A project conceived and produced by BNP Paribas

A month of diverse and collaborative events!

Just as it did in Paris, the WAVE exhibition in Milan is hosting a month of diverse events. All of these events are free of charge and open to the public.

Here are the details of the programme, covering the entire month of the exhibition.

Come join us to attend or participate in these events and to visit the exhibition.

We’ll see you there!

4 June | Time 6.30pm

Inauguration of the “WAVE, How collective ingenuity is changing the world” exhibition, in the presence of the top management of BNL Group BNP Paribas, and representatives from the local government and leading institutions of Milan

Galleria San Fedele, Piazza San Fedele 3


5 June | Time 10am

Circular economy: reduce, reuse, recycle

The concept of the circular economy and of the 3Rs (reduce, recycle, reuse) refers to a new approach to production cycles from a holistic perspective, where the materials and products used are in turn regarded as raw materials and hence reused and given a new lease on life.  In this way, the life cycle of a product, or of a natural resource, becomes virtually infinite, and the processes involved are in harmony with the ecosystem.

Marco Versari, Responsible for institutional Relations and e Associations, Novamont
Dario Savini, CEO, ECO-SISTEMI and professor at the University of Pavia
Guy Ethier, Senior Vice-President, UMICORE
Giorgio Ferrari, Senior Researcher, MAPEI
Armando Cammarata, technical director, MWH

Moderated by: Paola Gigli, MWH, Leonardo Previ, Trivioquadrivio

In collaboration with MWH Global
Palazzo BNP Paribas, Piazza San Fedele 3


8 June | Time 5.30pm

Sharing health

Inspired by one of the most poignant case studies showcased by WAVE, The Cure, the afternoon will feature Italian experiences of “shared health” explored with the help of Margherita Fronte, science journalist and recent winner of the OMAR award for the dissemination of high-quality scientific information. How can a painful condition be the driver for the mobilisation of networks and collective energy? What tools and platforms for sharing are used by physicians, families and patient groups? 
The experiences of Fight the Stroke, a wide-reaching medical initiative born of the fight against perinatal stroke, will be discussed, as will those of WikiCardio, the platform developed by EDRA to share cases and knowledge in the cardiological field in real time. Speakers: Ludovico Baldessin, executive director di EDRA e Francesca Fedeli, President of Fight the Stroke

In collaboration with EDRA and the Giannino Bassetti Foundation
Palazzo BNP Paribas, Piazza San Fedele 3


9 June | Time 4pm

Makers: from the Leonardo workshop to the digital crafts

This technology that, starting from digital plans, produces objects of extraordinary complexity – from buildings to biomedical instruments – has emerged from garage-based incubators to become a collective phenomenon. Part of Polifactory, a project recently launched by the Politecnico di Milano to combine 3D printers and artisan know-how, this is a journey through the cultural and institutional impact of the maker movement. 

Enrico Annacondia, Launch Manager at AITA – Associazione Italiana Tecnologie Additive
Mauro Colombo, FaberLab Varese – Digital Manufacturing: how the future of companies is changing  
Stefano Maffei, Politecnico di Milano – The Makers’ Inquiry
Paolo Manfredi, Innovation Manager at Innovazione Digitale di Confartigianato 
Giancarlo Orsini, Open Biomedical Initiative – 3D printable Biomedical Technologies.
Cristina Tajani, Councillor for Economic Development, Universities and Research of the City of Milan – Milan for digital manufacturing​
Paolo Zanenga, Diotima Society – The great transformation: connect to create

In collaboration with the Giannino Bassetti Foundation
Polifactory, Campus Bovisa – Building B7, Politecnico di Milano, Via Durando 10


10 June | Time 6pm

Scarcity: why having little means much

In collaboration with Il Saggiatore, WAVE will host Eldar Shafir, professor of psychology at Princeton University and one of the leading exponents of the behavioural economy. Shafir will present his most recent and best known book to WAVE: Scarcity: why having so little means so much. A unique opportunity to get an insight into the most innovative currents of economic thinking, open to the contribution of others disciplines. 

Palazzo BNP Paribas, Piazza San Fedele 3


11 June | Time 6pm

Smart City Innovation Awards

MIT Enterprise Forum promotes, in partnership with BNL Group BNP Paribas, the Smart City Innovation Awards, a competition created with the purpose of searching, recognizing and presenting the brightest young Italian innovators working on the improvement of new technologies for the cities of the future. Smart City Innovation Awards is, at the same time, a conference and a competition that selects and rewards young innovators, researching and developing solutions that contribute to the construction of the city of the future. The initiative aims to identify and support the Italians who are working and developing technology solutions that will help improve life in urban areas.

