Marzullo

What have a bicycle’s wheel, a stool, a jerrycan and a tin in common? They are all ordinary objects that in some cases do not serve their intended everyday purpose, embracing the... [read more]

# 12 - 2016 September

The Dame Who Sank the Linear Economy

Interview with Ellen MacArthur

edited by Emanuele Bompaninterview with Ellen MacArthur

How and why an experienced yachtswoman has become the icon of the circular economy. The story of Ellen MacArthur and her foundation, a true global force to help the old economy’s... [read more]

Kiribati's Lesson

by Mauro Panzeri

Natural paradises and remote islands in the Pacific Ocean hide more complex stories than an exotic postcard: for instance, disappearing atolls nearly submerged by water. In their book... [read more]

On Climate We Need Environmental Justice

by Antonio Cianciullo

Rabbi Gianfranco Di Segni and Jeremy Benstein, professor of environmental ethics and associate director of the Heschel Center for Sustainability in Tel Aviv, explain the Jewish point... [read more]

The Non-Matter Design

Between Immaterial Future and Re-Matter to be In-Formed

by Irene Ivoi

At university we were taught that industrial design was born in England during the Industrial Revolution with the design of new products to be reproduced in a number of copies (one of the... [read more]

# 11 - 2016 July

How Brexit Will Penalize the Bioeconomy

by Christian Patermann

The UK’s exit from the EU will strongly affect the British EU economy. It will also have repercussions on the relation with the EU with regard to access to markets, movement of... [read more]

Connett: Creative Communities to Win the Waste Challenge

Interview with Paul Connett

edited by Sergio Ferrarisinterview with Paul Connett

Here are the ingredients of the Zero Waste recipe: sharing and communicating good practices and achieved results to the community because examples are key. Avoid delegating research of... [read more]

In Italy, 90% of Waste is Still off the Radar

by Antonio Cianciullo

What happens to goods when they stop being commodities and become waste? We can only know for a small fraction of waste. And yet, a smart use of matter not only boasts an environmental... [read more]

# 10 - 2016 May

Why Degrowth Has Out-Grown Its Own Name

by Kate Raworth

Not very clear, inadequate and a source of misunderstandings: this is why according to Kate Raworth the word degrowth – once its provocative effect is over – should be... [read more]

You're Wrong Kate. Degrowth is a Compelling Word

by Giorgos Kallis

Today, the ideology of degrowth is more popular than ever. This is why – replies Giorgos Kallis to Kate Raworth – it is still useful to talk about degrowth: it reminds us... [read more]

The Resilience renaissance

Interview with Carl Folke

by Emanuele Bompaninterview with Carl Folke

We need to go back to a holistic approach to reality, taking into account existing interactions amongst human economy, biosphere and climate. In order to understand such complexity,... [read more]

Little Men Grow up

by Mauro Panzeri

Tidyman, a good citizen that contributed to a clean environment, was a very successful graphic invention and a simple symbol recognized by everyone. Today it is landfilled. But many... [read more]

Gardens and Barren Rocks

Interview with Giovanni Curatola

edited by Antonio Cianciullointerview with Giovanni Curatola

In Islamic culture, man is the administrator of natural assets. The abundance of water and the return of life cycle are the reward for correct behaviour; desertification punishes those... [read more]

# 09 - 2016 March

Reinventing the Fire. Again

Interview with Amory Lovins

edited by Emanuele Bompaninterview with Amory Bloch Lovins

Natural capitalism can grow everywhere. So thinks Amory Lovins, founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute. Renewable Matter has travelled to Colorado to meet him to discuss sustainable... [read more]

Joseph Beuys: Recognizing Nature's Intelligence

Interview with Lucrezia De Domizio Durini

edited by Matteo Realeinterview with Lucrezia De Domizio Durini

According to Joseph Beuys looking after nature means looking after humankind. This is the very topical teaching of an outside-the-box artist according to... [read more]

# 08 - 2016 January

Children Will Invent a Green Future

Interview with Gunter Pauli

edited by Sergio Ferrarisinterview with Gunter Pauli

At COP21, consensus was sought before even starting. As a result, everything was watered down. But we can no longer wait: we have to buckle down to business, going beyond global... [read more]

The Man Who Rethinks Buildings

Interview with Victor Olgyay

edited by Emanuele Bompaninterview with Victor Olgyay

At Rocky Mountain Institute, in Boulder, Colorado, a Centre of Excellence amongst 4,000 mt peaks. Here they research into how to apply the circular economy to planning and maintenance... [read more]

45 and Still Going Strong

by Mauro Panzeri

Oftentimes the most famous signs conceal bizarre stories we ignore. Behind them there are not only experts but real people and a culture of their time. ... [read more]

Leading Big in Corporate Social Responsibility: A Systems View

by Marta Ceroni

The business world must rethink its role in society and redefine the boundaries of its social responsibillity. Only in this way will it be able to turn challenges requiring more... [read more]

