The LABoratory for the GOVernance of the Commons (“LabGov“) is a place of experimentation in all respects. However, instead of alembics and tubes you can find students, scholars, experts, entrepreneurs, policymakers, activists discussing, imagining, practicing the future shapes that social, economic, democratic and legal institutions may take.
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French Cities in the Making: A State of the Art of the Research on the Habitat Participatif Movement
On January 10th, a one-day long seminar organized by the interdepartmental agency PUCA (Plan Urbanisme Construction Architecture), sponsored and hosted by the French Ministries of Housing and the Environment in Paris, gathered researchers from different fields (urbanism, architecture, law, and sociology) to discuss the state of the art and the future objectives of the research on habitat participatif. This seminar has been an opportunity to retrace the origins, evolution and main implications of habitat participatif since the movement has gained momentum in the 2000s. Over the last fifteen years, France has witnessed a resurgence of interest in residents-led housing projects as a response to the difficulties that a growing number of households encountered in getting access to housing due to the economic, financial, and real estate crisis. In particular, middle-income households – until then protected by their level of education and social integration – have seen their chances to get access to decent and affordable housing, especially in major cities and towns, seriously undermined. On the one hand, the speculative rise in house and land prices prevented these groups from entering the private real estate and rental market. On the other hand, their income level was far too high to […]
URBACT III – 2nd Change, Waking up the “sleeping giants”
The event Integrating “urban commons” in the reactivation of vacant buildings and sites will take place on the 26th and 27th of January in the city of Genoa. The event is organized by URBACT III 2nd Chance network within the framework of the Waking up the “sleeping giants” project, which involves several European cities in the regeneration and activation of vacant buildings and building complexes for a sustainable urban development. The network, one of the working groups focusing on urban governance at European level, is led by the city of Naples and brings together cities like Brussels (Belgium), Caen (France), Chemnitz (Germany), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Gijon (Spain), Liverpool (UK), Lublin (Poland), Maribor (Slovenia), Porto (Portugal), and Genova (Italy). The project’s challenges are to “bring back” abandoned – and often ignored – spaces into the city and to transform them into lively districts, to involve people in the process and in the definition of their new uses, and to understand how to finance the processes and how to get hold of the buildings. The series of workshop that will take place this week in Genoa will offer a precious occasion to approach these challenges and to further reflect on the importance of re-conceptualizing vacant […]
Can the ride-hailing services reply to the “tragedy of the urban roads” and become a substitute of the transit system?
Cities are facing a series of problems at the urban mobility level, what is called “the tragedy of urban roads” (Iaione, 2009), that implies: a growing traffic congestion, a huge amount of car accidents and a rising level of carbon emissions, all conditions that affect the urban life. As Iaione underlines they represents the “perfect showcase for the tragedy of the commons, a collective action problem in which a resource held in common – urban streets and roads – is subject to overuse and degradation”. He suggests market-based regulatory techniques and public policies for controlling the demand-side of transportation congestion as the best response. In addition, a traditional inefficient (and sometimes outdated) public transport system is fueling the use of private cars, with no perspectives of improvement lacking substantial funds in ad hoc infrastructures. May ICT’s and new technologies offer solutions to solve these problems, respecting commons, environment and people, and to improve the urban mobility? There are at least three orders of answers. The first one is related to the possibility of triggering individual behavioral changes that will have over time a collective impact on the society. As stressed by Comin and Speroni in “2030. The perfect storm – […]
A Scuola di Cucina Sostenibile!
Nella giornata di domani, Martedì 17 Gennaio alle ore 18.00, all’Università Luiss Guido Carli, avrà inizio il primo corso di cucina sostenibile con la nutrizionista Sara Farnetti. Si tratterà di un incontro introduttivo al corso di Well-being e sostenibilità durante il quale la mensa dell’Ateneo si trasformerà in un laboratorio gastronomico e i partecipanti potranno conoscere già nuove tecniche di cucina sana e sostenibile grazie allo show cooking di cucina vegetale realizzato dallo chef Simone Salvini. Aprirà l’incontro il Direttore Generale Giovanni Lo Storto e terminerà con un aperitivo offerto a tutti i partecipanti e preparato dallo chef, utilizzando i prodotti biologici dell’orto condiviso Luiss. L’obiettivo del laboratorio, a cui possono prender parte tutti gli studenti Triennali e a Ciclo Unico, è quello di promuovere una alimentazione sana e sostenibile, volta al benessere personale e dell’intera comunità. Mangiar sano è, infatti, un atto di responsabilità non solo nei nostri confronti, ma anche verso gli altri e tutto ciò che ci circonda. A partire da una corretta e sostenibile alimentazione, è possibile realizzare quel cambiamento di paradigma innovativo e sostenibile da un punto di vista ambientale, di cui sempre più ormai si sente la necessità.
