Cooking lessons and talks: what happened!

Cooking lessons and talks: what happened!

IMG_0370A cooking competition has been the final event  of this third edition of Labgov. In this occasion students, professors and staff members had the occasion to work together, listen to the inspiring words of our judge and guest Annibale D’ Elia. The meeting was followed by the final lesson in the garden with our partners from Zappata Romana. Adding to this an amazing sunny day, we can easily say that there couldn’t have been a better conclusion to the Labgov activities of this year.

On the 18th of April the last event on the Labgov calendar has taken place, and even if several future projects are waiting for the group, we have reached the end of the third edition of the Laboratory, which focused on “environment agriculture and food”, with the aim of discovering a possible path of collaborative governance of our territory as a commons.

The program for the day was rich and diversified. It started with the last cooking class, in which the chefs taught to the participants how to make a classical but always loved dessert–tiramisù- and, before the official competition began, a special coffee break took place, in which our guest Annibale D’Elia gave us numerous advices.

IMG_0364D’Elia is  one of the co-founders of Bollenti Spiriti, the youth policies program created by the region Puglia,  composed by  a number of actions aiming at allowing young citizens’ participation in all the aspects of the community life. Starting from his experience with this project, D’Elia told us about the importance of getting personally involved, trying to create something new from what we already have, without waiting for the perfect conditions to develop. He believes that we should take reality as it is and not as we think it should be, and in order to do so we need to make a step towards a different direction and to look at the world around us from a new perspective.  We live in a time in which what we learn in school is not enough anymore, and in which new competences are required. To acquire these competences we need an informal education in which people get together, share experiences and learn trough practice.

This stimulating speech was followed by the cooking competition, in which the participants, divided into two teams, faced each other and attempted to reproduce all the dishes they prepared during the previous meetings. Before the judges returned their final verdict all the participants enjoyed the lunch offered by CIR-FOOD Luiss.

IMG_0494But this wasn’t the end. During this conclusive Labgov meeting a last common work shift in the community garden could not be missing! The group moved to the garden and met  with our partners from Zappata Romana, who have been following the project since the beginning of the year and who have shared with us their knowledge on many occasions. The last activity of the day consisted in the creation of “gardens in a box in which each student could plant his favorite seeds, giving life to a small personalized garden, ready to be taken home and to be taken care of as the Laboratory taught us to do.

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!

PIANTAGONO – Cleaning our flowerbed to regenerate our neighbourhood!

PIANTAGONO – Cleaning our flowerbed to regenerate our neighbourhood!

Next Friday, April the 17th, LabGov – LABoratory for the GOVernance of commons and AMUSE – Amici Municipio Secondo will collaborate to regenerate the central flowerbed of Piazza Ungheria, Rome.

The goal of the project is to raise awareness of sustainable development, the care and regeneration of urban green spaces and governance of the commons. The specific objective of the project is the rehabilitation, care and maintenance of the flowerbed of Piazza Ungheria and the creation of a network of collaboration among active citizens in urban green spaces.

Among all partners that will enjoy the event, there will be Zappata Romana; Interazioni urbane; Rebike ALTERmobility; Radio Luiss; Greenchallenge; Luiss TV; Luiss LEP; Retake Roma.

The event – that will begin at 2.30 PM in Piazza Ungheria, Rome – will be divided in two parts:

2.30 PM – 5.00 PM: regenerating action

5.00 PM – 6.00 PM: Tea Time in LUISS Community Garden

For more details, please refer to the flyers below:

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Co-designing #OrtoLUISS!

Co-designing #OrtoLUISS!

27- 28 marzo 4


Today at LabGov we’ll co-design the #OrtoLuiss. After the co-design session with Daniela Selloni last week, we will implement the knowledge acquired in term of co-designed services. We will try to draw and translate in practice the idea we have about the #OrtoLuiss as a place of collaboration, an educational space and a stage where many kind of events could take place. This time our challenge will be also to make the co-design process as spread as possible among the LUISS community. In the second part of the workshop, we’ll have another co-design session for the AMUSE project, which consists in a collaboration between LabGov, AMUSE and neighborhood for the requalification of the Piazza Ungheria’s flowerbed.

On Saturday, Labgov students together with LUISS professors and staff, will continue the experiment of the cooking course, with the help of LUISS canteen chefs. In the afternoon, all all those who have a passion for gardening, are invited to participate to the gardening course at #OrtoLuiss from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., in Viale Romania 32.

LabGov’s Conference on “Land and new forms of legal order”

LabGov’s Conference on “Land and new forms of legal order”

LOCANDINA 17 marzo - A4  (11)Is it possible to develop new forms of legal order through a strategy that better protect the territory of our country? How can legality become a cultural element shared by our community rather than being an abstract concept? These were some of the questions raised at the conference “Territorio e nuove forme di Legalità” that took place on March, 17th at LUISS University in Rome.

