Build Baton Rouge Receives $5M Grant in JPMorgan Chase’s AdvancingCities Challenge

Build Baton Rouge Receives $5M Grant in JPMorgan Chase’s AdvancingCities Challenge is proud to be collaborating with Build Baton Rouge, an initiative that won a 2020 AdvancingCities award!

“Build Baton Rouge’s 2020 AdvancingCities award will help fund Masterplan programs that will eliminate blight, grow small businesses, and preserve housing affordability in North Baton Rouge, Louisiana (US). To accomplish these goals and deliver the grant’s objectives, Build Baton Rouge has partnered with Metromorphosis, TruFund Financial Services, and Co-City Baton Rouge.” (

Baton Rouge Collaborative in partnership will LabGov.City will effectively carry out two activites:

Community Land Trust
The establishment of a hybrid Community Land Trust/Land Bank entity to preserve North Baton Rouge housing and commercial affordability, and grow concentrated wealth, and create a platform for neighborhood-level capacity building.

Pocket Park
The transformation of a vacant, blighted lot at the corner of Plank Road and Myrtlelawn Drive into a community park designed by students at LSU School of Design and managed by BREC.

source of the image: @buildbatonrouge Instagram

About JPMorgan Chase AdvancingCities
The AdvancingCities competition invites applicants to demonstrate plans that address equity issues such as race and income. The proposed plans must present imaginative solutions to complex systemic challenges and demonstrate a collaborative approach to executing the project goals. Build Baton Rouge was one of only eight applicants chosen to receive this prestigious and generous award.

Visit the Build Baton Rouge Website to learn more about their project!

Giornata conclusiva della Clinica Urbana LabGov 2020

Giornata conclusiva della Clinica Urbana LabGov 2020

Save the date! Tuesday, May 5 at 4 pm, there will be the final event of the Interdisciplinary Urban Clinic of LabGov 2020 on the platform Cisco Webex.

For those who are discovering our project, this year we addressed the issue of fashion in relation to sustainability by developing an innovative and sustainable idea to the problem of the environmental impacts generated by this sector. The event will consist principally in the presentation of the final prototype of our project followed by some interventions of our special guests.

The production of the prototype by LabGovers 2020 wants to demonstrate that students can already be part of the answer to the growing demand for sustainable fashion if you cross technological innovation and social and environmental sustainability through circular economy platforms that connect companies, social start-ups, associations and creative digital communities with an urban rooting.

We will also talk about Covid-19, its impact on Made in Italy and the prospects of sustainability and digitalization in the field of fashion.

Guests of the event will be: General Manager Luiss, Giovanni Lo Storto; Rector Luiss, Professor Andrea Prencipe; Giacomo Santucci, President Camera Buyer Italy; Lorenzo Greco, CEO DXC Italy; Vincenzo Linarello, President of GOEL – Cooperative Group; Professor Maria Isabella Leone, executive director of the Master in Open and Innovation; Dr Elena Ciccarelli of NTT DATA and Claudia Giommarini, office ERS lab Luiss.

Don’t hesitate to ask for the link to the video conference room by writing a message to on Instagram or Facebook to participate to this beautiful presentation!

The fifth module of the interdisciplinary Urban Clinic LabGov 2020

The fifth module of the interdisciplinary Urban Clinic LabGov 2020

The fifth and last workshop and co-working of the Urban Clinic, held on the Luiss Webex Platform, had as guest Joaquin Santuber and Lina Krawietz, Co-founders of the start-up “This Is Legal Design” based in Berlin.

After introducing themselves, our guests presented us the world of Legal Design, which is, in the words of Joaquin: “a way of improving people’s lives and making their life easier”. In order to be clearer about the meaning of Legal Design, Joaquin divided the word into two concepts. First “Legal”, that is the legal system that regulates our interactions in our society. For example, legal industry businesses that are provided and work with the legal system (courts, legal firms, legal departments, etc..). Second, “design” is more complicated to define. There are many design notions. Very often we are familiar with the idea of product design. For instance, service design, such as the process and steps of using a computer. In our case, it represents a creative problem-solving approach to complex challenges. When “This Is Legal Design” was founded, they needed to find an original approach, new solutions to make people’s lives better and easier improving users experience. Since the legal side touches us in every aspect of our life, they applied this mindset to the legal system and decided to conceptualize their start-up with the purpose of solving problems from the legal world, such as access to justice or helping legal firms to identify with the businesses they work with.

After being updated on the advancement of the LabGov’s project “Ri-Made”, the Legal Design team presented us some case studies of projects they created for some firms in order to illustrate what types of results we are looking for. Then, they showed us that legal aspects are everywhere, especially on the Internet. A good example might be the use of cookies on webpages. it is important to be innovative to pursue our goal, in every aspect and not only the legal ones. “How can we find innovative ways to overcome legal barriers to our sustainable fashion project?” Joaquin explained that once again the solution is something that has to do with the attitude, by looking at things critically. He then introduced the concept of “legal touchpoints” with the example of the “terms and conditions” that we have to accept every time we register on a social network or on a platform. In fact, these privacy policies are created by lawyers, which do not adapt their content to be understandable for everyone. Often, if some legal aspects are too complex to understand, using visual supports like comics or videos can be very helpful. At the end of the workshop, he left us with some questions to reflect on as homework for the following day. How could this look like in our project? How to share an idea with collaborators? How can we communicate safely our business plan?

