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.( )


The future of the PAC relies on collaboration!

The future of the PAC relies on collaboration!

An other important workshop in Centocelle, in the framework of the CO-Roma project, will be held on Wednesday, October 5th, in the hall of Rome’s V Municipio. The representatives of the various associations active on the territory will meet to discuss the creation of a cooperative of community that reunites all of them to manage together the redevelopment of the PAC (Archeological Park of Centocelle).


The workshop will be held only two days after a meeting (held on Monday, October 3rd) where the representatives of the associations counted themselves and started clarifying the priorities that have to be solved soon. The key focus of the path that we have undertaken together has not changed: the n.1 priority is to bring people back to theschermata-2016-10-05-alle-12-18-13 park, and to let it become usable again. But in order to achieve this objective, there are two issues that have to be solved soon: ensuring both a safe environment and the restoration of the activities that revolve around the park.



The participants focused around the identification of a small, but complex, action to be developed in a quadrant of the park: an action that could both solve an existing problem and test them as a collaborating team. Once that the quadrant was identified, thanks to the facilitation of Paola Santoro, the team listed the stakeholders that have to be involved in the process and the activities that can be proposed to them.

More info about the CO-Roma project are available here:


The first workshop of LabGov_EDU 2016 / 2017

The first workshop of LabGov_EDU 2016 / 2017

Last weekend, on September 30th, LabGov held the first workshop for  2016-2017, which aim was to present this year’s team to the new labgovers, and to inspire them with its mission and objectives.


The workshop begun in an ordinary classroom, where Erasmo Mormino (an ex LabGover) explained to the class his vision of this project and the opportunities it gave him in terms of competences in the labor market, and Elena De Nictolis, LabGov’s coordinator, showed the path that LabGov’s followed since its foundation. Soon with the students we decided to move outside, in the community garden, to show that LabGov is a research-action project and that they will be involved a lot in practical activities.



The session in the community garden begun with the intervention of prof. Christian Iaione, LagGov’s co-founder, who explained to the students what the collaborative governance and the urban commons are, and showed them some of the instruments of the collaboration, for instance the Bologna Regulation.

Suddenly the class was reached by Giovanni Lo Storto, LUISS University’s General Manager, who immediately captured the attention of the participants to let them discover the benefits and privileges of being able to share a garden within the University. He inspired the students to deeply understand the meaning of collaboration in their everyday life, caring about the environment they live in, and starting from the University.


Together with the rest of the team, composed by Chiara De Angelis, Benedetta Gillio, Alessandro Antonelli, Eloisa Susanna, Federico Di Costanzo, Paola Santoro, Elisabetta De Medici and Chiara Prevete, he focused on last year’s work, for instance the CO-Roma project. They presented them the mapping and experimenting activities held in five Roman neighborhoods and the process that led them to focus on the Centocelle construction-site.

The students presented themselves too, explaining what their competences are, what they think they could do for the project and what the project can give to them. Together with them, the LabGov team will co-design the process for this year of work, focusing on the urban experimentation fields of the CO-Roma project (

We are ready to rock this fifth edition of LabGov EDU!


LabGov workshop : go on with Co-Roma , go on with gardening boxes.

LabGov workshop : go on with Co-Roma , go on with gardening boxes.






On  8 and 9 April LabGov with his students , our labgovers , will have two days of Co-working.

On 8 April we will share ideas and we will discuss with professor Christian Iaione about the future of CO-Roma project ; trying to apply what learned in the  previous lessons , also with the help of more experienced Labgovers.

On 9 April we will continue in our mission : build gardening boxes , in which will help us  Zappata Romana and our vegetable gardens manager Fabio.

We will two days to share , to learn , to co-design .


8 e 9 Aprile due giorni di co-working per i nostri labgovers , in cui applicare quanto imparato e proseguire nella nostra missione di costruzione dei “gardening boxes”.

Storytelling for the Social Shift. Workshop February 26th.

Storytelling for the Social Shift. Workshop February 26th.

On the 26th of February the keynote speaker will be Dino Amenduni, one of the best international experts in social communication. He is partner of Proforma, the communication agency who dLabGov 22 febbraioesigned the campaigns of political characters as Vendola and Renzi, of organizations such as CGIL, of companies and various multinationals.

We will ask him advices on how to communicate our project ( CO-Roma ) to the city and how to mobilize the resources of the crowd. We are going to talk  about storytelling, what is and where storytelling came from .

Firstly he will explain us how to make a campaign through ten fundamental points. In a second moment, LabGov will discuss with him about his last project and his work of Rome’s commons mapping: LabGov is waiting for Dino Amenduni and his suggestions. Nowdays communication and how to comunicate is the first step to bring the projects to succeed; Dino Amenduni will share with us him knowledge  about it.


Il 26 febbraio il keynote speaker sarà Dino Amenduni, uno dei maggiori esperti nazionali di comunicazione social. È partner di Proforma, l’agenzia di comunicazione che pensato le campagne di comunicazione di personaggi come Vendola e Renzi, organizzazioni come CGIL, aziende e multinazionali varie. Chiederemo a lui consigli su come comunicare il progetto nella città e su come mobilitare le risorse del crowd per contribuire con noi alla mappatura.

rticle written by many hands from Benedetta Gillio, Adriana Marasco