Pilastro is Bologna

Pilastro is Bologna


What is Pilastro?

Pilastro is a development project of Pilastro area , situated in the suburb of Bologna. It is promoted by the city of Bologna, with the support of the Regione Emilia Romagna, Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e di Ravenna and Cooperativa sociale Camelot-Officine Cooperative.

The aim of that project is to add value to this zone, connecting the share and cultural capital with the economic need of the area. Moreover, Pilastro represents the first try to build a cooperative community.

Born in one of the city suburbs and in addition to being a project is primarily an active and collaborative community. The group of  MastroPilastro with various urban renewal activities, creation of micro-economies and training is giving birth to the first of Community Cooperative in an urban context. The goal of the project is to put together the capital reserves, the Community’s cultural and entrepreneurial with economic vocations of the Pillar.

Pilastro is not only a project, but first of all, is a community, composed by people of different ages who conduct many activities in the suburb and for the suburb . For example, they carried out redevelopment works of urban spaces and other activities such as social mediation services, or community development and recovery of  neighborhood area, etc.. They are an example of what we define active citizenship!

For more information, you can visit their website: https://pilastro2016.wordpress.com

On Tuesday 26th April, in Bologna, will hold a conference during which will be compared similar experiences, like this, and processes of social innovation, demonstrating how suburbs are becoming laboratories of cooperative governance. In addition to Pilastro, these experiences are Agenzia San Salvario of Turin, the initiatives in the Rione Sanità of Naples, the Fondazione di Comunità San Gennaro Onlus, community cooperative of Melpignano. 

Città cooperativa Cubo 2016 04 – Periferie


Pilastro2016‬ è un progetto promosso dal Comune di Bologna, realizzato con il contributo di Regione Emilia Romagna e Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna e il supporto della Cooperativa sociale Camelot – Officine Cooperative. Nasce in una delle periferie‬ della città ed oltre ad essere un progetto è soprattutto una comunità attiva e collaborativa. Il gruppo di MastroPilastro‬ con varie attività di riqualificazione urbana, creazione di microeconomie e formazione sta dando vita alla prima cooperativa di Comunità in un contesto urbano. L’obiettivo del progetto è mettere assieme i giacimenti di capitale sociale, culturale e imprenditoriale della Comunità con le vocazioni economiche del Pilastro.



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.

Labgov in Israel to be part of the change

Labgov in Israel to be part of the change


LabGov with professor Christian Iaione will be in Israel this week!

The Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies and Bat Yam Urban Center organized the conference as a continuation of the major project “ Israel Sustainability Outlook 2030 ”, which was completed by JIIS and the Ministry for Environmental Protection.

Three panels will be held during the day on:

  • Urban Sustainability and Cooperative Economics – Can the two work together?
  • The New Role of the Public Sphere and Communities
  • Looking Toward the Future

Christian Iaione will talk about The Co-city during the session “New roles for Public and Community Spaces”.

A nice video realized by the The Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies JIIS, explains the prospectives and goals of their project and on what they are working on. For example:

  • strategic programs for accelerated economic growth
  • expanding opportunities for disadvantages communities
  • long term population projection for suitable transportation development
  • established jerusalem as the ‘’pilot city’’ for urban sustainability  in Israel.

We want, as the video propound, be part of the change,  by taking part in the conference and sharing knowledge about the projects that LabGov made and on which subjects LabGov is working on

On Tuesday, April 12,  professor Christian Iaione will have a meeting in the Jerusalem Municipality in the morning, during the evening he will participate in a meeting in the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

On Wednesday, April 13, he will take part in Ma’ala Forum for Corporate Social Responsibility in Tel Aviv in the morning and in the evening he will be at an academic seminar in Haifa University.

On Thursday, April 14, he will take part in an interest conference in Jerusalem .



LabGov in Israele per essere parte del cambiamento. Il coordinatore del gruppo , il Prof. Christian Iaione incontrerà esponenti del Municipio di Gerusalemme e del Ministero dell’ Ambiente , prenderà parte alla conferenza del 14 Aprile tenuta all’ JIIS ( Jerusalem Institut of israel Studies) per parlare  di Co-City e per condividere temi sulla Sostenibilità Urbana.


