Open Innovation and Business Modelling: towards a more sustainable and innovative approach

Open Innovation and Business Modelling: towards a more sustainable and innovative approach

On Friday 21th and Saturday 22th the students of the Urban Clinic Edu LabGov 2020 participated to the first workshop and co-working. The main goal of the meeting was to deepen the knowledge about an “Open and Collaborative Innovation” methodology that is lately gaining popularity.

On Friday, Professor Maria Isabella Leone, Director of the master in Open Innovation and IP at Luiss Business School, carried an interactive lesson, successfully involving students in a reasoning process, instead of flooding them with theoretical knowledge which hardly manages to capture students’ interest. The laboratory was based on the analysis of the innovative aspects and strategies of noted fashion brands, namely Ferragamo, Burberry, Piquadro and Stella McCartney and than investigate for business models of companies whose main scope is to revolutionize their activity and differentiate themselves from competitors. The students brought out interesting elements that were a source of reflection for the work they carried out the following day.

What emerged as a common trend is the transformation of waste materials into renewable resources so to create new fibres at low environmental impact. What has been stressed even more is that “Open Innovation” implies collaboration with actors coming from different realities, namely stat-ups, universities, customers, tech industries, incubators, consortia, spin-offs, industries and so on. This means there has to be trust in partnerships but whenever there is a common scope, the collaboration is more prone to be successful and consequentially improve the revenues of all participating actors.

The following day, Alessandro Piperno, PhD student in management at Luiss, exposed what a social enterprises is and how to help communities grow and develop in an urban context. After a brief talk about some important social enterprises like 4ocean, Made in Carcere, Patagonia, and Progetto Quid, students were inspired enough to propose some of their ideas in a process of brainstorming so to come up with three specific ideas to analyse more in detail for the next meeting. The laboratory’s outcome was an important step forward to understand new trends based on upcycle sustainable fashion and circular economy.

Next meeting will be on Friday 28th with the workshop “Entrepreneurship” held by prof. Alessandro Cavallo and Saturday 29th with the co-working “Building a social enterprise”  in which EDU 2020 tutors together with a jury of experts will listen to LabGovers’ pitch on their design idea. The laboratory will be an occasion for students to  test their ideas and get a feedback from experts in the field so to continue shaping their ideas and let the project evolve throughout the laboratory.

Let’s begin! The first module: Idea Generation Lab will take place on February 21th and 22th

Let’s begin! The first module: Idea Generation Lab will take place on February 21th and 22th

The first module will be dedicated to Open Innovation and Open Business modeling.

 On Friday the 21st the first workshop will take place in classroom 305b from 4pm to 6pm in the Luiss campus located at Viale Romania 32.

The Urban Clinic will host Maria Isabella Leone, professor at the department of Business and Management and executive director of the master in Open Innovation and Intellectual Property. As an expert in open innovation she will analyze some examples of firms that successfully adopted approaches based on open innovation. This workshop will provide students many insights to stimulate their creativity so to come up with some ideas to tackle our challenge.

On Saturday the 22nd the firs co-working session will take place in classroom 103b from 10am to 5pm at the Luiss campus located in Viale Romania 32.

The Urban Clinic will host Alessandro Piperno, Luiss PhD student in Management. During the co-working session, the students will be divided into three groups, each group has to develop an idea’s proposal able to overcome our challenge. Every group will then present its idea to the rest of the students and work on a power point presentation to redefine it and analyze in depth the topic. Once the idea generation process will be gone underway, Alessendro Piperno will explain to students the basic notions to carry out a business model so to provide students with practical skills that will help them turn their ideas into reality.

Opening day of the LabGov Interdisciplinary Urban Clinic 2020

Opening day of the LabGov Interdisciplinary Urban Clinic 2020

On Friday, February 14th, the opening meeting of the LabGov 2020 Interdisciplinary Urban Clinic took place at the LOFT of the Luiss Guido Carli University .

The theme of the meeting was the Open and Collaborative Innovation for Sustainable Fashion and we had the honor to host the Luiss General Manager, Giovanni Lo Storto, Professor Maria Isabella Leone, Executive Director of the Master in Open Innovation & Intellectual Property at Luiss Business School and Dr. Luciana Delle Donne, founder and CEO of Made in Carcere.

Credits to Luiss Loft

The first part of the meeting was dedicated to the LabGov.City team presentation to the students with a focus on the projects carried out so far and the future goals that will see them involved. It was Dr. Lo Storto who welcomed the new LabGovers (the students of the Urban Clinic) and recalled the true meaning of the word “sustainability” that means awareness and coherence and sustain in the sense of creating and sustaining long lasting beauty. LabGov represents this kind of support as well as the exact edge of the role that a university and a training place should have in empowering students to the value of preserving the planet, the value of physical work, the respect for the city and the maintenance of public heritage with the final scope to train not only technicians but good citizens.

