Life, Work, Travel. New economic scenarios

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Work, travel and private life appear increasingly interconnected. Digitization, the growing attention to sustainability, the desired balance between profession and private life, new ways of working are economic and social evolutions that are reshaping our way of producing and consuming. The questions we ask ourselves today are: which ways of living and working will evolve in the future and how will they contribute to redesigning not only society and economy but also urban, suburban and public spaces in the coming decades? What are the challenges? These issues will be discussed at confronti 2021, the annual conference organised by the USI Institute for Economic Research (IRE).

The conference taking place on November 16 at the LAC Lugano, will see the opening remarks of Roberto Badaracco - Deputy mayor of the City of Lugano, head of the Culture, Sport and Events Department, and president of the LAC Autonomous Board - and the introduction of Barbara Antonioli Mantegazzini, Adjunct professor at USI and Deputy Director of IRE.

The first part of the event will be defined by three speakers' corners - New ways of living and their impact on well-being; Coworking, sharing, pooling; Digital nomads, workation, bleisure - organised within a framework provided by IRE researchers and then involving the experts: Elena Cogato Lanza, MER EPFL (ENAC Lab-U); Emanuele Saurwein, architect - CEO LANDS; Elena Marchiori, scientific collaborator Lugano Living Lab; Romano Wyss, EPFL researcher and member of the "Village Office" team; Monica Besomi, head of Sales & Marketing Ferrovia Monte Generoso; Alice Mela, co-founder Remoto.

The second part of the event will open with an arena moderated by Rico Maggi, USI professor and director of IRE, involving involve guests, researchers and the public in an open discussion. The closing remarks of confronti 2021 will be delivered by Prof. Barbara Antonioli Mantegazzini.

confronti is an annual event offering opportunities to meet, think and debate on Canton Ticino’s economic dynamics (their trend and their structure) in a comparative framework that includes interregional, national and cross-border realities. The event is supported financially by BancaStato and the Department of the Economy and Finances of the Canton Ticino, and endorsed by the City of Lugano.


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Participation is subject to presenting a valid Covid certificate or Green Pass.