La Scuola Open Source is a space dedicated to social and technological innovation, where to perform educational activities, cultural performances and research projects:
☛ A hackerspace, where people with shared interest in the fields of craftsmanship, technology, science, visual arts, poetry, editing, robotics, domotics, biology, electronics and more can gather, socialize and/or cooperate;
☛ A re-use promotion center where obsolete technology is collected with the aim of promoting their smart upcycling;
☛ A FabLab: a small workshop offering customized digital fabrication services, equipped with a kit of fast prototyping tools (3d printing, laser cut, etc.)
♥ This opens up to new opportunities.
Founding principle of Plato’s accademia: “a free individual should not be forced, as a slave, to learn any discipline”, diametrically opposed to the monastic principle (and that of today’s school system), well represented by Benedict’s rule: “Speaking and teaching is a teacher’s job, staying silent and listening is what a disciple should do”.
Design as a “catalyst to collectively redefine our relationship with reality”, envisioning things for how they could be, altogether.
☆ Open work
The School’s structure allows us to build - by co-designing it - its teachings offering in an open way, allowing us to evolve each of its aspects with time.
In modern physics, multiverse is a hypothesis postulating many co-existing universe beyond our space-time dimensions.
The world around us is mutating and ever-changing. Upon this constant transformation we are building a model capable to adapt to mutations and making good of any erraticity and change happening. (N.Taleb, Antifragile).
☆ Learning by doing
We believe that teaching should be always combined with a continuous activity of research and exploration. Doing things and learning while doing, situational learning, are absolutely central in our vision and in the project we intend to realize.
☆ Do it yourself
We promote an alternative and aware approach to designing and production processes, stimulating self-production as a form of self-employment.
Open source, in its incremental logic, represents the blueprint for a collaborative, adaptive and recursive cultural system. We believe that such approach needs to be used in all fields of knowledge, so to enable possibilities for everyone.
☆ Hacker ethics
Linux’s big innovation was not the Operatin System, but the open social dynamic that was set up to make that project happen.
We welcome people, ideas and projects to share space, knowledge and values. Through a constant and mutual exchange, both a collective consciousness and a better informative quality can be quickly developed.
La Scuola Open Source intends to facilitate and generate osmotic processes between experiences and skills, aiming to increase everyone’s intrinsic value for the community.
☛ Access to future, a better one
We therefore need to train ourselves, learn by doing, fail, consult with others, cooperate, work on projects with a tangible impact on the real world.
☛ Customized and non-linear learning paths
We believe that people need to be pushed to ask questions, curiosity being the engine of progress. We therefore want to apply the open source approach to humanities as well, promoting a transversal and peer-to-peer approach to the learning topic.
☛ Spaces for social aggregation to learn in a cooperative context
It is necessary to restore sharing spaces and practices, re-discovering the ability to build relationships and team up to achieve common objectives, leveraging on education and larning as vehicles for a social and economical renewing process. Spaces where to discover and cultivate curiosity, turning it into the engine to each one’s learning path, a self-built path within a virtuous system, providing input and stimula on several channels and levels.
☛ New professional figures
Tomorrow new jobs will rise, while others could disappear. Things change, therefore we need to change things. We have to reform this educational sector in a generative way, keeping in mind the context’s evolution into account and making it mutate within time, continuously adapting.
nome: Alessandro Balena
bio: 'Cinema worker by profession, self-taught maker by vocation. He cooperates with Dinamo Film, where he cares about innovation within videomaking processes, and with FF3300 studio for interaction-based projects and research. In 2014 he is the project manager for the “Y - a variable seeking for identity” workshop, from which in 2016 La Scuola Open Source was born, with him as co-founder.'
ruolo: Scientific program Director
nome: Chiara Carulli
Mechanical Engineering student in Bari
Polytechnic University, she develops her
first experiences within motor mechanics
joining the University Racing Team.