NYCommons: A Tool To Help Grassroots Groups
In urban development, gentrification is a very important process that can transform the city, both socially and economically. Gentrification process in urban areas has several positive aspects (buildings are renovated and beautified, there are more jobs opportunities, more retail and service business, etc.) but also some negatives ones such as the loss of affordable housing and public assets (including parks, park buildings, former schools, library buildings, community gardens, etc.) and city-owned vacant lots are in the crosshairs of developers. This is the case of the Lower East Side in NYC that it is now one of the hottest real estate markets in Manhattan. According to Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, the state chapter of the national civic engagement and government accountability organization, in urban development, communities play the role of underdog, on the contrary, the government and real estate developers run the show (especially the latter). So, it is important to analyze what set of organizing tools community-led organizations have built to help grassroots groups compete with private real estate developers when it comes to determining the future of publicly owned assets across the city. An interesting example is given by Community Development Project at the Urban […]
Cooperatives, 8 feasibility studies for innovative projects
The Italian Ministry for Economic Development financed and published 8 feasibility studies related to “cooperative di comunità” (community cooperatives) in order to promote innovative projects and networks among cooperatives, enhancing a more innovative form of collaboration between public sector and cooperative system. The initiative is conducted within the national program of development and promotion of the cooperative movement (art. 11 law n. 59/92). The studies, carried out by partnerships among different stakeholders, operators, universities and research centers, deal with different sectors, e.g. agriculture, health, community, tourism, and will serve as a model for interested actors. On the 17th of November 2016 during the event “Progetti di frontiera per le cooperative: studi di fattibilità per una collaborazione innovativa fra il sistema pubblico e il movimento cooperativo” the results of the eight studies were presented at the Ministry for Economic Development. LabGov was present at the event, represented by his coordinator Christian Iaione, who was between the discussants. Hereafter two particularly interesting studies that were presented in this occasion are described, while it is possible to find the complete studies here. The feasibility study concerning tourism and culture refers to the development of a large cooperative tourism supply chain aiming at the […]
The Forum PA Annual Report 2016
Today Rome is hosting the launch of the second edition of the FPA Annual Report. The presentation of the report is going to be held by Gianni Dominici and Carlo Mochi Sismondi, respectively General Director and President of FPA, together with Mauro Bonaretti, cabinet secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, and Christian Iaione, co-founder of LabGov and associate professor of public law at Guglielmo Marconi University of Rome. The Report collects a large selection of reflections on the complex theme of the innovation path of the Italian public administration during 2016. Through this report, FPA wants to provide a key to interprete the present as well as a look on the future, starting with an overview of the past. The Annual Report is completed by the original research “25 anni di riforme della PA: troppe norme, pochi traguardi”. A livestreaming of the event is available on FPA Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/forumpa/ An e-book of the Report will be soon available
Spunti per una ri-costruzione
Questo articolo è stato pubblicato il 13 Dicembre 2016 dal Giornale delle Fondazioni, ed è disponibile qui nella sua versione originale. Dopo uno sguardo alla situazione post-sisma in Umbria con «Scosse di comunità. Per una ri-costruzione», alcuni spunti e riflessioni per una fase post-emergenziale costruttiva e rigenerativa, grazie ai contributi di Luca Dal Pozzolo e Christian Iaione. Prospettive diverse, obiettivo comune Superata la fase di emergenza, quali scenari di intervento e quali processi da attivare con le comunità colpite dal sisma? Lo abbiamo chiesto a Luca Dal Pozzolo, architetto, docente universitario, fondatore di Fondazione Fitzcarraldo e direttore dell’Osservatorio Culturale del Piemonte, e a Christian Iaione, docente universitario presso l’Università LUISS Guido Carli e direttore di LabGov, pionere dei beni comuni. Luca del Pozzolo Il futuro delle macerie… Ho qualche perplessità sul ricostruire più in fretta possibile “dov’era e com’era”… Sul “dov’era” non nutro particolare dubbi: l’impianto urbanistico preesistente è sicuramente da riconfermare, a meno di palesi contraddizioni e ostacoli a un abitare contemporaneo. Che lo spazio pubblico, le strade, le piazze ritrovino la loro dimensione cava che per centinaia d’anni ha trattenuto nel suo alveo il quotidiano della società locale, che questa impronta di comunità, questo contenitore pubblico di vita e socialità ritrovi i […]
From cities to platforms: the future lies in participatory governance
This week LabGov recommends “The city as a Platform: How Digital Networks are Changing Urban Life and Governance” by David Bollier, an insight into the digital challenges our cities are facing. It is the result report of the 24th roundtable on Information Technology, hosted by the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program. Thirty leaders and experts from local administrations, the private sector and academia gathered in San Francisco, US, in July 2015 to share, analyze and foresee the impacts networks and networking have on cities from different technological, economic, social, cultural and political viewpoints. Do you ever think about how our ordinary life would have been so extraordinary just a few decades ago? Imagine about every single action we carelessly and repeatedly take every single day that couldn’t be conceived in the near past. Think about our smartphones, our super-fast internet connection, how we can find everything we need in few seconds or even talk face to face with friends thousands of kilometers away. Our lifestyle has changed tremendously. So have not the political and administrative structures which we live in, or at least not at the same hectic pace. That’s the challenge launched by David Bollier in its “The […]
The commons of Tuscany: an event to take stock of the #CollaboraToscana Process
On Friday the 16th of December, the event “La rete dei Beni Comuni Toscani: dalla partecipazione alla collaborazione” will take place in Florence. The event, organized by Tuscany’s Regional Authority for Participation within the framework of the #CollaboraToscana process, will be the occasion to develop a reflection on the experimentations of collaborative practices which are taking place around the Tuscan municipalities. The event will begin at 3 pm, with an introduction by Giovanni Allegretti, Member of the Regional Authority for Participation, and Christian Iaione, LabGov’s Coordinator, followed by the presentation and discussion of the numerous cases. The cases will be organized around different thematic slots, focusing on the topics of governance, environmental goods, urban spaces and services. (A complete list of the cases that will be object of discussion is to be found in the event’s flier, displayed below). The two hours of discussion will be concluded by the final remarks of Vittorio Bugli, Assessor to the Presidency of the Region. Afterwards the participants will be invited to take part in an Aperitivo, an occasion to continue the conversation in a more informal setting. More informations on the #CollaboraToscana path are available here. ——————————— Venerdì 16 Dicembre a Firenze avrà […]