Since February 2010, Alastair has been Director of Golden Lane Housing (GLH), the national housing charity for people with a learning disability in England and Wales.  GLH now has over 1,400 tenants across the country and provides bespoke housing solutions tailored to the needs and aspirations of each individual tenant.

Alastair led on GLH’s launch in 2013 of the largest charitable bond issue of its type  at the time which secured £10m capital resources that enabled GLH to invest in buying 27 properties across the country which are now home to 99 tenants with a learning disability.  In 2014 Alastair led on the issue of the first ever charitable bond issue to be listed on the London Stock Exchange.  This raised £11m which is being used to provide a further 30 properties nationally and is creating a lasting legacy for people with a learning disability.

Prior to GLH, Alastair led a major programme of regeneration in greater Manchester as Managing Director of the Oldham Rochdale Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder for seven years.  Alastair led on securing and delivering £250m public and £450m private finance over the period, major land and property acquisition and development, and consultation with local people.

Alastair’s background is in social housing organisations.  He was Director of Development and Finance for First Choice Housing Oldham which had around 15,000 properties at the time.  Alastair has also worked in housing in a variety of housing and finance roles in London and in Buckinghamshire.

Debra Solomon

Debra Solomon

In 2009 Amsterdam based conceptual artist Debra Solomon founded URBANIAHOEVE Social Design Lab for Urban Agriculture and began developing edible, ecological landscapes in the Hague borough Schilderswijk. Since 2010 Urbaniahoeve has implemented a series of resilient urban food-system infrastructure at several locations in the public space in the Hague and Amsterdam (Foodscape Schilderswijk, Foodscape Wildeman, DemoGarden). By 2014 Urbaniahoeve’s critical spatial practice comprises more than 10 hectare of edible landscapes,public oven infrastructure, and educational programming. Urbaniahoeve’s vision of the urban public space as an ecologically coherent foodscape posits a productive, socio-natural city. In the style of naming one’s land and landscapes from Walden to the Farm, places inspired by selfreliance
and conviviality, in Dutch, Urbaniahoeve means, ‘the city as our farm’, indicating a desire to transform the ready-built city as the place where we might ‘get ourselves back to the garden’.
Urbaniahoeve Social Design Lab for Urban Agriculture produces edible landscapes in the public space of the city, transforming existing urban monocultures into an edible ecological framework. Urbaniahoeve was founded in the Netherlands in 2010 by Debra Solomon (artist, independent urban agriculture researcher), joined by Mariska van den Berg (art historian, writer, researcher of bottom-up public space infrastructure) in 2012. We initiate and coordinate structural forms of urban agriculture in the public space by creating a contiguous, resplendent, fertile, and edible
ecological framework in the existing public space of the city. We see ourselves as producers of (food system) infrastructure, creating park-like food forests, food-bearing ecosystems. With our small-scale urban agriculture projects, we strategically sow the seeds for a contiguous edible green infrastructure in the city, contributing to a marked increase in biodiversity in situ, the greening of the city as a whole, and producing fertile soils out of urban waste streams. Within the context of art, our work forms a critical spatial practice and our contextual framework
lies in spatial planning and public space. We do not consider the orchards and landscapes that we create to be art, rather the vision and related works that we produce as part of the process. Within the context of architecture and urban planning, our work exemplifies an event practice,demonstrating the empirical application of an holistic approach to the human-city-nature complex, a qualitative reconsideration of the real and actual city’s public space, rather than the
objective application of a statistical and quantitative inquiry on its usage.
Pre-URBANIAHOEVE – Debra Solomon’s early food-related work included a temporary concept restaurant exclusively serving micro-greens based up on the notion that northern urbanites without access to land and light could produce a significant portion of their own food. In the project Lucky Mi Fortune Cooking together with food entrepreneurs from Rotterdam’s Afrikaanderwijk and the Freehouse Collective, she set up a free kitchen that ‘super-used’ the surplus from the bi-weekly outdoor market as well as other existing products, infrastructure, expertise, and facilities. In 2007 Solomon co-curated the Edible City (Dutch Architecture Institute) on food and the built environment, and was food domain expert and designer of the DOTT07 Urban Farming Project, a design manifestation in Newcastle (UK). In 2008 she was designer invitee to the international design biennial at Saint-Etienne’s (FR) Cité du Design, showing community tools for food and sustainability (City Eco Lab). From 2005 to 2012 she was the author CULIBLOG.ORG, a weblog about food, food culture and the culture that grows our food which at the height of its popularity enjoyed 70,000 individual readers per month.

