Co-designing #OrtoLUISS!

Co-designing #OrtoLUISS!

27- 28 marzo 4


Today at LabGov we’ll co-design the #OrtoLuiss. After the co-design session with Daniela Selloni last week, we will implement the knowledge acquired in term of co-designed services. We will try to draw and translate in practice the idea we have about the #OrtoLuiss as a place of collaboration, an educational space and a stage where many kind of events could take place. This time our challenge will be also to make the co-design process as spread as possible among the LUISS community. In the second part of the workshop, we’ll have another co-design session for the AMUSE project, which consists in a collaboration between LabGov, AMUSE and neighborhood for the requalification of the Piazza Ungheria’s flowerbed.

On Saturday, Labgov students together with LUISS professors and staff, will continue the experiment of the cooking course, with the help of LUISS canteen chefs. In the afternoon, all all those who have a passion for gardening, are invited to participate to the gardening course at #OrtoLuiss from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., in Viale Romania 32.

The territorial adaptation of “sharing economy”.

The territorial adaptation of “sharing economy”.


condivisioneThe sharing economy is growing faster than ever and it represents nowadays a mainstream tendency. However, when we talk about a new vision for the economy, we have to consider that it encompasses a new set of variables and determinants.

First of all, sharing economy is about a paradigmatic change that opens the path to a systemic collaboration between users, producers and mediators.

In a sense, the narrative of sharing economy gives evidence of a new phenomenon, which is related to the crescent role of the “agents” of collaboration. In a nutshell, there is a plurality of subjects -including citizens, entrepreneurs and Public administration- that work together for the co-production of public policies.

It is helpful to imagine the sharing economy as a strategic roundtable for the osmotic confrontation of the principal political, economic and social agents.

Once the vignette is clear, the new element is about transforming confrontation into executive collaboration, in order to substitute the essential service providing with a pioneering form of social co-working.

It is true that the dysfunctions of the current capitalist mechanism and the pitfalls of the institutional governance structure threaten the provision of public services. For this reason, it is necessary to sustain active networks of civic stakeholders in order to facilitate the design and the provision of services.

However, we should not think about sharing economy as a mere externalization, or as an appealing tool to confer responsibilities with resignation.

For this reason, the traditional array of public services is just complemented and supported by a new strand of principal actors, namely citizens and enterprises.

In principle, we are assisting to an hybrid evolution of the traditional supply chains, whereas the integration and collaboration among “diverse “can narrow the distance between Public administration and local networks.

Clearly, as well explained in an article by “Tempi Ibridi“, the ground for transformation is first of all territorial, because the “asset class” of “changemakers” is the local dimension.

There are several examples of successful transformation, like the one in the Municipality of Brescia.

Even enterprises and multinational firms like Leroy Merlin are shifting toward the paradigm of sharing economy, including their customers in the business plan.

However, as Neal Gorenflo correctly reminded us in a previous event, we must pay attention to the issue of social hierarchies: the real sharing economy is about dissolving the gap between trans-formational economy and trans-action sharing, which basically still represents a mere re-adaptation of the old capitalist paradigm to new economic trends.

We need to open cities, to make them shareable and to activate participation, though at the same time it is fundamental not to reply inefficient monopolies under false pretenses.


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La sharing economy rappresenta ormai il punto di partenza nella definizione delle policy pubbliche. La discesa in campo di attori non istituzionali, tipicamente cittadini e imprese, ha rinvigorito il network del decision-making, conferendogli una struttura maggiormente partecipata.

L’innovazione della sharing economy è rappresentata quindi dalla possibilità, tanto più dalla necessità di integrare una nuova pluralità di soggetti nelle reti di co-progettazione e design delle politiche pubbliche, intese come policy.

Queste nuove forme di partecipazione rappresentano l’elemento nuovo della sharing economy, nonché il principale agente dello sviluppo economico-sociale.

Se quindi i nuovi network collaborativi impersonano la figura del changemaker, i luoghi principali della trasformazione sono le città e gli ambienti urbani.

E’ proprio nell’ambito della territorialità che emergono nuove filiere di co-progettazione per destrutturare e riaggregare i servizi in un’ottica society-oriented.

Certamente, quello della sharing economy è un passaggio complesso, ma alcuni territori possono già rappresentare un esempio d’innovazione sociale, tra cui il caso di Brescia…

Come ci ricorda un articolo di “Tempi Ibridi“, l’eterogeneità e la co-progettazione diventano lo stimolo necessario per avviare la trasformazione del modello economico classico.

E’ proprio in questo contesto di osmosi, che anche il business può diventare partecipato, come per esempio nel caso di Leroy Merlin.

