Innovation and Territory, the CSR exhibition at LUISS

Innovation and Territory, the CSR exhibition at LUISS

SALONE-2014-LOGO-SFONDO-TRASPARENTEOn May the 6th, LUISS will host the second edition of the CSR and Social Innovation Exhibition in Rome, named “Passion and Inspiration: get ready for the future”.

It is the most important event in Italy dedicated to the development of the Corporate Social Responsibility, towards more and more innovative and sustainable scenarios.

This edition will promote a CSR dedicated to the needs of the territory, and some of the most important best practices regarding environmental and social innovation will be presented and analysed by companies, local authorities, social businesses and cooperatives.

Anima, Koinetica, LUISS and Next propose a program full of debates and meetings in which students and their ideas will be the leading actors.

In the afternoon, from 2.30 p.m. until 4 p.m., a seminar entitled “Territory, Sharing and Innovation: collaborative projects are increasing” will take place.
According to the program of the exhibition,
professor Christian Iaione, LabGov’s coordinator, Fabrizio Torella from Ferrovie dello Stato, Alessandro Radicchi from ONDS, and Maurizio Gubbiotti from Legambiente, after having talked about the project “Help Center” in the train stations and the various examples about public-private-civic partnerships which LabGov is carrying on in Italy, will also examine the co-design and the participation projects for the environmental sustainability of the territory. Certainly, the participant will have the opportunity to understand what has been made during this academic year at the LUISS Community Garden.

Rossella Sobrero, Koinetica’s president, will moderate the debate.

To obtain further informations and to consult the full and detailed program, please visit the following links:




Mercoledì 6 maggio la LUISS ospiterà la seconda edizione romana del Salone della CSR e dell’innovazione sociale, “Passione e ispirazione, prepararsi al futuro”.

L’edizione 2015 promuoverà una responsabilità sociale attenta alle esigenze e ai bisogni del territorio; verranno presentate alcune delle più importanti buone pratiche sul tema dell’innovazione ambientale e sociale.

Il programma (visionabile a questo link) prevede un seminario intitolato “Territorio, Condivisione, Innovazione: crescono i progetti collaborativi” cui parteciparanno, oltre al professor Christian Iaione – coordinatore di LabGov – anche Fabrizio Torella, Responsabile attività sociali Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, Alessandro Radicchi di ONDS, Osservatorio Nazionale sul Disagio e la Solidarietà nelle Stazioni Italiane e Maurizio Gubbiotti, Coordinatore Segreteria Nazionale, Responsabile Dipartimento Internazionale di Legambiente. Coordinerà il dibattito Rossella Sobrero, presidente di Koinetica.

L’appuntamento è fissato in aula 203, dalle 14.30 alle 16.


Battipaglia is designing the first collaborative urban strategic plan

Battipaglia is designing the first collaborative urban strategic plan

logo_aggiornatoBefore going to the first civic Collaboration Fest in Bologna, we will travel down south to Campania.

In Battipaglia – a fifty-thousands inhabitants town in the province of Salerno – on the 7th of May at 10.30 a.m. and at 2.30 p.m at the De Amicis school, two co-working sessions on “Regenerate Battipaglia” and “Green Battipaglia” will take place.
The names of the two debates are not fortuitous. On the contrary, they are the two names of two of the four pieces in which CO-Battipaglia is being built (the website is already online).

What is worth to underline is the delicate context in which CO-Battipaglia is coming into being.
Actually, in April 2014, Battipaglia’s city council was dismissed over “mafia infiltratation” allegations. After few weeks, the prefect designated the architect Massimo Alvisi for designing an unprecendented urban strategic plan which, thanks to the participation of LabGov, will be imagined in a collaborative way.

Let’s go back for a moment.
On the 21st of April 2015, the team who is working on CO-Battipaglia, together with the citizens of Battipaglia, imagined the operations to carry on in order to assemble a “Creative Battipaglia” and a “Public Battipaglia”.
During those debates, the participants talked about the way in which the city will build its future, that is on education and knowledge, using the former school De Amicis, the Castelluccio and the Tabacchificio as strategic places for the cognitive development of the city. Through this, Battipaglia will turn into a meeting point for learning, knowledge, culture, and research.
Secondly, since there is a serious lack of public spaces in the whole town, it is necessary to recover and regenerate them wherever they are available, as soon as possible.

Thanks to next week’s debates, it will be possible to propose ideas and projects for regenerate dismissed or abandoned spaces and to convert the whole city into a CO-city. In particular, issues concerning the health of the territory (making the citizens aware of the hydro-geological instability, the contamination of the aquifers and sustainable mobility) will be faced.

All these precious events, organised by Battipaglia Municipality together with LabGov, Alvisi Kirimoto and partners, LUISS and INSITI, will lead to the draft of the strategic guidelines of the new Battipaglia’s urban management plan, that will have the collaboration at his core.

The last event will take place in June, when it will be possible to put into effect what has been talked about from February 2015 on, following the three axis through which CO-Mantova (the prototype of the co-cities) was designed, that is to say living together (collaborative services), growing together (co-ventures) and making together (co-production).

Further information can be retrieved following these links, stay tuned!

