Crowdfunding campaign for SfruttaZero!

Crowdfunding campaign for SfruttaZero!

Sfrutta_zero_2015.jpg.140x140_q85_cropEnvironment, land use and agriculture are particularly relevant issues to discuss in these months. This is due to Expo Milan 2015 and all the discussions carried on about our environment and the way in which all of us are (not) taking care of it.

But, with this short article, we want to support and share an initiative that contrast one of the worst issue that hamper agriculture in some of the southern Italian regions. It is the caporalato, a criminal phenomenon through which immigrants are used and forced to work in the fields irregularly.

This wonderful initiative is promoted by three southern Italian realities, Diritti a Sud (from Nardò, Lecce), Netzanet-Solidaria (from Bari) and Osservatorio Migranti Basilicata – Fuori dal Ghetto (from Venosa and Potenza) that together are producing tomato purée’s bottles with the common label SfruttaZero on them.

They are spreading their crowdfunding campaign in order to buy raw materials, tools and machineries, and to share their idea, that is “to realize a honest production chain of the tomatoes from the seeding to the transformation”. Thanks to this initiative, they are producing high quality tomato purée without mistreatment of the work, in this case, of the immigrants. They want the red gold to become “icon of emancipation, release and hope in a different future”.

What will they do with the money raised? They will buy or grow hundreds of kilograms of tomatoes, ensuring that the workers will be regularly paid. They will transform the tomatoes into tomato purée with the required tools and following the hygienic and sanitary conditions. In bottling, they will use recycled bottles. They will self-manage the distribution in ethical purchasing groups, in local markets, in popular restaurants and canteens and inside the Genuino Clandestino network.

After these good premises, they are willing to experiment a peculiar form of shared self-certification to safeguard who will support and consume the SfruttaZero tomato sauce, thanks to the creation of a path of mutual monitoring on themes concerning the quality of the work.
The Caporali (recruiters of day labourers) will not have space and will be defeated thanks to this great and promising path.

To support the project, you can visit the ProduzioniDalBasso web page or simply share the project through the social networks!

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!

New strategies for legal order: is collaborative governance the way to go?

New strategies for legal order: is collaborative governance the way to go?

LOCANDINA 17 marzo - A4  (11)On March 17th, 2015, LabGov will host the Conference Land and new forms of legal order at LUISS University of Rome. The Conference – that will start at 4:30 PM in Aula Nocco, Via Parenzo 11, LUISS School of Law – will address the issue of collaborative governance for the commons as a tool to fight corruption and organized crime, safeguard the territory and promote legal economic growth and social progress.

Following the experiences developed in Mantova with the CO-Mantova, a collaborative governance territorial pact, and in Bologna with the Regulation on public collaboration, participants will focus on new forms of collaboration between public institutions, social innovators, businesses, civil society organizations and knowledge institutions.

The conference is part of the LabGov workshops series that this academic year has been focused on Land as a commons: environment, agriculture and food.

Giovanni Lo Storto, LUISS General Director, and Roberto Pessi, professor of Labor Law and LUISS Vice Provost for education, will open the Conference. Main session will see the keynote addresses of Paola Severino, professor of criminal law and LUISS Executive Vice Provost, and Giancarlo Caselli, president of the “Osservatorio Agromafie” scientific committee. Antonella Manzione, Head of the Council of Ministries Presidency Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Department, will act as discussant. Second session will be a roundtable with LUISS professors Melina Decaro (professor of public comparative law), Gian Candido De Martin (professor of public law), Antonio La Spina (professor of public policies) and Bruno Frattasi (Head of the Interior Ministry Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Department).

Raffaele Bifulco, professor of constitutional law at LUISS, will chair the two sessions of the conference. The conference will end with the closing remarks of Claudio Rossano, professor of public law.

Full program of the conference is available at the following link:

Territorio e nuove forme di legalità – programma


Territorio e nuove forme di legalità: la governance collaborativa è la strada?

Il prossimo 17 marzo 2015 LabGov – LABoratorio per la GOVernance dei beni comuni organizza la conferenza “Territorio e nuove forme di legalità” presso la LUISS Guido Carli. L’incontro, che avrà luogo nell’Aula Nocco della Facoltà di Giurisprudenza, Via Parenzo, 11, Roma, indagherà il rapporto fra legalità e salvaguardia del territorio attraverso forme di sperimentazione ispirate alla governance collaborativa, come il Regolamento sulla collaborazione per la cura e rigenerazione dei beni comuni urbani di Bologna e CO-Mantova, il patto di collaborazione territoriale per uno sviluppo economico locale orientato ai beni comuni.

I lavori saranno aperti dai saluti istituzionali del dott. Giovanni Lo Storto, direttore generale della LUISS Guido Carli, e del Prof. Roberto Pessi, Prorettore LUISS per la didattica. Le relazioni principali sono affidate alla Prof.ssa Paola Severino, ordinario di Diritto Penale e Pro-Rettore Vicario LUISS, e al dott. Gian Carlo Caselli, Presidente del Comitato scientifico dell’Osservatorio Agromafie. La dott.ssa Antonella Manzione, Capo Dipartimento per gli affari giuridici e legislativi della Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, agirà in veste di discussant. Seguirà una tavola rotonda con la Prof.ssa Melina Decaro, il Prof. Gian Candido De Martin, il Prof. Antonio La Spina e il prefetto Bruno Frattasi. ll Prof. Claudio Rossano concluderà i lavori della giornata.

Il Prof. Raffaele Bifulco coordinerà i lavori dell’incontro.

Per consultare il programma della giornata:

Territorio e nuove forme di legalità – programma



EXPORURALE. Where ideas grow.

EXPORURALE. Where ideas grow.

expo_cartolina_2013_no loghiLand of the Italian Renaissance, Tuscany wants to be host of a new renaissance, where the real innovation is the rediscovery of the tradition.

The Region of Tuscany presents the next 12 September the kermess EXPO RURALE that this year is at its third edition. Three days of expositions, laboratories, meetings that aims to show the essence of the agriculture in Tuscany. This will be an opportunity to learn about the present, the past and the future of the agricultural sector in this region of Italy.

The agriculture represents for Italy not only culture, landscape, environment and tradition, but also a real opportunity of development. The farm has a positive impact in economic and social terms. The farm producing agricultural goods and food products has become, pursuing excellence, a multifunctional activity. In fact connects agriculture and sustainability, through the use of renewable energy and pollution control. Moreover contributes to the improvement of the quality and safety of the food. Finally and more recently the farm has become more attentive to the social sector, introducing activities that help the development of the community, improve social cohesion and the maintenance of the traditions and culture of the territory.

Among the many workshop and conferences during the EXPO RURALE one interesting argument will be the question of “civic customs” (usi civici). This ancient Italian institution is a series of rights and duties of the rural communities that allows people to use common territories for the pasture of animals, for collecting wood, fishing in rivers, gathering mushrooms and much more. Even today in 57 municipalities in Tuscany the “civic customs” are practiced in a territory of 30.000 hectares.

Finally on Thursday 12, will be present the Ministry of Agricultural Policies, Nunzia De Girolamo, in a workshop in which will be discussed the bases for the Program for Rural Development 2014-2020.