Next Snia Viscosa: Rieti attracts ideas

Next Snia Viscosa: Rieti attracts ideas

NexT SNIA Viscosa is an open call for attracting ideas, talents and competences for the regeneration of an ex-industrial area in the City of Rieti.

The underlying idea is not about selecting the best project or about competition among ideas, rather the working method of collaboration and co-design becomes an objective itself.


All local and international stakeholders are called to work in a transversal and interdisciplinary manner on the themes of social innovation and urban requalification.

The participative structure of the call makes possible to include all those local stakeholders that are interested in building a new narrative of the territory.


The project of regeneration becomes a transparent experiment of social co-designing and it gives the possibility to be part of the think-tank together with professionals and changemakers.


The project promoters are the Municipality of Rieti, Rena, Monte dei Paschi di Siena and Snark for the technical support.


To participate, please visit > link

Further info at > Link

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Presentato il bando internazionale NexT Snia Viscosa: un’opportunità di rilancio per Rieti


Giovedì 29 gennaio, presso il cinema Moderno, l’associazione RENA, il Comune di Rieti e Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena hanno lanciato il bando internazionale “NexT Snia Viscosa”, sulla base di un importante progetto di riqualificazione di un ex area industriale del territorio laziale.


L’idea del bando è quella di raccogliere la sfida di una rigenerazione urbana di aree produttive dismesse, attraverso l’utilizzo di strumenti di innovazione sociale e tecniche di co-progettazione. L’idea principale è quella di mettere insieme un gruppo di professionisti ed innovatori sociali, nonché di persone che abbiano competenze di analisi, progettazione e di racconto dell’area.

Individuare una direzione progettuale richiede infatti un approccio trasversale che coinvolga allo stesso tempo cittadini e operatori del territorio, in modo da comprendere quali siano le reali motivazioni ed esigenze del cambiamento.


Il bando mira quindi a raccogliere idee per la riqualificazione dell’ex Snia Viscosa e ad attirare manifestazioni di interesse, da parte di tutti quei soggetti interessati, siano essi attori locali, nazionali o internazionali impegnati su tematiche di progettazione ed innovazione sociale.


Il percorso prevede una fase di ricerca, ascolto ed osservazione -sulla base di un approccio di comunicazione e partecipazione trasparente alla città e agli stakeholders coinvolti- ed infine un vero e proprio processo di co-progettazione e formulazione progettuale.


Per rispondere alla call, si rimanda al link seguente : link


Ulteriori informazioni su: link

Bologna Regulation on public collaboration for urban commons

Bologna Regulation on public collaboration for urban commons

Schermata 2014-12-18 alle 19.06.26

The City of Bologna has just adopted the translation prepared by 2013/2014 LabGov interns as the official English version of the Bologna Regulation on public collaboration between citizens and the city for the care and regeneration of urban commons. The official English version of the Regulation is available here.

LabGov interns participated actively to “La città come bene comune” (i.e. “The city as a commons“) project in Bologna, carrying out research activities, training programs and co-design sessions. One of LabGov strategists, Christian Iaione, was also a key member of the working group which drafted the “Regolamento sulla collaborazione per la cura e rigenerazione dei beni comuni urbani” of the Comune di Bologna.

According to the regulation active citizens (i.e. social innovators, entrepreneurs, civil society organizations and knowledge institutions willing to work in the general interest) can enter into a co-design process with the city leading to the signing of a “patto di collaborazione per la cura o rigenerazione dei beni comuni urbani“. Urban commons are mainly public spaces, urban green spaces and abandoned buildings or areas.

Using the institutional technology of public collaboration (” or “amministrazione condivisa“) Italian cities and communities can transplant Elinor Ostrom‘s idea of “governance dei beni comuni” (i.e. “governance of the commons”) in urban contexts, as Sheila Foster has already theorized.

The regulation is at the same time a form of social innovation enabling tool and fosters the birth of collaborative economy or sharing economy ventures. Indeed the regulation has dedicated specific articles to “innovazione sociale e servizi collaborativi“, “creatività urbana” and “innovazione digitale“. As a matter of fact social innovation and collaborative services, urban creativity, digital innovation  must be the centerpiece of a “sharing city” or “collaborative city“, which is by default a commons-oriented city and therefore a co-city.

Last, “public collaboration” is centered upon the use of bottom-up or collaborative “nudge” or “nudging” techniques  and “service design” techniques. Indeed, the regulation strengthens the importance of information/communication tools, training and educational initiatives, facilitation activities, as much as the need for measuring and evaluating the impact of the regulation and collaboration pacts or initiatives activated under the umbrella of the regulation.