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Gianluigi Castelli

Gianluigi Castelli was born in Milan in 1954, where he still lives.
He earned a degree in Physics from the University of Milan in 1978.
Currently he is Eni’s Executive VP & CIO, where he is just completed a large ICT Transformation program and initiated a digitization program of the entire company named Eni Digital Enterprise.
From 2001 to 2006 he has been with the Vodafone Group: initially as Vodafone Italy CIO, then CTO, he has unified all the technical organizations under a single responsibility. Then, until 2006, he has been Vodafone Global IT Director, with the goal of integrating the IT infrastructures and key applications of the operating companies within the Vodafone Group.
From 1997 to 2001 he has been with the Fiat Group, first as Fiat Auto’s CIO, then as CEO and Managing Director of Fiat’s IT service company (GSA).
From 1978 to 1997 he has been with Etnoteam where his last assignment was Head of the System Integration Division. During these period he has been very active in EC funded programs, particularly the OMI (Open Microprocessor Systems Initiative).
Also, between 1978 and 1997 he has been a Senior Lecturer with the Information Science Dept. of the University of Milan.
He won the European Commission Information Technology European Award in 1995, the EUCIP Champion Award in 2009 and the Oracle Excellence Award – CIO of the Year EMEA in 2013.
He’s an Adjunct Professor with the Business School of the Politecnico di Milano (MIP) and a ELIS Fellow.
He’s currently the chairman of the Italian branch of EuroCIO, the European CIO Association.


Ingrid Stange

Ingrid Stange is Founder and Chair of Partnerhsip for Change and the PfC Social Innovation Fund. She also serves at the board of directors of a number of organizations promoting social innovation, developing sustainable business in challenged countries, as well as meeting climate challenges. She serves at the advisory board of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, the Sahara Forest Project and Ashoka Norway.

Ms Stange holds an MsC from the Norwegian School of Economics and an MBA from UC Berkeley. With a background fro McKinsey & Co and venture Capital, she has focused entirely on social business and venture philanthropy for the past 25 years. She introduced the Montessori School system in Norwaym and has established several foundations focusing on dignity for challenged children and youth. She also serves at the board of several private and state owned companies, and i deputy chair of the leding think tank in Norway, Civita.


James Hanusa

James Hanusa is Chief Innovation Artist at UIX Global and Global Advisor to the Burning Man Project. His work encompasses multi-stakeholder collaboration for economic development in cities. He is also focused on developing innovation ecosystems and bringing the creative process to city building. James’s latest work is informed by digital political organizing and San Francisco Bay Area startup culture in what he refers to as “design driven development”.

He is the chief experience designer for the Prototyping the Future conference & expo to be held in San Leandro, California Nov. 12th. James is currently working on program design for a program that combines social enterprise with maker culture and the Participatory Cities conference to be in 2015. He holds an M.B.A. in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a B.S. in Marketing from Arizona State University.

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Layne Hartsell

Layne is a fellow at the P2P Foundation in the philosophy of ethics and technology, and at the Asia Institute (Seoul) in the Technology Convergence and 3E Program (Energy, Economy, and Environment) with Tsukuba University, Japan.

He is also a professor at the Korea Center for Digital Humanities, Sookmyung Women’s University. His work is in the access to technologies from a framework of global justice.