LabGov workshop : go on with Co-Roma , go on with gardening boxes.

LabGov workshop : go on with Co-Roma , go on with gardening boxes.






On  8 and 9 April LabGov with his students , our labgovers , will have two days of Co-working.

On 8 April we will share ideas and we will discuss with professor Christian Iaione about the future of CO-Roma project ; trying to apply what learned in the  previous lessons , also with the help of more experienced Labgovers.

On 9 April we will continue in our mission : build gardening boxes , in which will help us  Zappata Romana and our vegetable gardens manager Fabio.

We will two days to share , to learn , to co-design .


8 e 9 Aprile due giorni di co-working per i nostri labgovers , in cui applicare quanto imparato e proseguire nella nostra missione di costruzione dei “gardening boxes”.

Energy for the cities : 6-8 April 2016 Bologna

Energy for the cities : 6-8 April 2016 Bologna


From 6 to 30 April It is set up in the exhibition spaces of the Urban Center Social residential, a photographic survey to Bologna, edited by Boundary Line for Contemporary Photography, with photographs by William Guerrieri, Guido Guidi, Francesco Blacks, Marco Zanta.

The theme of the exhibition will be examined during a series of lectures,on Wendsday 6 “Social live a photographic survey to Bologna”  on Thursday 7 “From social Housing to collaborative housing ?” and on Friday 8 April “cohabitation spaces, new way to share “,  to interpret the change of social housing estates and find out which new energies produce.

Bologna Municipality and Urban Center Bologna promote three days dedicated to social housing estates and the potential that they offer in terms of change, development and activation of positive energy, thanks to the opportunity offered by the European Herb project.

The exhibition begins with a survey produced by certain authors of the best representatives of Italian contemporary photography on three areas of Bologna (the Bolognina, a portion of the District San Donato and the Savena) with the aim of restoring the richness of everyday life ‘ordinary’ social housing estates, real citizenship incubators.

In fact, several times throughout history these places were the forge of positive change: the concentration of different communities who are confronted, the desire to create an independent path. They have offered to the city precious energy for its development. Energy plowed into widespread urban regeneration projects, energy upgrading, maintenance and care of social housing buildings, upgrading of public spaces of the city.

The aim of the conference will be to explore and test results and potential of new policies aimed at achieving improvements in the quality of physical space and simultaneously able to activate and stimulate the social and inter-cultural inclusion, encouraging the development of a positive economy , that is, in general, to improve the welfare of the community.

In particular On 7 April Labgov will be present with professor Christian Iaione, Luiss University,  that will introduce and moderate the debate discussed by Claudio Costantini Prelios SGR, Fabio Carlozzo Invest SGR, Paola Delmonte CDP SGR, Fabrizio Bigioni and Valerio Audisio Fabrica SGR, Luca Dondi Nomisma, Riccardo Malagoli Councillor House of the Municipality of Bologna, Luca Talluri Federcasa.

During the evening the debate will continue with the issue : Social housing and energy efficiency. The HERB project and public housing regeneration practices. It introduces Simona Tondelli University of Bologna, will discuss Marco Corradi Acer Reggio Emilia, Giovanni Fini Municipality of Bologna, Antonio Loreto Galletti

SpA, Marco Mercatili Nomisma, Attilio Raimondi Emilia-Romagna Region, Enzo Zanchini University of Bologna, concludes Riccardo Malagoli Councillor House of the Municipality of Bologna. In collaboration with the Order of Engineers of Bologna.


Abitare sociale energie per la città, è una mostra fotografica e un ciclo di conferenze per interpretare il cambiamento dei quartieri di edilizia sociale e scoprire quali nuove energie producono. Il 7 aprile Labgov sarà presente con il professor Christian Iaione che andrà ad introdurre e moderare il dibattito : “Dal social housing al collaborative housing?”