Workshop “Basic Income & Social Rights: Local and European Perspectives” in Bologna

Workshop “Basic Income & Social Rights: Local and European Perspectives” in Bologna

Join Green European Foundation for a workshop exploring basic income, existing pilot projects, and the potential impact of such schemes on our societies on the 24th of April from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at the Social Center TPO, Via Camillo Casarini 17/5, Bologna, BO 40131 Italy.

Event Background

This event is part of the Green European Foundation transnational project Basic Income – European Public Debate.

Basic income has emerged in recent years as a potential tool to reverse the current issues facing society, such as lack of affordable housing and access to education and healthcare, income inequality and disparity between generations.

As basic income gradually permeates into mainstream debates and factors like technological advancements change our understanding of work, it is important to explore how such a scheme could be implemented, and the impact it would have on social rights at the local and European level.

About the Event

This workshop will be held as a side event of the Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) four day educational event on social rights, and organised with the support of FYEG.

It will bring together young people locally and from across Europe, with international participants including those from FYEG member organisations, social movements, and trade unions.

Participants will learn via roundtable discussions about basic income, existing pilot projects and the connection with social rights. They will identify the pressing requirements to make such a scheme a reality.


The workshop will be divided into three parts, with breaks in between:

  • The presentation of the GEF publication European Green Perspectives on Basic Income will provide an introduction to the basic income concept and describe successes and limitations of past pilot projects, and discuss the results of research into the impact of basic income schemes on access to housing, education, healthcare and employment.
  • Two fishbowl-style dialogues will serve as a basis to discuss the challenges and solutions to basic income implementation. This part will touch upon the need for certain infrastructure to be in place and the challenges associated with competing views of basic income.
  • Finally, roundtable discussions will delve deeper into the realisation of basic income on the local and European level, with a focus on connecting the two levels together and how basic income could strengthen social rights at these levels.


  • Natalie Bennett, GEF Board of Directors
  • Alex Foti, author of the General Theory of the Precariat


The workshop will be free and open to everyone but subject to registration. You can register by filling in this form. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, 17 April 2019, midnight CET.


The event will be held in English but whispered translation from English into Italian can be provided on the spot.

Save the date! The final co-design session of the Rome Collaboratory for the Local Action Plan is coming!

Save the date! The final co-design session of the Rome Collaboratory for the Local Action Plan is coming!

Saturday, 13th of April at 10:00 at Fusolab2.0 in via della Bella Villa, 94 the final meeting of the Local Action Plan co-working process of the Rome Collaboratory will take place.

The fourth and final session of the co-working lab of the Local Action Plan of the Rome Collaboratory will be focused on finalizing the social business model plan.

The activities at the core of the Rome Collaboratory are related to cultural and creative services, sustainable tourism, circular economy based on the reuse of the Centocelle heritage site.

The Rome Collaboratory lab is working on ways to include the local community of civic and commercial actors (residents-owned restaurants; NGOs that manages open green areas and community gardens; hospitality activities; community hubs) in the practice of adaptive reuse, as well in the governance and financial model for the reuse of the cultural heritage.

Open Heritage project: third co-planning session

Open Heritage project: third co-planning session

Saturday 06 March at the Dopotutto Beer&Food Experience the third session of the co-design lab of the Local Action Plan of the Rome Collaboratory took place.

After a brief presentation of the activities defined during the weekly teamwork meetings, the session started. The participants, divided in groups according to the activities that they are developing, finalized the business plan and identified the stakeholders to be engaged in the sustainable tourism platform.

The Bike Tours group analyzed the documents needed to carry out the operation and discussed the possibility of including in the project an NGO that would provide technical assistance and support for the guides of the bike tours.

The Local Campaign group focused on defining an online and offline communication strategy aimed at promoting a narrative on the Heritage Site. The group also finalized the planning of the Living Memory Exhibition. The Living Memory Exhibition will include a contest of street art, photography, poetry and writing to involve the local creatives active in the district.

The Living Memory Exhibition & Heritage Site group proposed to set up a photographic exhibition in the Tunnel with musical entertainment involving local music networks such us the Popular Initiative Center of Alessandrino (CIP).

The session ended with the planning of the teamworks’ activities for the incoming week

Student Housing -Rome Edition-

Student Housing -Rome Edition-

Thanks to the attractiveness of a very little competitive yet dynamic and cost-efficient market (as compared to traditional sectors), student housing is one of the most successful asset class in Italy.

Considering that student housing in Italy accommodates 2% of University students compared to a European average of 19%, and since the number of beds-to- students ratio totalises 3% in Italy, for a European average of 6% in Spain, 23% in the UK, it seems obvious that accomodations for students and lecturers will increase both in terms of quantity and quality in the coming years.

With a quality of life in Rome outweighing education costs, the city is in the front line in the Italian cities ranking for student housing applications, -e.g the demand off-campus now exceeds 35.000 units-, and attracts more and more investors and stakeholders aiming to address the rising demand in student accomodations.

The fourth Edition of the Student Housing Congress will consider the specific dynamics of the Rome market as well as the opportunities created for all stakeholders: managers, workers, investors, public actors and Universities. The meeting will also address the role of student housing as leverage for the development and urban regeneration, the integration in new legal framework of residential housing, hotels, co-working and co-living, the specialisation of services and investments prospects in the short and long-term.

Hereafter, the detailed program:

Save the date: second co-design session of the Rome Collaboratory for the Local Action Plan

Save the date: second co-design session of the Rome Collaboratory for the Local Action Plan

At 5 p.m on Thursday 21rst of March, at the Area Camper L.G.P (via Casilina, 700 in Rome), will be held Rome Collaboratory’s second co-planning session. Rome Collaboratory is one of the 6 working fields to experiment sustainable models for the revalorization of European cities’ cultural Heritage. Coordinated by Luiss Labgov team, the session is open to all stakeholders active in the Alessandrino-Centocelle-Torre Spaccata districts. Using the output of the previous meeting, the participants will finalize the definition of the activities to be developed and implemented by the Rome Collaboratory from June 2019.

Smaller working groups will be constituted to think on specific themes and will then share their ideas to the Rome Collaboratory. Eventually a new date and agenda will be defined for the upcoming session.