From storytelling to active engagement: let’s co-work together!

From storytelling to active engagement: let’s co-work together!

The second day of co-working session, held on October the 15th  begun with Eloisa Susanna’s general outlook about other eloisa-susannaactive projects, similar to #coRome, spread all over Italy.Eloisa,a young architect,rapidly commemorated the G124 project,launched by Renzo Piano in which great relevance is given to peripheral areas and the imperative need of maintenance trough micro-surgical interventions,this is what the Otranto project of 1979 was about.In general,this procedure implies two fundamental principles:first of all it has to be interest-based,secondly it has to be performed through a collaborative process that consist in framing and contextualizing the city of Rome and its surrounding territory,focusing on those areas that constitute a patrimonial identity.

Than,Claudio Gnessi explained the explosive role of  the Ecomuseo Casino Ad Duas claudio-gnassiLauros ( This institution owns much to the “comunità di eredità” which actively engaged in several partecipative laboratories,with the common goal to define the space in which cultural and natural sites have previously been identified.The actual plan is focused in Tor Pignattara,a neighborhood where around 130 cultural resources were mapped,thanks to the fruitful work of a social network composed by inhabitants of that neighborhood but also public and private actors.It is important to underline the social consequence brought by this initiative:cooperation was promoted among different religious and cultural realities,unified by a shared interest and motivated by common moral values.

Right after the Labgovers productively engaged in a workshop that consisted in reporting on a widespread map four different topic developed with the aid of expert mentors and of Alessandra and Urio, the co-founders of the newborn Community for the Public Park of Centocelle.The participants were divided into four groups,namely:Mobility, Accessibility, Potentialities and Public Services.
gruppo mobilitàThe first group,”mobility”,identified which public transport are easily available both from the center and the outskirt of Rome:the main one are the “trenino laziale” and the tram “19”.Than the participants focused over the potentialities that the park could offer if,in one hand,the pedestrian accessibility was open on both sides of the park’s perimeter and,on the other side,the bicycle route,know as GRAB, could pass trough the park instead of in its proximity.potenzialita

The second group,”accessibility”,listed more accurately  all the potential resources that the park could make available.Surprisingly the V Municipal seems to be blessed by so many cultural sites that could re-animate the entire area from a touristic perspective,but also for the sole purpose of embellish the neighborhood.

criticitaA third group ,”potentialities”,brought to light many critical matters such as security and sanitary issues,in fact the park has several abusive occupied zone,not omitting the wasted paper and rubbish that pollutes the park everywhere.

serviziThe fourth group;”public services”,classified and mapped all the accessible public services around the PaC zone,such as  churches, schools,parks,cultural attractions,theaters and cinemas.-


As it emerges from the images,the V Municipality has extraordinary  potentialities,however,due to its marginalized position,its shabby’s first appearance,and the elevate conglomeration of immigrants and religious identities, its efficiency is completely unexploited and its integrity is gradually decreasing and deteriorating running the risk to fall in the oblivion.

stefania-favoritoThe meeting ended up with Stefania Favorito’s  speech over the importance of the park from an archaeological point of view,the park is surrounded by historical sites such as the Villa Ad Duas Lauros,il Forte Casino,la Villa della Piscina,la Vecchio Osteria,all dated back from the republican era until the XIX century,plus the natural resources of l’Agro Romano,il Canneto,l’Agri-Fauna and the whole park of Centocelle.It is important to be mature the awareness to understand what this park does symbolize for the cohabitants of the V Municipality, how this zone reflects their feeling of social marginalization and how this project give them the possibility to join a community in which moral and civic values are promoted and cooperation constantly active.( )


LabGov on Co-cities on agenda

Longtime LabGov member Elena de Nictolis and environmental law expert Chiara Prevete wrote an article on the “Open Government Forum” section. The article describes the modus operandi adopted by LabGov in fostering the trasformation of our cities in co-cities with a collaborative governance.

The “Co-City” action carried on by LabGov promotes collaboration as a technology using “incentive prizes, crowdsourcing, and citizen science to advance national priorities, collaborating with civil societies including companies, universities, foundations, non-profits, and the public”. This action also includes a methodology to develop a collaborative government structure, which enables various kinds of collective action: not only the voluntary, individual ones, neither that of associations, but also those originated by solidarity and by the shared management of services of common interest. 

The final aim of this action is to transform the cities into “co-cities“, that is collaborative cities, by means of the implementation of the governance of the commons design principles, outlined by the Nobel Prize Elinor Ostrom. This strategy aims at creating a quintuple helix institutional structure (an approach recognized by EU’s new Urban Agenda). This structure stimulates public-private partnerships, by involving five types of actors: civic (social innovators and active citizens), social (third sector organizations), cognitive (cultural institutions, schools and universities), public (public institutions) and private (local enterprises and industries). 

