Ezio Manzini is considered one of the most influential thinkers in contemporary design. For the past three decades, he has focused his career on sustainable design and social innovation. He founded DESIS, a network of design schools focused on social innovation and sustainability. He is currently its president and an honorary professor at the Politecnico di Milano. He has taught at several global institutions and has published several works, “Politics of the Everyday” (2019), “Livable Proximity” (2021), and “Plug-ins: Design City Making in Barcelona” published in 2023.