Turning Tables – Reporting from Calabria 2017

Turning Tables – Reporting from Calabria 2017

On Wednesday the 10th of May the Turning Tables initiative, promoted by the network of international Laboratories UrbanLab+[1], comes to Calabria for a collective laboratory aiming at stimulating a dialogue on the functioning of cities and on the wellbeing of their inhabitants. The event is organized by the Urbanism Department of the Calabria region and by the UdLab of the Diatic Department of the University of Calabria, and will represent a great occasion to engage in a dialogue within the hearth of the local administration.

The laboratory, which aims at supporting the local development processes taking place in the region, takes as a starting point the occasion offered by the signature of the River Amato Contract and activates an innovative process which will see local actors as absolute protagonists. During the laboratory the participants, guided by experts from UdLab and LabGov and by members of the Region, will engage in a mapping activity which will help locating the relevant local actors and understanding the territory with all its everyday aspects, its needs and its desires.

During the event, after the opening by Francesco Rossi (Councillor for Territorial Planning and Urbanism of the Region) and the official greetings, Paola Cannavò from UdLab and Christian Iaione from LabGov, will introduce the concept of Collaboratorio and will guide the mapping process.

Here is the program of the event:

[1] The UrbanLab+ network, born in the context of the Venice Biennale, includes between its members:  UdLab, Università della Calabria (Italia), laba, EPFL (Switzerland) KRVIA Mumbai (India); School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong (China); Urban Lab, University College London (UK); CUBES, Wits University Johannesburg (South Africa); U- Lab, TU Berlin – (Germany); OCUC, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (Chile).




Mercoledì 10 maggio, presso la Cittadella Regionale della Calabria, si terrà un laboratorio collaborativo organizzato nel contesto dell’iniziativa Turning Tables promossa da UrbanLab+. L’evento, organizzato dall’Assessorato alla Pianificazione Territoriale e Urbanistica e l’UdLab del Dipartimento Diatic dell’Università della Calabria, mira a stimolare il dialogo ed il confronto sul funzionamento della città (e del territorio) e sul benessere dei suoi abitanti.

Il Professor Christian Iaione, co-fondatore di LabGov, sarà presente all’incontro per presentare, assieme a Paola Cannavò di UdLab, il Collaboratorio, e per coordinare le attività di mappatura a cui prenderanno parte i partecipanti al laboratorio.

Let the work begin!

Let the work begin!

On Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October, the first co-working session of this year, 2016-2017, will be held. During the first day, the new labgovers will discuss with Paola Santoro, service designer, how to facilitate urban commons. They will reflect on the meaning of this strategy and on its relevance to build a community and to realise a collaborative project. Paola will illustrate the CO-Roma project and her experience.image-1

On Saturday, there will be Eloisa Susanna, an architect of G124 and partner of CO-Roma. She will be talking about the method adopted for both Co-Battipaglia and CO-Roma projects, and she will describe the experience she made working in the suburbs of Rome. Then, the labgovers will meet Claudio Gnessi and Stefania Favorito of the Ecomuseo Casilino and Urio Cini and Alessandra Noce, two active citizens and members of the Community for the Public Park of Centocelle. Together they will reflect and work on the potentialities and problems of the park and of the territory around it. Let the work of mapping and experimentation begin!



Nelle giornate del 14 e 15 ottobre, nella sede di Viale Romania si terrà la prima sessione di co-working del laboratorio 2016-2017. Nella prima giornata i ragazzi incontreranno Paola Santoro, service designer, insieme alla quale rifletteranno su cosa significa facilitare i beni comuni, a partire dalla sua esperienza di facilitatrice nel progetto CO-Roma. Il giorno successivo sarà presente Eloisa Susanna, architetto di G124 e partner di CO-Roma, la quale racconterà il lavoro svolto nelle periferie di Roma, in particolar modo nel Municipio V, cuore del progetto CO-Roma. Successivamente interverranno Claudio Gnessi e Stefania Favoriro, di Ecomuseo Casilino e Urio Cini e Alessandra Noce, della Comunità per il Parco Pubblico di Centocelle, con i quali i ragazzi ragioneranno e lavoreranno sulle potenzialità e criticità del parco e del territorio attorno. Che i lavori abbiano inizio!

