In world overcrowded by opportunities, value comes by the capability to craft a meaningful vision. The art of criticism, which has been labeled as detrimental in the last few years, is instead the way to create value in our new current world, where ideas are abundant but novel visions are rare. Our speaker will be Roberto Verganti, professor of Leadership and Innovation at Politecnico di Milano, and author of Harvard Business Press and MIT Press.

Roberto Verganti is Professor of Leadership and Innovation at the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano, where he directs Leadin’Lab, the laboratory on the LEAdership, Design and INnovation. Roberto’s research is inspired by one question: how to create innovation that is meaningful, and how to make it come true? He has been a visiting scholar at the Harvard Business School twice, at the Copenhagen Business School and at the California Polytechnic University. He is also an advisor of Carlos Moedas, the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation. Roberto is the author of “OVERCROWDED – Designing Meaningful Products in a World Awash with Ideas”, published in 2017 by MIT Press.

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