Monika Rut is a cultural entrepreneur and interdisciplinary scholar interested in how digital technologies are transforming socio-economic, political, and cultural relations. Her background is in political science and environmental and cultural economics. Her research interests include sharing cities and economies, food sustainability and transitions and self-organizing society. She spent prolonged research residencies in South Korea, Singapore, Canada BC and in Japan. Monika is also the co-founder of Virtuale Switzerland, a festival focused on implication of virtuality for public space and digital participation.