The LABoratory for the GOVernance of Commons(“LabGov“) is a place of experimentation in all respects. However, instead of alembics and tubes you can find students, scholars, experts, activists thinking and discussing about the future shapes that social, economic and legal institutions may take.
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Who owns the city? We own the city! How commons makes cities more inclusive, righteous and democratic
Needless to say, the city is a system, which is in a continuous progress or – as David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography would say – in a ‘process of becoming’. The city is a complex and incomplete event, a space and a condition at the same time, and that is why a city today is completely different from what it was centuries ago. This process of becoming should be perceived with caution, because sometimes cities might end up in a tragic event – cities might lose their ‘citiness’. Democracy is at stake here. In order to understand these processes, it is necessary to focus on a couple of particular questions. What is a city and who owns it? What processes in our cities are accelerated by the current economic and political system? And what could be the potential practice that would lead the way towards sustaining cities for everyone, and hence renovating democracy, that is, towards a ‘new democracy’? In order to visualise the sound claim of a non-urban city in an era of global capital, widespread gentrification, and the dominance of top-down political decision making, it is first important to address the complex and incomplete system […]
Finland case: Design for Government, experimental governance
The report Design for Government project, June 2015, proposed to implement a new model based on experiments, including behavioral approaches modelling the Finnish policy design. This approach results in a more user-oriented and efficient policy. Here you can read the third chapter of the report for the Design for Government project; it explains the experiments and the program implemented to support the experiments. http://www.demoshelsinki.fi/en/julkaisut/design-for-government-humancentric-governance-through-experiments/ The issue of the experiment we are now taking in consideration consists of selecting a random group of 2000-3000 unemployed citizens and give them a basic income of 560 euros (about 600$). This base income will substitute their pre existent benefits. The observing period will run for two years, in 2017 and 2018, and will evaluate if this base income will reduce poverty, bureaucracy and social exclusion, improving employment. There exists no other reform comprehensive like the base income reform that will impact the majority of the population in any nation and being of this importance. The Finnish experiments attract much attention because it is an issue that is faced by al societies. Nowadays, the basic income is being discussing also in Switzerland, in the US and in the Netherlands. In Finland, the basic income experiment is […]
Cloud Computing and Small Towns
We all agree with the idea that cloud computing technology benefits people and enterprises thanks to its innovative potential both technological and economic. But, going deeper with the analysis, it is clear that there are some social problems that we need to discuss, especially about the relation between small centers and over-the-top companies such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, etc. As Quentin Hardy reported in New York Times, the small town of Boydton, VA is now facing this kind of issue because, here, Microsoft is building six hangars with thousands of computer servers (the program is about other 21 buildings in the area). This run of building networks in local area to provide services over the internet, a technology trend known as cloud computing is still increasing among technology giants like Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Google indeed started building in eastern Oregon to be near cheap hydroelectric power on the Columbia River, and most recently it has focused on Iowa, Alabama and Tennessee. Furthermore. Microsoft has a center in Wyoming, and it bought a nine-hole golf course as part of a complex near West Des Moines, Iowa. Amazon recently built similar giant facilities on the outer reaches of Columbus, Ohio, and Dulles, […]
3RD IASC CONFERENCE ON KNOWLEDGE COMMONS – PARIS OCT 2016
From October 20th to 22th Paris is hosting the 3rd IASC Conference on knowledge commons. The Conference is co-organized by the INCLUSIVE team at Sciences Po Paris and the International Association for the Study of the Commons. After the successful editions held in 2012 and 2014, this third conference will aim to look at the normative effects and institutionalization of the many initiatives based on knowledge commons and how commons provide new legal tools, public policy choices, and forms of social, economic and governance innovations. The conference is divided into 6 tracks: Track 1: Commons Policies and international law Track 2: Commons as a new concept in intellectual property Track 3: Indigenous and local communities’ knowledge and social practices Track 4: Commons in knowledge production and dissemination Track 5: Scientific research as a commons Track 6: Knowledge commons and the city LabGov will attend the conference with its co-founder Christian Iaione, who will be presenting a paper about “The urban commons as infrastructure to produce urban knowledge as a commons” (co-written with Elena De Nictolis) during Track 6. Have a look at the complete program on the official website: http://knowledgecommons.paris/
The Global Parliament of Mayors: How Cities Worldwide Contribute to Strengthening Democracy
