Co-create through the Hexagons tools, beyond Storytellers

After designing and using the Hexagons co-creation tool in the fieldwork of Storytellers with ICDI people, I decided to release it and let other design teams use it for different project. It might be useful for other kind of topics and in general for service design, in order to discover stakeholders and dig into relationships among them.

If you would you like to try the Hexagons tool for a project you are working on, here you have the public call I am releasing. Just contact me if you are interested!


Feasibility Study out now!

After an intense period of fieldwork in Italy and the Netheralands, I am now releasing the Feasibility Study of The Storytellers Project, which have been funded by the EU project Designscapes through the Phase 1 sub-grant.

I am very happy to share it here. It has been a great learning period and thanks to all the people who actively collaborated with me and believed in the project concept.


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Co-creation in Empoli and Siena

In may 2019 I had a great research time in Tuscany, where I met potential storytellers, librarians and parents in two different cities: Empoli and Siena. I was helped by Cristina Bartoli, an italian expert of children narrative, pedagogist and librarian as well. I was hosted by Biblioteca Pubblica “R. Fucini” in Empoli and by Biblioteca Pubblica deli Intronati in Siena. I got lots of insights that I synthesized in the Feasibility Study, report ( and fieldwork research) which was funded by EU project Designscapes. I will post the report in a following post.

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First experience prototyping

Romeo, 5 y.o., and Aristide, 70 y.o., had their first remote reading aloud session a couple of days ago. This was the first experience prototyping of The Storytellers Project performed through an early prototype of the Storybell. The Storybell had a bluetooth speaker inside which was "broadcasting” the voice of the reader to Romeo and transferring the voice of Romeo to the reader. The communication was done through a phone call from Romeo’s mother mobile. Btw, Romeo’s mother is myself ;).

They had a 40 minutes session, read two books. One without picture and one with. I instructed both to do so, so to try 2 different reading interactions. They had problems to communicate because the microphone in the Storybell was not working fine.

The session generated several insights, such as the importance for the reader to “be informed” during the reading how the child is engaged. That will be key in the further development of the prototype. The reader needs to be constantly reinsured that the child is engaged and listening to the story since there is no visual feedback.

I drawed from this insight a new opportunity area:

Providing the reader with a backward reading interaction to sense the child engagement, guide his reading style (to keep the child focused)  and motivate him to read further. 

Getting to know the essence of "intergenerational learning" from ICDI

In Leiden for 2 days, eventually! One to meet ICDI ngo - International Child Development Initiatives - and one to run workshops at the BplusC library.

I met Giulia Cortellesi who has been supporting The Storytellers Project since the very beginning and Margaret!, the leaders of the successful Toy intergenerational program, running in several countries of Europe.

We had a first interview, during which they described me what an intergenerational learning project consists of and told me that a framework to define and evaluate it actually is missing.

They also gave feedback to The Storytellers Project and co-create it through the hexagons tiles. I asked them to highlight the weak/frictions points through pink post-its and good points through the green ones. They enjoy the co-creation process and gave me lots on inspiration. For instance, they added 2 actors: someone or some policy protecting the child and the kindergardens.

Interviewing Leyla Vahedi_fieldwork in Rome


April and May 2019 are full of interviews, fieldwork and workshops for the Storytellers Project! The work, travel and contribution to collaborators are funded by Designscapes grant.

In Rome I had the chance to meet Leyla Vahedi from Association Cartastraccia. We met at the European Library of Rome, which I thank again for hosting me and the research. Leyla is a real expert of children literature, reading to children and digital books. We had a conversation about reading to children and the books that engage children best. She is also experimenting a lot on -what she calls- “book app” with her fellow association colleagues. Leyla stressed the fact that the book as a physical object is really key to the relationship that one reader builds with the child because of the material, the rhythm of turning pages, the possibility to point with fingers, the fact that it is a shared object.

Leyla has a great literature culture and was a real pleasure to meet her and learn from her.

Co-creation workshops in Leiden _Join us!

Everything is almost ready for the upcoming co-creation workshops at the BplusC library in Leiden, in my beloved Netherlands, where I will run two sessions, one with readers and one with parents in order to collect feedback from them as potential users of the Storytellers concept.


The aim of these workshops is to develop the concept forward through the insights I will get from the participants thanks to interviews and hands-on activities we will do during the sessions.

The date is Wednesday april 17th, and the sessions will be one hour and a half each:

> 2-3.30 pm with readers

> 4- 5.30 pm with parents

The workshops is funded by Designscapes - EU project, within the Feasibility Study grant that The Storytellers Project has recently been awarded.

Looking forward to coming to Leiden!

Storybell baking in the 3d printer

While I write, the very first 3d printed, rough and not-robotic prototype, of the Storybell is being printed at the Castelfranco Veneto FabLab. I will use it to run the first co-creation and experience prototyping sessions with parents and children in the next month.

The Castelfranco Veneto FabLab has been sponsoring the Storytellers project through know-how since the beginning and now eventually with prototypes making. Many thanks!

Storytellers is a DESIGNSCAPES winner!


I am super excited to announce that The Storytellers Project ranked as one of the winners of the Designscapes call for feasibility study. This means that the project is receiving a grant that will allow me to conduct a feasibility study and to meet perspective partners to develop the project with.

DESIGNSCAPES (Building Capacity for Design enabled Innovation in Urban Environments) is a European Community H2020 project approved under the topic CO-CREATION-02-2016 - User-driven innovation: value creation through design-enabled innovation. The overarching aim of the DESIGNSCAPES project is to exploit the generative potential of urban environments in the highest possible number of European Cities to encourage the uptake and further enhancement and up scaling of Design enabled Innovations by existing enterprises, start-up companies, public authorities and agencies, and other urban stakeholders.