Sharing economy between Market and Human Rights

Sharing economy between Market and Human Rights

The 12th International Human Rights Researchers’ Workshop, The Sharing Economy: Markets and Human Rights, will take place on January 8 and 9, 2018 at the College of Law and Business, 26 Ben Gurion street, Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv.

The Conference will deepen many issues of the Sharing economy, dealing with both competition and social concerns.  It will be articulated into many Panels, dealing with:

  • Problems and concerns of the sharing economy;
  • Public Interests and Human Rights;
  • Crowdfunding;
  • Discrimination in the sharing economy;
  • Sharing economy and Urban Environment;
  • Obligations and Competitions;


Professor Christian Iaione will be a keynote speaker on January 9, from 11.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. His speech will be about Pooling and Tech justice, proposing a Human right – based approach to the Sharing economy.


The complete programme is available here:

A Tel Aviv si terrà la 12th International Human Rights Researchers’ Workshop in data 8 – 9 Gennaio 2018, intitolata The Sharing Economy: Markets and Human Rights. Il Professor Christian Iaione parteciperà il 9 Gennaio con una dissertazione su Pooling and Tech justice.

Smart City and Smart Community project (Enea/LabGov) presented at the ERSCP Conference 2017 in Skiathos Island

Smart City and Smart Community project (Enea/LabGov) presented at the ERSCP Conference 2017 in Skiathos Island

The ERSCP Conference (see: is the annual european convenings of scholars and policy makers addressing the issue of Sustainability in both industrial production and consumption, taking place since 1994.

The 2017 edition of the Conference is taking place in Skiathos Island, Greece, from 1st to 5th of October 2017 and is organized by the Environmental Economics and Sustainability Unit, Sector of Industrial Management & Operational Research, and the School of Mechanical Engeneering of the National Technical University of Athens. This year, the conference addresses the issue of green production and green consumption challenges in the framework of the circular economy, with a special attention to smart cities. The main themes of the conference can be summarized in the following categories: circular economy; zero-waste management; eco-innovation; eco-design; eco-efficiency; advances in sustainable consumption; sustainability in production and design; food waste prevention; challenges for making progress in cross-cutting themes such as green and inlcusive entrepreneurship and sustainability; ethical investments.

The Sessions number 3 is focused on sustainable/smart cities and smart communities. It includes contributions on the enterpreneurship in urban areas, case studies of political ecology and socio-environmental conflicts in Germany and social innovation and practicing of sustainability transitions in Dutch eco-villages, cooperative urban development with a focus on a case study of the Smart City Project of Graaz and an analysis of urban spatial scenarios for local energy and transport systems with regional integrated models. In this Session, Enea and LabGov will present a paper titled “Empowering Urban Community Towards Smart district co-governance”, introducing the theoretical framework and the first results of the three-years research program on Smart City and Smart Community funded by the Ministry of Economic Development that ENEA (the National Agency for Research on Renewable Energy) is carrying out at the national level, with the collaboration of LabGov for the part related to the urban co-governance at the district level and to an applied experimentation in the city of Rome.

The paper introduces the national strategic projects for energy transition funded through the Fund for Research into Electrical Systems (RSE), that covered the following aspects: technical, economic, organizational and institutional aspects associated with the sustainable development of the Italian electrical power network and related infrastructures (safe and effective use of primary sources of energy and of hydrogen as energy vector; power generation, transport and distribution, and end-use energy efficiency). The paper than introduces the Three-Years Plan (2016-2018), a part of this program that provides a specific task devoted to the empowerment of urban communities for the development of Smart solutions and Smart district co-governance. This task consists of two main activities: the development of technological infrastructure named SUN (Social urban Network) and the implementation of collaborative processes applying the urban co-governance methodology to the district level and  thecircular economy approach with the involvement of urban inhabitants  and local stakeholders. In the final part, the paper then develops a reasoning over the connection between urban co-governance at the district level and the issue of circular economy and collaborative economy.

Thanks to a cooperative approach and to resource sharing solutions it is possible to reach a mutual competitive advantage. In particular, the implementation of collaborative processes intends to strengthen the capacity of citizens and local stakeholders to participate in the decisions and to the local government. The engagement in the design and the implementation of community services has the ambition to reduce the energy-related environmental impact of the urban community. Example of co-designed solutions could be: sharing/collaborative/pooling economy and co-production of services initiatives/platforms (i.e. re-use centers, cohousing or shared use of spaces in housing complexes, co-working spaces, community gardens, foodbank, etc.) and experiences of smart waste-management. The paper than explains the design of the field-work to be realized in the city of Rome where, following an urban-living-lab approach based on circular economy principle and on a Quintuple Helix Model of urban co-governance, urban inhabitants and local stakeholders will be engaged in co-designing different solutions to transform the current “linear” system into a circular economy models at a district scale. This phase will be realized in the Fifth District of the City of Rome, where in the framework of the Smart City and Smart Community project and with the involvement of young students from the Soft Skills program of LUISS University, LabGov, a two years mapping, practicing and co-design phase was already implemented in the context of the Co-Rome process (see:

