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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LabGov in Croatia: “4th Conference on Good Economy” and “Good City for All” Seminar
There is one kind of economy which is good: it is the economy which supports the quality of life of the whole community, creates the abundance of possibilities and opportunities needed to satisfy our needs without hurting others, embraces responsibility and nourishes solidarity. It is the economy which uses and shares the resources fairly, which respects the sustainability of the system. It is about this kind of economy that the participants in the “4th Conference on Good Economy” will talk about during the conference that will take place in Zagreb from Thursday the 23rd to Saturday the 25th of March 2017. The conference, organized by The Green Network of Activist Groups and by Dobra Ekonomija will be a great occasion for speakers coming from all over the world to meet and exchange knowledge and experience on good economy models. From Delhi to Berlin, from Paris to Barcelona, Sarajevo, Wien, Lincoln or Rome, different practices have been developing: we observe the emergence of “collaborative economy” practices, “open factories”, ecological social enterprises, participatory and democratic governance experiences, collective ownership, and much more. Professor Christian Iaione, LabGov co-founder, has been invited to the conference to speak about the idea of the “City as a […]
Economy as a Common Project. State-Of-The-Art Of Basic Income
The 20th century income distribution system has changed entirely. The traditional framework of value creation based on the interaction of private, public and third sector is irremediably compromised. More and more companies don’t generate profit, as well as public administration doesn’t produce public value, and, thus, the society struggles to generate shared social value. Given this scenario, where globalization and technological have had a disruptive impact on labor markets and systems of tax and there is growing concern about precariousness and insecurity, new innovative solutions are welcomed and necessary. One of the most discussed ideas it’s the introduction of universal basic income (UBI). Unusually, basic income has a strength: both the right and the left appreciate that: leftist parties (i.e. Scottish National Party or Green Party in UK) place the emphasis on lower poverty, the rightist ones focus their attention on slimming down welfare system (in Finland it is a warhorse of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, leader of the liberal and right-leaning Centre Party of Finland. Also, the far-right party Finns Party is interested in this policy). According to the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), “A basic income is a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, […]
“BRAVE NEW WORLD?” Discussing the ubiquitous city of Songdo at the Munich Creative Business Week.
On Wednesday the 8th of March 2017 the Munich Creative Business Week (March 4th-12th) hosted a special panel discussion on smart cities, “Brave New World?”, organized by Schnitzer& and moderated by the designer Sarah Dorkenwald. The panel gathered many experts from different fields to discuss on the Smart City’s ability to offer an answer to the main urban issues that cities have to face nowadays, such as traffic, air pollution, urban heating, economic crises, immigration, sociodemographic problems, social injustice and much more. The topic was debated taking the case of the ubiquitous city of Songdo in South Korea as an example. Among the experts were also some designers and architects directly involved in the masterplan of Songdo, like Brian Girard, principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) with over 20 years of professional experience in designing residential, commercial, institutional, and cultural facilities in London, the United States and Asia, and the south Korean Minsuk Cho, an award-winning architect, founder of the Seoul-based firm Mass Studies. The futurist Cornelia Dhaeim, founder of the Future Impacts Consulting (Berlin) and Leiff Huff, executive designer director at IDEO’s Munich studio were also present. Furthermore, from the academia, Gerard Schmitt, professor of Information Architecture at ETH […]
A 2-days event in Reggio Emilia to discuss “Social innovation, commons, collaboration models”
On Tuesday the 15th and Wednesday the 16th of March 2017, the city of Reggio Emilia will host the 2-days conference “Social innovation, commons, collaboration models. Cities and local communities development”. The event will bring together experts, policy makers, social innovators and citizens, and will be a valuable occasion to reflect on the transformations that contemporary cities are undergoing and on the challenges they are facing. Furthermore, it will be a moment to discover and analyze the numerous practices and experimentations which are being developed by Italian cities, which are trying to provide an answer to the complex and overlapping issues experienced in the urban environment. Cities are being transformed thanks to social, economic and cultural initiatives, which are activated by a variety of urban actors, from institutions to private actors, universities and members of the civil society (associations and citizens). These actors are collaborating and finding new ways to work together in different sectors of urban policies, creating in this way a community of urban innovators. During the conference, taking as a starting point the experiences of Collaboratorio Reggio and QUA (Quartiere bene comune), activated by the Administration of Reggio Emilia, different topics connected to social innovation, collaboration and […]
Preserving Long-Term Housing Affordability while Revitalizing Neighborhoods: the Ascendancy of Community Land Trust
During the last decade, Community Land Trust has been welcomed in many European countries by grassroots movements and policy makers alike as a valuable response to the increasing difficulties that a large portion of the population encountered to get access to decent and affordable housing. When trying to enter the housing market, people often face two obstacles. First, expensive private rent and even more high-priced individual private ownership have become out of reach for those who lack the financial power to afford it; secondly, the supply and quality of social housing has proven unable to meet the demand of a growing number of low-income people who seek access to it. In spite of the lack of a long-term stable framework for the affordable housing sector in Europe, a whole range of piece-meal solutions aimed at increasing the supply of affordable housing have been put in place through both public policy interventions at a State and regional level, and the activism of not-for-profit housing cooperatives, housing associations, and self-organized groups of people. Especially concerned with the long-term affordability of housing for low- or moderate-income people, Community Land Trust has gained ascendancy among those solutions that are capable of responding to the […]