Palazzo BNP Paribas, Piazza San Fedele 3


12 June | Time 10am

Co-creating and sharing to launch a new initiative

A dialogue between some of the most interesting business incubation initiatives of recent times. Includes the stories of Avanzi-Make a cube, InnovAction Lab and their startups. In collaboration with MyFoody – The network against waste.

In collaboration with Avanzi and InnovAction Lab
Avanzi, Via Ampère 61/A


15 June | Time 7pm

Beautiful Concepts “Nothing is thrown away: how can a waste product be transformed from waste to resource?”

In natural systems, circularity is the norm, whereas in the modern economy the norm is just the opposite – linearity. In the circular economy we can only be experts temporarily, as at any moment we could be forced to renounce our prized position, a process that forces us to transform what we previously thought of as waste into a resource. The dialogue between the designer Matteo Ragni and the psychologist and psychotherapist Marco Vinicio Masoni is based on these premises: it’s an opportunity to reflect on the relationship between waste and resources. Moderated by Valeria Cantoni – Trivioquadrivio.

In collaboration with CFMT – Centro Formazione Management del Terziario [Management Training Centre for the Service Sector]
Palazzo BNP Paribas, Piazza San Fedele 3


16 June | Time 5pm

Co-creating science. From public engagement to citizen science

We’re all part of a large collective laboratory. While society demands more involvement in scientific production processes, the traditional public communication of science is being transformed into public engagement. Citizens have the tools to become key players – co-producers of know-how together with the scientists. Are researchers ready for this change of paradigm? And what are some of the Italian examples of citizen science? A debate inspired by the project Responsible Research and Innovation Tools (, a work in progress to involve European citizens in the processes of innovation.

17.00-19.00Angela Simone, science journalist, Fondazione Giannino Bassetti, dialogues with:
Massimo Labra, professor of botany at the University of Milan-Bicocca and founding partner of the spin-off FEM2environment, Giuseppe Tipaldo, Post Doc Fellow at the Department of Culture, Politics and Society at the University of Tourin and co-curator with Sergio Scamuzzo of "Apriti Scienza. Il presente e il futuro della comunicazione della scienza in Italia tra vincoli e nuove sfide" (Il Mulino 2015)

19.00 - 19.45: Lecture by Giuseppe Testa, Director of the Laboratory of Stem Cell Epigenetics, European Institute of Oncology (IEO)

In collaboration with the Giannino Bassetti Foundation
Palazzo BNP Paribas, Piazza San Fedele 3


17 June | Time 4.30pm

Junior Design Lab 

The Junior Design Lab, by PACO Design Collaborative, is an opportunity for children and adults to meet. Together, they will have the pleasure of planning, playing, thinking, discovering and inventing new solutions on a theme that will only be revealed once the work starts.

Traditionally seen as an “applied art” related to the functionality, feasibility, aesthetics or usability of a product or service, design is becoming increasingly valued for its capacity to interact with the creative potential of individuals, thus developing their interpersonal, collaborative and social skills. In practical terms, this means developing a collective “intelligence” needed to understand and solve complex problems. The Junior Design Lab will ask groups of 3-5 children to think about their daily experiences: through a process that involves adults, it calls for collaboration, the generation of ideas, manual dexterity and the ability to talk about their project with others.

In collaboration with MUBA – Museo dei Bambini Milano 
Reservation required: call 0243980402
MUBA – Museo dei Bambini Milano, Via Besana 12


17 June | Time 7pm

Public (is) the knowledge. A laboratory on public awareness of innovation and inclusion.

Knowledge is a heritage of the city and for the city. This is the objective of the initiative that the Municipality of Milan, in the Department of Employment Policy, Economic Development, University and Research, in collaboration with Fondazione Feltrinelli, will launch in occasion of WAVE: a workshop promoted by the Administration with the aim of calling all researchers studying relevant issues for the city government to contribute with their work to the public debate on the topic of economic and social phenomena emerging in the city. The combination of "innovation and inclusion" let’s know which kind of innovation is produced in Milan and when and how the innovation could become social inclusion.

