On the 25th of July, 2017, a law proposal on the commons and active citizenship was presented in the Regional Council of Tuscany, Italy. This is the first regional law on the commons in the Italian context. The law proposal concerns the “Social subsidiarity and civic collaboration for the governance of the urban commons for the application of articles 58 and 59 of the Regional Bylaws”. As highlighted by the President of the Regional Council Eugenio Giani, the director of the legislative office Gemma Pastore, and the secretary general Silvia Fantappiè the aim of the law proposal is to prepare the ground for a renewed relationship between public and private actors, based on the general interest, through the implementation of the concepts of subsidiarity, civic collaboration and the commons. The regional law is also aimed at providing an impulse for the Municipalities in Tuscany for initiating policymaking processes for the regeneration of the urban commons, as a duty of responsibility toward future generations.
This proposal is a step forward in the long-term commitment of the Region of Tuscany to improve and promote participation, cooperation, and civic collaboration principles for the commons and the collaborative economy. Indeed, the Region has promoted the #CollaboraToscana process (2016- 2017). Activated by the Presidency Department of Tuscany (which holds the mandate to innovation and participation) with the aim of drafting a green book outilning a regional policy on sharing and collaborative economy. #CollaboraToscana represents a first experience at regional, national and international level in the co-creation of a public policy on sharing economy through the involvement of local actors. The process is inspired by the principles and methods used in 2011-2014 for the development of the Bologna Regulation and by the drafting process of the Opinion on the local and regional dimension of the Sharing Economy produced by the Committee of the Regions of the European Union. The process, constituted by an intense fieldwork with co-working sessions organized in Florence with the participation of relevant actors of the sharing economy and social innovation ecosystem in Tuscany has had the scientific support of the international research project “Co-Città e Co-Territory”, developed by Labgov, and is curated in his methodological component by Sociolab, with the support of Collaboriamo.
Una proposta di legge su Beni comuni e Cittadinanza attiva è stata illustrata il 25 luglio 2017 in Consiglio regionale della Regione Toscana. Il testo rappresenta il primo caso di legge regionale a trattare il tema dei beni comuni, intesi non singolarmente, ma come categoria.
Image Source: Regione Toscana, http://www.regione.toscana.it/
The conference represents a very important opportunity for the consolidation of the study of the commons, bringing together scholars, young researchers, public and private actors, and professionals from all over the world, who will learn, exchange ideas, and debate on innovative practices of management and governance of the commons.
Engaged in the achievement of the social and institutional regeneration of the commons, LabGov is doing research on innovative governance models and it will participate in the 2017 IASC Conference in Utrecht. Elena De Nictolis (LUISS University) together with the co-founders of LabGov, Christian Iaione (LUISS University) and Sheila Foster (Georgetown University) will present the “1st Co-Cities report on Urban (Commons) Transitions”, introducing the work that LabGov has carried on and sharing their experiences acquired on the field through the design of regulatory frameworks like the Bologna Regulation on Civic Collaboration for the Urban Commons.
As part of the “Practitioners’ Labs”, particularly of interest are the “LabGov Amsterdam: An expedition in progress”, which will explore the practices of the Laboratory for the Governance of the Commons (LabGov) in Amsterdam, inspired by the work of professor Christian Iaione and LabGov; and the Lab on “Becoming-common. City administrations as practitioners of the commons in Europe”, which presents different practices developed by local governments in the production and management of public resources that are understood as commons.
The work of the IASC and the thematic focus of this conference reflect the urgency and the relevance that commons have in our societies today. Increasing privatization of public goods coupled with the economic downturns of recent years have weakened our societies, creating the necessity to restore the collaborative relationships between citizens, administrations and businesses in order to share resources, and take care of the commons in urban and local communities.
Fighting to regain access of abandoned public lands, the Mondeggi Bene Comune initiative was born in 2013, out of the Florence Committee for Land as a Common Good (Terra bene Comune Firenze) in order to defend the principles of commoning on agricultural lands on the specific site of the Mondeggi farm, a 200 hectares territory situated in the Florence metropolitan region. Ever since 2013, Mondeggi Bene Comune gathers a diverse network of organic producers, farmers, professors, architects, students and active citizens who want to oppose the selling out of public heritage in favor of private investors, and propose an alternative, participatory community management of these abandoned spaces, one that recognizes the value of such lands as common goods, and one that ensures complete openness and participation by the community.
The initiative is continuing its fight to be recognized by the institutions as a worthy and beneficial example of civic management of common resources, and block the ratification of the notice of sale.
Mondeggi Bene Comune has the potential to foster a democratic dialogue between public institutions and active citizens, as long as it develops a framework for a participatory and open community management of common resources.
In order to mobilize the maximum number of people the initiative needs citizens to subscribe to the movement’s fight and to help spread the word about their work. To adhere to the cause you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org your Name (specialization/ field of study, teaching, university or respective organization). Example: Mario Rossi (sociologist, University of Florence).
Mondeggi Bene Comune è una campagna di Terra Bene Comune Firenze che propone il recupero delle terre agricole di Mondeggi, trasformandole in beni comuni soggetti ad uso civico, inalienabili e gestiti dalla comunità locale. Mondeggi Bene Comune si sta impegnando per chiedere alle istituzioni competenti di interrompere la scrittura del bando di vendita e riconoscere la gestione civica della Comunità di Mondeggi, una gestione che deve assicurare la massima apertura e la massima partecipazione cittadina all’esperienza.