The methodological protocol is a key-element of this strategy, and it is divided into five steps:

  1. constitution of a civic collaboration unit, formed by experts in different subjects, to interact with the PA and support the whole process;
  2. social innovation mapping, by involving citizens and exploring the territory; 
  3. co-design paths, to coordinate the projects found in the previous step between them and with the city;  
  4. definition of polycentric and collaborative governance tools, tailored to the specific situation; 
  5. monitoring and evaluation of those governance tools.

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If you are interested in this subject, please explore the full article here.


Elena de Nictolis e Chiara Prevete, in un articolo pubblicato su, hanno esposto i principi e il modus operandi che guidano l’azione Co-città portata avanti da LabGov negli ultimi anni. Quest’azione mira a trasformare le nostre città in città collaborative, basate sulla gestione cooperativa dei beni comuni urbani, risultante dall’interazione efficiente e costante tra i cinque attori chiave della società (modello a quintupla elica). Questa strategia si avvale inoltre di un protocollo metodologico volto a elaborare e applicare strumenti di governance policentrica fatti su misura per il contesto in cui si troveranno a operare.

What’s happening in Centocelle?

What’s happening in Centocelle?

In June something interesting happened in Centocelle: LabGov organized two workshops with the local residents, with the aim of starting a collaborative process for taking care of the beautiful archeological park of Centocelle. The workshops were organized within the Co-Roma project, where LabGov is acting as a catalyst in the process of building collaborative practices for taking care of urban commons.

The first workshop took place on the 9th of June. The whole time was dedicated to the reciprocal knowledge in relation to the park. But what does it mean?


The participants were invited to write down on post-its several things: first the values they associate to the park, then their competences. By clustering the post-its, our service designer Paola Santoro helped them summarizing their knowledges and their needs too. This activity showed that the participants are animated by those values: beauty, participation, education, love for culture and sport, respect and legality.


3The second workshop took place on the 22nd of June. This time the laboratory focused on actions: the participants were invited to think about – and to write down on post-its, of course – the actions they daily do in the park, the obstacles they run into trying to perform those actions, and the opportunities deriving from them. After the identification of actions, obstacles and opportunity, Paola and the participants of the workshop negotiated the priorities od those things they thought to.


The negotiation has been the very first moment of collaboration and shared decision! It has been a start point for a collaborative process focused on common objectives.

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The third workshop will took place on the 4th July, at 5 PM in Villa de Sanctis, Centocelle. It will be the last appointment before the summer break. The laboratory will then restart in September, but the work on field will never stop!

Nell’ambito del progetto Co-Roma, LabGov ha organizzato, nel mese di giugno, due workshop nel quartiere di Centocelle, finalizzati alla costruzione di un percorso di collaborazione per la riqualificazione del parco archeologico del quartiere. I partecipanti dei workshop, grazie alla mediazione della nostra service designer Paola Santoro, hanno avuto modo di conoscersi, di dare linee guida valoriali al processo, e di individuare azioni opportunità e rischi legati alla fruibilità del parco. Il prossimo appuntamento, l’ultimo prima della pausa estiva, sarà il 4 luglio alle 17.00 presso Villa de Sanctis.


WORK IN PROGRESS: co-design session 20/21 November

WORK IN PROGRESS: co-design session 20/21 November

Lab5On Friday November 20th , the first day of the LabGov     weekend, was dedicated to the activities of co-design. The  labgovers listened the experiences carried out in the four sites of experimentation identified: Garbatella, Appia Antica, Ostia and Municipio V.

In each of the four areas, the new labgovers have visited some really active environments meeeting and their activators and founders. Together they reasoned about the difficulties they face every day and how to intervene to continue to carry on their efforts, with strong aggregation and deep innovation. At Garbatella, for example, they have been visited the co-working Millepiani, the CSOA La Strada and the FabLab. These collaborative spaces, as explained Maurizio Moretti, are signals of the needs and demand of citizens. In every field, they found more or less the same problematic situations, with this lack of dialogue with the administration every obstacles seems giant.

In particular, in the neighborhood a common good of cognitive nature of Ostia was identified, namely the Istituto Tecnico Urbani, a high school with great potential. It is a school characterized by a very proactive teaching body, but at the same time a place in unsuitable conditions, nearby a very large and completely abandoned park. The situation is further complicated by the detached school of Acilia, which has the same administration and headmaster that is facing enormous difficulties due to the management of the two institutions apart from each other. The idea is to intervene to make the most of these cognitive and cultural heritage useful for the students and citizens,most of the hardest part of the project is to find the necessary funds to buy the materials for the schools and teachers to enable them to work better.

