A value proposition canvas to collaborate!

Friday 11th November,2016, the labgovers have taken part in the third session of co-working guided by the advices of professor Paola Santoro.

The session started with the report concerning the on-the-spot- investigations made by the students the 8th and 10th of November at the archaeological park of Centocelle and its surroundings. Their impressions and considerations were different, and this was also due to the fact that some people belonging to associations active in the area appeared to be hostile to the actions of Labgov. Despite these episodes, the students agreed on the fact that there is a clear feeling of uneasiness and resignation regarding the Park and its neighbourhood.

Following this report made by the students, Paola Santoro taught them how to use the Value Proposition Canvas, a tool extremely useful in the field of facilitation of common goods. The following task for the students in fact, was targeting the needs, the fears, the wants and the substitutes connected to the park, and placing them inside the model. Despite the difficulties found in the choice of the best category to fit each concept, the results have been quite similar across the different groups. The session concluded focusing on the activities of the following day, which would have been devoted to find solutions for the many problems of the area.

Save the date: on Friday, Nov 4th, second workshop of LabGov EDU 2016/2017!

Save the date: on Friday, Nov 4th, second workshop of LabGov EDU 2016/2017!

After a workshop, an intense session of co-working, and some work on field in the community garden, the labgovers are ready for the second workshop of this year. On Friday, November 4th, from 4 to 6.30 PM, an interesting workshop will be held by Simone D’Antonio, italian journalist and communicator, and responsible for the activities of the Italian URBACT National Dissemination Point.

Simone will focus on the impact that european projects dedicated to the cities, like Urbact, and global initiatives on cities, like Habitat III, have on the new possible narrations of urban phenomena.


Read the report of the first workshop here (September 30th): http://www.labgov.it/2016/10/12/let-the-work-begin/

Read the report of the first co-working session here (October 14th-15th): http://www.labgov.it/2016/10/25/the-heros-journey-projected-in-every-day-life/ and here: http://www.labgov.it/2016/10/25/from-storytelling-to-active-engagement-lets-co-work-together/

From storytelling to active engagement: let’s co-work together!

From storytelling to active engagement: let’s co-work together!

The second day of co-working session, held on October the 15th  begun with Eloisa Susanna’s general outlook about other eloisa-susannaactive projects, similar to #coRome, spread all over Italy.Eloisa,a young architect,rapidly commemorated the G124 project,launched by Renzo Piano in which great relevance is given to peripheral areas and the imperative need of maintenance trough micro-surgical interventions,this is what the Otranto project of 1979 was about.In general,this procedure implies two fundamental principles:first of all it has to be interest-based,secondly it has to be performed through a collaborative process that consist in framing and contextualizing the city of Rome and its surrounding territory,focusing on those areas that constitute a patrimonial identity.

Than,Claudio Gnessi explained the explosive role of  the Ecomuseo Casino Ad Duas claudio-gnassiLauros (www.ecomuseocasilino.it). This institution owns much to the “comunità di eredità” which actively engaged in several partecipative laboratories,with the common goal to define the space in which cultural and natural sites have previously been identified.The actual plan is focused in Tor Pignattara,a neighborhood where around 130 cultural resources were mapped,thanks to the fruitful work of a social network composed by inhabitants of that neighborhood but also public and private actors.It is important to underline the social consequence brought by this initiative:cooperation was promoted among different religious and cultural realities,unified by a shared interest and motivated by common moral values.

