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*At ParamitaLab, our operations encompass Italian, English, and Spanish. English is the designated language for our website. Nevertheless, each individual work or project is presented in the language in which it is conducted. Feel free to right-click anywhere on the page to translate the content into your preferred language.


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About

We explore work at the intersection of capacity building, social art and awareness raising to articulate what is possible in creative work with others. Our mission is to promote the development of critical and respectful social subjects who are free to think, choose and create.


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  • Our History

The genesis of ParamitaLab is rooted in the purposeful collaboration of four professionals from the fields of education, psychology, philosophy, economics and politics. Their collective exploration delved into the philosophies of the ancient West, the East and Anthroposophy, culminating in the creation of workshops aimed at fostering a new perspective within the human community. This intentional union paved the way for the development of two core pillars: resonance pathways and specific realisation.

Starting as a collaboration between Italy and Argentina, ParamitaLab launched its workshops in Florence in 2017. The inclusion of a guiding philosophy, which emphasises the interconnectedness of the individual and society, serves as a lodestar for ParamitaLab's logic and approach. The quote "The world is not something separate from you and me" - Krishnamurti - encapsulates the idea that understanding oneself is integral to understanding the world and addressing common challenges.

Today, ParamitaLab e.t.s. is an independent non-profit organisation. The intersection of spiritual research, science, community, and social arts guides us in the search for deep thought, courage, and joy to renew inner life, outer life and life together.


  • Why ParamitaLab?
At ParamitaLab we recognise that life often presents us with crossroads and dilemmas - moments that can seem daunting and challenging. However, we firmly believe that embracing these situations, even when they cause discomfort, is essential for both personal and collective growth. Rooted in the profound concept of 'paramita', our name signifies our commitment to standing at crossroads and accepting 'the passage' as a necessary step towards finding solutions. It also embodies the idea of harnessing qualitative growth.

  • What does ParamitaLab offer?
We design dispositifs and containers to explore work at the intersection of capacity building, social art and awareness raising, aiming to articulate what is possible in creative collaboration with others.

We are actively engaged in creating tangible and meaningful outcomes to promote real impact and facilitate positive change through training, specific projects and awareness raising initiatives.


  • How does ParamitaLab work?

ParamitaLab adopts a nimble and adaptable approach, tailoring its organisational structure to the evolving needs of the projects it undertakes. This involves creating a structure that is aligned with emerging needs. There is a shared belief within the team that changing the subjective position and working creatively with others is fundamental to this process. The operational framework has two main dimensions:

1. Dispositif: In the Foucauldian sense, a dispositif indicates an intersection where social urgencies, power relations, techniques and theoretical a priori converge. Each dispositif has consequences; it influences and shapes the dynamics within it. Knowledge is actively produced within these dispositifs, highlighting their tangible impact on subsequent interpretations and understandings.

2. Artifice: This dimension emphasises the dynamic nature of creation. Artifice denotes that which is not pre-existent, but must be brought into being. It involves a savoir-faire, a skilful way of doing things, and the creation of something where there was none. Etymologically related to artefact and art, artifice emphasises a personalised, case-by-case approach. 


What matters to us


  • In between spaces
It is in these spaces that ideas merge, connections are made and new possibilities emerge. Embracing the in-between is a practice that enriches our approach, allowing for fluidity, adaptability, and the discovery of innovative solutions.

  • Minimal Logic
In our work we adhere to a minimal logic - a framework that provides us with recurring concepts, or invariants, that are inherently embedded in the structure of any human group. We are particularly fascinated by the relationship between these concepts and their simplicity. Our approach is to look at the diverse through the lens of simplicity - as far as is possible.

  • Ethical and aesthetic space as practice
On the one hand, aesthetics represents our perception of harmony and balance in relationships, while ethics embodies our ability to take actions that maintain this balance. Aesthetics, as a sense of harmony and peace with others, is intertwined with ethics - a proactive demonstration of respect. On the other hand, aesthetics is the ability to see beauty in complexity, to find meaning in the whole. There is always something more beyond the spoken word. Discourse, etymologically 'com-plica', introduces folds, creating a 'complicatio'. This complexity is not dissected, but appreciated in its entirety.  



  • A sense of wonder and curiosity
We approach our work with a sense of wonder and curiosity, observing and exploring constantly evolving elements. It’s dropping our expectations and preconceived ideas about something, and seeing things with an open mind, fresh eyes, just like a beginner. 

  • Understanding interconnectedness
We seek to understand the underlying connections and causes of events, recognising the interconnectedness of internal and external, tangible and intangible factors. A comprehensive understanding emerges by examining structures, processes, developments, cultural influences, beliefs, and  actions.

  • Thinking at the intersection
An intersectional practice goes beyond purity - a problematic connection where different trends and classic texts of philosophy merge with other knowledge to form a thought at the crossroads. Movements intertwine, overlap and alternate, forming networks in which seemingly incompatible thoughts become entangled. Just as Freud discovered that people say more than they mean without knowing it, culture and history have an "unconscious". The humanities and sciences are not antinomian discourses, but mutable categories of thought that reappear with different faces, finding their place in "new paradigms".


Core team


We are united by a common vision and purpose: to sensitively address the world's contemporary problems. Each of us has a unique identity; we understand that creative solutions often emerge from the synthesis of different perspectives. 

Our approach to implementing new solutions is based on working in small groups. We are open and respectful, and we know that each field has a necessary role to play in shaping the future. It all depends on our common purpose. 

We believe that each of us has a valuable contribution to make.



*image borrowed from Alter'azioni's friends.