About Us

Giuseppe and Annamaria Biagini founded the International Traditional Knowledge Foundation (ITKIF), a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, in 2017.

Since its inception, local community players – including the University of Arizona, the City of Tucson, Pima County and Tucson, UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy – have supported ITKIF and worked together to preserve Traditional Knowledge (TK) systems and the Cultural Landscape in which they flourished, and sustain the development of Creative Knowledge (CK) systems that spread their effects into the local economies through the promotion of innovative cultural frameworks.

Mission

Creative Knowledge is the contemporary evolution of TK practices that have adjusted to the rules of Nature, have learned how to work with them and not against them. As outlined in the San Cristobal de Las Casas Declaration (Mexico, February 2-5, 2018).

Cultural heritage is the fountain of the creativity of our cities, but it must also lead the innovation and not only protect the preservation.

ITKIF reinforces the role of Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Creative Knowledge (CK) to preserve and maintain traditions and identities, and enhance the wellbeing of unique and diverse communities in a more sustainable environment and resilient economy.

In the light of the changes that contemporary societies are experiencing with climate, environment, and urban density TK and CK systems can provide innovative and sustainable solutions, which can be adapted to the contemporary world.

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Values

We work with community leaders, municipalities, the civil society and other non-profit organizations:

To promote SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS based on Traditional Knowledge systems, and the use of innovative practices and Internet-based tools.

To support the mission of the International Traditional Knowledge Institute, US Chapter (ITKI US) and its projects.

To implement a comprehensive and universal collection of Creative Knowledge through the Creative Knowledge Platform (CKP), which describes the creative assets of a territory/community and offer an economic model of territorial promotion.

To foster the development of Creative Knowledge Communities for documenting Traditional Knowledge (TK) and exploring Creative Knowledge (CK); for sharing and exchanging creative processes and techniques; and for communicating Best Practices and Case Studies.

To support the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

To implement a comprehensive and universal collection of Creative Knowledge through the Creative Knowledge Platform (CKP), which describes the creative assets of a territory/community and offer an economic model of territorial promotion.

To promote SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS based on Traditional Knowledge systems, and the use of innovative practices and Internet-based tools.

To foster the development of Creative Knowledge Communities for documenting Traditional Knowledge (TK) and exploring Creative Knowledge (CK); for sharing and exchanging creative processes and techniques; and for communicating Best Practices and Case Studies.

To support the mission of the International Traditional Knowledge Institute, US Chapter (ITKI US) and its projects.

To support the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

People

Giuseppe Biagini

Founder

Born and raised in Italy, he has lived in Tucson since 1985.

Giuseppe holds a Laurea in Computer Science from the University of Pisa (Italy). He founded ITKI US in 2011 and, since then, he has sponsored many initiatives that support culture and heritage practices within the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, as well as participated as a speaker to world conferences and meetings, promoting the mission of ITKI US 

At the ITKI Foundation Giuseppe uses his background in mathematical modeling to lead effective projects that apply to many different fields of human creativity.

Annamaria Biagini

Co-Founder

Born and raised in Italy, she has lived in Tucson since 1985 and always considered it a very special place.

Annamaria holds a Laurea in Classical Philology from the University of Pisa (Italy) and a Master of Arts degree in English as a Second Language from the University of Arizona. She is passionate about food knowledge and culture, and cares about the future of our food systems.

Throughout her work at the ITKI Foundation Annamaria wants to help local Knowledge Keepers to preserve their traditions and unique skills, for the benefit of future generations.

Partners

ITKI Foundation proudly works with the following organizations.

ITKIF is continuously searching for partners to implement new projects.

Contact us:
g.biagini@itkifoundation.org

WHO WE ARE

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ABOUT US

ITKI Foundation (ITKIF) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) that works closely with local entities as well as other organizations to promote SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS based on Traditional Knowledge systems, and the use of innovative practices and Internet-based tools.