Let’s get started with Saturday’s co-working! The students were divided into two groups, one kept on working on the Webex Platform, while the second one held his meetings on the Zoom platform.There were four blocks of activities during the day. Each block started with the Legal Design team providing some inputs to guide the two teams in the realization of innovative legal touchpoints for the project, then both teams met for a brief meeting with Joaquin and Lina at the end of each block to have some feedbacks. The goal of the day was to identify the two main Legal Touchpoints of our project and find original and innovative ways to make them more understandable for our audience. The first group focused on finding an original way to present the “terms and conditions” to the user at the moment of the registration, while the second one worked to solve the legal barriers that may occur when a user’s order is damaged and he has to return it back to “Ri-Made”.

After lunch, Joaquin and Lina asked the students and the tutors of the two groups to prepare a short video that could make the solutions that they had found more comprehensible, in order to present their ideas in a creative and visual way.In the final part of the co-working, the students showed the videos that they created. To conclude the fifth co-working the students updated the tutors on how they are handling the making of video tutorials of sustainable activities that they are filming from home. Moreover, on this last day of co-working, the LabGovers and tutors talked about the planning of the final day of the Urban Clinic which will take place on May 5th from 4 pm to 6 pm with the participation of Director General and the Provost. They will have to present their project an audience of experts, so a lot of work is ahead of us to prepare this exciting day!

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Legal Design Thinking for Open and Collaborative Innovation in Sustainable Fashion

Legal Design Thinking for Open and Collaborative Innovation in Sustainable Fashion

After a sunny Easter break, the Urban clinic is back to hold its fifth and last module on Friday, April 17th and Saturday 18th. The LabGovers will be supported by a team of experts: Lina Krawietz and Joaquín Santuber co-founders of the think tank “This is Legal Design Thinking”…but do you actually know what really is Legal Design? Under our perspective, law should be a tool accessible and comprehensible to everybody. This is why Legal Design arose. Firstly, it is based on three principles: communication, transparency and engagement. Its goals are to simplify the legal jargon in order to make it accessible and comprehensive to non-initiated persons, and secondly to build a communication to make legal procedures more efficient. “Designers” skills will be very useful for the last adjustments of the project. How will students implement and acquire such tools?

During the workshop of Friday afternoon, the Team of “This is Legal Design Thinking” will present a case study and examples of different way to design and create solution in order to make privacy policy accessible and comprehensible to everyone. After that, they will give some advice about how to protect ideas from competitors, and finally a discussion will materialize between the team of experts and the students. 

The LabGovers will be divided in two groups for the co-working of Saturday, under the supervision of Lina Krawietz and Joaquín Santuber and a reunion will take place all together at the end of the day to hear about what the other group did and discuss it. 

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#LabGovNonSiFerma #LuissNonSiFerma: Attività di Sustainability online

#LabGovNonSiFerma #LuissNonSiFerma: Attività di Sustainability online

L’Università Luiss Guido Carli ha organizzato delle pillole di sostenibilità online durante il periodo pasquale per incentivare e offrire occasioni di condivisione e riflessione sulla situazione che stiamo vivendo e sulle opportunità che da essa possono derivare.

Ecco il link al sito Luiss con il riepilogo di tutte le attività:

Tutte le attività si svolgono tra il 9 e il 14 aprile e LabGov si occuperà di due attività online: “L’orto in casa”, questo giovedì alle 11.45 con l’intervento di Francesco Steinhauslin, Alessio Ciotti e Julianne Heusch. La seconda attività “Laboratorio di autoproduzione” si svolgerà lunedì 13 con Caterina Gianni, Tommaso Dumontel e Julianne Heush, in cui vi mostreremo come creare il gel igenizzante e come riutilizzare le mascherine sanitarie.

Non esitate a partecipare! Ecco il link per partecipare al tutorial dell’Orto in Casa:

Vi aspettiamo per divertirci insieme!

Luiss University is organizing sustainable online activities during Easter time. The initiative aims to encourage and offer opportunities of sharing and reflecting on the situation we are experiencing and the chance that may derive from it.

All the activities will happen between 9th and 14th of April, you can find all the info on Luiss Website

LabGov will take care of two online activities: “L’orto in casa”, this Thursday at 11.45 with the intervention of Francesco Steinhauslin, Alessio Ciotti and Julianne Heusch. The second activity “Laboratorio di autoproduzione” will be carried out on Monday 13th with Caterina Gianni, Tommaso Dumontel and myself.

Don’t hesitate to participate, here is the link to partecipate:

We are waiting for you!