A cup of coffee at my uncle's Piero Tavanti's table. The same table loved by Card. Montini (Saint Pope Paul VI) when visiting my Tavanti Santi's family and enjoying fresh farm food. My father's family was working in mezzadria (a kind of indentured servants) for Card. Montini's lands in Sant'Andrea a Pigli, Arezzo, Tuscany.
Business Beginnings: My journey in the business world began with designing and testing robots for goldsmith industrial production, a role I relished within our family's jewelry enterprise. Graduating top of my class in mechanical industrial design, many expected me to continue scaling our family business. However, I found myself yearning for something beyond the affluent yet unfulfilling path laid out before me.
Community Awakening: My life took a transformative turn when I became a conscientious objector and committed to social service with Caritas. These two years were eye-opening, revealing the depth of social needs within my community that had previously escaped my notice. I gained a profound understanding of human dignity and developed compassion for marginalized individuals. My interactions with the elderly and people with disabilities at Pia Casa (AR), at-risk youth and unaccompanied minors at CasaAperta (AR), and individuals undergoing drug rehabilitation at CasaVerde (VA) profoundly impacted my heart, instilling a sense of compassion and opening my eyes to new perspectives.
Global Citizenship: This newfound value in community engagement ignited a desire to explore global outreach. I ventured to East Africa, immersing myself in poverty alleviation and international cooperation projects with various NGOs, CBOs, and FBOs. My journey took me across nine countries on five continents, including Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Jordan, the Philippines, and Vietnam. In the United States, I resided in the Lakota-Sioux Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where I learned about indigenous worldviews. I also worked in Chicago with at-risk youth from Mexican and African American communities, gaining insights into the concept of sacred humanity.
Academic Exploration: In Mozambique, an invitation to teach at a newly established Catholic University opened my eyes to the potential of changing the world through higher education. Following this, I pursued two master's degrees in Cross-cultural Theology and Divinity at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and later a Master's and a Ph.D. in Sociology at Loyola University Chicago. My time at DePaul University was pivotal in realizing my role in international and NGO management education, bridging academia with the United Nations and other international bodies.
Sustainability Leadership: Throughout my academic and international community engagement career, I have contributed to systems thinking in sustainable development, poverty reduction, and global leadership. I have endeavored to offer practical, integrated solutions across sectors, promoting innovative, socially impactful initiatives for sustainability, inclusion, and systemic change. My teaching has been geared towards inspiring principles and practices for sustainability leadership and globally-socially responsible management education.
On April 19, 1944, in the locality of Manciano, Castiglion Fiorentino (Arezzo, Italy) the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) accidentally bombed a civilian house near a railroad bridge. In that house 9 members of the Mancini family were killed, including Francesco Mancini, Marco Tavanti’s paternal great-grandfather. The town of Manciano-Misericordia is also the birthplace of actor Roberto Benigni who won an Oscar for the 1997 movie Life is Beautiful (La Vita e' Bella), which was filmed in the surrounding towns. The cover image of the book Sustainable Human Security (photo by Liz Wilp) features ‘Gildo’ a family friend going away from the ruins of the house after his testimony on the accounts of the bombing (December 2012). He was just a little boy but he remembers the facts like it was yesterday. He was crying thinking about how people were using their bare hands to rescue people from the debris of the destroyed house.
Another of Marco Tavanti’s family members was killed during these horrific times by the Nazi soldiers who were occupying Italy. His maternal great-grandfather, Ottavio Fabianelli, was killed on the 29 June 1944 massacre in Civitella della Chiana (Arezzo, Italy). On this day, 244 civilians, including women and children, were massacred in a retaliation operation against Italian partisans who had previously killed two German soldiers.
Dr. Marco Tavanti. Ph.D.
Professor and MNA Program Director
University of San Francisco - School of Management
101 Howard St. Ste. 500
San Francisco, CA 94105 (USA)
Office Phone: +1.415.422-4288
Portrait, Bio and Curriculum
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Dr. Marco Tavanti, Ph.D. (Photo 2014)
Dr. Marco Tavanti faculty profile
Faculty profile for the University of San Francisco, School of Management. www.usfca.edu/management/faculty/marco-tavanti
Dr. Tavanti on Academia Network
This site includes some my academic (author's copy) publications. See the Publication Page in this site for selected publications. usfca.academia.edu/MarcoTavanti
Dr. Tavanti on LinkedIN
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Marco Tavanti on FaceBook
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Dr. Tavanti on Twitter (now X)
Like many I have boycotted "X" and no longer use Twitter to share relevant international news stories. Those who were following me @mtavanti https://twitter.com/mtavanti can find me more on LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/marcotavanti or on Threads email@example.com
Dr. Marco Tavanti' Global Values Channel on YouTube
This YouTube Channel includes video interviews with international leaders on subjects including globalization, social responsibility, conflict resolution, human rights and international development among others. I also have several videos used in my teaching and international programs.Click on the logo or access it at http://www.youtube.com/user/mtavanti
Dr. Tavanti Blogger Profile linked in the AGI-Rome Blog
This is a co-Blogging experience with participants of the Academic Global Immersion Program #AGIRome for Forced Migration and Refugee Service Management. Read more at agirome.blogspot.com/
USFCA Blog nonprofit
MNA Program Blog
Dr. Tavanti contributes and manages the Blog of the University of San Francisco's Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) program. He works with students, alumni, faculty and staff to promote issues and resources for nonprofit management and leadership. usfblogs.usfca.edu/nonprofit/
World Engagement Institute
Dr. Tavanti co-founded the World Engagement Institute and contributes to its activities in collaborations with its subject matter experts in transitional justice, anti-human trafficking and sustainable human security. www.weinstitute.org/
Sustainable Capacity International Institute
Dr. Tavanti serves as President of the Sustainable Capacity International Institute in Europe for the promotion of sustainable development capacity in leaders, organizations and institutions across public, private and civil society sectors. www.sciinstitute.org/
Sustainable Development SDG.services
SDG.Services - Sustainable Development Goals
Training site for the principles and practices for sustainable development leadership and sustainability reporting mapped for the Sustainable Development Goals and the Agenda 2030 for People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnerships. https://www.sdg.services/