Another school has been mapped Pisacane school in the district Prenestino, a real intercultural concentration in one of the Romans with the highest number of immigrants. In Municipio V, in addition to the school, other milestones have been the Alveare and the former factory Cantarini. The Alveare is one of the first co-working space with Babysitting in Rome, as the main problem of the allocation of space now expiring. you need to find a way clear and quick assignment of collaborative spaces to ensure the many citizens and professionals who revolve around them to continue their activities. Another stop on Municipio V has been precisely the former factory Cantarini, an abandoned industrial area in 2014 that could become an important resource for the whole neighborhood.

Finally, the inspection of the Appia Antica Park was primarily organized in three milestones: the first in the Hortus Urbis, not a simple garden! The Labgovers listened to the stories and experiences of some of the people who work there, it is a real place of integration and dissemination of knowledge. They were subsequently visited the Cartiera Latina, a structure which often hosts exhibitions and conferences, and the Casale di Vaccareccia, for now largely abandoned. They focused on another highly critical point of the park represented by the mobility obstacle, in particular cycling is practically impossible.

This was followed by a moment of co-design, during which the labgovers, having posted placards, each with a theme, started to write on post-its their ideas, highlighting on the critical issues, opportunities and actions to solve the various problematic ideas identified. Then a moment of confrontation follows with experts from various sectors, such as Roberta Franceschinelli, creator of the Culturability Competition for the foundation Unipolis, Prof. Luigi Corvo, who stressed the importance to intercept the civic need to intervene where there is a more concrete need.

This concept was then taken up by Michele Gradoli, who argued that the objective must be thought in concrete and deep manner with a strong knowledge of the places where you are going to work. Instead ,Nicola Cabria for Human Foundation invited the labgovers to take this model of analysis in all areas of life: turning problems into opportunities, reversing the negative situation into a positive is the best mantra.

The architect Eloisa Susanna recalled that the temporary use can be a very important tool for urban regeneration that allows the immediate reactivation of the abandoned areas.

The second day, November 21st, was divided into two parts: the first during which Giorgio De Finis, director of the MAAM (Museo dell’altro e dell’Altrove), told them about the Museum and its development, and second part during which the students, around the tables of co-design, continued to give shape to their ideas in the search for the termination to the problems and limits identified for each common good.

The tables of co-design and, more generally, these two days have shown what can be challenged, and what Rome really needs. All this first phase, in fact, served just to try to understand the city, its problems, its needs and desires. We understand that it will be a long and difficult process, but so worth it to wait and to get busy on.



Sessione di co-progettazione del 20/21 Novembre

La prima giornata del workshop, venerdì 20 Novembre 2015, è stata dedicata alle attività di co-progettazione. I ragazzi hanno raccontato i sopralluoghi effettuati nei quattro cantieri di sperimentazione individuati: Garbatella, Appia Antica, Ostia e Municipio V.

In ciascuno dei quartieri, i nuovi labgovers hanno visitato alcune delle realtà attive e hanno conosciuto i loro attivatori; insieme hanno ragionato sulle difficoltà che incontrano ogni giorno e su come poter intervenire per continuare a svolgere le proprie funzioni di formazione, aggregazione e innovazione. A Garbatella, ad esempio, è stato visitato il co-working Millepiani, il CSOA La Strada e il FabLab. Questi spazi collaborativi, come ha spiegato in un secondo momento l’arch. Moretti, tra le loro funzioni hanno quella di segnalare i bisogni e le richieste dei cittadini. Riscontrano tutti più o meno la stessa problematicità, ovvero il mancato dialogo con l’ amministrazione, i cui tempi e meccanismi di funzionamento non sono altro che un ostacolo.

In particolare, nel quartiere di Ostia è stato individuato un bene comune di natura cognitiva, ovvero l’Istituto Tecnico Urbani. Si tratta di una scuola caratterizzata da un corpo docenti molto propositivo e desideroso di fare, ma al tempo stesso da luoghi in condizioni non idonee, ad esempio uno spazio verde, adiacente alla scuola, molto grande e completamente abbandonato. La situazione è resa ancor più complicata dalla sede distaccata di Acilia, che ha la stessa amministrazione che quindi incontra enormi difficoltà dovute anche alla gestione dei due istituti distanti l’uno dall’altro. Bisognerebbe intervenire e riuscire a sfruttare al meglio questi beni cognitivi e culturali e trovare i fondi necessari per acquistare i materiali utili agli studenti e ai docenti per metterli nelle condizioni di lavorare al meglio.