Claudio Calvaresi, Avanzi, Ota De Leonardis, University of Milan Bicocca,  
Bertram Niessen, Che Fare,  
Gabriele Pasqui, Politecnico of Milan,  
Leonardo Previ, Trivioquadrivio,  
Cristina Tajani, Councillor for Economic Development, Universities and Research of the City of Milan – Milan for digital manufacturing  Massimiliano Tarantino, Feltrinelli Foundation.

Expo Gate, Via Luca Beltrami


18 June | Time 6.30pm

When collective ingenuity meets beauty

A meeting between several leading personalities from the Italian cultural and business scene, focused on the central theme of the WAVE exhibition: collective ingenuity.  Svegliamoci Italici!, a book by Piero Bassetti recently published by Marsilio, is the springboard for reflecting on how cultural and business communities are formed around art, connected by the common passion for beauty: a unique form of cosmopolitanism where technology provides new tools for sharing.

Massimo Bucchi, Professor of Science, Technology and Society, University of Trento
Alberto Cavalli, Director of Cologni Foundation
John Lanzone, founder of the Foundation Italy Patria Beauty
Stefano Micelli, Director of Science at the Nord Est Foundation
Luca Ponzio, co-founder and chairman, Haltadefinizione
Alberto Toffoletto, founder of the law firm NCTM, art collector. 

In collaboration with the Giannino Bassetti Foundation and Haltadefinizione
NCTM Studio Legale, Via Agnello 12


19 June | Time 6.30pm

Illustrated Manual of Managerial Incompetence

WAVE will host the presentation of the Illustrated Manual of Managerial Incompetence (LSWR Editions), the book that Leonardo Previ, curator of the Italian version of WAVE and President of Trivioquadrivio, has dedicated to the subject of collective ingenuity. Discussing the topic with the author will be several leading representatives of Italian management culture.

Slide Lounge, Casello della Darsena, Piazza XXIV Maggio 2


22 June | Time 2.30pm

Et Voilà

Voilà® is a Corporate Social Innovation concept created by De-LAB. The challenge of Voilà® is to present a product or project to both deaf people and to those without disabilities at the same time. This is achieved by making a video where sign language is accompanied by spoken Italian, thus overcoming any communication barriers. Voilà® is communication, linguistic integration, co-creation and respecting differences all in one. WAVE will provide a lab for talking about collective ingenuity using the Voilà® method, oriented toward both a deaf and a hearing public, who will alternate their roles as producers, actors and advocators. And what about you – what would you like to talk about today?

In collaboration with De-LAB and MUBA – Museo dei Bambini Milano
MUBA – Museo dei Bambini Milano, Via Besana 12


23 June | Time 5pm

Voices beyond science. Editing the human genome

A workshop in collaboration with Fondazione Giannino Bassetti and the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci, framed in the European project Responsible Research and Innovation Tools (, to improve collaboration between science and society. Interactive activities and discussion games at the laboratories of the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci to find out what it means to work on the human genome.

Participate as experts: Pietro Lo Riso, PhD Student in Molecular Oncology at the Laboratory of Epigenetics of Stem Cells, European Institute of Oncology; Virginia Sanchini, PhD student in Foundations of Life Sciences and Their Ethical Consequences (FOLSATEC), the European School of Molecular Medicine and University of Milan.

Participates as facilitator of interactive activities: Sofia Florio, responsible i.lab and Biotecologie General, National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci.

Moderated by Angela Simone, science journalist, Fondazione Giannino Bassetti.

In collaboration with the Giannino Bassetti Foundation and the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology
Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, Via San Vittore 21


24 June | Time 5.30pm

Innovation in the third sector

Through interaction and the stories of a number of social entrepreneurs and players in the service sector in Italy, the event will be an opportunity to highlight the importance of collective ingenuity and common action.

Davide Agazzi, RENA, Luciano Balbo, Over Venture, Romano Guerinoni, Welfare Ambrosiano Foundation, Andrea Limone, Permicro, Bill Niada, Near Onlus Foundation, Alessandro Valera, Ashoka Italy, Stefano Granata, CGM Group and Alessandro Pastres, BNL Group BNP Paribas.

Moderated by Leonardo Previ, Trivioquadrivio.