Be ready for the first civic Collaboration Fest in Bologna!

Be ready for the first civic Collaboration Fest in Bologna!

collaboIt is more than a year since the municipality of Bologna adopted the Regulation for the care and regeneration of Urban Commons, that was also translated into English few months later (you can read it here).

Since that moment, the idea behind the project itself has rapidly spread not only in Italy, where tens of municipalities decided to adopt the Regulation, but also all over the world.
Indeed, this regulation, that is part of a greater project based on the idea of the
“City as a Commons”, has been appreciated by international commons activists such as David Bollier and Michel Bauwens, here and here.

So, after a year, Virginio Merola, Bologna’s mayor, has established the Civic Collaboration Fest, a whole day dedicated to celebrating the spirit of the city of Bologna, which is already called by many “civic collaboration”, with the aim to mobilize Bologna’s citizens who get to work every day in order to make the city more liveable and beautiful.

Virginio Merola’s words are emblematic: “I would like to see Bologna full of enthusiasm every second Saturday of May, every year, with all the people realizing what could be our potentials. For this reason, the Civic Collaboration Day is dedicated especially to our indisputable right to look for happiness, fighting every day against our biggest enemy, that is the resignation. We all know that collaborating together for the common good is what has made of Bologna a special and different city. We face every problem in this way, working together in every field and facing every prospective obstacle. And it is in this context that the first Italian Social streets and the Iperbole Civic Network were born”.

So far, thanks to the regulation adopted, more than 100 collaboration pacts have been signed between the Administration and the citizens. Doubtless, these pacts have triggered a new civic sense.

That is why next month, on the 16th of May, Santa Viola neighbourhood is waiting for more than twenty-thousand people for the first Civic Collaboration Fest, occasion in which the visitors will enjoy the many events thanks to the efforts of more than three hundred volunteers.

As regards the programme, the Fest will start at 10 a.m. at the MAST, with the “Cities as Commons” international conference with the mayor Virginio Merola, professor Sheila Foster – Vice Dean and Albert A. Walsh Professor of Real Estate, Land use and Property law at Fordham University School of Law – the international commons activists David Bollier and Neal Gorenflo, and professor Christian Iaione – LabGov’s coordinator.

In the afternoon, at the Pontelungo sport complex, it will be time for the “Bologna Collabora” co-design session for the collaborative governance of Bologna. The session will follow the three aspects that public policies must consider, that is to say living together (collaborative services), growing together (co-ventures) and making together (co-production), which are the three axis through which Co-Mantova too was designed.

Finally, from 7 p.m. on, in via Emilia Ponente, the “Purple Night” street fest will take place.

To join all the activities, please fill in the following form! And, to take a look to the full programme and to obtain any further information, please follow this link.

Save the date, see you in Bologna! 



A distanza di poco più di un anno dall’adozione da parte del Comune di Bologna del regolamento sulla cura e la rigenerazione dei beni comuni urbani, il prossimo 16 maggio si terrà a Bologna la prima festa della collaborazione civica.

L’evento è stato fortemente voluto dal Comune poiché, citando le parole del sindaco Virginio Merola: “la Festa della Collaborazione civica è dedicata soprattutto al nostro sacrosanto diritto di ricercare la felicità, combattendo ogni giorno il nostro nemico più grande che è la rassegnazione. La Collaborazione per il bene comune, lo sappiamo, è ciò che ha sempre reso speciale e diversa Bologna. In ogni campo e di fronte ad ogni ostacolo, noi i problemi li affrontiamo così, collaborando insieme”.

La giornata inizierà con una conferenza internazionale al MAST alle ore 10, la quale vedrà come relatori il sindaco Virginio Merola, la professoressa Sheila Foster, il professor Christian Iaione e due dei più importanti attivisti dei Commons a livello internazionale, David Bollier e Neal Gorenflo.

Nel pomeriggio, presso il centro sportivo Pontelungo, i cittadini avranno l’opportunità di partecipare ad un workshop per promuovere la partecipazione e la co-progettazione di pratiche e politiche pubbliche collaborative tra la città e il Comune.

La giornata si chiuderà con la Festa di strada in collaborazione con il Comitato Santa Viola con giochi, musica e fuochi artificiali in via Emilia Ponente, per l’occasione chiusa al traffico, a partire dalle ore 19.

A new pact for Europe: public debate in Leeuwarden about the future of citizens in Europe, towards a European “Mienskip”

A new pact for Europe: public debate in Leeuwarden about the future of citizens in Europe, towards a European “Mienskip”

New+Pact_23+AprilThe European Cultural Foundation has organised a very important event.

It is the public debate about the future of citizens in Europe, towards a European “Mienskip”, that means “Community” in the Frisian language.

Actually the event will take place in the Netherlands, to be more precise it will be hosted at the Blokhuispoort of the city of Leeuwarden – that will be European capital of culture in 2018 – from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., on April the 23rd.

Among the scheduled speakers there will be LabGov’s coordinator, professor Christian Iaione, who will be interviewed with Matthew Fox from Engage LiverpoolCarmen Lozano Bright from the spanish Peer to Peer Movement and Wim Hiemstra from the local Kening fan de Greide. The four will share local examples, their methodology and actions on how to connect citizens and local governments.