The conference was an opportunity for the Labgovers to show the projects, activities and achievements of the Laboratory, to receive valuable feedbacks and advices from the participants and to listen at their opinions on the topic of land and governance, which holds a fundamental importance of 2014/2015 LabGov’s edition.

The meeting was opened by LUISS General Director Giovanni Lo Storto, who explained that the reason behind his choice to create a community garden inside the University was “to allow the students to change the state of affairs by providing them with the instruments they need” and to provide them with “a gym where the students can share knowledge and grow together”.

The first speaker to take the floor was Paola Severino, professor of Criminal Law and LUISS Executive Vice Provost who affirmed that through “concreteness and fantasy”, students contribute to the debate. This qualities, which are fully shared by LabGov, are essential to develop the idea itself and the benefits generated by the Commons and to “make the concept of legality something concrete rather than abstract”. “Legality must be recovered with the contribution of the citizens, it cannot be passively waited”. The Professor then spoke about the importance of having “effective sanctions which can lead to concrete results” and which must be developed along with a strong “culture of legality”.

Then, the floor was taken by Gian Carlo Caselli, president of the “Osservatorio Agromafie” scientific committee. Dr. Caselli, started his speech from his personal experience against organized criminality in Palermo, and spoke about the importance of creating “citizenry participation through which the hegemony of corruption and misconduct can be interrupted”. According to Caselli, we need of “new paths to build legality which will allow us to enjoy rights in our territory”. “Trust in the Institutions must be built”, so that “legality will be seen not only as a set of rules but as bringing advantages to the whole community”. Caselli then concluded his speech with a critique to the indifference which amounts to “not taking care of the polis when we could instead cooperate and contribute to its development”.

The second part of the conference took the form of a round table in which the speakers contributed to the discussion by providing their numerous opinions on the topic.

Professor Melina Decaro, professor of public comparative law, asserted that “more than talking about the right to food, it would be more accurate to speak about a right to the natural capital”.

Professor Gian Candido De Martin, professor of public law, underlined the importance of “building a culture that can function as a frame for the rules”, because “what we need is not prohibition, but awareness of the value of common resources”.

Then, Bruno Frattasi (Head of the Interior Ministry Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Department) focused on the idea of “security and legality as shared goods that must be achieved through an alliance between public and private actors”, followed by professor La Spina (professor of public policies) who spoke about the need to have an “integration between a regulation coming from the centre and an organization from the bottom”.

Finally, the floor was given to Antonella Manzione, Head of the Council of Ministries Presidency Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Department , whose starting point was the importance of “creating the culture of legality and building an active citizenship through education in schools and families”. To properly manage the territory we need the citizens to participate and take care of it, but for this to be possible we need to support with some concrete normative instruments those individuals that are willing to get involved. Attempts to create these instruments have been made, as we can see in the article 24 of the “Decreto Sblocca Italia”, but this pieces of legislation are mostly unknown and unapplied. Manzione concluded her speech by reporting the words of a 17 year old girl, saying that what is really needed is “a space, both physical and mental, in which hope and future can be built”.

The conference was concluded with a greeting by Maria Letizia Gardoni, President of Coldiretti Giovani Impresa, and with her wish to see “the growth of daily gestures showing social and political responsibility”.

LabGov’s Conference on “Land and new forms of legal order”

Re-designing and communicating governance: next LabGov workshop is coming!


Next Friday and Saturday, March the 20th and the 21st LUISS School of Government will host the second LabGov workshop.

After a virtuous beginning with Ernesto Belisario and the Open Data world, LabGov is proud to invite you to a workshop relating to the design and the communication of governance.

This two-day meeting will be organised in the following steps:

Friday, March the 20th: At 4:00 PM, in Room AT03 at Viale Romania, 32 – Rome – Dino Amenduni – social media Manager for Proforma – will start the workshop by introducing communicating skills to create governance of commons.

Saturday, March the 21st: starting at 9:00 AM, in the same room, Daniela Selloni – designer of collaborating services and social innovation – will describe designing techniques for the creation – and management – of urban commons.

Here is the program:

20- 21 marzo


Disegnare e comunicare la governance: il prossimo workshop di LabGov sta arrivando!

Venerdì 20 e sabato 21 marzo l’Università LUISS ospiterà il secondo workshop di LabGov.

Dopo l’interessante inizio con Ernesto Belisario e il mondo degli open data, LabGov è lieto di invitarvi all’incontro per Disegnare e Comunicare la governance.

Per questa settimana, Dino Amenduni – comunicatore politico e responsabile social media di Proforma – e Daniela Selloni – service designer e ricercatrice – ci accomoagneranno nella comprensione della gestione della governance dei beni comuni urbani.