The conference has a rich program, including keynotes speeches from international scholars and policy makers. Among the keynotes, Dr. Paolo Taticchi from Imperical College of London on the bssiness case for sustainability; the Ministry of Infrastructures and the Environment of the Netherlands, Robbert Droop, will explain how the process and policies towards a circular economy lead to major knowledge questions; Anna Davies, Principal Investigator of the SHARECITY: Assessing the practice and sustainability potential of city-based food sharing economies. The research project, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) program, investigates the landscape of ICT-mediated urban food sharing and provided a database with information for over 4000 cases available in an open access format here:; Nancy Bocken, who will talk about sustainable business models and sustainable consumption, exploring the role of business experimentation.


Information and material of the conference are available here:

ENEA e LabGov presenteranno il paper “Empowering Urban Community Towards Smart district co-governance” alla conferenza ERSCP 2017, che avrà luogo nell’isola di Skiathos, Grecia, dal primo al 5 ottobre 2017. La conferenza è interamente dedicata alla “green production” e alle sfide della “green consumption” nell’ambito dell’economia circolare, con particolare riguardo all’argomento Smart Cities.

Il Collaboratorio Reggio sta per partire!

Il Collaboratorio Reggio sta per partire!

Collaboratorio Reggio è un cammino di progettazione partecipativa, promosso dal Comune di Reggio Emilia e dall’Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia con il supporto tecnico di LabGov e Kilowatt, attraverso il quale si intende generare scambio e confronto di idee per progettare insieme gli ambiti e le attività del futuro Laboratorio Aperto.schermata-2016-09-11-alle-10-20-06

Cosa sarà il Laboratorio Aperto?

  • un luogo dove si genererà impresa e lavoro a partire dall’innovazione nei servizi alla persona e dalla collaborazione fra mondi e approcci differenti.
  • un’occasione di incontro tra diversi soggetti e diverse competenze per scambiare conoscenza.
  • un’impresa pubblico-privata che, nella fase di start-up, verrà finanziata da Unione Europea, Regione Emilia-Romagna e Comune di Reggio Emilia con l’obiettivo della sostenibilità economica nel tempo.

Al cuore della missione del Laboratorio Aperto ci saranno i servizi alla persona, e le persone saranno al centro del progetto. Il Laboratorio svilupperà sharing economy e pooling economy: la prima per generare nuove tipologie di servizi alle imprese o al consumatore, nuove forme di lavoro e impresa basate sulla condivisione, e la seconda per sperimentare nuove forme di servizi alla persona, economia sociale e solidale, produzione e manifattura digitale (artigianale, creativa, cognitiva, culturale), cura e rigenerazione urbana basate sulla collaborazione.

Nell’ambito del progetto è stata lanciata una Open Call, il cui testo completo si trova a questo link. La call è indirizzata ad una serie di attori (comunità locali, imprese locali, istituzioni cognitive, società civile organizzata e istituzioni pubbliche), e resterà aperta fino al 25 ottobre 2016. La comunità che risponderà alla call e che parteciperà a questa prima fase di “manifestazione di interesse”, avvierà un primo momento di progettazione collaborativa ad ottobre. Primo oggetto del Laboratorio Aperto saranno i Chiostri di San Pietro, uno degli edifici storici più apprezzati di Reggio Emilia.

Il primo appuntamento del Laboratorio è fissato per martedì 13 settembre: alle 18.00 presso i Chiostri di San Pietro sarà presentato il percorso di progettazione partecipativa. All’incontro interverranno il sindaco Luca Vecchi, l’assessore alla Partecipazione Valeria Montanari, il direttore dell’area Competitività ed innovazione sociale Massimo Magnani, e vari esperti tra cui: Christian Iaione, co-direttore di LabGov, Renato Galliano, direttore dell’Area centrale politiche del lavoro, sviluppo economico e università del Comune di Milano, Fabrizio Montanari, docente presso l’Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio, e Fabio Sgaragli, Open & Social innovation manager della Fondazione Brodolini di Roma.


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This is not (only) green economy – “Green Week” at Trento University, sponsored by the ENI Foundation

This is not (only) green economy – “Green Week” at Trento University, sponsored by the ENI Foundation


LabGov will participate at the Trento Green Week, a forum for discussion on the major issues of the green economy. The three-day festival, that will take place from the 4th to the 6th of March, includes several sessions, debates, meetings and events on sustainability.