# 06-07 - 2015 October

Upcycle and the Atomic Bomb

Interview with William McDonough

edited by Emanuele Bompaninterview with William McDonough

William McDonough talks about his last book and reflects on how we became an unsustainable civilization. And how a solid circular... [read more]

The Facebook Generation Will Lead Dematerialization

Interview with Friedrich Hinterberger

edited by Carlo Pessointerview with Friedrich Hinterberger

The language of dematerialization is commonly used in the business community, but this is not the case within the policy making circle. The influence of the sharing economy and young... [read more]

The Birth of Waste

by Guido Viale

In preurban cultures, waste was ontologically a continuum between man and his environment and could re-enter natural biological cycles. However, the advent of industrial society... [read more]

Islam: The Third Way

Interview with Yahya Sergio Pallavicini

edited by Antonio Cianciullointerview with Yahya Sergio Pallavicini

Between forced modernization and atavistic violence, a proposal to meet modernity head-on, focusing on the environment and an economy of reuse. An interview with Yahya Sergio... [read more]

Fair Competition

by Mauro Panzeri

University students of Communication are working on a project to create magazines devoted to “sustainability.” A fuzzy concept containing eight surprises that we are more... [read more]

From Nowhere to COP21

by Marco Moro

In Paris the art mobilises on climate change.   [read more]

# 5 - 2015 August

Claim the Sky!

by Robert Costanza

The atmosphere is a common asset of the global community. If an oil spill occurs in the oceans, governments collect natural resource damages for cleaning up the mess. Yet they sit idle... [read more]

Green Innovation Needs Patient Capital

The Public Sector Is the Real Driving Force towards a Sustainable Economy

by Marco Moro Roberto Coizetinterview with Mariana Mazzucato

If a mythology of innovation exists, the government plays an inefficient and highly resistant role towards change in it, while brilliant businessmen and brave venture capitalists seem to be... [read more]

Art that Walks in the World

by Nancy Averett

Two California artists are creating public sculptures that heal damaged ecosystems and eventually disappear back into nature.   [read more]

# 4 - 2015 June

The Planet We Will See

Interview with Lester Brown

edited by Emanuele Bompaninterview with Lester Brown

Food, water and energy. There is only one man who can speculate on such a complex scenario: Lester Brown. For over half a century, he has constantly analyzed... [read more]

The Future Is in the Hands of Corporations

Interview with Pavan Sukhdev

edited by Marco Morointerview with Pavan Sukhdev

The Indian economist explains why big corporations will play a crucial role in the transition to the circular economy.   [read more]

Capital is Natural

by Gianfranco Bologna

Not only are we extracting resources from our planet at an incredible pace – 70 billion tons of materials in 2008 – but we are also destroying... [read more]

70% Recycling Can Be Achieved. Not Enough? I Would Be More than Happy

by Roberto Giovannini

Interview with Daniele Fortini, CEO of AMA and co-author of a recently published book presenting debate-provoking statements. “Zero waste is an unachievable goal; some... [read more]

Natural Recall

by Mauro Panzeri

“The man who has planted a garden feels that he has done something for the good of the world.” - Vita Sackville-West [read more]

# 3 - 2015 April

Vandana Shiva: 'No Land Just for Biofuels'

by Roberto Giovanniniinterview with Vandana Shiva

The Navdanya leader points out that there is a difference between agro-industrial monocultures cultivated for replacing fossil fuels and local production of fuels from... [read more]

All Together on the Sailing Boat

by Gianni Silvestrini

On December 22th 2005, Ellen MacArthur wrote down in her logbook: “I’ve got a real problem. I’ve gone off muesli bars and, unfortunately, I... [read more]

A New Paradise between Artifice and Nature

Interview with Michelangelo Pistoletto

by Matteo Realeinterview with Michelangelo Pistoletto

Michelangelo Pistoletto is not only one of the top contemporary artists, but also a leading exponent of the reflection on the relationship between nature and... [read more]

# 2 - 2015 February

How the World's Economic Growth Is Actually Un-Economic

by Robert Costanza

The real economy includes natural capital resources, namely everything given to us by nature that we do not need to produce. Looking at this economy, it emerges that globally... [read more]

Rockström, 'Biomaterials: A Viable Alternative to Fossil Fuels'

The Finite Nature of our Planetary Resources, the Gravity of the Effects of Climate Change, the New Technological Paradigms That Keep us from Surpassing Nature's Limits. A Conversation with the Author of the Latest Report to the Club of Rome.

by Emanuele Bompaninterview with Johan Rockström

To identify and quantify planetary limits so that human activity does not cause unsustainable environmental mutations. This is the aim of the research carried out by... [read more]

The Doughnut Economy

Defining a Safe and Just Space for Humanity

by Kate Raworth

The concept of a limit, especially of a physical one to human activities, is still heresy for the economic world. And even the political world seems to be... [read more]

# 1 - 2014 November

Stages of Change

by Gianni Silvestrini

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