CON IL SUD Foundation: call for the requalification of 14 common goods; third time is the charm.

CON IL SUD Foundation: call for the requalification of 14 common goods; third time is the charm.



An Italian Foundation (CON IL SUD) wants to revalue some buildings (14 to be exact) according to projects made by the local communities, enterprises and institutions. CON IL SUD granted 4 million euros in order to enact such propositions aimed to allow the community to enjoy such common goods in a sustainable way.

This is the third edition of this call that previously managed to enforce 21 projects with a cost of 8 millions euros.

The Foundation asked to the cities of the south of Italy to propose some buildings and places eligible to this end, and 14 out of the 22 proposed were choose. 5 of those are in Sicily, 7 in Puglia and 2 in Campania.

The legal property of this good will be given by the owner (the region) to the organization that won the call for that building for at least 10 years, in advance of knowing what the use will be, and the requests made for the financing of the renewing of a public good cannot exceed 500.000€.

On their website is it still possible to see the full list of the public goods that are part of the call and everyone can present an idea or a project, even when the call will be over on 14th of July 2015.

This experiment aims to make clear that every community wants to cooperate and to put their efforts together in order to achieve a better lifestyle and a better world for everyone to enjoy.

La Fondazione CON IL SUD alla sua terza edizione per la riqualifica dei beni comuni; terza edizione con I fiocchi

La Fondazione CON IL SUD vuole, con la terza edizione di questo bando, rivalutare 14 beni comuni presenti in Sicilia, Puglia e Campania, grazie ad un fondo di 4 milioni di euro.

Grazie a questo bando i progetti scelti saranno sovvenzionati fino ad un massimo di 500.000€ per le spese di ristrutturazione e i vincitori avranno la proprietà del bene assegnato per almeno 10 anni.

Sul sito internet è possibile consultare la lista completa dei beni comuni scelti e, anche dopo la chiusura del bando che si terrà il 14 luglio 2015 sarà possibile proporre idee e progetti.


Project “Beni Comuni”: when sharing heals the spirit of the community

Project “Beni Comuni”: when sharing heals the spirit of the community

foto Beni ComuniWhat happens when a region is scourged by a natural disaster, like an earthquake? There is the time  grief, of course, and the time of reconstruction, involving an extremely delicate phase: the healing of the victims’ souls.

That was the motivation that pushed the Ministry of the Tourism and Cultural Activities to fund an initiative, the “Beni Comuni Project”, that gathered the ETR Foundation, ATER and eleven Provinces (Campogalliano, Carpi, Cavezzo, Cento, Concordia sulla Secchia, Finale Emilia, Mirandola, Novi di Modena, San Felice sul Panaro, San Possidonio, Soliera). Their goal was to recover and reunite the spirits of the communities threatened by the 2012 earthquake by an active participation in the organization of public events with the main goal to foster the sharing sense.

This idea is much needed in a time where society tends to be more and more egoistic, full of technological barriers that allows people to communicate easily with one another, but at the same time tends to label those who cannot afford such connections as “social pariah”. Stimulate the spark of active cooperation and sharing may ignite again an essential characteristic of the human soul that is slowly dying as the society evolves.

The Project reunites 24 partners: from schools to theatres and music schools: through the organization of public events, shows, concerts and readings, this group wishes to foster the reconstruction of the populations that survived the earthquake, thanks to arts and artistic expression. In the words of a member of the Project: “a way to allow the community to restore the spaces destroyed by the earthquake and start again with a stronger sharing spirit”.

This approach is really valuable, also because allows the people’s mind to wander off such grief and crisis and their souls to understand that nothing is over and everything can be solved, as long as there is a common goal and a common support. Act as one, survive as a whole.




Cosa accade a una comunità quando essa viene distrutta da un cataclisma naturale, come un terremoto? Ovviamente c’è il tempo del dolore, e dopo la ricostruzione inizia una fase delicatissima: la rigenerazione degli spiriti dei cittadini.

A tale proposito è stato finanziato dal Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo e promosso dal Comune di Carpi in collaborazione con ERT Fondazione e ATER il “Progetto Beni Comuni”.

Esso coinvolge undici Comuni (Campogalliano, Carpi, Cavezzo, Cento, Concordia sulla Secchia, Finale Emilia, Mirandola, Novi di Modena, San Felice sul Panaro, San Possidonio, Soliera) del cratere sismico con l’obiettivo di rinsaldare e ricostruire le identità delle comunità minacciate dal terremoto del 2012 attraverso la partecipazione attiva alla costruzione di eventi artistici che abbiano come orizzonte primario il senso della condivisione e dello stare in comune.

