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Alcantara Dialogues/Connect4Climate: Re-Think, Re-Design, Re-New


MILAN, April 4, 2013 – The World Bank is an international development organization dedicated to reducing poverty. Alcantara is an Italian company that produces a unique material used in high-end cars, interiors, fashion, and hi-tech. At first glance, unlikely partners.  What unites them? A shared commitment to sustainability and tackling climate change.

This common goal is the inspiration for a series of panel discussions entitled Alcantara Dialogues- Connect4Climate: Re-think, Re-Design, Re-new, co-hosted by the World Bank’s Connect4Climate (C4C) initiative and the 100% carbon-neutral company Alcantara at the Temporary Museum for New Design during Milan Design Week (April 9-14, 2013).

The high-profile dialogues will take place in a 300-square meter pavilion designed by internationally-renowned architect Giulio Cappellini using Alcantara materials to create an innovative sensory experience. The space will also feature a C4C exhibition of user-generated climate stories and images from around the world for the more than 300,000 visitors expected during Milan Design Week.

From Tuesday, April 9th to Friday, April 12 th, 2013, the discussion series will feature influencers from the worlds of design and architecture, fashion, corporate social responsibility, global advocacy, entertainment, and the arts. Panelists include: Corrado Clini, Italian Minister of the Environment; Cyril Muller, World Bank Vice President for External Affairs; Donald Ranvaud, International Film Producer; Renzo Rosso, OTB President; Franca Sozzani, Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief; Betty Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; and Kenny Young, Grammy Award-winning Songwriter, Music Producer, and Artists Project Earth (APE) Founder.

WATCH IT: Livestream of the event starting April 9, at 11 AM (GMT -5)

As World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim has said, “To deliver bold solutions on climate change, we need to listen to and engage broader and more diverse audiences.”  This unusual public/private partnership is an effort to do just that - by stimulating new conversations with thought-leaders from a wide variety of disciplines to create a greater understanding of how sustainable design and business practices can impact social behavior to mitigate climate change.

“Young people will inherit our environment, and Connect4Climate seeks to give them a voice,” said Dr. Naoko Ishii, the CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility, “Engaged youth can help us change the business-as-usual approach that has led to rising sea levels, severe drought, melting glaciers, and extreme weather events.”

The panels will also focus on the importance of private sector commitment to fostering a more sustainable world and looking at best practices of corporate social responsibility, including the story of Alcantara, which uses energy exclusively from renewable sources and puts environmental protection at the core of their business strategy.

“We view sustainability as an opportunity, not a cost. Given our shared objectives and values, partnering with the World Bank's Connect4Climate is a natural step for Alcantara - not only because of our long-standing commitment to carbon neutrality, but also because of our desire to provide a platform for meaningful dialogues which will spur people to re-think, re-design, and re-new,” said Andrea Boragno, Alcantara’s CEO and Chairman.

Connect4Climate (C4C) is a global partnership program dedicated to climate change communication supported by the World Bank, the Italian Ministry of Environment, and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in collaboration with more than 150 global knowledge partners. With over half a million followers on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media channels, C4C is building an ever-growing community of individuals and organizations around the world committed to climate change action.

"Today’s rapidly changing social media environment presents a great opportunity for global discussion and advocacy,” said Dr. Corrado Clini, Italian Minister of the Environment. “With an impressive coalition of partners, Connect4Climate amplifies local voices, enables policymakers to listen and learn from local innovations, and is helping to bring together environmentally-engaged citizens from all corners of the globe."


Program: Alcantara Dialogues/Connect4Climate: Re-Think, Re-Design, Re-New


Monday, 8 April 2013, 15.00-20.00h



Tuesday, 9 April 2013, 17.00-17.30h

Participants:                Andrea Boragno, CEO and Chairman, Alcantara

                                    Giulio Cappellini, Architect

                                    Corrado Clini, Minister, Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land, and Sea

                                    Giovanna Melandri, President, MAXXI Foundation

                                    Cyril Muller, External Affairs Vice President, World Bank

                                    Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Italia

                                    Betty Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

                                    Lucia Grenna, Connect4Climate Program Manager, World Bank



Tuesday, 9 April 2013,17.30 – 18.30h

Participants:               Giulio Cappellini, Architect

                                    Corrado Clini, Minister, Italian Ministry of the Environment, Land, and Sea

                                    Stefano Giovannoni, Designer

                                    Cyril Muller, External Affairs Vice President, World Bank                        

                                    Marcel Wanders, Designer

Moderator:                  Joseph Grima, Editor, Domus



Wednesday, 10 April 2013, 17.30 – 18.30h

Participants:               Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Italia

                                    Renzo Rosso, President of OTB and Founder, Only the Brave Foundation

                                    Livia Firth, Creative Director, Eco Age Ltd., and Founder, The Green Carpet               Challenge

                                    Martina Hauser, Head of the Environmental and Carbon Foot Print Task Force, Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land, and Sea                 

                                    Giovanna Melandri, President, Maxxi Foundation

Moderator:                  Eliza Anyangwe, Senior Content Coordinator, Guardian



Thursday, 11 April 2013, 17.30 – 18.30h

Participants:               Betty Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

                                   Julie Allen, Creative Director for Social Responsibility, Viacom International        

                                   Silvio de Girolamo, Chief Audit & Sustainability Executive, Autogrill Group

                                   Kelly Rigg, Executive Director, Global Call for Climate Action

Moderator:                 Zoe Fox, Content Coordinator, Mashable



Friday, 12 April 2013,17.30 – 18.30h

Participants:               Kenny Young, Grammy Award-winning Songwriter, Music Producer, and Founder, Artists Project Earth (APE)

                                   Massimo Bottura, Chef

                                   Freddy Grunert, CEO, Selph2, General Secretary, Supranational Environmental Justice Foundation, and Curator

                                   Ugo Nespolo, President, National Cinema Museum of Torino

                                   Donald Ranvaud, International Film Producer, Buena Onda                                             

Moderator:                 Izzy Lawrence, Host, Writer, and DJ, MTV



All events will take place at:     Temporary Museum for New Design    

                                                   Superstudio Più, Via Tortona 27

                                                   Milan, Italy, follow the events on #C4CAlcantara

Livestream kindly provided by our media partner is the first completely free Italian web TV with on-demand content in English and Italian:

Additional media support provided by Domus:  

Media Contacts:  Lucia Grenna +1 (202) 415-3831 or in Italy +39 339 717 0164,

                           Massimiliano Paolucci +39 06 7771 0204,