Vincent Arena is a systems designer and social entrepreneur with a drive to work on wicked problems. Vincent has a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Design, Innovation, and Society from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Vincent has experience in the intersections of food systems, environmental design and systems innovation. Vincent is the co-founder of Tazzetto, an Italian cafe franchise and food company Beldolce, which has sold products such as it's "edible biscotti cup" in hundreds of stores across the US. Vincent's entrepreneurial experiences, notably an attempt to create a zero-waste cafe in a zip code with no public recycling infrastructure, have shaped his perspectives and theories for change, as some problems require coordinated action and can't be solved at the level of individual person or business. Vincent is the founder of Catalist Collective, a community of practice and ecosystem of tools designed to connect people to information to unlock value and catalyze action and societal transformation. Trove is the first product in this ecosystem, a hybrid knowledge management tool and social network that empowers communities to organize and share information and opportunities across their organizations.
Vincent is a consultant and entrepreneur involved in multiple organizations and businesses centered around the mission of empowering collective intelligence to catalyze action. Vincent currently serves as the Director of Climate Action at the United Nations Association of Long Island, and founder of Catalist.
"There is no such thing as a sustainable product in an unsustainable system."
DFA Alumni, Spaker
Alumni - B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Design Innovation and Society
UIGuide, Speaker, Coach, Facilitator
Coordination Committee Member and Technical Systems Designer
Director of Climate Action and Sustainable Development Programs