After her first working experience in
FIAT Research Center, she realizes to
prefer turns to straight roads and
starts learning, self-taught, about
Robotics and AI. La Scuola’s
co-founder, she studies and works as
Application Engineer for a start-up.
ruolo: Research program Team
nome: Claudio Cesaroni
Dreamer and last romantic standing, he
switches outfits in a
phonebox-Superman-fashion, turning into
consultant, workplace safety trainer,
social innovator, entrepreneur. Grown up
within union-type organizations, he
prefers to stay away from full stops,
while preferring suspension points...
ruolo: Administration Team
nome: Alberto de Leo
Alberto is a senior professional,
project manager and business advisor for
strategic positioning, corporate and
territorial marketing, innovation,
competitiveness and performance. He
supports organizations with their
commercial and administrative
challenges, leveraging on his strong
backbone of previously acquired
experiences, competencies and relational
assets, to create new opportunities.
ruolo: Administration Director, Funding Team
nome: Maurizio di Luzio
bio: 'Cosmic devourer - especially in toilettes - of comics, his collection currently counts 2000+ pinned, paperback, hardback works. Gifted with the talent of memorizing any dialogue and the back writings of intimate soaps, in 2010 he enters the world of scenography, joining the Fine Arts Academy in Bari, building several friendships and collaborations. Since 2012 he’s been representing the Academy’s students.'
ruolo: Hackerspace manager
nome: Lucilla Fiorentino
bio: 'Her passion for languages and different cultures spurred her on to travel since she was a teenager, opening her mind to the unknown. Before and after her degree in Languages, she underwent many different work experiences and learning methods: part of the organization office of a Film Festival, collaborator of a Film Production Company and a Publishing House, responsible for kids in study-holiday abroad. Since 2014, aware of world’s need for a change, she focused on inclusive design processes and sharing economy projects, which led her to co-found SOS.'
President of the Board of Directors,
Teaching program Team
nome: Roberto Ladisa
Mechanical Engineer graduated from the
Polytechnic of Bari, Roberto combines
his studies and his passions approaching
the world of making, DIY, modeling and
3D printing. Joining SOS with the dream
of opening a FabLab in Bari to create a
knowledge-sharing center, he chose to
co-found the School, resonating with the
team’s values and becoming a true
nome: Carlotta Latessa
Born in Benevento on September 15th,
nome: Nicolò Loprieno
Born in Bari on July 4th, 1983. He
studies Industrial Design in Bari
Polytechnic University and Communication
Design in Venice IUAV. Co-founder of
FF3300 Studio and La Scuola Open Source.
With time he specialized in graffiti and
street-art techniques, which led him to
embrace the motto “works are better
ruolo: Fablab Team
nome: Giancarlo Ostuni
bio: 'Following an Undergrad in Bari, a MBA in Madrid and some way more exciting experiences with international NGOs in Italy, Netherlands and Myanmar, Giancarlo set base back in Puglia, where he works in the energy sector and is one of the School’s co-founders. Addicted to orecchiette and espresso, when he grows up he’d like to be: entrepreneur, journalist, ascetic, politician, teacher. Altogether.'
Vice-president of the Board of
Directors, Administration, Funding,
Research program Team
nome: Agostino Pellegrino
Analogically born in Bari in 1991, he
grows up surrounded by his family’s
passion for classical music and
electronics. At 6, his first contact
with a pc and the first afternoons
compiling cassette mixtapes. While
studying, he works as graphic designer
and web developer,also exploring 3d
printing and modeling. IT graduate in
2016, he currently works as IT
consultant in Italy’s industry-leading
ruolo: Web development Team
nome: Roberto Rinaldi
Born in Bitonto, Bari, on November 19th
nome: Alessandro Tartaglia
bio: 'Born in Foggia on August 18th, 1983. He studies Industrial Design in Bari Polytechnic University and Editing & Graphic System in Urbino ISIA. He co-founds FF3300 studio, digital typography foundry CAST and La Scuola Open Source. With time, he deepens his studies of the theory of networks, memetics and process design. He works with human beings and the communities they form.'
Teaching program Director /
Communication program Director / Web