My mission is

to accelerate sustainable development.

I research, communicate and apply strategies and solutions to win our grand challenges. Together, we can fill the gap between what we know and how we live.

At twenty I was a rock’n roll reporter

at thirty I become a mother and developed a strong sense of urgency to green our lifestyle and protect our Planet. Exploring the gap between what we know and how we live, I started researching sustainable solutions and incorporating them in our daily lives. I discovered a creative, empowering journey.

In 2008 I wrote my first book,

Tentativi di Eco Condotta (Rizzoli, 2008), a collection of my new eco habits.  Antonio Ricci, author of Striscia la notizia, the most popular long running show on Italian TV, was taken by the light, pragmatic tone of the book and asked me to host a weekly segment. Occhio allo Spreco (keep an eye on what you waste) became a popular appointment on Saturday night primetime TV, bringing stories of communities, individuals and companies who practice regenerating solutions.
In 2009 I wrote my second book, Occhio allo Spreco (Rizzoli; BUR paperback 2010) and in 2010 my first for school children, Tondo Come il Mondo, illustrated by Piero Corva, published by Giunti Progetti Educativi and Fondazione Ambienta. It’s an experiential journey into our interconnected natural systems and teachers have been using it with enthusiasm for the last 12 years.
In the summers of  2012-2014 I was given a column on the leading daily national newspaper Il Corriere della Sera. A Passo Leggero (treading softly) became a collection of transformative experiences. In 2013 Elisabetta Sgarbi, Senior Editor of Bompiani, saw the opportunity to develop the column into a book. A Passo Leggero – practices of daily awareness – was published in 2014. It’s a collection of stories about empathy with an in-depth analysis with neuroscientist Giacomo Rizzolatti, who discovered the mirror mechanism.

In 2014 I returned to television,

with a new segment for Striscia la notizia called Occhio al Futuro. The series explores how technologies can help us solve our grand challenges and the impact they have in our lives and our society. My investigations led me to connect with international organizations and local communities who are supporting the transition towards the new paradigm. From Singularity University, at NASA in California, to Japan and Italy, sharing the brilliant minds who give life to great ideas. Since 2019 the innovations we feature are seen through the lens of the 2030 Agenda and the 17 SDGs to promote further understanding about the Decade of Action.
In 2015 the opportunity to collaborate with the Italian chapter of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs, was the beginning of a beautiful journey. I facilitated a storytelling workshop for a group of changemakers looking to scale in other countries, and the successful experience led me to further develop and adapt the format for other contexts.
In 2016 I became Editor in Chief of the bi-monthly business-lifestyle magazine The Good Life Italia, and from 2017 to 2018 I was Editor at Large.
In 2017 I moderated the first Italian summit of Singularity University on exponential technologies with a panel of 21 global experts and 1,300 guests.
I moderated three sessions during the T4SD Forum for the UN’s International Trade Centre in Geneva, October 2019.
In May 2020 I was invited to join the advisory board of YCELP – Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy.
I wrote and hosted a series of webinars for teachers of all grade levels on the 2030 Agenda for Librì Progetti Educativi and a2a between November 2020 and January 2021.

 

Cristina’s CV

Awards and acknowledgements

Acqui Ambiente Award 2011

The Acqui Ambiente Award was established in 1997 to raise awareness on ecological issues and environmental protection.

“The successful feature Occhio allo Spreco in Striscia la notizia has become an important point of reference. Cristina Gabetti is scientifically reliable and offers easy tips to emulate with common sense and her calm demeanour. She likes to repeat: “Every gesture, by itself, may seem small, but in time can become impactful.” – Acqui Terme, June 19th 2011

The Alphabet of Women Milan 2010

The Alfabeto delle Primedonne, instituted by Mayor Letizia Moratti, recognizes 21 Milanese women who, through their work, strive for the cultural, economic and social growth of the city, dedicating to each a letter from A to Z.

“Q as in quality of life – Cristina Gabetti” – Milan, March 8th 2010

AICA Award 2017

The AICA Award aims to enhance the commitment of those who, through communication campaigns, bring environmental problems to the attention of citizens, contributing to the creation of a collective consciousness and environmental culture.

“The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Cristina Gabetti, a well-known television journalist and writer, for her work in spreading the word about issues related to eco-sustainable consumption using various communication tools (TV, books, conferences).” – Alba, November 2017

Scaviss Award 2018

The Scaviss is awarded by the Municipality of Belvedere Langhe to those who have contributed to the cultural growth of the Langhe and Roero areas, preserving the enthusiasm for their land, and in defense of those values handed down through oral memory from generation to generation, for the preservation of biodiversity.

“To Cristina Gabetti for having shown a deep interest in the Earth, the Environment, the Landscape and the Rural World in her human and professional life.” – Belvedere Langhe, April 15th 2018

Gocce d’Acqua Award 2021

The environmental award Gocce d’Acqua (Drops of Water) promoted by the Parma Est Rotary Club, was established to highlight virtuous behaviour in the environmental field.

“To the journalist Cristina Gabetti, for her great sensitivity to environmental and water issues, and for her work in raising public awareness.” – Parma,  November 23rd 2021

Juries

GECO Smart Talks 2021 e 2022

GECO – The Sustainability EXPO, launched the Smart Talk Video Contest: short videos of 3 minutes, born from the desire to promote ideas and projects related to the consistent and effective practice of sustainability and biodiversity in everyday life, in the city, on vacation, traveling, in the workplace, in public and private.

Euro Green Award 2021

The Euro Green Award is a call open to European SMEs that have innovated in their respective industries, reducing their environmental impact.
This initiative focuses on highlighting the essential role that small and medium-sized enterprises play in the EU in driving the transition to a greener future.

Progetta in Verde 2021

Progetta in Verde is a talent competition dedicated to design and fashion students from all over Italy. It’s an open call that will bring hundreds of students to challenge each other and compete. The initiative is aimed at enhancing the cultural value of sustainability within the course of study, and to identify and reward new creative talents interested in specializing in this subject, providing a concrete entry point into the world of work.

3Bee Call for Impactability 2021

3Bee‘s Call for Impactability is a new initiative in support of impactability, from the combination of impact and sustainability. With the objective of allowing anyone to participate and win the funding for their high impact idea. Three cash prizes are up for grabs for the best ideas presented and a press award for the project with the greatest communicability. 

Rossana Orlandi Guiltless Plastic Prize 2019

The Rossana Orlandi Plastic Prize is Ro GUILTLESSPLASTIC’s international award that aims to engage a growing audience by challenging designers, innovators, entrepreneurs, startuppers, change makers, creators, scientists, researchers, developers and communication experts who are passionate about creating extraordinary impact by proposing problem-solving projects in the field of re-Waste.

Festival CinemAmbiente 2013 e 2018

The Festival CinemAmbiente was founded in Turin in 1998 with the aim of presenting the best environmental films and documentaries at an international level and contribute to the promotion of cinema and environmental culture with activities developed throughout the year.

toBEeco 2012

During Expocasa, toBEeco is the support and promotion program of eco-friendly design that aims to promote the emergence of young creative talents. Designers, architects and planners present an original prototype, on the theme of En&rgy: creative energy for projects ranging from product-design to service-design, where energy is measured qualitatively and quantitatively and the process of eco-compatibility involves not only the choice of materials, but also the production processes.