That is basically what LabGov has done in the last years in some Italian municipalities.

With no doubts, professor Iaione will illustrate to the audience two projects that have already reached an international echo and have been appreciated by international Commons activists such as Michel Bauwens and David Bollier, here and here.

I am talking about the work that has been conducted in Bologna, on the Bologna’s regulation for the care and regeneration of Urban Commons, that has been also translated into english.

Secondly, the audience and the other speakers will have the opportunity to better understand what has been made in Mantova, where the local administration, together with the local Chamber of Commerce, decided to make the city a prototype for the network of the co-cities. Co-Mantova was born last year and hopefully other Italian cities will follow its example.

These two main ideas were born from the greater project on the City as a commons”, whose paper was presented in 2012 during the second thematic conference of the IASC, entitled Design and Dynamics of Institutions for Collective Action: A Tribute to Prof. Elinor Ostrom” and downloadable here.

To put into contact different personalities from all over the European Union that are studying and working on the commons and who believe that traditional power structures are changing, it is an incredible, huge and unique opportunity to build a “New Pact for Europe”, that is also the name of the project launched by a transnational consortium of foundations, including the ECF, and in partnership with the European Policy Centre.

Coming back to the Leeuwarden’s debate, besides the interview, the programme is composed of a welcome and opening remarks by Katherine Watson, ECF director, and Ferd Crone, mayor of Leeuwarden, followed by an introduction of the evening by Lennart Booji who will moderate and conclude the debate.

Silke Helfrich will be the keynote speaker, who will talk about societal an political challenges in Europe regarding regional development, culture and economy, considering where and how communities are taking matters into their own hands. She will also talk about a needed and real cultural paradigm shift in order to make the 21st century as the co-century of the commons.

After the time dedicated to the interviews to professor Iaione, Matthew Fox, Carmen Lozano Bright and Wim Hiemstra, it will be time for a reflection by Teun van de Keuken, journalist, columnist and producer.

In conclusion, Agnes Jongerius, European MP, Pascal Gielen, Professor of Sociology in Art and Cultural Politic at the Rijksuniversiteit of Groningen and Bouwe de Boer, Policy-maker energy in Leeuwarden will debate about connections between citizens and politicians at European level.

According to the information materials provided by the organisers, the goals of the debate are:

  • Raise civic and political awareness of shifting roles, responsibilities, and opportunities for involving citizens in the exercise of democracy from the local to the European level.
  • Share inspiring examples from across sectors (economic, social, ecological and cultural) that put collective imagination into political practice.
  • Work towards concrete recommendations of citizen and social cooperation in Europe.

Furthermore, the following questions will be discussed during the debate:

  • What are the concerns or challenges in society on local level in Europe, where communities are taking matters into their own hands – regarding ecology, culture public spaces, management of cities, energy and economy?
  •  What are new collaborative initiatives – methods, models or tools – of participation in governance and economy to tackle these concerns? And how to apply them in a region as Leeuwarden?
  • What can the EU do regarding these social challenges and shifting responsibilities: how to involve citizens in different ways in policymaking? How to re-balance responsibilities between government, market and citizens? What are necessary steps/recommendations from both citizens and government to realise more participation regarding regional development, culture and economy?
Cooking lesson and talks: the last event of LabGov’s third edition

Cooking lesson and talks: the last event of LabGov’s third edition

18 aprile1Tomorrow will be a great day for LabGov!

It will be the closing day of the third edition of the laboratory, which focused on Environment, Agriculture and Food, in order to imagine and design a governance strategy suitable for a configuration of the territory as a commons.

We are feeling a mix of controversial emotions.
Although we are happy because we are going to host prominent lecturers and guests, we are a little bit sad because we are going to say goodbye each other, but only for what concerns the educational side of the laboratory, and we will have to settle accounts after a year of projects and shared ideas at LUISS.

Tomorrow, the labgovers will be involved in a lot of activities from the morning until the afternoon. We have prepared a very packed program!

Actually, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Viale Romania’s canteen, will take place the last cooking lesson. The participants, who are not only students but also members of the administrative and teaching staff of LUISS University, will learn something more about preparing desserts.

Then, while the desserts are in the oven or in the refrigerator (it depends on the sort of the dessert the participants prepared!), there will be a coffee break during which the participants will have the opportunity to converse together with our friends Annibale D’elia, who is, among the others, Bollenti Spiriti project creator, and Oriana Persico and Salvatore Iaconesi from AOS – Art is Open Source.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will take place a cooking challenge, followed by a degustation and the proclamation of the winners. For this challenge the jury members will be Gianni Lo Storto, LUISS general manager, Christian Iaione, LabGov’s coordinator, Giorgio Righi, Pierluigi Trezzini, Tamara Lapi and Annibale D’elia.

Finally, the participants, the jury members and all the guests will enjoy a lunch offered by CIR-FOOD.

In the afternoon we will move to our community garden for a last common work shift in the garden, and to discuss with professor Iaione about his paper on “City as a Commons”.
Here you are the link to download it!