In an increasingly polluted world the local communities bring with them a huge, but unfortunately often neglected, potential for the development of social innovation initiatives aimed at a radical change in favor of renewable energy.
The seminar “Local Communities and Social Innovation for the Energy Transition” to be held at JRC Ispra Site (Ispra, Varese, Italy) on 22 and 23 November 2018 aims to study this potential and research recommendations aimed at obtaining a better exploitation of energy resources.
Furthermore, existing obstacles and conditions that favor or undermine the potential of local communities in the development of remedies of this kind will be discussed, as well as new models of innovation governance useful for the growth, consolidation and dissemination of social innovation initiatives in local communities.
We will also discuss the characteristics that allow local energy communities to be recognized in the panorama of EU regulations and how they can be disseminated through European policy. Some of the main existing examples of initiatives of local energy communities developed in the EU will be discussed below.
Finally, particular attention will be given to the important role that can be played by municipalities, both as local energy communities, as facilitators and as promoters of social innovation initiatives.
At the seminar will be present: Nicola Labanca (JRC Energy Efficiency and Renewables Unit), Sabine Hielscher (University of Sussex – UK), Josh Roberts (RESCoop.eu, Belgium), Paolo Bertoldi (JRC Energy Efficiency and Renewables Unit), Christian Iaione (LUISS Guido Carli University, IT), David Hammerstein (Commons Network), Fritz Reusswig (Potsdman Institute for Climate Impact Research, DE), : Daniele Paci (JRC Energy Efficiency and Renewables Unit), Jan Steinkohl (European Commission, DG ENER, Brussels), Dirk Hendricks (European Renewable Energy Federation, Brussels), Nikolaos Hatziargyriou (National Technical University of Athens, EL), Fabio Monforti (JRC Air and Climate Unit), Anna Mengolini (Energy Security, Distribution and Markets Unit, Joint Research Centre), Sarah Rieseberg (Arepo Consult, DE), Chiara Candelise (IEFE Bocconi University, IT), Gianluca Ruggieri (Insubria University, IT), Dick Magnusson (Linköping University, SE), Verhoeven Sofie (Ghent Municipality, BE), Lourdes Berdié (Network for Energy Sovereignty – Barcelona).
Professor Iaione, co-founder of LabGov, will present in the second discussion panel “Governance and Local Communities’ Social Innovation: which governance
approaches are needed to stimulate this innovation?” on the “Pooling Economy, Tech Justice and Urban Experimentalism for a Human Rights-based Approach to the Sharing Economy”.
On October the 14th, LabGov started the first co-working session in which Paola Santoro, an expert designer, exposed the “hero’s journey” having as protagonists Alessandra and Urio: the spokespersons of the raising Community of the Public Park of Centocelle. This is the #Co-Rome project (www.co-roma.it): an audacious initiative in which achievements and failures characterized the essence of the challenge.
The core topic of the meeting was to understand,also through creative games, what is “la facilitazione dei beni comuni”, more specifically how LabGov assisted the community as mentors, not imposing themselves as superior entities capable of solving problems, rather as an enterprising group that can offer them all the means to improve the environmental situation of a public park, with the common goal to fill-in the gap between the community’s unsatisfied social reality and the dreamed one. This “green” forgotten area, that at a first glance might appear as common as any other park in Rome, deep inside has embedded all the shared values that gradually arose once that a touch-point between the park’s users and the object used was fixed.
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 the 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: http://co-roma.it/
The fifth edition of LUISS LabGov Educational Lab (workshops, co-design sessions and fieldwork) will re-start on September 30th, 2016! The meeting will be held in Viale Romania, 32 – 00198 Rome at 4.00 PM.
EDU_LabGov 2016-2017 will explore the principles, techniques, instruments and practices of the roman commons’ management. Rome, in particular its periferic areas, is going to be the focus of this experience, which will begin from LUISS community garden, intended as a gym for collaboration, cooperation and auto-organization. Students will learn to build and develop concrete projects of social innovation, sharing economy and collaborative urban development for the city of Rome, in particular in the urban experimentation fields of the CO-Roma project (www.co-roma.it)
More info about the Laboratory here: http://www.luiss.it/studenti/soft-skills-and-training-opportunities/soft-skills-con-cfu/corsi-di-laurea-triennale-e-ma-1
The calendar of activities is available here: http://www.luiss.it/sites/www.luiss.it/files/LabGov_1.pdf
La quinta edizione di LUISS LabGov (workshops, sessioni di co-design e fieldwork) ripartirà il 30 settembre 2016 alle ore 16.00 in Viale Romania, 32 – Roma!
Il nuovo LABoratorio per la GOVernance dei beni comuni riprenderà le sue attività concentrandosi sulla Città Eterna, Roma, e in particolare nei cantieri di sperimentazione urbana del progetto CO-Roma (www.co-roma.it). Anche in questo caso, le 5 anime dellagovernance collaborativa (social innovation, istituzioni, Università , imprese e società civile) collaboreranno per RIcostruire Roma, rendendola più vivibile e sostenibile.
Informazioni dettagliate sulla struttura del Laboratorio a questo link: http://www.luiss.it/studenti/soft-skills-and-training-opportunities/soft-skills-con-cfu/corsi-di-laurea-triennale-e-ma-1
Il calendario delle attività è disponibile qui: http://www.luiss.it/sites/www.luiss.it/files/LabGov_1.pdf
Tomorrow, 1st of September, LabGov with Christian Iaione will be in Amsterdam to answer the following question: “how can we govern urban commons in co-creation?”
During the event, David Bollier will present his ideas on “an ageless paradigm of cooperation and fairness that is re-making our world.” Together with Christian Iaione (LabGov), David Hammerstein (Commons Network), Marleen Stikker (Waag Society) and Stan Majoor (HvA) he is going to explore what it means to see the city as a commons.
The event is part of the “New Democracy” series, organized by European Cultural Foundation (ECF), Netwerk Democratie and Pakhuis de Zwijger in order to analyze democratic and cultural renewal in Europe from a citizen’s perspective, can be followed through live streaming at this link: https://dezwijger.nl/programma/the-city-as-a-commons#_=_