5th May 2018 | Third Civic Collaboration Day and RomaSUDfEST

5th May 2018 | Third Civic Collaboration Day and RomaSUDfEST

The Heritage Walk through the neighbourhoods in the South-East suburbs of Rome during a one day event to enjoy the city experiencing civic collaboration practices 

The EDU@LabGov academic year 2017-2018 – the LUISS Educational Lab is the urban clinic for students to experiment on the field the urban commons theories and collaboration practices – is coming to an end and, for the third year, the labgovers will be committed to a one day experience of civic collaboration and cultural and environmental heritage regeneration of urban commons in the South-East of the city of Rome.

On Saturday, 5th May 2018, the Third Civic Collaboration Day and the RomaSudfEst will represent a unique opportunity to meet, discuss and spread a message of environmental, economic and social sustainability.

A programme full of activities – open to participants of all ages – will engage a variety of local actors and urban stakeholders in living different places and public spaces of the entire district, experiencing new practices of civic collaboration, and pushing forward the local public debate.

The Civic Collaboration Day will start at 9 a.m. in the Degli Acquedotti Park (Don Bosco neighbourhood) and from there will cross through the neighbourhoods of Torre Spaccata, Tor Sapienza, Centocelle and Alessandrino; in each of them are scheduled different activities and events organized by associations and active citizens in collaboration with public and knowledge institutions, as Municipio V, Rome Municipality, ENEA and LUISS University.

The initiative is one of the outputs of the work carried on by EDU@LabGov in different urban experimentation sites in the framework of Co-Roma, a project aimed at building an integrated model of urban smart district based on the development of new co-economies: economies with a circular, social, supportive and collaborative nature and on an active and cohesive citizenship.

Amongst the many activities scheduled during the day:

>> At 10.30 a.m., in the green area next to the Rugantino Library (Torre Spaccata), the labgovers – together with the students of the Master in Landscape Architecture of La Sapienza University of Rome – will bring the University outside its doors by setting up the third satellite of the University’s community garden #ortoLUISS and leading a horticulture lab for children.

>> At 3 p.m. in the Centocelle Park – which, for the first two years, has been the centre of the Co-Roma project – will take place different activities for kids about urban mobility, together with a series of heritage walks (organized by the Comunità Parco Pubblico di Centocelle Odv), as defined by the Faro Convention framework, to discover together and showcase to all the participants the beauty of several archaeological and cultural resources of the district.

>> The Collaboration Day will close at FusoLab (Centocelle) at 19.30 with the RomaSudfEst where many people from the district and from the whole city will gather to celebrate with the music the conclusion of this important collective moment.

Click here to download the full programme of the event


Esino Lario: world capital of 12th international Wikimedia Conference

Esino Lario: world capital of 12th international Wikimedia Conference


With many important cities in the world such as London, Hong Kong, Atlantic City, Mexico city and Manila, all competing to be the host of the 12th international Wikimedia Conference, Esino Lario, a little town that overlooks the Como lake, about 900 meters above the sea level with 760 inhabitants, has been the place where, from June 22nd through June 28th 2016, the Wikimedia community gathered convening “wikipedians” from every part of the world.

The international Wikipedia conference was a three-day meeting that saw the participation of Wikipedia contributors from more than 30 countries in the world who regularly update the entries in the largest open encyclopedia in human history, used by users from all around the world.

As explained by Iolanda Pensa, the organizer of Wikimania Esino Lario 2016, in an interview relased to the Corriere della Sera, the reason why Esino Lario was preferred to the other finalist, the city of Manila, was the strong idea that in the era of knowledge sharing and knowledge open to all, a global event like this could take place either in an international city or in a little town as Esino Lario.

The program of the Wikimania 2016 edition included various kinds of talks, discussions and activities. The Wikipedia experts have talked more in-depth on problems and solutions relating to: State of Research, Imbalance, the Wikisource, Wikivoyage, Wikidata and OSM Projects, the Verifiability of Wikipedia, GLAM Projects, Education and Contests, Licenses and Open Policies, WMF talks, Chapters and Affiliates, the Community, Tools and Extensions, Adaptability and Visibility. The Critical Issues presentations revolved around themes like Technical, Policy, Outreach, Projects, Research and Governance. In Esino Lario the participants had the possibility to discuss in a formal way during the sessions, but also in a informal way thanks to the welcoming bars of Esino Lario.

