Friday, October 6th, LabGov EDU held the first 2017-2018 meeting, which main aim was to present the year’s team to the labgovers and to inspire them with its mission and objectives.
The meeting was introduced by Chiara de Angelis, LabGov EDU’s coordinator, who explained to the class the past projects and future objectives. The best way was to tell the experience of those who have already participated to the course such as Elena De Nictolis, currently Labgov EDU’s scientific coordinator, who suggested to enjoy this experience, Alessandro Antonelli and Paola Todisco, LabGov EDU’s tutors, who talked about their experience and how engaging it was.
Soon with the students we decided to move outside, in the community garden, to show that LabGov is a research-action project and that they will be involved a lot in practical activities.
The session in the community garden begun with the presentation of the new labgovers, who talked about their passions and expectations, skills and attitudes.
When the students finished to introduce themselves, Chiara de Angelis explained the rules of the course, that contemplates 50 hours “in class” (workshop and co-working sessions), and 50 hours of on field activities (community gardening and teamwork). About the community gardening, LabGov’s expert Alessandra Noce illustrated her experience. She has devoted particular attention to her experience in the district of Centocelle and the Co-Roma project. In Centocelle the association “the happy island” (“L’isole felice“) was born, and she explained ahow through it she has been able to give a turn to the district.
Then, some “ex labgovers” from last year’s course were invited to “join the circle” and to tell their recent experience with LabGov, why and how they liked it and in which way they decided to collaborate with the team even after they finished the course.
The meeting was concluded by Prof. Iaione, expert of urban politics and LabGov’s co-founder. He explained how Labgov is a place where everyone is able to express freely and to experiment own limits collaborating with other people.