L’idea alla base del Progetto è encomiabile, e potrebbe essere spiegata in vari modi, ma il modo migliore è utilizzare le parole di un esponente del Progetto: Il progetto Beni Comuni ha un valore intrinseco e speciale. Non è solo un programma destinato alla fruizione, ma un laboratorio di produzione culturale che coinvolge professionisti dello spettacolo ma anche e soprattutto i cittadini. Uno spazio artistico composto da tanti luoghi […]. Un modo concreto per le comunità di rimpadronirsi degli spazi violentati dal sisma e ripartire, con uno spirito di socialità condivisa”.

Questa idea è necessaria anche per un altro motivo: essa consente di far vagare la mente delle vittime del sisma lontano dal dolore e dalla sofferenza, e far capire che nulla è perduto e tutto è superabile, se si collabora e ci si aiuta nella comunità: Agisci come uno, sopravvivi come gruppo.


Smart City Expo World Congress: Multinational companies lit the fire of hope

Smart City Expo World Congress: Multinational companies lit the fire of hope

Articolo LabGov SmartCities

On November 18-20 2014 there was the 4th edition of theSmart City Expo World Congress” (SCEWC), and it took place in Barcelona.
The topics covered during this event were: Smart Society, Technology, Governance, Energy, Mobility and Sustainable City.
It was an event full of discussions, projects  and a lot of great ideas were discussed around such topics; the “Smart Society” theme was focused on the fostering of creativity, innovation, economic development and collaboration inside the boundaries of the cities, bringing the population to the center of decision-making in order to make urban and social development more democratic. Cities must be reinvented and transformed so that they become more sustainable, and improve quality of life and economic performance. This should be a shared vision and the way forward for citizens, public and private organizations and multi-stakeholders.
This topic is growing in importance in modern society, and recently there was also an European call, “Horizon 2020”, that was focused on the attempt to bring the population closer to the European mechanisms, in order to foster the collaboration between citizens and governments, and create a network of Smart Cities all around Europe.
All the topics that formed the “core” of this were deeply covered, and all seemed to express a common will to shift the modern view and use of energy, technologies and governance towards a collaborative approach, were the citizens cooperate with the governments in order to produce and support a lifestyle focused on the sustainability of energy, lifestyle, governance and technologies.
As a matter of fact, consumers are in a demanding shift, asking for a new energy model, environmentally and economically sustainable, making better use of local scale and renewable resources, while having a global focus and a strong partnership between governments and companies. The marketplace for wind or solar energy is shifting and reaching the mainstream. Every industry is regulatory and subsidy dependent. Clean energy in short will be able to deliver to local stable energy and subsidies will decline over time, as many of the renewables are able to be paid by themselves. This technological revolution is an opportunity of real change in how cities are operated and therefore a possible way forward for economic and social development.
This congress was a great example of how the modern societies’ demands managed to influence the economic and political spheres, and the fact that more and more multinational companies like IBM, Philips, Nissan, BNP Paribas, Microsoft, Oracle and Cisco became more concerned about such topics and aware of the possible available solutions is indeed a beacon of light into the grim darkness of the “non-collaborative future”.
The 5th edition of the SCEWC will take place on the 17-19 of November 2015, and given the growing success and importance of such event, it is possible to hope for some real projects to be proposed regarding the topics of sustainability.


Smart City Expo World Congress: Le Multinazionali accendono il faro della speranza.

Nella quarta edizione della SCEWC si sono discusse tematiche fondamentali quali energia, tecnologie, Smart Cities, governance e sostenibilità.
Dalle conferenze e dai workshop è emerso che la società sta cambiando e che desidera sempre più spostarsi verso una società più attenta e proiettata alla sostenibilità e alla governance comune.
Il ciclo di conferenze ha dimostrato come la società moderna riesce ad influenzare la sfera politica ed economica; il fatto che numerose multinazionali del calibro di IBM, Philips, Nissan, BNP Paribas, Microsoft, Oracle e Cisco abbiano preso parte a questo evento dimostrandosi sensibili alle tematiche sopracitate ci rende più fiduciosi riguardo al futuro.
La prossima edizione del SCEWC si terrà dal 17 al 19 Novembre del 2015 e si potrebbe azzardare la speranza di vedere una serie di progetti concreti prendere forma.

