Simone Ghezzi (MA and Ph.D in social-cultural anthropology, University of Toronto) is lecturer in anthropology at the Universita\' di Milano-Bicocca. His research interests include informal economies, entrepreneurship, family firms, embeddedness, bilateral kinship systems. He has published articles in English and Italian on these topics. His article \Local Discourses and Global Economy: Production Experiences of Small Family Workshops in the Brianza\, published in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research in 2003, was the Winner of FURS (Foundation of Urban Research Studies) 2002 Essay Competition on Urban and Regional Themes by Young Authors. He is the author of Etnografia storica dell\'imprenditorialita\' in Brianza (2007).