Building asustainable

Humanity is experiencing a phase of radical imbalance. For this reason, if we want to react today, we can’t rely on surface solutions: it is no longer possible to innovate while leaving the model unchanged. Instead, there is, more than ever, a need for new paradigms. A new way of thinking and acting together, which combines individual and collective responsibility and promotes practices capable of responding to the concrete needs of human communities in rapid and constant transformation.

To develop this new paradigm, Accademia Unidee gives space and opportunities to a generation that can share a culture of balance between nature and human artifice. It educates young people who are able to listen to the present and create the future. Men and women who can take care of the world and be happy.

There is a symbol that encompasses all of this: the Third Paradise. It represents a balanced connection between the first Paradise, i.e. nature, and the second Paradise, i.e. artifice, the result of human thought, science and technology. It recalls the mathematical sign of infinity, but with three consecutive circles: the external ones represent differences and antinomies. The central one is the interpenetration of opposites.

And it is precisely there – in the synthesis, in the listening, in the inclusion, in the respect for differences – that the working site where humanity has always renewed itself finds space.

The Third Paradise is at the basis of hundreds of practices around the world. Its applications respond to needs, urgencies and challenges ranging from environmental sustainability to social inclusion, from the energy challenge to the demographic crisis, from sustainable fashion to climate change, from conservation agriculture to soil regeneration; it is, in short, a constant search of dynamic harmony and sustainable balance in all aspects of our lives.

These practices involve associations, institutions and businesses, create networks of collaborating and dialoguing agents and are at the basis of numerous projects that aim at systemic change. Groups and organisations that make up the small expanding universe within which Accademia Unidee, its community of students and its lecturers operate.

Accademia Unidee assumes art as the main driving force of change.

Artists base their every action in the world on a full autonomy conquered, over the years, by modern art. They look at reality with the eyes of the future and they are not satisfied with common interpretations. They know how to listen and question themselves. But above all, artists interpret autonomy as responsibility: they are free to determine the reasons for their choices, but they are accountable to themselves and to others.

In the course of their education, students will make this artist’s responsibility their own and learn to apply it in their studies and in every field and organisation in which, in the future, they will pursue a professional career and carry out projects.

Accademia Unidee’s teaching methods are continuously developing and drawing from the most advanced shared-learning practices.

An interdisciplinary approach follows, based on direct experience, collaboration, theoretical-critical education and practice.

With the assistance of scholars and professionals, students acquire knowledge by studying and investigating specific disciplines. At the same time, they experiment with the necessary techniques, tools and methodologies – transversal to all disciplines – to effectively address the challenges of the three fields of social, environmental and economic sustainability.

All the contents of Accademia Unidee are organised in three thematic areas: Cultural and Technical Studies; Art, Design and Human Sciences; and Economics and Business.

Accademia Unidee is a laboratory where students lay the foundations of what they will achieve once they graduate. Today, businesses, non-profit organisations and associations need versatile professionals: men and women capable of constantly acquiring knowledge, of opening up to new practices, of reading complex situations, of taking into account heterogeneous and divergent voices and, above all, of creating by connecting already existing elements in unprecedented ways, thus generating innovation and balance in every field: from design to management, from finance to the third sector, from agri-food supply chains to sustainable fashion.

At Accademia Unidee, students and teachers experience ideas and practices: the ideas are the great themes, theories and questions that contemporaneity poses to every subject who is active and perceptive today; the practices are the concrete actions carried out in every sector. The ones do not prevail, nor do they have precedence, over the others, because ideas and practices exist at the same time, constantly and mutually feeding each other.

By learning to do, and to learn, always through thought, every day students and teachers perform. Not in the sense of having a show or proving themselves by reaching goals, but in the ancient denotation of giving shape to and putting into practice every teaching, associating theory and practice.


The Third Paradise leads everyone to assume personal responsibility in the global vision. The term “paradise” derives from ancient Persian and means “protected garden”. We are the gardeners who must protect this planet and take care of the human society inhabiting it.

Accademia Unidee has evolved from the experience of Fondazione Pistoletto and its educational programmes. Michelangelo Pistoletto, one of the most important contemporary artists, is the inspiration behind it.
His work shaped a project and a proposal to build a sustainable future, the vision of a possible balance between nature and artifice.

The symbol of Accademia Unidee is the Third Paradise, recognised all over the world, from Paris to Cuba to Singapore.

It has been adopted from the project that Fondazione Pistoletto has been developing since 2004, which was publicly launched by Michelangelo Pistoletto at the University of Turin on the occasion of his honorary degree in Political Sciences.

The Third Paradise is a collaborative project and a proposal to build a sustainable, secular, intercultural future. The symbol and values ​​of this project are represented across the world by over 180 “ambassadors” who promote this model of sustainable prosperity freely interpreting it in different ways as appropriate for their own territory.

The Accademia includes among its guidelines the 17 goals contained in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development:

  1. Ending poverty
  2. Ending hunger
  3. Rights to health for all
  4. Rights to education for all
  5. Gender equality
  6. Access to drinkable water for all
  7. Sustainable energy
  8. Decent work and lasting economic growth
  9. Virtuous relationship between industry, infrastructure and innovation
  10. Reducing inequality
  11. More sustainable and inclusive cities and communities
  12. Responsible consumption and production
  13. Climate action
  14. Protecting life below water
  15. Protecting life on land
  16. Guaranteeing peace and justice
  17. Encouraging international partnership in order to achieve the different goals