Esino Lario gives us an example of the meaning of community, of the sense of collective participation and active citizenship. When citizens and institutions work together for the same goals they are stronger and they can cope with any problems thinking in terms of solutions. They create new possibility for all the community. Esino Lario hotels or b&bs did not have enough beds and rooms to host all the participants. Many inhabitants decided to open their houses and offered to host the wikipedians. Most of the people who lives in Esino Lario in particular old generations did not speak English. so they organized English courses and now many inhabitants are able to speak English and will be able to welcome the participants to other gatherings or tourists willing to visit this nice little Italian town. Active citizenship means also this: to think of our local commons in a new way, as a collective endeavor to promote local social and economic progress. We should be proud of this little Italian town for the big contribution that has given to the country as a whole and to universal knowledge. It shows that everybody, everywhere can give a strong contribution to the commons.



Esino Lario un paesino di 760 abitanti ha ospitato la dodicesima edizione della conferenza internazionale Wikimedia. Ha vinto competendo con grandi e importanti città del mondo diventando la città che ha ospitato il più grande evento di Wikipedia al mondo grazie alla partecipazione attiva di tutti i cittadini che hanno dato un esempio di cittadinanza attiva, che pensa in termini di soluzioni e opportunità e collabora con le istituzioni. Ciò che ha reso vincente il piccolo paese lombardo è stata l’idea che nell’era della condivisione e della conoscenza aperta a tutti, un evento globale può avvenire tanto in una città internazionale, quanto in una piccola città come Esino Lario. Tutti in tutto il mondo possono dare un forte contributo alla conoscenza come bene comun e ai beni comuni.

Pilastro is Bologna

Pilastro is Bologna


What is Pilastro?

Pilastro is a development project of Pilastro area , situated in the suburb of Bologna. It is promoted by the city of Bologna, with the support of the Regione Emilia Romagna, Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e di Ravenna and Cooperativa sociale Camelot-Officine Cooperative.

The aim of that project is to add value to this zone, connecting the share and cultural capital with the economic need of the area. Moreover, Pilastro represents the first try to build a cooperative community.

Born in one of the city suburbs and in addition to being a project is primarily an active and collaborative community. The group of  MastroPilastro with various urban renewal activities, creation of micro-economies and training is giving birth to the first of Community Cooperative in an urban context. The goal of the project is to put together the capital reserves, the Community’s cultural and entrepreneurial with economic vocations of the Pillar.

Pilastro is not only a project, but first of all, is a community, composed by people of different ages who conduct many activities in the suburb and for the suburb . For example, they carried out redevelopment works of urban spaces and other activities such as social mediation services, or community development and recovery of  neighborhood area, etc.. They are an example of what we define active citizenship!

For more information, you can visit their website: https://pilastro2016.wordpress.com

On Tuesday 26th April, in Bologna, will hold a conference during which will be compared similar experiences, like this, and processes of social innovation, demonstrating how suburbs are becoming laboratories of cooperative governance. In addition to Pilastro, these experiences are Agenzia San Salvario of Turin, the initiatives in the Rione Sanità of Naples, the Fondazione di Comunità San Gennaro Onlus, community cooperative of Melpignano. 

Città cooperativa Cubo 2016 04 – Periferie


Pilastro2016‬ è un progetto promosso dal Comune di Bologna, realizzato con il contributo di Regione Emilia Romagna e Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna e il supporto della Cooperativa sociale Camelot – Officine Cooperative. Nasce in una delle periferie‬ della città ed oltre ad essere un progetto è soprattutto una comunità attiva e collaborativa. Il gruppo di MastroPilastro‬ con varie attività di riqualificazione urbana, creazione di microeconomie e formazione sta dando vita alla prima cooperativa di Comunità in un contesto urbano. L’obiettivo del progetto è mettere assieme i giacimenti di capitale sociale, culturale e imprenditoriale della Comunità con le vocazioni economiche del Pilastro.