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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Domestic breeding and environmental benefits
Money savings and personal satisfaction produced by urban gardening have allowed people to rethink chicken breeding in a “more local” way: in many US and Canada cities people can grow their own hens in their backyard, just as they would do with tomatoes or salad in their kitchen garden. This tendency was accelerated by the outbreak of salmonella in 2010, that led to the nationwide recall of 500 millions store-bought eggs, thus driving down the perception of their being risk-free; and now it has become a way to have a larger control on the food we eat everyday, while cutting energy use and fuel emissions for the trasportation of eggs from farms to cities. Julie Simpson, president of the pro-chicken group Urban Chicken Advocates of Nashville, in an e-mail to the New York Times says: “It simply made sense to me to have a few chicken in my backyard. I was concerned about where my food was coming from, and having backyard hens was one small thing I can control”. Buying chicks is easy and cheap, so most of the potential problems depend on having too many chickens in too little space. For this reason, some cities, such as Nashville […]
Call Me Plural Sector!
Henry Mintzberg, Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University, wrote an interesting article about the identity and the role of Plural Sector. This article was published on Stanford Social Innovation Review in Summer 2015. The article talks about the third sector that has not been able to settle on an acceptable label: indeed, third sector reminds a third-rate thing, non-profits and non-governmental organisations are not clear because governments are literally non-profit and businesses non-governmental. If we call it voluntary, we will underline the role of volunteers, if civil society, we will consider it in opposition to an uncivil society. Social sector is a good label only if it is used with political and economic sector. The author thinks that the label plural sector is the best choice for two reasons: first of all, because of the variety of this sector’s associations and their range of ownerships and secondly, because it can take its place naturally alongside the labels public and private. In addition, it is clear that this sector is really plural: there are associations owned by their members (i.d. Mondragon, the world’s largest federation of worker cooperatives) and associations owned by no one such as foundations, religious order, […]
Only 48 h to rock the public sector !
From 30,31 May to 1 June in ISIA will be a jam in Rome. A Jam is a collaborative event no profit organized by professional designer. The participants came from many countries of the world to share ideas for the growth of services in public administration, to make in a better condition the users , the citizens . The meeting will have a duration of 48 hours and will be contemporary in many parts of the world, the motto is “only 48 h to rock the public sector”. The Global Gov Jam have as main issue the public administration . The designers will try to think or re-think solutions to improve the services of PA in an innovative way . At the end of the event on the web platform , any solution that will come up, will be shared . Designers, developers, students, business people, such as startuppers but above all managers and employees of the Public Administration, which – in the interests of experimentation, innovation, cooperation and healthy competition – will work in multidisciplinary teams led by “mentor” (experts of the sector). Silvia Minenti, Debborah Navarra, Sharon Ambrosio have been the organizers with the team composed by Viola Petrella and Daniele […]
The Amsterdam City Makers Summit: the new way to connect Europe
The City Makers Summit will be held from May 27 to May 30,2016. LabGov with the presence of Professor Christian Iaione is getting ready for four days in Holland full of innovative inspiration, unlocking know-how and setting agendas, and particularly on the disruptive (Im)pact of the city of Amsterdam. Professor Iaione will lead two session. The first more general will be on a philosophical dialogue on the values and ambitions of New Europe, describing the idea of an Europe managed by People. The second,instead, will be one part of the New Democracy series. It will be focused on governance and the concept of the co-city and the experience of the Co-Bologna project, involving the attendants to start their own projects and become part of a learning network in Amsterdam. The City Makers Summit pools the knowledge from City Makers all over Europe and demonstrates innovative ways of creating more livable, thriving, resilient and inclusive cities. City Expeditions all over the Netherlands will showcase emerging initiatives focusing on urban farming, social design, the redevelopment of industrial heritage, co-housing, the makers movement, social entrepreneurship, inclusion of refugees, the development of collaborative areas, community enterprises, the circular economy, and so on. Best practices and models of collaboration […]
Towards Forum PA 2016: bring your contribute on Sharing Economy Platforms
Do you know any platform for public administration focused on collaboration?Do you want to contribute to this innovation? You can add your contribution on collaborative platforms that are already in use, or even, tell about new ones to be used for public administrations. It is enough to fill out a short form, which is open to consultation only until May to help this fantastic research on the innovation of the Italian Administrative System. In fact, platforms on Sharing Economy have been the core of a controversial parliamentary proposal. Consistently, in June Brussels will lead the publication of the Guidelines on the Sharing Economy,addressed to all EU Member States . Here in Italy, the latest draft on the regulation on the “Discipline of digital platforms for the sharing of goods and services and measures for promoting the sharing economy ” , renamed SEA – Sharing Economy Act , has already been promoted. For more information, a public consultation is available online until 31 May 2016, coordinated by the General States of Innovation, on the platform Making Speeches Talk by Open Evidence . The signatories of the regulation, although belonging to different political wings, stress that this proposal is only the beginning of a long path and the text […]
Prof. Iaione at Sky TG24 on sharing economy
Prof. Christian Iaione was invited today at SkyTG24 Economia to debate on sharing economy. Prof. Iaione articulated his speech in two key points. First of all, he highlighted the need of a shift from the on-demand sharing economy to a collaborative sharing economy: sharing economy is much more than the mere contrast and comparison between Uber and taxi drivers or hotels and AirBnB. Secundarily, there is a very little needs of law production to promote sharing economy. What is really important to spread the sharing is an ensemble of good policies: co-planning, experimentations, numerous multi-level interventions, from the involvement of schools and universities to the proper adaptation of economic sectorial laws. SkyTG24 Economia will be brodcasted at 18.35. You can follow it here.
