débat public think tank

Débat Public Think Tank

Alberto Zavatta has hosted and conducted in Clubhouse Brera the Débat Public Think Tank dedicated to “MANAGEMENT OF LARGE TRANSFORMATIONS – Participatory democracy, public debates, innovative creativity”.

A parterre of exceptional guests met to address the issues of change and collective participation in decision-making processes.


Débat Public – The Guests

The Débat Public Think Tank has hosted:

Rawad Choubassi (Partner of Systematica Milano); Mario Cucinella (Mario Cucinella Architects); Mario De Gaspari (Urban Psychologist / Sociologist); Mario Francesco Dotti (Lawyer / Mediator and Neutral); Paolo Foietta (Extraordinary Commissioner of the Government for the construction of the Turin – Lyon railway axis); Giovanni Battista Furlan (President of Net Engineering International SpA and Vice President of OICE); Pier Mannuccio Mannucci (Full Professor of Internal Medicine, former Scientific Director of the IRCCS Ca ‘Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico Foundation); Giammichele Melis (Partner and Project Director Arup Italia); Maria Cristina Origlia (Journalist of Il Sole 24 Ore); Mauro Panigo (Landscape Architect); Alessandra Perrazzelli (A2A Vice President); Francesca Soro (Landscape Architect and consultant for the Ministry of the Environment).

A moment of confrontation and sharing of perspectives, full of stimuli and ideas to give voice to the future of “Débat Public” in our country.


Débat Public and Participatory Democracy

The Débat Public Think Tank aims at creating an innovative “advisory lab” conceived to effectively guide the actions and choices of all the actors of a participatory democracy process, with a specific focus on the tool of the Public Debate and its consequences in terms of decision- making for the great public structural works of our country.

With the term participatory democracy we want to indicate the phenomenon through which private individuals are given the opportunity to take part in public choices. In this sense, participatory democracy is outlined as an interaction (within public procedures, especially administrative, but also regulatory) between companies and institutions, which aspires to obtain a unified result shared by all parties. Participation, the basis of this form of democracy, has the objective of reducing the distances between the public decision maker and the addressees of the decision itself.

Participatory democracy has developed the most in the urban and environmental sector, generating those assessments and action tools, which become indispensable whenever the institution has to make choices that concern the management of the territory.


The benefits of Débat Public

The decree of the President of Italy’s Council of Ministers identifies the types of works for which the public debate procedure will be mandatory. This is the decree envisaged by the Contract Code (art.22) which introduces the so-called débat public into our legal system, an instrument borrowed from France that has applied it since 1995 (Barnier law) to involve citizens in the definition of projects of a certain importance, even before they take a definitive form.

An insight on the decree (in italian) can be found here:

In fact, for works of some importance, a debate is activated in France with the communities concerned and the stakeholders, questioning not only the characteristics of the work, but also the opportunity to carry out the interventions under discussion. It is a way to make the project adhere as closely as possible to the social and environmental context in which it fits, a tool that serves above all to facilitate the understanding and acceptance of the works by the communities and avoid disputes (and slowdowns) in the realization phases.


Project co-conceived and developed with the collaboration of Architect Mauro Panigo for Contemporary Urban.



Founder of the Milan-based agency Alberto Zavatta – Inspiring the next you. Alberto Zavatta is an expert of strategic corporate communication, branding, total identity, emotional marketing, packaging design. Mr Zavatta has gained international experience over the years with global communication projects for major multinationals and national companies. This makes of him a professional with a remarkable background. His experience includes all levels of strategic communications and branding. Mr Zavatta’s approach merges style, creativity and Italian essence with passionate vision, cosmopolitan touch and global culture.


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