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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Prof. Iaione at a dinner debate, Utrecht, 21 June 2016
Professor Christian Iaione will represent LabGov tonight in a IASC meeting in Utrecht. The meeting will take place in the form of a dinner debate (diner pensant in Dutch) and will host several representatives of institutions and organizations from the civil society. The main target of this meeting is to kick-start the scientific debate that will completely blossom in IASC XVI Biennial Conference next year. The IASC Conference 2017 will take place in Utrecht from the 10th to the 14th of July 2017, under the name “Practicing the commons: Self-governance, cooperation, and institutional change”. It is expected to attract over 600 academics, practitioners and others interested in the field of commons, and will be an excellent chance for them to meet each other, to learn from each other’s experiences and to exchange ideas. Here are some images from the evening: __________________________ Il prof. Christian Iaione rappresenterà LabGov in un meeting IASC stasera a Utrecht. Il dinner debate ha come scopo principale di dare il via al dibattito scientifico che sboccerà completamente nella XVI Conferenza Biennale di IASC, che si terrà dal 10 al 14 luglio 2017, con il titolo “Practicing the commons: Self-governance, cooperation, and institutional change”.
Symposium “Cooperation in the field” – June 23rd, Utrecht University
Next Thursday, June 23rd, Utrecht University will host the Symposium “Cooperation in the field”. It will be the opportunity for international researchers, experts and students to gather and share their respective ideas and practical experiences on cooperative practices. The event is part of the strategic thematic series on “Institutions for Open Societies”. Professor Tine de Moor, Full Professor ‘Institutions for Collective Action in Historical Perspective’, Department of Social and Economic History, Utrecht University will moderate the sessions. Among the excellent speakers are: Ruth Meinzen-Dick, senior research fellow at IFPRI, coordinator of the CGIAR program on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi) as well as leader of IFPRI’s Gender Task Force, also co-leading work on strengthening women’s assets. Marco A. Janssen, professor at the School of Sustainability of Arizona State University and director of the Center for Behavior, Institutions, and the Environment of ASU. Hans Groeneveld, Associate Director Cooperative & Control at Rabobank and distinguished professor at TIAS School for Business and Society. Wilbert van den Bosch, consultant on cooperatives for NCR, The Dutch Council for Cooperatives. Christian Iaione, Associate Professor of Public Law at the University of Guglielmo Marconi studios in Rome , fellow at the Urban Law Center of Fordham […]
CO-Bologna runs towards new cooperative forms of governance of the commons: a focus on Bolognina site.
Work is continuing on CO-Bologna project, the cooperation agreement between the Municipality of Bologna and Fondazione del Monte of Bologna and Ravenna to deepen and continue in the innovative process and administrative trial started in 2011, aiming to promoting cooperative forms of governance of the commons. On Tuesday, 7th of June, a first workshop took place in Bolognina, one of the sites of CO-Bologna project. 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. This first workshop aimed to start knowing the inhabitants of two buildings of the area, and to get them involved in a first process based on the identification of their needs, their talents and their availability to start creating networks and collaborative solutions. It has been a fundamental step towards the implementation of the process. The participants and the facilitators of the workshop (both from Kilowatt and LabGov) scheduled their next meeting for Monday, 10th of July. They will organize a “common dinner” in the building’s yard, where every participant will contribute with a special dish and with their experiences. Read the complete report of the workshop […]
European Development Days – On the importance of the Urban Dimension
With adoption of the Amsterdam Pact on May 30th, EU leaders showed their full endorsement of the need to attach considerations at the urban dimension to EU decision-making. As we pointed out in our previous article on the topic (We are already on our way to Amsterdam: Countdown to the new EU Urban Agenda), the Amsterdam Pact aims at enhancing new forms of multilevel cooperation in the management of EU funds in four pilot sectors: housing, air quality, integration of migrants and refugees, urban poverty. The real breakthrough is represented by its working method, which champions partnerships on urban-salient issues across multiple levels of government. It is the symbolic beginning of a new process, signalling how sensitive this issue has become for EU policy-makers. By now, reflecting on citizens’ needs at the urban level has become a cornerstone in EU policy-making. EU institutions are demonstrating their leadership and willingness to dialogue with stakeholders on such topics. Brussels has become a hub to share ideas and experiences and to inspire innovative solutions to the most pressing urban challenges. Here, the European Commission will host the 10th edition of the European Development Days, one of the major conferences dedicated to the issue […]
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.