Right after the Labgovers productively engaged in a workshop that consisted in reporting on a widespread map four different topic developed with the aid of expert mentors and of Alessandra and Urio, the co-founders of the newborn Community for the Public Park of Centocelle.The participants were divided into four groups,namely:Mobility, Accessibility, Potentialities and Public Services.
gruppo mobilitàThe first group,”mobility”,identified which public transport are easily available both from the center and the outskirt of Rome:the main one are the “trenino laziale” and the tram “19”.Than the participants focused over the potentialities that the park could offer if,in one hand,the pedestrian accessibility was open on both sides of the park’s perimeter and,on the other side,the bicycle route,know as GRAB, could pass trough the park instead of in its proximity.potenzialita

The second group,”accessibility”,listed more accurately  all the potential resources that the park could make available.Surprisingly the V Municipal seems to be blessed by so many cultural sites that could re-animate the entire area from a touristic perspective,but also for the sole purpose of embellish the neighborhood.

criticitaA third group ,”potentialities”,brought to light many critical matters such as security and sanitary issues,in fact the park has several abusive occupied zone,not omitting the wasted paper and rubbish that pollutes the park everywhere.

serviziThe fourth group;”public services”,classified and mapped all the accessible public services around the PaC zone,such as  churches, schools,parks,cultural attractions,theaters and cinemas.-


As it emerges from the images,the V Municipality has extraordinary  potentialities,however,due to its marginalized position,its shabby’s first appearance,and the elevate conglomeration of immigrants and religious identities, its efficiency is completely unexploited and its integrity is gradually decreasing and deteriorating running the risk to fall in the oblivion.

stefania-favoritoThe meeting ended up with Stefania Favorito’s  speech over the importance of the park from an archaeological point of view,the park is surrounded by historical sites such as the Villa Ad Duas Lauros,il Forte Casino,la Villa della Piscina,la Vecchio Osteria,all dated back from the republican era until the XIX century,plus the natural resources of l’Agro Romano,il Canneto,l’Agri-Fauna and the whole park of Centocelle.It is important to be mature the awareness to understand what this park does symbolize for the cohabitants of the V Municipality, how this zone reflects their feeling of social marginalization and how this project give them the possibility to join a community in which moral and civic values are promoted and cooperation constantly active.( http://parcocentostelle.net )


The “hero’s journey” projected in every-day life

The “hero’s journey” projected in every-day life

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.

la facilitazione dei beni comuniThe 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.


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!

The first workshop of LabGov_EDU 2016 / 2017

The first workshop of LabGov_EDU 2016 / 2017

Last weekend, on September 30th, LabGov held the first workshop for  2016-2017, which aim was to present this year’s team to the new labgovers, and to inspire them with its mission and objectives.


The workshop begun in an ordinary classroom, where Erasmo Mormino (an ex LabGover) explained to the class his vision of this project and the opportunities it gave him in terms of competences in the labor market, and Elena De Nictolis, LabGov’s coordinator, showed the path that LabGov’s followed since its foundation. Soon with the students we decided to move outside, in the community garden, to show that LabGov is a research-action project and that they will be involved a lot in practical activities.



The session in the community garden begun with the intervention of prof. Christian Iaione, LagGov’s co-founder, who explained to the students what the collaborative governance and the urban commons are, and showed them some of the instruments of the collaboration, for instance the Bologna Regulation.

Suddenly the class was reached by Giovanni Lo Storto, LUISS University’s General Manager, who immediately captured the attention of the participants to let them discover the benefits and privileges of being able to share a garden within the University. He inspired the students to deeply understand the meaning of collaboration in their everyday life, caring about the environment they live in, and starting from the University.


Together with the rest of the team, composed by Chiara De Angelis, Benedetta Gillio, Alessandro Antonelli, Eloisa Susanna, Federico Di Costanzo, Paola Santoro, Elisabetta De Medici and Chiara Prevete, he focused on last year’s work, for instance the CO-Roma project. They presented them the mapping and experimenting activities held in five Roman neighborhoods and the process that led them to focus on the Centocelle construction-site.

The students presented themselves too, explaining what their competences are, what they think they could do for the project and what the project can give to them. Together with them, the LabGov team will co-design the process for this year of work, focusing on the urban experimentation fields of the CO-Roma project (www.co-roma.it).

We are ready to rock this fifth edition of LabGov EDU!