The Revenge of peripheries: A Masterplan by Renzo Piano

The Revenge of peripheries: A Masterplan by Renzo Piano

The G124 is a working group lead by the visionary architect and Senator Renzo Piano that works for the re-qualification of the peripheries.

The idea to set up a Lab for the requalification of the urban texture was born as a response to the mounting necessity to restore the ghost spaces of the cities, in particular the old industrial districts. The renaissance of the peripheries is not only an architectural phenomenon, as it involves functions that are far beyond the physicality of spaces.

Indeed, periphery is often a synonymous of identity, but at the same time it demonstrated during the last decades to be so fragile and disconnected from the city.


The Master plan by Renzo Piano for the regeneration of the maxi area of the old industrial district FALK in the city of Milan, intends to mend the “collective conscience” and to establish a new canon of urban architecture, as well as new roles for spaces: In order to contribute to the spirit of the community, it is necessary to rethink the physiognomy of spaces and to assign them the value of melting pot of the collective identity.

The imaginative vision of the working team goes far beyond the boundary of current times, since the project envision a new architecture and new functions for “the city that will be”.

In this sense, there is the awareness that we need to set up today a social construction yard for building the physical innovations of tomorrow.

The terrain is fertile for the inception of a model of active school, that become a sort of educational lab with flexible spaces and instruments that facilitate a collaborative approach to knowledge.

The urban renaissance must be fertilized with structures that are able to sustain collaboration and positive networking; at the same time, it becomes crucial to conquer those abandoned spaces for transforming them into shipyards of social innovation. Let’s think for example to the common gardening or to the quarter Laboratories (LDQ).

Moreover, we shall protect the fragility of our cities by conferring responsibilities to the new generation, by giving them adequate public structures as well as the possibility to invent new jobs.

For this reason, we believe that the project lead by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop will be a prominent example in the area of urban regeneration, especially regarding schools, their educational system and their role in the neighborhood, as they are simply the most important and prolonged space of collective rendezvous.


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Luiss: one of a kind!

Luiss: one of a kind!

What makes LUISS University unique? The answer may be more than one: we could talk about its students, its faculty, its staff and all the associations existing within it. Recently it has been developed a project that aims at riching the capital of our university and it is the “community garden”. The idea, which has been proposed and implemented by the dean of the University, Mr. Giovanni Lo Storto, immediately captured the attention of a group of student swho, thanks to the Laboratory for the Governance of Commons, had the opportunity to discover the benefits and privileges of being able to share a garden within the University. The laboratory gives the possibility to concretely understand the meaning of words such as “sharing“, “cooperation” and “sustainability“. Moreover it aims at making the LUISS community aware of the huge benefits that could be gained from the garden management. Through the ideas, efforts, energies, skills and talents shared within LabGov we were able to put in practice our talents and creativity. Thanks to the garden ,we discovered a place where the mind can finally be unbound from competitiveness, daily stress and negative thoughts. Working in the garden, having a contact with the nature and having the possibility to work with your own hands, allows you to liberate your mind from classical procedurals chemes and to develop collateral talents and skills. Planting a tree, a vegetable or anaromatic plant and observing its daily growth gives you a sense of pride and satisfaction. It’s not an individual work but a social one. The garden needs a lot of care and attention which comes from the cooperative work of the community. However it is amazing how sharing experiences could be so entertaining and constructive at the same time.

The two fold experience of manual work and theoryis a perfect combination for refining ours kills; moreover, not only the experience of the laboratory is a perfect way for developing an eco-friendly attitude and lifestyle, but it also creates the bases for building a strong professional figure and character. LabGov could be defined as a genuine community, an incubator of passions and talents, made out by different people which share similar interests and that believe in values such as sustainability, collaboration and care for the Commons. LabGov is open to everyone and welcomes enthusiastically all the new people who want to get involved. The entire LUISS community is welcomed at the opening event on 26th November, where we will have the pleasure to inaugurate the garden. We are sure that you will all be fascinated by this unique world.



LUISS: unica nel suo genere!

Cosa rende Luiss unica nel suo genere? Semplice! Un orto condiviso.
Il progetto ha subito avuto successo all’interno della comunità Luiss, e grazie al supporto del Laboratorio per la governance dei beni comuni l’interesse degli studenti per la sostenibilità, la collaborazione e la condivisione si è concretizzato. L’orto è motivo di orgoglio e soddisfazione e sarà inaugurato il 26 novembre 2014, così da dare a tutti coloro che ancora non hanno avuto la fortuna di ‘sporcarsi le mani’ di mettere in pratica le proprie capacità.