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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Commons in the political space, for a post capitalist transition – The Interviews
What are relations between commons and politics? In the last few years, the commons have enriched themselves with their entry into political institutions at the level of states, large cities or regions, whether in Bolivia, Ecuador, Spain, Britain, France, Italy, and elsewhere in the world. How can this encounter inspire us? How does the commons paradigm fit with other proposals for a post-capitalist alternative to decay, social and solidarity economy, political ecology, open cooperativism, etc.? How to avoid the “commons washing” and recovery of the project and the values of the commons in the dominant discourse? The video “Les communes dans l’espace politique”, produced by Remix The Commons, is based on workshops and interviews conducted at the World Social Forum and at the GSEF World Forum on Social Economy in Montreal August and September 2016. Professor Christian Iaione, LabGov coordinator, was between the experts and practitioners interviewed in this occasion. In his speech he touches on different topics: from the experiences that are taking place in numerous Italian cities around the urban commons to the importance of creating a stronger network of cities committed to addressing emerging urban issues; from the understanding of the value of experimentation to development of the capacity to address failure; from […]
An event to co-design the future of the ex-Military Hospital in Naples
How to transform a sleeping giant into a special space open to everyone? This is the question that will be at the center of the discussions at the meeting that will take place on Saturday the 27th of May 2017 at the ex-Military Hospital, also known as SS. Trinità delle Monache complex. The event is organized by the URBACT Local Group, a network of local actors that are taking part in the “2nd Chance – Waking up the sleeping giants” project promoted by Naples Municipality. This meeting will offer an important occasion to come together and define the initiatives that will be implemented with the aim of waking up the ex-Hospital, a precious urban complex located in the heart of the city, which currently lies into abandonment. Everyone who cares about the destiny of this important resource is invited to participate in the event to and to share his ideas, desires, experiences and proposals. The event will adopt an OST (Open Space Technology) methodology, which favors an open debate and the development of creative and innovative ideas. The participants will spend the first half an hour of the meeting defining together the program of the day, and afterwards they will […]
The CO-Cities Series: #2 Reggio Emilia
The city of Reggio nell’Emilia (better known as Reggio Emilia), located in the hearth of Emilia Romagna, counts a population of 172.000 inhabitants. 27.000 of them are involved in activities promoting social cohesion. These numbers, which highlight the existence of a strong social capital, help us understand the peculiarity of the approach adopted by the city administration. According to Valeria Montanari, Councilor for innovation, administrative simplification, participation and care of the neighborhoods, this peculiarity lies in the idea of “the city as an infrastructure that is made available to people”. In line with this view, the administration guided by Major Luca Vecchi, elected in 2014, has been promoting citizens’ participation in policy making, allowing for “the co-design not only of the actions, but also of the objectives that the city wants to pursue”. The choice to adopt a governance paradigm based on participation and collaboration implies the willingness to challenge and to change the traditional role of the public administration and its relationship with citizens. A process of institutional and bureaucratic innovation is being developed by the administration, which rather than simply providing services to their citizens aims at becoming an enabler for participatory paths and practices, bringing citizens at […]
The Biennial of Public Space – Soon to begin in Rome
The 4th edition of the Biennial of Public Space is taking place in Rome from the 25th to the 27th of May 2017. The event is promoted by the National Institute of City Planning, the National Council of Landscape and Conservation Planning Architects, the Roman Order of Architects, Architecture Department of the University Roma Tre, with the collaboration of UN Habitat and ANCI. The 2013 edition of the Biennial saw the approval of the Charter of Public Space (available here in Italian), which “aims to be the document for all those who believe in the city and in its unique capability of fostering sociability, meeting, coexistence, freedom and democracy; and in its vocation to express and realize all these values through public spaces”. Therefore, the Biennial speaks to local administrations, universities, cultural associations, experts and practitioners, citizens and students, with the aim of promoting interdisciplinary projects involving the main urban actors. In line with this view, this year’s edition of the Biennial addresses the topic of planning and managing public space from different perspectives and thanks to the contribution of numerous actors active in this field. The program of the event, available on the website, is the result of the call […]
CICLO DI CONFERENZE ALLA SCOPERTA DEL PARCO DI CENTOCELLE
La Comunità Parco Pubblico di Centocelle in collaborazione con il CdQ di Torre Spaccata, l’ Associazione Culturale Quattro Sassi e il Settimo Biciclettari organizzano ciclo di conferenze “Tra archeologia e storia” alla scoperta del Parco di Centocelle, delle sue risorse culturali ed archeologiche e della sua storia. Il ciclo di incontri avrà inizio martedì 23 maggio presso la Casa della Cultura di Villa de Sanctis. Il programma prevede due interventi: ‘L’archeologia e il parco‘ – Dott.ssa Patrizia Gioia (Curatore archeologo, Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali); ‘Il diritto alla partecipazione e all’educazione al patrimonio culturale, artistico e paesaggistico‘ – Prof. Christian Iaione (Co-fondatore di LabGov – Professore di diritto pubblico UniMarconi – Docente di diritto e politiche urbane presso Luiss Guido Carli). L’appuntamento successivo è previsto il 7 giugno presso la Biblioteca Rugantino. Interverranno la Dott.ssa Patrizia Gioia, la Dott.ssa Laura Leopardi e l’Arch. Paola Cannavò.
