marco frediani

evolutionist artist

Marco is the innovative, artistic, rebel essence of le playground. Fascinated by philosophy, sociology and art, his curiosity and creativity are infinite. Convinced that the greatest risk in life is the status quo, he constantly calls into question the tried and true and thrives on new challenges. Above all, Marco is an alchemist who transforms chaos into opportunity and the intangible into the tangible, allowing the beauty in people to emerge.

his path

Marco was born into a mul­ti­cul­tural family of artists and grew up in the world of theater. During this atyp­i­cal child­hood, he trav­elled the world and quickly learned to adapt himself wher­ever his parents took him. A curious child, fas­ci­nated by every­thing, Marco spent his days ex­plor­ing all his new sur­round­ings. At age 10 he could already speak four lan­guages flu­ently: French, Italian, Spanish and English. Marco was a cre­ative soli­tary dreamer who was dif­fer­ent from other chil­dren. His rebel essence would man­i­fest itself when­ever people wanted him to fit into the norms simply because “that’s just the way it is.”
Fueled by his immense cu­rios­ity and after a very short-lived but intense career on stage, Marco spent the next 20 years man­ag­ing several multi­na­tional com­pa­nies in the import/export food in­dus­try. As a busi­ness de­vel­oper, he managed de­cen­tral­ized sales teams on dif­fer­ent con­ti­nents and thanks to his cre­ative spirit, he par­tic­i­pated in cre­at­ing the image for several in­ter­na­tional brands while subtly in­te­grat­ing the cul­tural speci­fici­ties of each local market. Through­out his entire career, his “rebel with heart” essence allowed him to chal­lenge certain norms to com­pletely defy sit­u­a­tions that seemed im­pos­si­ble. Con­vinced of the strength of cre­at­ing pow­er­ful teams, he en­cour­aged all the people under his man­age­ment to tap into their cre­ative force in order to develop their talents and realize their full po­ten­tial.
At the height of his career, Marco re­al­ized some­thing was missing. Thanks to a happy “co­in­ci­dence,” he dis­cov­ered Gestalt psy­chol­ogy and Sir John Whit­more, one of the fathers of modern coach­ing. While taking courses in each area si­mul­ta­ne­ously, Marco dis­cov­ered his true calling and became fas­ci­nated with the prospect of ac­com­pa­ny­ing people in their per­sonal trans­for­ma­tion. Two years later, he took a pro­fes­sional and fi­nan­cial risk and left his cor­po­rate golden cage to become a coach and leader-trainer.
In the midst of chang­ing career paths, Marco met Lourdes in an un­ex­pected and com­pletely magical en­counter. Guided by his passion once again, he made a radical change and left Barcelona to join her in Paris. He sub­se­quently became a trainer for one of the most promi­nent Amer­i­can coach train­ing schools, co-pres­i­dent of le play­ground and Lourdes’s life partner. To­gether they con­tin­ued trav­el­ing the world to learn and draw in­spi­ra­tion from dif­fer­ent cul­tures and tra­di­tions as well as from leaders, change­mak­ers and in­no­va­tors on the leading edge of human evo­lu­tion.
In­spired by these dif­fer­ent teach­ings, Marco and Lourdes felt the need to evolve their coach­ing prac­tice to some­thing more in­te­gral and mul­ti­di­men­sional that meets the needs of our chang­ing world. This height­ened aware­ness, coupled with their quest for knowl­edge, re­sulted in the birth of the arc model. Guided by their in­tu­ition, Marco and Lourdes took a new risk and left the “stan­dard­ized” world of the multi­na­tional to devote them­selves en­tirely to teach­ing and prop­a­gat­ing their post­con­ven­tional arc model.

his inspiration

Marco is inspired by groundbreaking leaders whose legacy has transformed the world: Gaudi, Gandhi, Fritz Perls, Chögyam Trungpa, Picasso, Steve Jobs, Guy Laliberté, Ken Wilber, Otto Scharmer and Peter Senge, to name a few. Marco also draws his inspiration from the stars, nature, animals, art, cities and the people who inhabit the earth.

his dream

To inspire creativity by raising the consciousness of leaders as they evolve and contribute to humanity and our planet, the one and only truly universal playground.