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Fabio

Sgaragli

Validated Lead Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
In the last three years through Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini I have been supporting the URBACT Secretariat in the Capitalisation and Dissemination activities. This experience gave me the opportunity to deepen my knowledge of EU wide processes for supporting city level policy making on a variety of urban challenges related to integrated and sustainable urban development. My current role at Fondazione Brodolini as Head of Learning and Innovation implies working with municipalities in designing and implementing city level policies related to innovation and co-production of community led solutions and services on a wide set of city challenges: youth employment, economic development, smart and green city, urban regeneration, re-use of public spaces. At present I am overseeing development and management of four centres for Open and Social Innovation in three cities in Italy with the mission to accelerate the urban local ecosystems for social innovation and connect those local ecosystems transnationally. In Milan I am working on FabriQ, the first Italian Social Innovation Incubator, devoted to incubate social enterprises, and MHUMA – Milan HUb for MAkers, an R&D laboratory and education centre for the application of digital manufacturing to social innovation. In Turin I am coordinating Open INCET – Open INnovation CEnter Torino, a centre offering services to public Institutions and private organisations to help them pilot innovations and grow internationally.
B1. Assessment: 
1. According to his references he is not a deep expert in integrated and sustainable urban development, but he has already worked for the URBACT secretariat and in doing so has gained at least 2 years of experience. He also has several publications on social innovation in an urban context.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
I have been working on exchange and learning processes, mostly at transnational level, for almost 20 years. In my capacity as President for Italy and Project Manager for the International Secretariat of AIESEC (the largest global student-run Association at the time) I have designed and managed learning processes for groups from the tens to the hundreds, both off line and on line, on idea generation and project development on issues such as corporate social responsibility, sustainability, international cooperation, youth empowerment and leadership, stakeholders engagement, partnership building etc. In my capacity as Senior Manager in charge of corporate sustainability for the PricewaterhouseCoopers Global Office, I have designed and managed learning, community building and stakeholders’ engagement processes both internally and externally for the corporation in a variety of countries and regions globally. In my role as training and facilitating professional, both as a freelance and as entrepreneur, I have designed, managed and delivered hundreds of sessions in around 35 countries in the five continents mostly on innovation and other transversal soft skills. In my current role at Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini I design and manage on a daily basis both partners’ and stakeholders’ engagement processes involving public and private actors at both city and regional level in order to support their social innovation work.
B2. Assessment: 
1. Participated in at least 1 transnational activity
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
I have worked in English for almost 20 years, I have lived in English speaking countries (UK, USA) for 6 years.
B3. Assessment: 
1. C2 according to CV

Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:

