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.

ReinventAda+ cultural regeneration in Villa Ada

ReinventAda+ cultural regeneration in Villa Ada

10415586_10152320149403020_4162623313737416549_nOn June 26th, 2014, LabGov has organized an event together with the social and cultural club La Calzoleria to regenerate the Temple of Flora in the roman park Villa Ada. The event has been organized with the cooperation of the Roman Superintendence for the Cultural Goods and the representatives of the public Administration have been willing to work together with the students, their professors and the General Manager of LUISS Guido Carli, Giovanni Lo Storto. Among the authorities who joined us, there were Alberta Campitelli, Manager of the Roman Historical parks, Agnese Micozzi, Cultural Assessor of the II Municipality and Giuseppe Gerace, President of the II Municipality of Rome. Following the words of the Head of the Political Science Department of LUISS professor Sebastiano Maffettone, who during his readings about Gandhi and Kant stressed “the importance of changing ourselves before pretending that others change”, the Labgovers decided to continue the work that had been started last October. The first ReinventAda event had been meant to restore the original beauty of the Temple. This time, the regeneration has been followed by “Intimismi”, an event of cultural entertainment provided by La Calzoleria with live music by the band Marcello e il mio amico Tommaso, and Luca Bertelli, who played a Swiss uncommon instrument called Hang. Moreover, thanks to the collaboration with Urban Decorations the guests have been able to assist to a live painting exhibition by the artist Lorenzo Properzi. The aim of the Laboratory was to set an example for the future, of active citizenship and a collaboration with the various associations, institutional entities, as well as civic and business subjects interested in achieving cultural and entertainment activities to re-appraise the Temple of Flora and restore its former function of meeting place and cultural exchange. We hence presented a Pact of Collaboration for the care and shared governance of urban commons, starting with the Temple. “Regeneration -as professor Christian Iaione declared- means a permanent and continuous care and shared responsibility.”

ReinventAda+, a second opportunity of shared regeneration in Villa Ada

ReinventAda+, a second opportunity of shared regeneration in Villa Ada

Banner ReinventAda+ (1)The next June 26th, 2014 at the Temple of Flora in Rome will be held ReinventAda+, an opportunity of shared regeneration organized by LabGov in the wake of the highly successful ReinventAda, held in October 2013 together with La Calzoleria, club of social and cultural promotion.

LabGov considers as handbook and benchmark the Regulation adopted by the Municipality of Bologna on the “Cooperation among citizens and administration for the care and the regeneration of urban commons” and the urban commons at issue is the Temple of Flora which is in the wonderful park of Villa Ada, in Rome.

The Labgovers will symbolically repossess the Temple on June 26th, for a second edition of shared regeneration that, this time, will also see the presence of artists to animate the event.

In fact, during the first edition of ReinventAda, held on October the 25th, 2013, the Labgovers have cleaned up and restored the Temple and its surrounding area that, despite the restoration works made over the years, were in a state of degradation and abandonment.

During that memorable day it was shown that thanks to the cooperation of the local Administration (the Councillors of the City of Rome Flavia  Barca and Estella Marino were actually attending the event) the people willing to roll up their sleeves can easily do it and take care of those urban commons which the Administration often loses sight of.

After eight months, however, the writers (the ones who only soil, not the artists), the waste and the dry leaves are back together with the abandonment, so the Temple of Flora is back to seem an old ruin left alone. But the Labgovers do not accept this situation and they have decided to persist and continue to work actively on the territory.


Thus, on June the 26th will be held ReinventAda+, the second edition of the first ReinventAda event that this time will not only consider the cleaning of the Temple but also moments of entertainment, called “Intimismi”, with music, reading and an exhibition of live painting made by Urban Decoarations. LabGov intends to contribute to the construction of a steering committee that aggregates the various associations, institutional entities, as well as civic and business subjects interested in achieving cultural and amusement activities to enhance the Temple of Flora and restore its former function of meeting place and cultural exchange. For this reason will be presented a Pact of Collaboration to ensure that the Temple of Flora will soon become a meeting and interest place for the local community.


Here the programme of ReinventAda+:

h 2:00 pm – Start of the activities

  • Setting up and Regeneration of the Temple of Flora

h 4:30 pm – Arrivals of guests


h 5:00 pm – “A proposal for the shared Governance of Villa Ada”

  • Opening greeting from LabGov
  • Presentation of the Pact of Collaboration
  • Presentation of the Handbook for the Placemaking
  • Reading by Professor Sebastiano Maffettone

 h 5.00 pm Live painting by Lorenzo Properzi of Urban Decorations

h 5:30 pm – Cultural entertainment “Intimismi”