Green-Week_imagefullwideLabGov will intervene during the panel on  “The collaborative economy in the city (and beyond)”, organized by the ENI Enrico Mattei Foundation. It will gather noteworthy speakers among the most notable leaders of innovative researches and projects about the collaborative economy in Italy. After an introduction by Flaviano Zandonai, from Iris Network and an intervention by Matthew Bina, from the Manager Incubator Fabri, LabGov will present CO-Bologna. The forward-looking significance of the collaborative economy is indeed one of the most important issues of the CO-Bologna program, which aims to prototype – through a process of experimentation in urban collaborative living labs moderated by LabGov experts – collaborative/polycentric governance devices at the neighborhood level. This process will contribute in turning neighborhoods in collaborative ecosystems that enable the proliferation of innovations such as the pooling economy. The panel discussion that will follow immediately after those intervention will see Francesco Gabbi, founder of Abito and Ilaria Lenzi, coordinator of the research program “Sustainability and Social Innovation”, at the Eni Enrico Mattei Foundation and Angelo Rindone, founder of “Produzioni dal basso”.


Non solo green – LabGov parla di economia collaborativa alla Green Week di Trento.

LabGov parteciperà alla Green Week, forum di discussione sui grandi temi della green economy. La manifestazione, organizzata dall’Università di Trento, sarà suddivisa in due percorsi differenti: dall’ 1 al 3 marzo un tour porterà i partecipanti alla scoperta delle aziende d’eccellenza delle Venezie; dal 4 al 6 marzo, un festival di tre giorni  sarà animato da una ricca serie dibattiti, incontri, eventi, sul tema della sostenibilità ospitati dalla città di Trento.

LabGov prenderà parte alla sessione dedicata a “L’economia collaborativa nelle città (e non solo)”, curata dalla Fondazione ENI Enrico Mattei, che vedrà il contributo dei protagonisti delle più rilevanti ricerche e sperimentazioni dell’economia collaborativa in Italia. Dopo l’introduzione di Flaviano Zandonai, segretario Iris di Network e gli interventi di Matteo Bina, Incubation Manager Fabri, LabGov racconterà i successi di CO-Bologna. Il tema dell’economia collaborativa è infatti uno dei temi più importanti del programma CO-Bologna, che ha l’obiettivo di prototipare, a valle di un processo di sperimentazione in laboratori urbani collaborativi, dei dispositivi di governance collaborativa/policentrica a livello di quartiere che contribuiscano a rendere le città degli ecosistemi collaborativi che abilitano il proliferare delle innovazioni come la pooling economy. La tavola rotonda che seguirà subito dopo prevede la partecipazione di Francesco Gabbi, fondatore di Abito e Ilaria Lenzi, coordinatrice del programma di ricerca “Sostenibilità e Innovazione Sociale”, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei ed infine Angelo Rindone, fondatore di Produzioni dal Basso.

Commons, Sharing economy and Collaboration: Our Future

Commons, Sharing economy and Collaboration: Our Future

On the 9th of December, professor Christian Iaione, LabGov coordinator, was guest of the event organized by FuturaTrento at Bookique , a literary cafè that became a place where experts and citizens can share their ideas through the word because ideas are instruments able to change reality.



The main topic discussed was the sharing as a tool to promote the care and the regeneration of the commons. After all, how he said < a common good is a sharing good > that needed the alliance between institutions, that should have the duty of making the best conditions to administrate that resources, and communities, to survive.

The sharing is, also, at the heart of contemporary discussion about economic theory: from the sharing economy to the the pooling economy, a new economy composed of “collaborative economy”, sharing economy initiatives that foster peer-to-peer approach and/or involve users in the design of the productive process or transform clients into a community; and of “commons-based economy”, “open cooperativism”, “open platform cooperativism” for sharing economy initiatives that are collectively owned or managed, democratically governed, do not extract value out of local economies but anchor jobs, respect human dignity and offer new forms of social security.Recently, on December the 4th the Committee of the Regions adopted the opinion on sharing economy  written by Christian Iaione and Benedetta Brighenti, deputy major of Castelnuovo Rangone and Alternate Member of the Committee of the Regions ( COR ), with the collaboration of a team of researchers and practicioners.

All of these changes and new concepts are the symbol of this age of transition, characterized by the need of a new form of governance based on a strong partnership and collaboration between public, institutions, creative citizens and businesses.

This process of individuation of the appropriate governance tools is not so easy, but it is necessary for the local, regional, and national development. It is our future.

More information are available here:

MLOL – Provincia di Trento – Scheda media _Corriere del Trentino_


Nella giornata del 9 Dicembre, il Professor Iaione ha partecipato al caffè dibattito Bookique, organizzato da FuturaTrento. Si è discusso di condivisione, beni comuni, sharing economy: i punti di partenza per riformulare la governance.