Palazzo BNP Paribas, Piazza San Fedele 3


25 June | Time 5.30pm

Deconomy. Did you know that the future is decentralised? The new collaborative economy has no centre

Bitcoin is only the tip of the iceberg of the phenomenon, not so much as an autonomous currency, but as a technological infrastructure that is giving rise to complex mechanisms and opportunities for decentralisation. The future decentralised economy is revolutionising business management, by increasing the importance of collaborative practices and sharing. The event is the fourteenth, the new format for Future Management Tools – a platform promoted by CFMT to invest in and anticipate the future that awaits us – that explores cutting-edge ideas within an informal and collaborative context.

In collaboration with CFMT – Centro Formazione Management del Terziario
Palazzo BNP Paribas, Piazza San Fedele 3


26 June | Time 3.30pm

Circular economy: reusing spaces to generate value

Recycling means bestowing new life; transformation means generating value. Experiments and initiatives for architectonic reuse are already legion today, and many of these favour social innovation and participation from the bottom up. A seminar to reflect on a number of specific applications and to stimulate further project ideas related to the recycling of urban spaces.

In collaboration with Avanzi
Avanzi, Via Ampère 61/A


29 June | Time 9am

Jugaad Innovation

Innovation has become an increasingly important means for the development of companies and an obligatory course of action in times of great change. In this context, the role of Jugaad innovators takes on strategic importance. (Jugaad is a Hindi word that describes a process of innovation from the bottom up.) The workshop, facilitated by Leonardo Previ (Trivioquadrivio) and Barbara Zucchi Frua (L’HUB), helps participants to understand the Jugaad approach and to recognise an opportunity for change in scarcity.

In collaboration with CFMT – Centro Formazione Management del Terziario and L’HUB
L’HUB, Ripa di Porta Ticinese 69


30 June | Time 6pm

REMIDA: co-creation for adults

A collective planning activity aimed, for a change, at an adult audience, which is designed to stimulate creative planning, the sharing of ideas and collaboration between participants, through the use of industrial waste materials from REMIDA.
REMIDA is a cultural project that represents a new and proactive approach to interacting with the environment and to building change, and is a place where materials discarded from industrial and artisanal production are transformed into valuable creative resources. The relationship between sustainability and creativity is at the heart of the projects promoted by REMIDA, with an emphasis on promoting the circular economy and breathing new life into resources.

In collaboration with MUBA – Museo dei Bambini Milano
Reservation required: call 0243980402
MUBA – Museo dei Bambini Milano, Via Besana 12


1 July | Time 6pm

Resilient organisations. How organisational behaviour can improve resilience and efficiency
Organisations and civil society will have to prove that they are appropriately resilient when it comes to the social, environmental and economic challenges of the new millennium: natural disasters, climate change, globalisation, social dumping, urbanisation, and new productivity models. The focal points of this transformation will be cities, companies and, in general, innovative organisations that are prepared to fully embrace the concept of resilience.

In collaboration with MWH Global
NCTM Studio Legale, Via Agnello 12


2 July | Time 6pm

Future / Present

A survey of artisanal crafts in Italy as a tool for creating meaning and generating value.

In collaboration with Confartigianato Imprese
Italian Makers Village, Via Tortona 32


3 July | Time 5.30pm

Listen to Pr Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2006 and his innovation journey with corporate partners

Professor Muhammad Yunus is the father of both social business and microcredit, two powerful tools to alleviate poverty and create a more inclusive world. For his constant innovation and leadership, Fortune Magazine named him in March 2012 as “one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time.” Not only did he create more that 50 businesses but he triggered change within companies such as Danone, Veolia, Intel and more.


The music of collective ingenuity

A musical tale on the five currents of collective ingenuity with the pianist Martina Filjak. The concert has been conceived by composer Nicola Campogrande and Leonardo Previ, president of Trivioquadrivio.

Fonderia Napoleonica Eugenia, Via Thaon di Revel 21





Avanzi, Via Ampère 61/A 
Expo Gate, Via Luca Beltrami
Italian Makers Village, Via Tortona 32
L’HUB, Ripa di Porta Ticinese 69
MUBA – Museo dei Bambini Milano, Via Besana 12
Museo Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, Via San Vittore 21
NCTM Studio Legale, Via Agnello 12
Palazzo BNP Paribas, Piazza San Fedele 3
Polifactory, Campus Bovisa – Building B7, Politecnico di Milano, Via Durando 10
Slide Lounge, Casello della Darsella, Piazza XXIV Maggio 2