  • Music provided by La Calzoleria with:
  • Marcello e il mio amico Tommaso
  • Luca Bertelli


h 7: 30pm – End of the activities


For LabGov Group

Stefano Speranza



10363376_10203255211317736_4277849537028593302_nOn Monday, May 19th at Luiss Guido Carli University, will be held the event ‘Coltiviamoci. LabGov will host in Viale Romania 32, Aula Polivalente, a workshop focused on collective management of urban and environmental commons and on the development of institutional economic and social innovation. LabGov students will present the results achieved with the Lab’s activities and initiatives of 2014, and they will have also the pleasureto share knowledge, experiences and ideas with representatives from Coldiretti, Zappata Romana and Lazio Region Expo 2015 Steering Committee. This will be a unique event to talk about participatory processes aiming at actively involving actors on Expo 2015 major themes: ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’. Thus the workshop will focus on concrete, sustainable, technological solutions put forward by active citizens, such as community gardens, and by agricultural entrepreneurs taking care of the land as a commons.


  • h 18.15 video show of LabGov2014 activities
  • h 18.20 presentation of LabGov2014 results
  • h 18.30 LabGov 2015 vs Expo2015


Giovanni Lo Storto – Luiss Guido Carli General Director

Maria Letizia Gardoni – President of Giovani Coldiretti

Luca D’Eusebio – Zappata Romana/ Hortus Urbis

Albino Ruberti – AD and President of Zétema and Coordinator of the Expo2015 working group for the region Lazio


  • Concluding remarks: Gregorio Arena and Christian Iaione (Labsus)


  • h 20.00 Awarding of participation certificates for LabGov’ s students; awarding of gratitude certificates for LabGov guest speakers
ReinventAda: a regeneration experiment

ReinventAda: a regeneration experiment

reinventadaOn Friday 25 October LabGov – Laboratory for the Governance of the Commons, presented its first shared regeneration experiment. The event called “ReinventAda” aimed to take care of the Temple of Flora, the XVIII century Pallavicini’s Coffeehouse in Villa Ada in Rome.

LabGov, a project born in the LUISS University of Rome, was ideated and strongly supported by Labsus – Laboratory for the Subsidiary and its President and Director, respectively Professors Gregorio Arena and Christian Iaione. The great challenge that LabGov wants to solve is to find mechanisms that allow citizens, public administrations, associations and business to create alliances in order to find common solutions to common problems and to create the shared administration of the commons.

The Temple of Flora even if has been renovated several times by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage of Rome, was in decay, above all due to graffiti on the walls and garbage. Institutions needed the help of citizens that in the everyday life can take care of this artistic edifice immersed on the green.


The activity has been to clean up the building and the space around from the garbage and to whitewash the walls from graffiti. The Temple of Flora, Roman deities of the spring, symbolically wants to recall the idea of a new Renaissance, made possible through an alliance between citizens and public administration.

The day spent in Villa Ada, a beautiful city park, formerly the residence of the Italian royal family, saw the Labgovers weave an alliance with the by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage of Rome, thanks to which the intervention has been possible and that was very enthusiastic of the project. The enlighten manager, Mrs Giovanna Alberta Campitelli, in charge of Villas and Historic Parks, welcomed the project and opened the door of the administration.

Another important alliance established has been that with the Department of Environment and Department of Culture of Rome Capital, of which the representatives, respectively Mrs. Estella  Marino and Flavia Barca participated in the initiative by painting walls and picking up garbage. Guest of events also the “Founding Fathers” of LabGov, the General Director of LUISS University Giovanni Lo Storto, and President and Vice-President of Labsus, Professor Gregorio Arena and Mrs. Maria Teresa Rosito.

The primary objective of ReinventAda was to raise awareness of the local community toward a common good that plays an important role in the quality of life of citizens such as this city park, with naturalistic, artistic and cultural heritage.


A second important aspect is to bring together different subject, governmental and non-governmental, interested to the wellbeing of the Villa, and facilitate theirs common work along a path that have to conduct to the shared administration of Villa Ada. Moreover this experiment should be a model for other similar situations in villas and historical parks in the city of Rome.


A strategy based on shared administration could bring a contribution of times, energies, ideas, skills, talents, resources and competences from civil society that represent the real added value of this model, useful for a better management of environmental, artistic and cultural heritage.


This new paradigm of administration, complementary not alternative, that strengthens the classical one, intends to increase the responsibility of all subject willing to take care of the problems of the community. And the event of ReinventAda confirmed how all the subjects involved has been ready and strongly active in supporting, promoting and concretely participate.


On the one hand, ReiventAda, has transformed for one day Villa Ada in a theater in which active citizens can express all their willingness and awareness of the importance of the space around them. On the other hand public administration can start this transformation in three ways: simplifying the procedures and the rules to allow an easier access for citizens; providing instruments that come from the education, to the organization since the materials necessary for the realization of these kind of projects; coordinating and ensuring the quality of the project.

This has been the first step towards a project that aims to create a shared governance of the Villa, providing institutions mechanism that allow normal citizens to take care of the immense cultural heritage that is all around us.