The meeting continued with an informal talk between Professor Maria Isabella Leone and Dr Luciana Delle Donne: with them we have combined both the theoretical and practical approach. In particular, Prof Leone highlighted the importance for a company to adopt  Open Innovation’s methodology to be competitive in the market and improve the resilience of an enterprise. The real challenge, prof Leone points out, is to transform an Open Innovation methodology into concrete results by creating new business models that have a positive economic and social impact. Together with Dr. Luciana Delle Donne, we observed how innovative and sustainable social enterprises can be generated, involving fragile communities. Luciana told us her story, in particular her “second life” when after twenty years of employment in the world of finance she decided to devote herself to social entrepreneurship: in 2007 the brand “Made In Carcere” was born. The project aims to generate awareness and responsibility by including the inmates of Lecce prison in a dynamic process that gives them a job, a salary and above all the ability to face the world once their detention is over. The real challenge in social innovation is to go against the general trend because habits and mentality are the hardest thing to change.

The second phase of the meeting witnessed the presentation of numerous initiatives that will be invited to cooperate in the Urban Clinic, including the project of Francesco Malitesta and Edoardo Croce creators of the Artwear Lab “X-novo”, a roman start-up based on the exchange and reuse of garments that involves the participation of roman street artists. Flavia Romei told us about her atelier at Pigneto “Cheap Lobster” which creates tailor-made skirts with a mix of fabrics from textile scraps coming from fashion industries.

Finally, during the Magic City, the Christmas market promoted by Luiss, LabGov collaborated with Viving, a local NGO, and Young Ethos, a group of students of the Luiss Business School, to create a collection point of used clothes in order to donate them, regenerate and reuse them.

Claudia Chimenti, President of Viving and Beatrice Signoretti and Jacopo Ventura representing Young Ethos, told us about the evolution of Magic City. A part of these garments will be regenerated during the Urban Clinic thanks to the collaboration of several actors.

Next appointment on February 21st with the first module “Idea Generation Lab” and the workshop on the theme of “Open Innovation” presented by Prof. Leone, and the co-working with Dr. Alessandro Piperno on “Sustainable and Open Business Modelling Lab”. It will be a key moment to pique students’ interest, unite the Edu LabGov 2020 community and find the starting point from which to start a co-design process.

Giornata di Apertura della Clinica Urbana LabGov 2020

Giornata di Apertura della Clinica Urbana LabGov 2020

Nella giornata di Venerdì 14 Febbraio si è svolto l’incontro di apertura della Clinica Urbana Interdisciplinare di LabGov 2020 presso il LOFT dell’Università Luiss Guido Carli.

Durante l’apertura dell’ottava edizione della Clinica Urbana abbiamo approfondito il tema dell’Open and Collaborative Innovation for Sustainable Fashion. Abbiamo avuto l’onore di ospitare non solo il Direttore Generale, Giovanni Lo Storto ma anche la professoressa Maria Isabella Leone, Executive Directore del Master in Open Innovation & Intellectual Property presso la Luiss Business School e la dottoressa Luciana Delle Donne, fondatrice e CEO di Made in Carcere.

Credits to Luiss Loft

La prima parte dell’incontro è stata dedicata alla presentazione di LabGov.City agli studenti della Clinica Urbana 2020 con un focus sui progetti svolti sin ora e gli obiettivi futuri che li vedranno coinvolti. Ma a dare il benvenuto ai nuovi LabGovers (gli studenti della Clinica Urbana) è stato proprio il dottor Lo Storto che ha ricordato il vero significato della parola “sostenibilità” che, sottintendendo i requisiti di consapevolezza e di coerenza, aggiunge l’elemento di “sostegno” e della durevolezza che crea bellezza. LabGov rappresenta tale sostegno nonché la punta esatta del ruolo avanzato che una università e un luogo di formazione dovrebbero avere per responsabilizzare i ragazzi al valore del rispetto dei luoghi in cui si vive. Il valore del lavoro fisico e del rimboccarsi le maniche, il rispetto della città e il mantenimento del patrimonio pubblico, se assunti anche nei luoghi di formazione, aiutano a formare non solo tecnici ma anche buoni cittadini..

Dopodiché l’incontro è proseguito con una discussione informale tra la professoressa Maria Isabella Leone e la dottoressa Luciana Delle Donne: con loro abbiamo coniugato sia l’approccio teorico e di ricerca sia un’approccio pratico con l’esempio di Made in Carcere. In particolare, la professoressa Leone ha fatto emergere l’importanza per un’azienda di utilizzare la metodologia di Open Innovation per essere competitivi sul mercato e per migliorare la resilienza dell’impresa stessa. La vera sfida, ha sottolineato la professoressa Leone, è trasformare una metodologia di Open Innovation in risultati concreti creando nuovi modelli di business che abbiano un impatto positivo sia economico che sociale. Insieme alla dottoressa Luciana Delle Donne abbiamo visto come si possono generare imprese sociali innovative e sostenibili, coinvolgendo e rendendo protagoniste comunità con fragilità. Luciana ci ha raccontato la sua storia, in particolare la sua “seconda vita” quando dopo venti anni di impiego nel mondo della finanza ha deciso di dedicarsi all’imprenditorialità sociale: nasce così il brand “Made In Carcere”. Il progetto mira a generare consapevolezza e responsabilità, inserendo le detenute del carcere di Lecce in un processo dinamico che conferisce loro un lavoro, uno stipendio e soprattutto la capacità di affrontare il mondo una volta terminata la loro detenzione. La vera sfida nell’innovazione sociale è andare controcorrente perché le abitudini e la mentalità sono la cosa più difficile da cambiare.

