Art that makes social employment

Art that makes social employment

1234780463782_Cartina-ItaliaMuseiThe artistic Italian heritage can create jobs and help Italy to reduce unemployment, produce income and finally exit from the crisis?

The answer will be given next 28th October in Rome when will take place the closing ceremony of the competition ARS.Arte che reallizza occupazione sociale (Art that makes social employment). The competition, promoted by Accenture Italian Foundation, aims to find good ideas on how to create jobs improving and promoting art. More than 1.200 people, associations and organizations have proposed their ideas through the online platform ideaTRE60. More than 500 ideas were proposed. But, after a scrupulous selection by a selected committee, only 10 finalists have had the opportunity to compete for the final prize. For the winning idea there is up for grabs 1 million euro.

The projects selected are those that present some characteristics: innovation, high scalability and reproducibility, but also those that allow repercussion in the job market and are economically sustainable. It is also required that the project relies in the professional competences of experts from different background.

Moreover the competition is an ideal forum for discussing what is today in Italy the situation of the art, and what the possible solutions for improving the Italian artistic heritage are.

The 10 finalist projects come from all over Italy: from the requalification of the ancient port of Trieste, to the creation of a museum of modern art in L’Aquila, since a project that combine art and food in Campania. Finally among the 10 finalist there is also the project Favara Urban Network that we talked about in one of our article.

For Italians living in close contact with the artistic heritage is a natural thing of everyday and sometimes we forget the true value of this immense heritage. On the one hand the ARS competition wants to remember the importance of this resource for the development of Italy. On the other hand Italians are ready.

#share food rather than waste it!

#share food rather than waste it!


The Italian food is the best food of ever, but every year in Italy is thrown away € 12.3 billion of food. We are crazy? The answer is no, but the food that we buy and consume it’s too much and we waste it.  For this reason I Food Share (IFS) was  born . IFS is a new platform which help Italian people to sharing food and becoming good citizens from their houses. IFS is a non-profit organization, which created an online platform for sharing food and allows to conjugate the demand for food products for humanitarian purposes with the recovery and the provision of food. The system is a horizontal system where the protagonists are citizens, companies and associations. The main objectives pursued are: solidarity, sustainability and promotion of Italian alimentary goods. How it works? In order to donate or benefit of the baskets made ​​available in the system is necessary to register in the appropriate area. Donors and recipients come into contact through an internal messaging system and make arrangements for delivery/pickup. This initiative appraises the principle of co-operation, reinstates the value of food and fight against the culture of an inflamed and egoistic consumerism.

“Cos’è un bene comune?”

“Cos’è un bene comune?”

Le matricole Luiss rispondono!

1273127_741220979226748_1248461149_oIeri si è svolta la giornata della matricola presso la Luiss Guido Carli, e Labgov con il suo stand e i suoi membri si è fatto conoscere nel campus! I labgovernauti sono andati alla ricerca di cittadini attivi per tutta l’università, e ne hanno trovati più di quanti se ne potessero aspettare!

A colpi di hula-hoop, lavagnette e pennarello , i nuovi studenti sono stati coinvolti, in un contest fotografico.  Ai ragazzi, che fossero di economia, giurisprudenza o scienze politiche, veniva fatta una semplice domanda: “Cos’è un bene comune?” ed ognuno doveva riportare il suo pensiero, con una frase o un disegno, sulla lavagnetta; cheese… foto e sei nella rete Labgov. Lo stesso Direttore Generale dell’ateneo, Giovanni Lo Storto, ha partecipato, regalandoci il fantastico schizzo di un “super-cittadino attivo”.

Acqua, casa, lavoro, Colosseo, tante le risposte dei ragazzi, da definizioni tecniche a disegni rappresentativi, che hanno permesso a Labgov di capire la percezione che i ragazzi hanno in materia di cura condivisa, di beni comuni e senso civico.

Una giornata produttiva da ogni punto di vista nell’ottica della mission di Labgov:

  • ragazzi entusiasti
  • scambio di idee
  • associazionismo

La rete di Labgov non si è fatta conoscere solo tra gli studenti. Un particolare, quanto


eccitante fenomeno ha coinvolto il Laboratorio per la governance dei beni comuni: l’associazionismo dell’associazionismo. Cosa vuol dire? Vuol dire che durante la Giornata della Matricola, Labgov ha incontrato, ed è stata incontrata da alcune associazioni dell’università con cui sono già nate idee di collaborazione e di


Il prossimo passo sarà metterle in pratica!

The Renaissance after the storm

The Renaissance after the storm

save-vernazzaWalking among the 49 heritage site of UNESCO in Italy, it’s possible to meet the village of Vernazza. Unfortunately this beautiful landscape, in the heart of “ Cinque terre”, has been destroyed in 2012, by  a storm.

Therefore, the problem is to give back Vernazza to its tourists. Don’t worry, There is Richard Rogers! Last year, the Paris’s centre Pompidou architect donated his project “The Renaissance of Vernazza” to the village. Then, Mayor Vincenzo Resasco and the ONLUS Save Vernazza invited Rogers to present his feasibility study for the “regeneration of the village”. The project, realized with Renzo Piano, rest on a study of the Vernazza’s past. The spaces are thought to upgrade the old town centre, but achievement can be certain only with a fundraising partnership between private and public sectors, because the plan requires to be realized  2,5 millions of euro.

Conserving and restoring Vernazza is vital for the future of the village, that’s the reason why volunteers from all over the world comes to Vernazza to take a guided trip into the heart of the village, surveying the damage for themselves and work at the site with local residents, clearing land, cultivating vineyards and orchards, maintaining Vernazza’s trail system.

The renaissance project will allow Vernazza to gain a new lease of life and to show to the world her simple, but wonderful character.

The eco-friendly Italian architecture

The eco-friendly Italian architecture

imageIf you are saying you cannot find a corporate social responsibility in Italy, well, you are definitely wrong. Thereexists several cases, even in the eco-friendly architecturefield. Of course, our works are nowhere near to the major Australian infrastructure, but in our country there are so many hotels and buildings which are environmentally sustainable.

One example is the new shopping center for the Coop inOrbetello, the first one in Italy that is carbon-free. The entire building is covered by sustainable materials with a design that is in perfect harmony with the WWF Oasis of Laguna that rises just in front of the center. A real point of contact between nature and urban space. The eco-sustainability is everywhere: in design, with areas designated for bird-watching, with public outfields and parking facilities blendedwith green spaces; in the energy mechanisms, with windows that open to shed which allows to take themaximum advantage of the light and heating/cooling systems powered by solar panels and photovoltaic systems.

The most interesting thing is the supermarket structure, withwalls made up of recycled raw materials and totally energy-saving internal systems. In other words: Coop Carbon-free. What does that mean? The refrigerators have self-closingdoors and the interior lights automatically raise or lower the light spectrum. No more carbon emissions!

Furthermore, during the works have been used specialpractices to minimize the noise, the vibrations and the dustsin the air.

The human being should recover a connection with nature and the environment to learn to appreciate and respect it.