Día de los datos abiertos 2017 – Madrid
On Saturday, March 4th, Madrid will host the Open Data Day 2017. The Open Data community will reunite to sensitize citizens and local actors on their use, purpose and opportunities. It will be a great occasion to show and spread knowledge on the benefits related to Open Data, in order to promote the adoption of policies on data in both administrations, private sector and civil society. LabGov will attend the Open Data Day with its co-founder Christian Iaione, who is going to join a conversation on Commons, institutions and co-creation with Claudia Delso, Councilor for Participation and Democratic Innocation in the Municipality of La Coruña, and Ana Méndez de Andés, Assessor of Cultural Area in the Municipality of Madrid. The full program of the event is available here: http://medialab-prado.es/article/dia-de-los-datos-abiertos-2017#sec-6
Innovative City Development meeting in Madrid
In the framework of the Idea Camp 2017, the City of Madrid, the European Cultural Foundation and the Connected Action for the Commons are organizing the Innovative City Development meeting with municipal and city officials who are working in a progressive approach on cultural and urban related issues, using participatory methods. On March 2nd and 3rd attendees from Poland, Spain, Greece, Moldova will co-exchange about the city as commons and also meet with the Idea Makers. The meeting will have two fundamental goals: To facilitate co-exchange and learning about the city as commons through presentation of practices and experiences To engage the participants to broaden knowledge on both activists’ and institutions’ approach to city space and its problems. Connected Action for the Commons will contextualize the meeting: it is a network and an action research program working mainly on topics linked to the commons such as public spaces, culture and democracy. It is in the process of co-developing and exchanging expertise as a network and engaging its local communities. Christian Iaione, LabGov’s co-founder, will attend the meeting and facilitate the majority of the sessions. Further information about the Idea Camp 2017 is available here: http://www.culturalfoundation.eu/connected-action/
Heritage communities within the Faro Convention framework: the case of “Hotel du Nord”
On 7th and 8th February 2017 Marseille hosted the seminar “Patrimoines et biens communs au regard des droits culturels”, organized within the framework of the “Chaniter Patrimoine(s) et bien(s) commun(s)”, a research-action site devoted to analyse, debate and exchange knowledge about the phenomenon of heritage communities, defined by the Faro Convention on the value of cultural heritage for society (2005) as: art.2.b.“Heritage community consists of people who value specific aspects of cultural heritage which they wish, within the framework of public action, to sustain and transmit to future generations.” Building on this definition, many community-based initiatives have been developed so far, serving as the Faro good practices: Heritage committee, Heritage walk, Residents’ co-operative, Urban revelation workshop, Metropolitan trail. Among the case studies presented during the seminar was the experience of Hotel du Nord, a residents’ co-operative which offers hosting and touristic opportunities by enhancing local cultural heritage in the northern neighborhood of the city of Marseille. It began as an experimentation in 2009 and was officially founded in 2011, as a result of the mission expérimentale européenne de patrimoine intégré, an interesting project launched in 1995 by the city of Marseille, the Council of Europe, the University and the CNFPT […]
A regulation for the Italian Home Restaurant: Ddl AC-3258, pros and cons.
When talking about the sharing economy, its legislative dimension is always a burning issue. In this context, in recent times the regulation of the so-called home restaurant has been high on the agenda, especially in Italy. But what is it the home restaurant? As defined on the Home Restaurant website, “the Home Restaurant is the opportunity given to anyone who loves to stay in the kitchen to turn their house and their own kitchen in a restaurant occasionally open for friends, acquaintances and strangers (travelers especially) who will have the chance to experience the original kitchen of the places frequented regularly or during a trip.” In this way, private citizens can organize paid dinners in their house through an online platform. The trend started in 2006 with the guerrilla restaurants in New York, and then spread in 2009 in the UK. Thanks to social networks, the phenomenon has spread like wildfire, leading to the birth of the Supper Club of New York, the Cuban “particular houses” and the Home Restaurants, realities that show us how the kitchen passion can turn into a real business while respecting the law of each country. The Home Restaurant offers the added value of territory […]
Verge NYC 2017 – INVISIBILITY
Verge NYC – Invisibility, a 2.5-day design event organized by students at Parsons School of Design, will take place from the 22nd to the 24th of February 2017. This year the event will focus on the theme of invisibility, with the idea of highlighting “Invisibility as an opportunity for new strategies to impact our societies” and using “design and trans-disciplinary collaboration as acts of seeing, revealing, and creating new perceptions which investigate invisibility”. Through panel discussions and conversations the theme of invisibility and of restoring visibility to the unseen will be observed in relation to different issues, ranging from urban regeneration to migration, from inequalities and inclusion to civic engagement, with the aim of confronting complex and transdisciplinary questions such as: “How might we continue to reveal intangible aspects of society and human behaviors? How can we restore visibility to the unseen, unheard communities disenfranchised/displaced by power and politics? In the face of unprecedented social issues emerging from the ongoing refugee crisis how do we highlight contradictions of different inclusion strategies? What aspects are better left invisible?”. LabGov’s co-founders, Sheila Foster (Fordham University) and Christian Iaione (Luiss University and UniMarconi) will be present at the event, which will bring together […]