was born in Rhode Island, with lived roots in Milano-Torino and Miami. Ze comes from a family of entrepreneurs, stylists, metalsmiths, jewelry makers, chefs, musicians, and sartoria. Ze studied humanities + languages before earning a B.A. in Philosophy, with continued study in Experience (UX) Research and Strategy via Designlab + Emotional Design and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) via the Interaction Design Foundation. As an oscillating ENFP/INFP, ze likes to explore contextually meaningful, cultural, and emotional symbolisms within everyday life. Ze focuses on design for experience in development, and in the global, decentralized technology community. Ze has collaborated with diverse, distributed computing projects, and in creative studios like Pininfarina (Mahindra), converging physical with virtual, invisible with tangible, and heritage with the future. As a hobbyist, ze is interested in paradigms like co-design / co-build and creative computation. Ze is passionate about deep craftsmanship married with design for well-being, especially within marginalized communities and emergent locales. Ze is currently involved in working exploration of core threads such as social + economic empowerment, re/decentralization, co-liberation, and open-source for equity, sustainability + inclusion.
Presently: ConsenSys Grants and Devcon V Scholar with the Ethereum Foundation
A few things I’ve been up to recently:
Student, Urban Design summer program @ Harvard Graduate School of Design
Co-collaborator, MIT CoLab Community Innovators Lab, DUSP
Participant, IDEO CoLab Makeathon in Open Financial Systems/Distributed Web
Co-organizer, Gaza Web3 Workshop with Bounties, Blockchain Embassy + Gitcoin
Volunteer, Merry Merkle South Africa Mission Trip for African Angels School
Panelist, Open Hearts & Open Minds Diversity + Inclusion Mixer
Participant, Copenhagen Tech Festival Community Leadership Summit
Contributing Writer, RadicalxChange - Web3 and Continua of Dignity
Participant, Decentralised Pattern Organizing Workshop
Contributing Editor, The Challenge of UX in Ethereum
Co-organizer, Prague Cryptolife Hackathon Salon
Collaborations welcomed for evolving design + technology + impact.