Setting up a co-operative: how to share the burdens of self-employment
The image of the satisfied self-employed, able to set up his small business and to ensure in this way his financial security, is dramatically far from representing reality. As temporary and casual work, freelance work and various other atypical forms of work continue to increase in Europe, the drawbacks of self-employment, often definable as “precarious work”, begin to be of general concern. The data are clear: as stated in the Labour market and Labour force survey (LFS) statistics, in 2014 self-employed persons accounted for 16.4 % of total EU employment, with proportions varying from more than 20% in Italy, Portugal and Greece to 10% or below in Denmark, Luxemburg and Estonia . A particular case is offered by the UK, where self employment appears to be growing at a higher rate than in other European countries, leading to the expectation that in 2018 more people will be in self employment than in public sector jobs. But working outside the traditional employment structure means moving “in a grey zone, where freelancers work, perhaps more than full-time, but they do not qualify for workers’ protections” explains Joel Dullroy, author of “Independents Unite! Inside the Freelancers’ Rights” movement. As shown in the Not […]
An interview with Renato Galliano, Milan’s Sharing City Project
Fulcro della sperimentazione tecnologica delle pratiche di condivisione, le città sono diventate il centro del dibattito sulle politiche pubbliche che riguardano la sharing economy. Città di tutto il mondo, come Seoul, Amsterdam e Londra, hanno cominciato a implementare programmi, legislazioni e regolamenti-quadro per supportare la sharing economy locale. Una di queste città è Milano, patria di Milan Sharing City, un progetto compreso nello Smart City Program. Abbiamo recentemente avuto il piacere di intervistare Renato Galliano, supervisore di Milan’s Smart City e del progetto Sharing City. Gli abbiamo chiesto di parlarci delle origini di questo progetto, e ci ha anche fornito una prima valutazione dei suoi successi e dei suoi limiti, riguardanti anche argomenti di importanza fondamentale come la partecipazione e l’inclusione. Questo articolo è il primo d una serie, co-prodotta da LabGov e Shareable, che vuole mettere in evidenza le politiche pubbliche che promuovono la sharing economy e la tutela dei beni comuni urbani. Enjoy the interview! “Monica Bernardi and Christian Iaione: How did Milan Sharing City begin? Renato Galliano: The Smart City Division has always taken a keen interest in innovative processes, especially in the urban setting and, above all, in a period—like this—of economic paradigm change. We looked at the sharing economy as we [had] previously […]
L’intelligenza della città partecipata, Roma Palazzo dei Congressi, 24 May 2016
“L’intelligenza della città partecipata: competenze, risorse e regole per l’innovazione urbana” is the title of an event on collaborative governance and urban innovation that will take place in Rome on the 24th May 2016. This event was organized in the framework of the ForumPA 2016, that will also foster other events on the subjects of sustainability and sharing economy. Digital skills and services, Resources and sustainability, Collaborative administration: these are the three subjects that will be discussed in the working groups, with the aim to move from single experiences and experiments to national proposals, to be addressed to the Government or to the Italian municipalities network. Assessors, directors and experts will join the working groups. The events will take place at Palazzo dei Congressi, Roma EUR, in Favignana Hall – CREATIVITY CCIAA ROMA- I° floor. Read the related ForumPA article here. ______________________________ Martedì 24 Maggio al Palazzo dei Congressi di Roma si terrà l’evento “L’intelligenza della città partecipata: competenze, risorse e regole per l’innovazione urbana”, nel quadro del ForumPA 2016. I Tavoli di Lavoro vedranno coinvolti assessori, dirigenti ed esperti, per discutere di amministrazione collaborativa delle città.
Culture&Society – Updates from Europe
On April 19th-20th Bruxelles hosted the European Culture Forum, the biennal flagship event organised by the European Commission, this year focused on “Talent and creativity for a stronger and more inclusive Europe”. Different sessions highlighted the role of culture and creativity in society. Three plenary sessions were devoted to these topics: Plenary Session 1: Can culture help to overcome the fragmentation of society? Plenary Session 2: Can culture help re-launching economic growth? Plenary Session 3: Can culture improve Europe’s standing in the world? In addition to these, other 15 sessions, among which the n.5 concerning “Our Future European Cultural Heritage: Engage, Share, Co-create”. The importance of the participatory issue is stressed also because the sustainability of cultural heritage “depends on our ability to adopt new cross-cutting approaches to unlock its economic and social potential, turning heritage sites into drivers of economic activity, centres of knowledge, focal points of creativity, culture and social innovation”. An important edition that of 2016, also thanks to the announcement of a European Year of cultural heritage by Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for education, culture, youth and sport: “I’m delighted to announce that the Commission is proposing to make 2018 the European year of cultural heritage. […]