What is Hortus Urbis?

Hortus Urbis is an experimental project on public space and biodiversity managed by the Zappata Romana ; it was born in 2012 in Rome , in a green area unused in the setting of the Appia Antica Park , to shared space and is educational vegetable garden with plants that were used in ancient Rome.

Which are the goals of the project?

The purpose of the project are related on the natural aspects and the cultural ones. The objective is to increase the sensitivity of children, youth and adults on the issues of biodiversity; acquire information and think about the cultural and cultural differences between past and present; lead in children, young people and adults respect for nature by understanding and knowledge.

How Hortus Urbis wants to find funding ?

The Hortus Urbis has decided to participate in the announcement of the Aviva Community Fund, becouse it is actually  maintained through citizens voluntary activities and with the support of local associations, without government grants.

From 4 years of project starting the number of adult guests and children requires the adaptation of the spaces with the construction of furniture and equipment to improve the reception and the performance of activities.

The Aviva  Community Fund provides to a phase of web voting for the projects selected and then a screening of the most voted by a jury. They have accepted the project and it i began  the phase of open votation that will end on the next  8 March . It ’s important to reach many votes as possible.

Lab Gov helps Hortus Urbis by voting but everyone can give an help just by easly steps :  a registration with password and email and then by voting on the link

How Hortus Urbis would like to use the founding  ?

The funding will be used for the construction:

• a protected area to allow the activities during the days of bad weather;

• a table of  work , to ensure the performance of workshops for children in the most appropriate way;

• furnishings for the hospitality of the companions of the children participating in the workshops;

• a shelter of garden tools;

• educational games for children.


Hortus Urbis è un progetto sperimentale sullo spazio pubblico nel parco dell’Appia Antica gestito dall’associazione Zappata Romana nato nel 2012 a Roma. 

L’Hortus Urbis ha deciso di partecipare al bando di Aviva Community Found , essendo mantenuto attraverso le attività di volontariato di cittadini e con il supporto di associazioni locali, senza contributi pubblici.

A 4 anni dall’avvio del progetto il numero di ospiti adulti e bambini richiede l’adeguamento degli spazi con la realizzazione di arredi e attrezzature per migliorare l’accoglienza e lo svolgimento delle attività.

Per sostenere il progetto, come Lab Gov ha fatto ; è in atto una votazione su internet  al link attraverso il quale chiunque può votare attraverso poche semplici mosse. 

The Economics of Cohesion – Le Giornate di Bertinoro per l’Economia Civile

The Economics of Cohesion – Le Giornate di Bertinoro per l’Economia Civile


GiornateBertinoroEvery year, in early October, on the hill of Bertinoro, the protagonists of the academic world, the Social Economy and Volunteers, and institutions meet with a community of students and young social entrepreneurs, to think and talk about the issues of Civil Economy. Since fifteen years, Le Giornate di Bertinoro have represented a laboratory for the analysis and the comparison of future challenges of the third sector with the aim of developing a paradigm of Development and Sociability.

The meeting has been promoted by AICCON. It is the Research Center sponsored by the University of Bologna, the cooperative movement and by many public and private organizations, operating in the Social Economy. The Association aims to encourage, support and organize activities to promote the culture of solidarity, with a focus on ideals, attitudes and activities of Cooperatives and Non Profit Organizations.

Sito genericaThe Economics of Cohesion will be the focus of this year. It will shine the spotlight and spark a debate on new production of social value, the governance of the Commons, the Social Impact Assessment and on the long-awaited reform of the Third Sector. Plenary sessions and round tables will alternate in a well-established format during this year edition of the #GdBLab – Giornate di Bertinoro Laboratory. Professor Iaione – coordinator of LabGov – will attend the event, addressing the issue of the #Commons. LabGov is dealing with this issue, especially in expectation of the 1st IASC Conference on urban commons.

Today, tissue regeneration and social levels of social cohesion of communities also pass through the economy (economic cohesion) and the identification of new mechanisms of production value. Cohesion becomes, therefore, a fundamental element for the competitiveness of the territories and, consequently, for the local business fabric. To rebuild the bonds of trust, a fundamental element for the proper functioning of economic and social institutions, it is necessary to restart from the repositioning of the economic discourse on the Commons (environment, water, land, knowledge, biodiversity, culture and identity), because their characteristics require a mode of management that is based on sharing practices. In particular, based on the sharing economy, the cooperative represents the role model, because it is able to guarantee inclusive governance structures that organize the offer and, at the same time, pay attention to the demand side, intercepting the needs of the communities in which those goods are placed.


L’Economia della Coesione – Le Giornate di Bertinoro per l’Economia Civile

Anche quest’anno, i prossimi 9-10 Ottobre, avrà luogo a Bertinoro l’evento Le Giornate di Bertinoro per l’Economia Civile, nel CEUB – Centro Universitario Residenziale Bertinoro, in Via Frangipane 6. L’Economia della Coesione sarà il tema centrale che quest’anno accenderà i riflettori e il dibattito sui nuovi meccanismi di produzione del valore sociale, sulla governance dei Beni Comuni, sulla Valutazione dell’impatto sociale e sulla tanto attesa Riforma del Terzo settore.