Co-founder of SPEC

I'm Joe Torreggiani and I'm on a mission is to do the most good that I can do.

For over a decade, I have focused my career and research on solving a problem posed by R. Buckminster Fuller:

"make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone"

That singular pursuit led me to a career in software engineering and contributing to impact-driven organizations across multiple sectors including educational technology, agricultural technology, health care, and financial services.

By day, I am a software engineer at Square, Inc., where I help build tools that empower people to participate and thrive in the economy. By night, I am a co-founder of Sustainable Progress and Equality Collective (SPEC), where we are empowering individuals to be catalysts for positive change through upskilling, participatory action research, and service-learning.

I am dedicated to doing everything that I can do to prevent and alleviate human suffering, protect the environment, and ensure the sustainability of human civilization. I believe we can overcome the most pressing problems facing the world through collaborative innovation and open source technologies. It is my hope to connect with and support sustainability and social justice initiatives, projects, researchers, and advocates.

Experience[edit | edit source]

Co-founder (June 2020 - Present)

Sustainable Progress and Equality Collective (SPEC), Remote

Senior Software Engineer (September 2020 - Present)

Square, Inc., San Francisco CA

Senior Software Engineer & Engineering Manager (January 2018 - August 2020)

Artemis, Brooklyn NY

Software Engineer (February 2015 - December 2017)

Verba Software (acquired), San Francisco CA

Software Engineer (June 2013 - Present)

Freelance, Remote

Assistant Project Manager & IT Manager (January 2012 - February 2015)

Key Construction Services, Poughkeepsie NY

Education[edit | edit source]

Back-End Web Development (2013)

General Assembly, New York City NY

Bachelor of Arts in History, Minor in Philosophy (2007 - 2010)

The College of Saint Rose, Albany NY

Organizations & Initiatives[edit | edit source]

Research Interests[edit | edit source]

  • Alternative & Natural Building
  • Automation & Artificial Intelligence
  • Bio-regenerative Life Support Systems
  • Citizen Science & Engineering
  • Collaborative Innovation & Collective Intelligence
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Ecology & Tropical Horticulture
  • Environmental Resources Engineering
  • Knowledge Engineering & Cognitive Science
  • Medicine & Biotechnology
  • Open Source Software & Hardware
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Permaculture & Ecological Engineering
  • Socially Responsible Investing and Crowdfunding
  • Sustainable Agriculture & Controlled Environment Agriculture
  • Sustainable Energy Production & Storage
  • Systems Thinking & Systems Engineering
  • Universal Basic Income & Circular Economy
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