It is time for FORUM PA 2017
What is the role that public administrations should – and must – have in the creation of a new economic development paradigm able to generate sustainable and equitable wellbeing? This question will be at the heart of the series of conferences and workshops organized within the framework of FORUM PA 2017, which will take place from the 23rd to the 25th of May in Rome. The common thread will be given by the Global Agenda for Sustainable Development and by the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that the General Assembly of the United Nations aims to achieve by 2030. Within this general framework, the participants will discuss the importance of innovating public administration in order to provide answers to the pressing and ever growing issues faced by citizens. From unemployment to the right to health care, from raising inequalities to concerns about security, and much more. It is important for the PA to speak not only about itself and with itself, but to focus instead on why this innovation is deeply needed. To be able to address these complex themes, the program of the convention is organized into 4 different kind of events: “scenarios”, “thematic conferences, “workshops” and “academies”. The complete […]
Empowering Communities To Save America
A lot of analysts affirm that Donald J. Trump was elected as president of the “divided states of America”, but, a more in-depth analysis, reveals that Donald Trump is not the cause of this division but he is a consequence of the crisis of the American democracy. When we talk about democratic crisis in America (but this phenomenon is about other countries in Western World, of course), we refer to polarization between right and left because Republicans and Democrats just don’t seem interested in reaching a “mutual partisan adjustment” but they prefer conflict. And this phenomenon is very rooted in the whole society: in fact, according to the social psychologist Jonathan Haidt: “Polarization is here to stay for many decades, and it’s probably going to get worse”. Last November, Trump won the elections thanks to different aspects: the race (whites voted overwhelmingly for Trump and levels of turnout and support of racial minorities for Clinton are insufficient), party affiliation (Trump gained a great support among Republicans and also among Independents), the importance of some issues (i.e. economy, immigration, terrorism, federal government efficiency, etc.) and urban/rural conflict. And it is the main point of focus: in America, but also in Europe, there […]
“URBANA. Quality of life and social innovation in Milan”: when sociology goes to town.
Since its birth in 1999, the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Milano-Bicocca has promoted sociological research and scientific investigation of contemporary society, following its changes, with a special focus on the city of Milan. From May 4th to May 7th 2017, the sociologists and the social scientists of the Department shared and presented their researches, analysis and investigations to the citizens of Milan, within the framework of the initiative “URBANA. Quality of life and social innovation in Milan”. The initiative, coordinated by the Department Director, Prof. Giampaolo Nuvolati, was promoted and organized by the Department under the patronage of the Municipality of Milan and the University Milano-Bicocca; with the aim of bringing university and sociology from the suburban Bicocca neighborhood to the core of the city, and in this way to strengthen and consolidate the relation between the university and the city. Four days of city storytelling to describe its changes through different languages and perspectives, in some of the main representative locations of Milan, with more than 100 experts, social scientists, sociologists, journalists, artists and performers, for a total of 24 free entry appointments. The event, touched many different topics, such as […]
A series of seminars to discuss urban regeneration and social innovation in Naples
On Tuesday the 16th of May 2017 Professor Christian Iaione, LabGov coordinator, will be in Naples to hold a seminar on the topic “The commons in Italy, between urban economies and public policies”. His lesson is part of a series of seminars organized by Professor Giovanni Laino within the framework of the course Urban and metropolitan policies (UPTA) offered by the Architecture Department (DIARC) of the University Federico II in Naples. The series of seminars, titled “Riuso contenitori dismessi, tra rigenerazione e innovazione sociale”, allows its participants to analyze topics such as the reuse of vacant urban spaces and buildings, urban regeneration and social innovation from different perspectives. This is possible thanks to the contributions brought by scholars, experts and practitioners with both a strong knowledge and practice in these fields. Each lesson will be the occasion to discover the experience of a different city (from Milan to Bari and Brindisi, with a special focus on Naples itself) ad to learn about the innovative processes that are regenerating our cities and our communities. The previous seminars saw the participation of Claudio Calvaresi (Avanzi – Innovation and urban regeneration in Milan, Base and much more), Giuseppe Micciarelli (University of Salerno – […]
Renewable energy in Italy
In Italy the number of renewable energy installations is growing up really fast and it seems that this growth is not going to stop in the near future. This number is composed by investments made not only by the enterprises and the public companies or companies in which the State has a controlling interest, but in a great part also by single privates and families. Home renewable energy installations are indeed increasing everywhere in Italy. The data of this growth are surprising , as they show that a large number of Italians have already choose to install their personal renewable energy installation, and many others are betting on renewable energies. Small installations for the self-generation of renewable energy cover the 22 % of the national production of electricity. Those numbers would have been incredible just few years ago. This trend is mainly driven by Photovoltaics; solar panels are the lowest ones in terms of investment and they can be easily installed. Furthermore Italy is well known all over the world for his sunny weather. During 2015 small renewable energy installations have increased to 700.000, 41.000 more than the former year . What are the reasons of this huge success? […]