Who profits from Heritage?

Who profits from Heritage?

On the 15th and 16th of October 2019, in Warsaw, Poland, will be held the 7th Informed Cities Forum, co-produced by Open Heritage & Actors of Urban Change.

The 2019 edition will take place in the Praga district of Warsaw and will deal with urban regeneration processes, examining their real and potential impacts on people and places. Building on the experience of the OpenHeritage project and the Actors of Urban Change community, the forum will explore new ideas and tools to empower local
communities and safeguard urban commons

The event will gather a mix of urban activists, social entrepreneurs, local and European policy makers, researchers, investors and funders to exchange and learn from one another in a unique arena. The aim is to bring together practical urban regeneration experience with financial and regulatory expertise in order to increase social, economic and environmental benefits for our communities.

Heritage: People. Places. Potential.

Cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, has the potential to bring
people together around shared values and help them work towards a more prosperous future. However, in many European cities cultural heritage has been forgotten, exploited for private profit or interpreted to fit current political needs. To resist and reverse these processes, we need to understand:
• What is the economic, social and environmental impact of urban regeneration processes, both real and potential?
• Who is or should be involved in these processes, how can we share responsibilities and solve conflicts?
• What kind of financial, legal or practical solutions exist to safeguard community interests and what kind of support is needed to strengthen and share them?

Why the Praga district?

The Praga district in Warsaw is known for its strong community ties, industrial heritage and vibrant arts scene. Located on the right bank of the Vistula river, Praga largely missed out on the rapid transformation the entire city underwent starting in the 1990s. To remedy this, the city has developed an Integrated Urban Regeneration Programme (2015-2022) focused on priority areas within Praga, where high levels of poverty, unemployment and crime co-exist with low quality of built environment. At the same time, Praga, with its central location and recent infrastructure investments, is a prime candidate for gentrification, as evidenced by a number of vacant buildings and lots currently under development.
Is there a different path that Praga can follow, learning from the mistakes of many European cities? Participants will dive straight into local debates and conflicts, meeting activists, policy makers and experts involved in shaping this unique neighbourhood.

Meet us in Warsaw

Participation is free of charge and registration will open in June 2019.
For more information, please contact us at info@informedcities.eu or visit www.informedcities.eu. We welcome ideas and suggestions concerning the programme of the event. If you would like to contribute to the event, please get in touch with us to discuss your ideas.

OpenHeritage identifies best practices of adaptive heritage re-use implemented across Europe. The project develops inclusive governance and management models for overlooked heritage sites and tests them in six Cooperative Heritage Labs. Working together with residents, local businesses and municipalities, OpenHeritage tries out new forms of engagement and uses crowdfunding and crowdsourcing mechanisms to create active communities united around heritage.

Actors of Urban Change empowers urban changemakers to work collaboratively for more sustainable, inclusive and just cities. Its community-driven, international good-practice network promotes sustainable participatory urban development in Europe. To do this, the programme fosters collaboration between actors from the non-profit, public and private sectors. Actors of Urban Change is a programme by the Robert Bosch Stiftung in cooperation with MitOst e.V. www.actorsofurbanchange.org.

Informed Cities is a series of international events on urban governance, renowned as a space for open exchange and learning. Each Informed Cities Forum is rooted in the reality of a specific city, placing local challenges and solutions in the European context. Informed Cities events bring together people from across sectors and disciplines to address the most pressing questions facing European cities, to gather inspiration and contacts, as well as to share practical knowledge and experience. The Informed Cities series is managed by the ICLEI European Secretariat.

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 Local Action Plan co-design session of the Rome Collaboratory is coming!

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

Urban Clinic LabGov EDU 2019 1st community gardening session

Urban Clinic LabGov EDU 2019 1st community gardening session

Save the date: next Saturday, 9th March we will host the first EDU@LabGov community gardening session in Luiss Community Garden from 10 am to 12am.

The LabGovers will work with recycled materials in order to build a prototype that they will install in Luiss and in the city of Rome. If you are interested in following their work, follow our official social network!

During the community gardening session, the LabGovers will put into practice what they are learning during the forms in the classroom therefore it will represent ahead important footstep in the realization of their project.

The assisted gardening is not only a didactic moment but an activity of practical collaborative among the boundaries of the University Luiss Guido Carli, that then the students will experiment on the field in the city of Rome.

Stay tuned!

Save the date: Sabato 9 marzo si terrà il primo community gardening della Clinica Urbana EDU@LabGov presso l’#OrtoLuiss dalle 10:00 alle 12:00.

Durante la sessione di community gardening i LabGovers, divisi dapprima in quattro gruppi sulle diverse aree di lavoro, dovranno presentare i dati raccolti nel corso della settimana e iniziare a dar forma al loro progetto. Inizieranno quindi un laboratorio di auto-costruzione che, tramite l’utilizzo di materiali riciclati, li porterà a realizzare un prototipo che installeranno nella città di Roma. Se volete saperne di più rimanete connessi ai nostri account social ufficiali quel giorno!

L’obiettivo è mettere in pratica ciò che gli studenti stanno apprendendo durante i moduli in aula, quindi rappresenterà un importante passo avanti nella realizzazione della loro idea.

Il gardening assistito non è solo un momento didattico ma un’attività di pratica collaborativa tra le mura dell’Università Luiss Guido Carli, che poi gli studenti sperimenteranno sul campo nella città di Roma.

Restate Connessi!