Altra scuola mappata è stata la scuola Pisacane, nel quartiere Prenestino-Centocelle, un vero e proprio presidio interculturale in uno dei quartieri romani con il più alto numero di immigrati. Nel Municipio V, oltre alla scuola, altre tappe sono state l’Alveare e l’ex fabbrica Cantarini. L’ Alveare è uno dei primi co-working con spazio baby di Roma, ha come problema principale quello dell’assegnazione di uno spazio ormai in scadenza. E’ necessario trovare una modalità chiara e rapida di assegnazione degli spazi collaborativi in modo da garantire ai tanti cittadini e professionisti che ruotano intorno ad essi di proseguire le loro attività. Altra tappa del Municipio V è stata appunto la ex fabbrica Cantarini, un’area industriale dismessa dal 2014 che potrebbe diventare una importante risorsa per tutto il quartiere.

Infine, ma non per questo meno importante, il sopralluogo nel Parco dell’Appia Antica organizzato essenzialmente in tre tappe: la prima nell’Hortus Urbis, non un semplice orto! Ascoltando le storie ed esperienze di alcuni dei soggetti che vi operano, si tratta di un vero e proprio luogo d’integrazione e diffusione di conoscenze. In seguito sono stati visitati la Cartiera Latina, struttura che ospita spesso mostre, convegni, (anche se va registrato un suo grande limite: l’assenza di un impianto di riscaldamento non ne consente il suo pieno utilizzo), ed il Casale della Vaccareccia, ormai per gran parte in stato di abbandono. Un’altra grande criticità del parco è rappresentata, inoltre, dalla mobilità, in particolare ciclabile, praticamente impossibilitata.

A ciò è seguito un momento di co-progettazione, durante il quale i ragazzi, dopo aver affisso dei cartelloni, ciascuno avente un tema, hanno iniziato a scrivere su dei post-it le loro idee, evidenziando le criticità, le opportunità e le azioni possibili per risolvere le varie problematicità individuate. A seguire un momento di confronto con esperti di vari settori come Roberta Franceschinelli, ideatrice del Concorso Culturability della fondazione Unipolis, il Prof. Luigi Corvo, che ha sottolineato l’ importanza di intercettare il bisogno civico e di intervenire laddove c’è una maggiore concretezza di intervento.

Quest’ultimo concetto è stato poi ripreso da Michele Gradoli, sostenendo che bisogna pensare all’obbiettivo in concreto e conoscere approfonditamente i posti su cui si sta andando a lavorare. Nicola Cabria, per Human Foundation, ha invitato i ragazzi ad assumere questo modello di analisi in ogni campo della vita: trasformando i problemi in opportunità, ribaltando la situazione negativa in positiva. L’architetto Eloisa Susanna ha ricordato come l’uso temporaneo possa essere uno strumento di rigenerazione urbana molto importante che consente la riattivazione immediata di spazi abbandonati, come ad esempio nel caso delle aree industriali dismesse e Maurizio Moretti di ADLM architetti ci ha mostrato in un video come questo tema potrebbe essere declinato all’interno del V Municipio.

La giornata successiva del 21 Novembre si è divisa in due momenti: un primo durante il quale Giorgio De Finis, direttore del MAAM (Museo dell’ Altro e del’Altrove), ha raccontato di come è nato il Museo e dei suoi sviluppi, ed un secondo momento durante il quale i ragazzi, attorno a dei tavoli di co-progettazione, hanno continuato a progettare, a dare una forma alle proprie idee nella ricerca di quella risolutiva per i problemi e limiti individuati per ciascun bene comune.


I tavoli di co- progettazione e, più in generale, queste due giornate hanno dimostrato quanto possa essere stimolante ed efficiente unire le forze, ed è proprio quello di cui ha bisogno Roma. Tutta questa prima fase, infatti, è servita proprio a cercare di capire la città, i suoi problemi, i suoi bisogni e desideri, con la consapevolezza che sarà un processo lungo e difficile, ma per cui vale la pena di aspettare e soprattutto darsi da fare.

The first co-working session is around the corner.

The first co-working session is around the corner.

On 16 and 17 October, Labgov will present the first co-working session for Labgov 2016.

This two-day workshop is based on the proposal to imagine Rome in an innovative way.

The project CO-ROMA is focused on the idea that a city should learn to share, collaborate and cooperate with the institutions, the civil society, universities and all the possible stakeholders in order to create a collaborative community, that wants to improve the quality of life and save the Italian cognitive and cultural heritage.

The programme of this first co-working-day will be structured into four working groups, which will be: urban design; communication; community organization through service design, and sustainability.

The most competent experts in every field will hold the round tables; they will transfer their know-how to the neo-labgovers, and they will imagine all together this transformation for Rome.

Several forces are already present in this new collaborative city: active citizens, voluntary associations, schools, urban gardens, co-working spaces, fab-labs, business leaders, and professionals for the common good.

Moreover, on Saturday morning at 9.00 am, the 2016 Labgov students will work for the first time in the garden, with our technical partner for horticulture, Zappata Romana. It will be a fantastic weekend, full of experiences and adventures. The detailed programme will be published as soon as possible.

For further information, please write to our official address.


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