Other projects or collaborations: project scientist at Sensorica Labs (Montreal); adjunct faculty at Mahidol University, Siriraj Medical Center, Department of Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics; visiting fellow at Chulalongkorn University Center for Ethics in Science and Technology, Bangkok; Research Institute for Asian Women and Asia-Pacific Women’s Information Network Center, Sookmyung University, Seoul; P2P Convergence Group for Open Reasoning, Fukushima Research Group.


Marc Garcia Fortuny

Marc Garcia is the co-founder of We Question Our Project, a service design studio based in Barcelona. He is a professional questioner, with a background in design and design thinking, and an MBA.
Marc works intensively with governments in local and European projects. He helps them improve their services by creating spaces where everything can be questioned and by involving citizens and public servants.


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Marco Cochrane

Marco Cochrane was born in to American artists in Venice in 1962 and raised in Northern California in the midst of the political and cultural movement of those times.  As a result, Marco learned respect for oneness, balance and the imperative to make the world a better place.  In particular, he identified with the female struggle with oppression and saw feminine energy and power as critical to the world’s balance.  Supporting this vision of change quickly became Marco’s life’s mission, although it never occurred to him that art would be the vehicle.  In his 20s, on a dare, he explored sculpting and discovered both his ability to capture human emotion and energy and the power of art to amplify, particularly with his monumental series, The Bliss Project.

Marco believes that the time we have to solve the problems that threaten our existence on this planet is running out, and that the key to finding real lasting solutions is bringing feminine energy into balance with male energy: a global shift, already underway and manifest in movements towards conservation, equity, and collective resource sharing. His latest passion revolves around the creation of permanent innovation laboratories.


Maria do Carmo Marques Pinto

Maria do Carmo Marques Pinto is the President of the Operational Board of BIS-Social Innovation Bank and the Director for the Entrepreneurship and Social Economy in Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa.

With a strong background in International Law and Relations and in European Union Affairs, Maria do Carmo Marques Pinto was a Cabinet Member and Advisor on European Union Affairs to the Prime Minister of Bulgaria; Secretary General of the “Patronat Catalunya-Món” (Government of the Generatat de Catalonia); Director General for International Relations for the Government of the Generalitat of Catalonia; Founder and Secretary General of the “Catalonia and Portugal Foundation” and a Legal Advisor to the General Secretary of the Council of the European Union.

Finally, Maria do Carmo Marques Pinto was also a founding Partner and Senior Adviser in International Affairs and the European Union to the GEA – Barcelona European Consulting from 1997 to 2013, a Professor of European Union Law at the Law Faculty of Universidade Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona from 1997 to 2010 and a speaker of five different languages (Portuguese, English, German, Spanish, French, Catalan and Bulgarian).


Martin Dittus

Martin Dittus researches data-gathering communities at the Intel Collaborative Research Institute (ICRI) at University College London (UCL). In his work he combines large-scale data analyses with his experience in community groups and their informal processes. What does it mean that we can now build systems where hundreds of thousands of people come together to work on a shared purpose? In his current work he looks at the informal processes of OpenStreetMap, a collaborative mapping project which places great importance on community governance, individual agency, and self-managing regional or topical interest groups. Previously he researched Cosm, an online community where tens of thousands of contributors provide realtime sensor data feeds covering many urban and environmental phenomena.

He is a trustee of the London Hackspace, a community-run and non-profit workshop space in East London, with 1,000 members and growing; and on the advisory board of the Trampery, East-London’s fast-growing shared workspace. He was one of the initiators of Hack the Barbican, where for a month in 2013 a large number of participants across disciplines took over the foyer spaces of London’s Barbican Centre. He is also part of the organiser team of Electromagnetic Field, a biennial camping festival in the UK for those with an inquisitive mind or an interest in making things. Martin also spent several months with Occupy London where he was involved in the coordination of this large and distributed community.

Martin studied computer science in Berlin, and was awarded a master’s degree at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at UCL. Until 2011 he worked as a software developer and project manager at the Internet startup, a large online music community with millions of participants.

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