LAB New Congress Vienna : New narrative about Europe’s identity and purpose

LAB New Congress Vienna : New narrative about Europe’s identity and purpose

LAB New Vienna congress Fondation wants to co-disigne a new future for Europe trough the process of decision making .

50 European pioneers from the fields of politics, business, science, art, religion, and civil society, LAB participants will take part to give their contribute and test methods of consensus to give to Europe a new narrative made by collaboration and co-decision forces.

The New LAB is ignited by the Austrian government and by New Vienna Congress foundation composed by: Dr. Franz Vranitzky ( Former Austrian Chancellor),Dr. Franz Fischler (Former European
Commissioner) ,Mag. Bettina Glatz-Kremsner (CFO, Casinos Austria AG and Österreichischen Lotterien GmbH),Harald Krassnitzer (actor) ,Mag. Boris Marte (Head, Erste Hub),Dr. Gertrude Tumpel-Gugerell (Former Member of the Board, ECB – European Central Bank).

The coordinator and scientific lead is FAS-reasearch and the cooperation partner is IMPACT HUB Vienna .

Lab New Vienna congress makes the difference in an Europe where take decisions, agree strategies and build new projects  it’s becoming increasingly difficult . We need new methods new strategies to overcome the competition and to look to a strong collaboration. That’s what Europe needs , that’s what europeans need.

The main arena where Lab New Vienna congress works are engineering, design, business, urban planning and others .

This is a strong opportunity for pioneers, change makers, social entrepreneurs, and decision- makers in government, business and the social sector. Everyone who is looking with different eyes to the future of Europe , eyes of progress, sharing eyes, everyone who wants to protect urban commons, in this LAB have a great opportunity.

Lab New Vienna congress is oriented to the next generation of Europeans .

Very interest is the way by which the teams of experts work. Participants will take part in a unique journey a shared quest to uncover building blocks for a story that expresses a new European purpose.

The Lab sessions follow the principles of secular pilgrimage: During three days participants will go through five stages. In each stage, the participant co-create a map that will give input and orientation for the next stage of their shared journey .

As the  Lab New Vienna website explain there are five specific steps of co-working:

1. Listening :Sharing views on what LAB participants perceive as important and urgent personal and collective issues in Europe. this is :Brainstorming, Eisenhower Mapping.

2. Co-analyzing:Work together to create a network map illustrating how Europeans’ personal and collective issues are linked.This is: Participative Impact Mapping.

3. Uncovering : Explore and clarify latent values and purposes. Link values and purposes with the most important systemic challenges discovered in stage to become aware of the most vital, attractive values. This is: Attractor-Detractor Mapping.

4. Generating: Create prototypes and explore examples of already existing initiatives, organizations, and  technologies that manifest the values and purposes discovered in stage 3.This is: Map Jam, Analytical Hierarchy Mapping.

5. Co-authoring Transform results of stage 1 through stage 4 into a shared narrative.This is :Story Mapping.

The LAB is organizing seven sessions featuring 50 European pioneers. The first six sessions feature representatives from different sectors ( Politics, Government, Public Administration,Business, Agriculture, Social Entrepreneurship, Civil Society, Activism, Change Makers,Marginalized People, Migrants, Jobless Youth, Science, Art, Philosophy, Journalism,Religion, Spirituality)  reflecting diverse aspects of the European experience; together, they will co-create their own specific story. In a final fusion session the six groups co-author a master story.

The Lab for the first time in the context of Europe policy-making  give the possibility to take consensus-based decision taken by a shared, co-decision process .

The main force of the LAB New Vienna congress  is the possibility to use a collective intelligence at the top of decision making progress by the use of new collaborative and innovative methods  oriented to move the main present and future problems of Europe . Nowadays Good decisions require Good collaboration , share knowledge and co-disign decision , this is what LAB Vienna congress promote and give possibility to do.


LAB New Vienna Congress è un iniziativa promossa dal governo austriaco e dalla fondazione New Vienna Congress. L’obiettivo è quello di disegnare con un intelligenza collettiva i nuovi progetti dell’Europa attraverso sessioni di co-working , attraverso processi di decisione condivisa. I temi affrontati spaziano dalla pubblica amministrazione alla religione . Oggigiorno prendere delle buone decisioni richiede un alta collaborazione questo è quanto New Vienna Congress LAB promuove e da la possibilità di attuare.

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