C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
20 years experience in designing, managing and delivering training sessions in 35 countries in the five continents to a variety of audiences: public, private, NGOs. I usually use slides and hand-outs during sessions and seminars, but I have also used videos (for example we realised two video case studies for the URBACT NTS 3) and on-line communication and training platforms (WEBEX, MOODLE). For Ferrari, one of my clients as a freelancer, I have realised a business game for sales people worldwide running on their internal online training platform. The game was designed as a simulation running throughout the sales process and involved different stages, for example targeting new prospects, doing a test drive, replying to clients’ objections, etc. and each stage was built getting inspiration from a famous video game (i.e. pacman, tetris, etc.). Business games are a fun way to get people to learn, and can be applied to a variety of contexts and situations.
C3.1 Assessment: 
1. Provided at least 1 relevant example of communicating effectively to non-English speakers
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
In 2010 I have managed an innovation lab for the pharmaceutical company Bristol Myers Squibb involving six teams from six different Asian countries. The lab was managed remotely, as I was based in Rome at the time, and lasted six months. The objective of the lab was to generate new ideas on how to improve the internal organisational processes in order to increase efficiency and effectiveness. The management of this lab presented me with the challenges of animating the teams and capturing and capitalising on the knowledge and ideas produced by participants at a distance. I have therefore used a variety of tools in order to manage those challenges: produced an input paper and a process manual as an input to the teams before the process started, managed the entire process remotely through online platforms (WEBEX for seminars and brainstorming sessions; HUDDLE for team, calendar and knowledge management), provided participants with hand-outs in order to capture and share brainstorming results and refine operational models for the ideas generated. At the end of the process the six teams had to present their ideas to a panel of internal company senior leaders, requesting funding for implementation. Two out of six got funding and moved on to the implementation phase.
C3.2 Assessment: 
1. Provided at least 1 relevant example of what the applicant did to prepare for meetings
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
I am a big fan of recap sessions at the end of each day of seminar. These guided self and group reflection moments allow to focus on what is really important and relevant for participants to take back home. I have also sometimes used follow up, remote sessions via online platforms or conf calls to check progress against sessions take away. I have used both methods in a variety of situations, both training and facilitation, please refer to my CV addendum on training and seminar experiences for a sample.
C3.3 Assessment: 
1. Provided at least 1 relevant example of capturing learning for participants to take away
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
I contributed to the design and production of the URBACT Toolkit, a publication dedicated to Local Support Group coordinators. The Toolkit introduces guidelines and tools that have proved useful in bringing together city stakeholders, and facilitating collaboration in the analysis of urban challenges and the co-creation of solutions. The Toolkit has been distributed all over Europe both in print and electronically in 15 European languages. In 1999, almost at the beginning of the PwC change management process I was involved in (see par. C.2.4.) together with my colleagues from the team we produced a widely distributed internal report on corporate sustainability titled “Good news: money does grow on trees”. The report included theory, practice and cases demonstrating the opportunity to involve the firm deeply in understanding its social and environmental responsibilities and turn those around into an opportunity to re-invent the core business and build reputation among stakeholders. The report was really useful in gaining senior management support and traction for the project, and was used an internal “manifesto” in building the community of professionals and practitioners that helped to move the firm in a new direction.
C3.4 Assessment: 
1. Provided at least 2 relevant examples of reports that incorporate good practices (though 1 example is quite dated)
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities: 
I have been working on exchange and learning processes, mostly at transnational level, for almost 20 years. I have designed and managed learning activities for groups from the tens to the hundreds, both off line and on line, in 35 countries in the 5 continents. In the last three years I have been supporting the URBACT Secretariat in the Capitalisation and Dissemination activities of the programme at the European level.
Assessment: 
The applicant scored 3 out of 3 in C1, 2 ouf of 4 in C2, and 4 out of 4 in C3, and is therefore validated for Section C.

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Local Governance
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
In the last three years I have been working with municipalities in designing and implementing city level policies related to social innovation and co-production of community led solutions and services on a wide set of city challenges: youth employment, economic development, smart and green city, urban regeneration, re-use of public spaces. I have been working on Social Innovation from all angles: practitioner, researcher, editor, trainer.
D1 Assessment: 
1. At least 2 years of experience
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
I have edited the e- Enabling Social Innovation Ecosystems for Community-Led Territorial Development book“. The book was published by Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini (also a publisher) and provides input to cities wanting to work on Social Innovation through several contributions by European leading figures on the subject matter (both thinkers and practitioners). The book illustrates the building blocks for developing city level local ecosystems for social innovation, and explores topics such as: incubators/accelerators, social finance and impact investing, governance/policy making, use of structural funds. Please see the link: http://www.fondazionebrodolini.it/sites/default/files/quaderno49-web.pdf I was part of the core team developing the URBACT Workstream report “Social Innovation in Cities”, a report that looks at social innovation from the point of view of cities. Social innovation is intended here to mean innovative solutions, new forms of organisation and new interactions to tackle social issues. In particular, it focuses on innovative solutions in terms of the governance of cities: new forms of collaboration between the city administration, citizens and local stakeholders which can generate more sustainable, resilient and open systems at city level. Please see the link: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/socialinnovationeurope/en/magazine/governance/articles-reports/urbact-ii-capitalisation-social-innovation-cities
D2 Assessment: 
1. At least 2 relevant examples provided
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Please see D.2
D3 Assessment: 
1. At least 2 relevant examples provided
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Within the Open Days 2014 framework, last year I was in charge of organising for Fondazione G. Brodolini a workshop on Social Innovation in cities in collaboration with the cities of Milan, Turin and Rotterdam. The workshop was titled “Cities towards growth and social innovation through social entrepreneurship” and took place in Bruxelles on 8 October 2014. The workshop has outlined specific solutions for local community development by promoting the growth of social entrepreneurship and the development of talent. The workshop was part of a capitalisation process starting from our work with cities, passing through a publication on our experience (see par. D.2) and through the dissemination of results for the benefit of other municipalities. The process is on going and we are about to publish a new book (coming out in September 2015) on “Building social innovation hubs in cities through the re-use of public buildings”. Please see the link http://www.fondazionebrodolini.it/en/node/8609
D4 Assessment: 
1. At least 1 relevant example provided of producing and designing a strategy
Summary Thematic expertise: 
In the last three years I have been working with municipalities in designing and implementing city level policies related to social innovation and co-production of community led solutions and services on a wide set of city challenges: youth employment, economic development, smart and green city, urban regeneration, re-use of public spaces. I am currently overseeing development and management of four centres for Open and Social Innovation in three cities in Italy with the mission to accelerate the urban local ecosystems for social innovation and connect those local ecosystems transnationally.
Assessment: 
The applicant can be validated for the Integrated Urban Renewal theme as he has reached the minimum score. His experience in urban development is not extremely long (since 2012), but is built up quickly, in particular through a set of publications (see CV)

Expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing & delivering integrated and participatory policies

E.1. Knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices : 
Please see par. C.1.1, C.1.2, C.1.3 and C.3.4
E.1 Assessment: 
0. The clear coproduction and implementation relevance to local policies is not clearly demonstrated. Demonstrated less than two years of experience in the category E or provided less than one relevant activity that demonstrates knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices (including proactive outreach to different stakeholders, conflict resolution, mediation of interests, community dialogue, etc.)
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
Please see par. C.1.1, C.1.2, C.1.3 and C.3.4
E.2 Assessment: 
1. At least 2 years of experience (see 3.4)
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
Please see par. B.1 and D.2
E.3 Assessment: 
0. The specific experience with sustainable urban development schemes is not clearly demonstrated. Demonstrated less than two years of experience in the category E or provided less than one valid example that demonstrates awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level.
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
At present I am overseeing development and management of four centres for Open and Social Innovation in three cities in Italy with the mission to accelerate the urban local ecosystems for social innovation and connect those local ecosystems transnationally. In my work with different cities and different local contexts, I am adapting tools and content to these different local realities.
E.4 Assessment: 
1. At least 2 years of experience + verified by references
Summary Expertise: 
In the last three years through Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini I have been supporting the URBACT Secretariat in the Capitalisation and Dissemination activities. During my work supporting the Secretariat, I have collaborated to the design, management and delivery of three waves of National Training Schemes (NTS), the URBACT EU wide learning process aimed at providing tools, methodologies and techniques to an audience of Local Support Group coordinators. I contributed to the design and production of the URBACT Toolkit, a publication dedicated to Local Support Group coordinators. In 2013 I supported the URBACT Secretariat in the design and management of the URBACT Summer University in Dublin. At present I am overseeing development and management of four centres for Open and Social Innovation in three cities in Italy with the mission to accelerate the urban local ecosystems for social innovation and connect those local ecosystems transnationally. In Milan I am working on FabriQ, the first Italian Social Innovation Incubator, devoted to incubate social enterprises, and MHUMA – Milan HUb for MAkers, an R&D laboratory and education centre for the application of digital manufacturing to social innovation. In Turin I am coordinating Open INCET – Open INnovation CEnter Torino, a centre offering services to public Institutions and private organisations to help them pilot innovations and grow internationally.
Assessment: 
Applicant is not validated as the minimum score is not reached

Informations

Residence location:
Italy
Languages:
Italian - Mother tongue
Foreign Languages level: 
Foreign languages: 
Email:
fabio@sgaragli.net
Unavailable - already performing the role of Lead Expert for an URBACT network

Area of expertise