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August 10, 2021

Il numero di luoghi pubblici abbandonati è purtroppo negli ultimi anni in forte crescita in Italia. Roberto Covolo, esperto di sviluppo del territorio, ha visto nel degrado una opportunità di creatività. Grazie a nuove idee, all'innovazione sociale e al coinvolgimento delle istituzioni locali, enfatizza la possibilità di rigenerare e dare nuova vita a luoghi che solo apparentemente non hanno più un'anima. Numerosi sono i progetti portati avanti che dimostrano l'impatto positivo non solo sulle comunità, ma anche sull'economia e sull'ambiente.

In Italy the number of abandoned public places is unfortunately increasing. Roberto Covolo, expert of local development, explains how it is possible to create an opportunity for creativity out of deterioration. Talking from his own experience in different projects, he explains how impactful it can be to implement innovative ideas to give another life to these places that only aesthetically seems to be dead. The impact is measurable not only on a social level, but environmentally and economically as well. Born in 1978, activist, sociologist, social entrepreneur, policy designer.
He worked for the Region of Puglia for the youth policy program 'Bollenti Spiriti'.
He has been councillor of the Municipality of Terlizzi (Ba) where he promoted the recovery of an old abandoned slaughterhouse to create the MAT, a social and cultural center. He has been councillor of the Municipality of Brindisi where he promoted the programs Palazzo Guerrieri - Laboratorio di Innovazione Urbana, Riusa Brindisi and Parchi Bene Comune.
He has been working since 2011 in San Vito dei Normanni (Br) promoting the birth of social enterprises active in the valorization of abandoned properties including the Urban Laboratory ExFadda (born from the recovery of a former abandoned wine factory), the social restaurant XFOOD for the social inclusion of disabled people and the agro-ecological and social company XFARM (born from the recovery of land confiscated from the Mafia). This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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