La seconda fase dell’incontro ha visto la presentazione di numerose iniziative che potranno creare sinergie con gli studenti della Clinica Urbana, tra cui il progetto di Francesco Malitesta e Edoardo Croce creatori del Artwear Lab X Novo, una startup romana sullo scambio e riutilizzo di capi che conta la collaborazione di street artist romani. Flavia Romei ci ha raccontato del suo atelier al Pigneto “Cheap Lobster” che crea gonne su misura con mix di stoffe provenienti da scarti tessili di aziende di moda.

Infine, durante la Magic City, il mercatino promosso dalla Luiss nel periodo di Natale,  LabGov ha collaborato con l’Associazione Viving del II Municipio e Young Ethos, un gruppo di studenti della Luiss Business School, per creare un punto di raccolta di abiti usati col fine di donarli, rigenerarli e riutilizzarli. Sono dunque intervenute Claudia Chimenti presidente dell’associazione Viving e Beatrice Signoretti e Jacopo Ventura in rappresentanza di Young Ethos per raccontarci l’evoluzione della Magic City e come parte di questi capi verranno rigenerati durante la Clinica Urbana grazie alla collaborazione di diversi attori e professionalità.

Prossimo appuntamento Venerdì 21 Febbraio con il primo modulo “Idea Generation Lab” e il workshop sul tema dell’Open Innovation curato dalla Professoressa Leone, e il 22 Febbraio per il co-working “Sustainable and Open Business Modelling Lab” con il dottor Alessandro Piperno, PhD Student di Management Luiss. Sarà un momento fondamentale per suscitare l’interesse degli studenti e unire la community Edu LabGov 2020 nonché  trovare il punto di partenza da cui avviare un processo di co-progettazione.

Smart City and Blockchain: Challenges and Opportunities

Smart City and Blockchain: Challenges and Opportunities

According to Rakesh Kaul, Partner at PwC, “a smart city is an implementation of an advanced and modern urbanization vision”. So, smart cities are structured to allow operational efficiencies, maximize environmental sustainability efforts and deal with citizen services such as:

  • citizen identities management and citizen participation;
  • payment system between people and organization;
  • employment;
  • health;
  • culture;
  • transportation;
  • environment and space;
  • energy and waste;
  • land management;
  • clean habitat;
  • infrastructure.

In this economic, social, technological and political context, these shifts are reshaping the world and new challenges arise for countries and particularly for cities. As governments are seeking to incorporate innovations within their smart cities, blockchain can offer something more.

So, blockchain’s role is quickly increasing because it brings decentralization, erases intermediaries, brings security among the systems and interoperability among users. To be clear, blockchain is a trusted distributed ledger system across a network of users. It is a system, where the parties cooperate to ease the transaction process, make it more anonymous and yet more secure.

According to Tom Zilavy, IBM Blockchain and Cloud solutions,  blockchain can be utilized for smart cities in different ways: first of all, blockchain can push citizens to smart choices motivating their behavior: for example, thanks to a smart contract, public authority will be able to automatically give you a reward for a conscious good behavior such as using public transport in your city; then, blockchain could increase effectivity offering the possibility to have all the information in one database with participants having predefined permissions to view or change (transact) the information they need (in the case of a smart trash bin); finally, blockchain can make energetics efficient: for example, citizens with solar panels on their houses could, thanks to smart contracts, automatically trade their unused electricity with their neighbours and others that are connected to the grid. These transactions would be executed automatically, with the help of smart contracts and therefore effectiveness would be achieved.

City worldwide are implementing blockchain projects: Estonia has catapulted itself on the global stage as a digital nation by proactively supporting blockchain startups and embracing blockchain in its own operations. In this context, Tallin hosts, for example, e-residency program that allows anyone to incorporate a digital enterprise in Estonia, without ever having set foot there; the Estonian Cryptocurrency Association, a nonprofit in Tallinn, has taken up the charge to help promote the ecosystem locally and globally. In Singapore, Smart Nation strategy seeks to transform former fishing villages into living laboratory of innovation, and that type of proactive thinking is one reason it’s 2018 year’s world leader in blockchain. Singapore GovTech office is exploring a handful of blockchain use cases, while the Monetary Authority of Singapore has pioneered a decentralized inter-bank payment and settlements solution. Finally, the city of Austin in Texas is currently piloting a program in which its 2,000 homeless residents will be given a unique identifier that’s safely and securely recorded on the blockchain

Blockchain brings a lot of pros but there are a great number of challenges still open. There is lack of coherent regulation, many players want to centralize blockchain and there is a need to increase performance, interoperability and reduce complexity and cost.