Last September, mayors, experts and City Makers – including municipal officials, researchers, students, social innovators and representatives from social organisations – of seventy-five countries from all over the world came together at the World Forum in The Hague, the city of Peace and Justice. They gathered to launch the first Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM) which was founded by Dr. Benjamin Barber with support of a number of active intellectuals and represents a trusted voice of the global public. GPM is an innovative, global governance body by, for and of cities. It is meant to empowering mayors to become more influential players in the globally interconnected world, as well as enabling them to proactively engage in the governance realm. Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban settlements. Cities are a hotbed for knowledge and innovation, growth, art, and culture. Cities with hundreds of thousands (or even millions) of inhabitants are incredible generators of economic growth – they produce over 80% of the global gross domestic product – and wellbeing. It’s where local government is located, and not ideology or sound pledges, but education and health, transportation, safety, and other common needs are served – as well […]
CREATIVE CITIZENSHIP IN ATHENS WITH EUROCITIES
From October 18th to 19th in Athens is taking place a meeting of the Social Affair Forum, organized by EUROCITIES, the network of major european cities. The meeting will focus on Creative Citizenship as a priority for the EU. As a result of the economic and humanitarian crisis, new forms of solidarity, civic commitment and innovation have developed in many cities. The creative citizenship working group will look at how cities are working with civil societies in order to co-create solutions to local challenges. Have a look at the program on Eurocities official website: http://eurocities.eu/eurocities/events/Working-group-creative-citizenship-meeting-18-19-October-2016-Athens-WSPO-AE7US5
The future of Bolognina
On the 10th of October, the participants of the meetings and workshop held in the Bolognina experimentation site of the CO-Bologna project, together with partners and facilitators are invited to take part to a meeting where the results of the work done since now will be presented, together with some possible future developments of the project. The meeting will be held on Monday, October 10th, from 5 to 7 PM in the socio-cultural centre “Antonio Montanari” (Via di Saliceto 3/21, Bologna). Bolognina’s main purpose is acting as a link between the different planning actors already existing, in order to increase their potential and to offer them new occasions to collaborate. The whole process is supported by Federcasa, which looks at it as an useful experimentation for the innovation of housing policies at a national level. The storytelling of Bolognina is available on CO-Bologna official website, at this link: http://co-bologna.it/cantieri/bolognina/
RENA – Festival delle Comunità del Cambiamento
From October 7th to 9th Milan is hosting RENA – Festival delle Comunità del Cambiamento. This third edition of the Festival has the aim of building bridges between communities, individuals and organizations who work to rigenerate the urban, social and economic of the Country. Organized in collaboration with BASE Milano and thanks to the sustain of Fondazione Cariplo, the Festival will try to answer some of those questions: which are the main challenges that Italy will have to face next years? What is our contribution in trying to face them? What do we have to do to exit the world of experimentation and begin to generate real changes? LabGov will attend the Festival, with is co-founder Christian Iaione, on Sunday (October 9th): from 12 AM to 2 PM, a panel on “Innovation in urban governance and participative processes” will be held. Professor Iaione will be talking about participative governance experiences in Italy with other experts and members of local administrations from all over Italy: Matteo Lepore (deputy Mayor of Bologna), Nicola Masella from Naples, Fabrizio Barbiero from Turin, Gloria Cerliani from Piacenza, Daniele Terzariol from San Donà di Piave and Claudio Cavaresi (Avanzi). The panel will be moderate by Simone D’Antonio (ANCI). The full […]
Happening in Bologna: Biennale dell’Economia Cooperativa!
From October 7th to 9th Bologna is hosting the “Biennale dell’Economia Cooperativa“, a great occasion to meet and discuss about sustainable development and the future of cooperation, held in occasion of 130 years of Legacoop. Nobel prizes, government officials, economists, experts and academics will be involved in several meetings and events in order to talk about those themes and to share the past and present experiences on collaboration. On Saturday, October 8th, from 3.00 to 6.00 PM, in the “Re Enzo” room in Re Enzo Palace, two panels on innovation will be held: the first about digital and the second about social innovation. The secondo one, “B Community – Social Innovation”, will be attended by LabGov with its co-founder Christian Iaione, who will be talking about social economy and urban cooperativism. Matteo Lepore, deputy mayor of Bologna, will attend the panel too, to give his contribution on urban-economic policies for development. After the opening, there will be a dialogue table between three experts: Paolo Venturi, Andrea Rapisardi and Flavio Zandonai, who will be talking respectively about community-cooperatives as local development platforms. The complete program of the event is available on the official website: http://www.biennale.coop/bologna-il-programma/
Bolognina construction site is moving steps forward!
The Bolognina construction site of CO-Bologna project is moving steps forward. The next workshop will be held on Thursday, October 6th, at 17.30 in Via Nicolò dall’arca n. 19/2. Bolognina’s main purpose is acting as a link between the different planning actors already existing, in order to increase their potential and to offer them new occasions to collaborate. The whole process is supported by Federcasa, which looks at it as an useful experimentation for the innovation of housing policies at a national level. The next workshop is scheduled for Monday, October 10th. The storytelling of Bolognina construction site is available on CO-Bologna official website, at this link: http://co-bologna.it/cantieri/bolognina/