What drives us

The goal of the CSES is to develop models and scenarios able to face the complexity of reality. Economic development fosters social equity if we empower individuals in sharing responsibilities to achieve economic, social, and environmental sustainability. A systemic vision allows overcoming reductionist models that are not able to keep pace with the quick evolving of the world. We promote horizontal models that express collective ideas inside multi-governed bodies, where economic, social, and environmental relations are embedded into unique systems. We designed models by identifying the relationship between agents and objects inside the system. Those elements do not define a single path but their interactions generate context-sensitive outputs and enable hidden potentials to emerge. Our models come from research on the field: we measure the success or the failure of each approach constantly reviewing our steps.


Developing a collaborative and systemic economy in rural areas means designing ideas that merge organic farming, tourism, and cultural production with the themes of ecology, sustainability, biodiversity, circular economy, and climate change.
The CSES is developing a new interpretation of the rural areas, by designing a model that is meant to be scalable.
All our current projects can be found on

Post Industrial Forest

Regeneration project in Mantova which aims to create a Post Industrial Forest. The area, on the left bank of the Mincio river, covers 13 hectares and it used to be a wasted land. Multiple actors are now working to turn this area into a public forest. The project was presented at the World Forum on Urban Forest in 2018 in Mantova. From 2018 to 2020 thanks to crowdfunding campaigns, participated plantings and artistic/research workshops, the Forest begun to arise.

Multifactory model

CSES team has a solid background on models development applied to regeneration projects, communities empowerment and participatory processes. Check out the Multifactory model, developed by Osun WES:

The aim of a Multifactory is to renew an empty space by setting up a community of enterpreneurs, small factories, artists and craftsmen in order to support individual activities as well as promoting synergies.

A Multifactory remoulds buildings no longer in use. Such requalification, without large investments flow, fills the void left by previous industrial or handcraft activities, leaving the usage habit of the place unchanged. The result is the upgrading not only of the building itself, but of the surrounding area.

  • R84 Multifactory
  • Risma11 Multifactory
  • Infatti9 Multifactory


tracciaminima Lago Maggiore works towards the creation of a circular walkway (cammino) around Lake Maggiore. Lake Maggiore location is on the border between Lombardia and Piemonte region, and its northern part belongs to Switzerland. The area is notably rich concerning the environmental and cultural heritage: it stretches from the Parco Lombardo della Valle del Ticino at the south (which links this area to the city of Milan) to the Parco delle Bolle di Magadino at the north (one of the most significant and well-conserved wetlands in Europe), passing by the Val Grande National Parc, the Unesco site of Sacre Mount of Ghiffa, the Borromeo Islands, only to name few. 

The project vision is threefold and  aims at fostering: participatory governance of the local heritage, slow and younger tourism in the area, while promoting a connection between inner and mountain areas and the lake banks and bathing waters, a transformative development not only for the users but also for the territory itself, with an eye towards sustainability and circularity