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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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 […]
Fake News, Digital Giants and Democracy
In years, digital capitalism driven by Silicon Valley has provided different services that are, to be honest, very useful and beneficial to all citizens. This fact has led to the development of theory of internet-centrism, the propensity to view all political and social change through the prism of the Internet and cyber-utopianism, the belief that online communication is in itself emancipatory and that the Internet always favors the oppressed. Surely, no one can doubt that digital giants as Facebook, Google, Amazon, etc., have renewed our daily life (for example the way people organize their time or how government arranges the health care sector), but, to use their platforms, we must follow their logics that, as companies, are economic and only concern profit. This point is well-defined but, from the perspective of democracy, there are other interests at stake and it becomes clearer when we talk about fake news. The theme of fake news and post-truth has become very crucial in 2016, especially during the electoral campaigns, from Brexit to US presidential elections to Italian constitutional referendum. The losing side of 2016 pointed out that democracy is sick due to fake news but when our elites consider fake news the main […]
TRANSIT Workshop on resourcing and monitoring for transformative social innovation
On the 16th and 17th of February a 2-days workshop about resourcing and monitoring, organized within the framework of the TRANSIT (TRANsformative Social Innovation Theory) Project, will take place in Maastricht. TRANSIT is a research project, co-founded by the European Commission, which addresses the question of “How social innovation can interact with other forms of (transformative) change, and how actors are (dis) empowered therein”. The projects aims at developing a theory with practical relevance, and in order to do so it adopts a research method which encourages feedback from social entrepreneurs and innovators, policy makers and academics. In line with this approach, the workshop organized in Maastricht will bring together experts from TRANSIT with practitioners, funders and change agents working on transformative social innovation. The workshop will focus on the question of resourcing and monitoring, which are key issues we need to address in order to help social innovation initiatives going beyond the local achievements they are collecting, by joining forces in seeking contextual and institutional change. To activate an institutionalization process, resourcing and monitoring – two dimensions which are closely linked – are fundamental. Addressing these two dimensions means addressing 5 sources of tension which are being faced by […]
“Costruire Comunità” – the cycle of seminars hosted by INARCH
On Wednesday the 15th of February, the cycle of seminars “Building Communities” (Costruire Comunità) will start its course at INARCH, the National Institute of Architecture, in the context of the master degree in Sustainable Architecture. The cycle is composed by three seminars with three experts coming from different fields of study but still complementary with architecture, in order to promote a reflection on the link between environmental sustainability and the social sustainability of urban regeneration and city governance. This first seminar is going to host Christian Iaione, LabGov’s co-founder and expert of the co-governance of commons, who is going to focus on the idea of the city as a commons. The next two seminars will host respectively: Maria Cristina Antonucci, researcher in social studies at CNR – 22th of March Filippo Celata, professor in Economic Geography and expert in local politics – 5th of April The focal point of the events will be the relationship between public and private, as well as the idea of community, and several methods, models and instruments to re-think our cities will be discussed. The events are open and public. More info here: http://www.inarchedu.it/seminario-la-citta-bene-comune/ Venerdì 15 febbraio INARCH ospiterà la prima sessione del ciclo di seminari […]
Building “cities for people”: Barcelona Superilles.
In his book “Cities for People” the Danish Architect Jan Gehl tells us that if we want to build lively, sustainable, safe and healthy cities, we need to pay more attention to the human dimension, which in the last decades has been highly neglected. According to Gehl, urban planners need to observe the city at eye level, adopting the point of view of a pedestrian rather than thinking about the city only in abstract terms, as “the battle for quality is on a small scale”. Gehl’s view is deeply influenced by the seminal work of the American activist and journalist Jane Jacobs, the first strong voice who denounced the dominant urban planning ideology for having lost contact with real cities and with the needs of their communities. Today, more and more cities are realizing the importance of going back to the human dimension as a starting point for dealing with the interconnected issues resulting from intense urbanization. This appears particularly true when we turn to consider the question of traffic. Since the car’s advent, a great amount of time and energies have been devoted to the transformation of the urban environment required to accommodate the ever-growing traffic. This has often […]
“Value in the Commons Economy” Report
“What is at the heart of the problems erupting worldwide? Is anything good emerging from these multiple crises? Can a new system grow from within the old one? Is it already here, visible and thriving? These questions are addressed by Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Niaros in the report, “Value in the Commons Economy”, co-published by Heinrich Böll Foundation and the P2PFoundation. The authors’ main thesis describes the ‘value crisis’ affecting our current world as a sign of an underlying transformation in our ‘value system’. Society is shifting from a system based on value created in a market system (through labor and capital) to one which recognizes broader value streams. These streams are experienced as ‘contributions’ to structures based on the co-construction of shared resources, also known as ‘commons’. While this new system of value creation and distribution still operates within the mainstream value orthodoxy today, the Value in the Commons Economy report emphasizes how pioneering communities are working on expanding the new system from within, and building the potential to eventually break free of those confines.” The complete report is available here.
The Fil Rouge of Culture
“…che la cultura, più che mai oggi, sia uno strumento irrinunciabile per scrivere il nostro futuro”. It is becoming increasingly apparent that culture is an ever-present dimension in different debates, beyond the traditional artistic-cultural one: culture as a right, culture as wellbeing and welfare, culture as a commons, culture as a factor of social and economic development, culture as education, culture as a driving force for urban regeneration, culture as a resource for sustainable development, culture as citizenship. Besides the emergence of a participatory and collaborative approach in conceiving and managing cultural projects, events and institutions, there is an ever-raising awareness of the intersectoral implications of culture as a process, also in terms of spillover effects. This is particularly enhanced and demonstrated by European and international policies, documents and initiatives as well as by the celebration of 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage: documents such as “Council Conclusions on cultural heritage as a strategic resource for a sustainable Europe” (May 2014, available here), emphasizing the role and relevance of cultural heritage for a “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”, “Commission Communication towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage for Europe” (July 2014, available here) and its related documents, or […]
DigiPay4Growth: how digital payments can stimulate local and regional growth
DigiPay4Growth, a project co-financed by the EU, aims at generating a new economic model in order to find a solution to the economic crisis that is affecting the Eurozone. The idea is to implement a new system of digital payments (DPS – digital payment system) through a business network, in order to stimulate local and regional economic growth. The software produced, Cyclos, has been tested in four pilot regions: Britols, Sardinia, Catalonia and the Netherlands. As explained by the website, it creates a system where purchasing powers is “trapped” within a local system for a specific amount of elapsed time so to increase economic activity and provide more income for local businesses while it remains in a networked business of SMEs. Cyclos channelled inflows of purchasing powers from different sources in order to finance the development of SMEs in the regional and local economy. The three-year project, partially funded under the ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme by the European Community, involved 10,000 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Those SMEs circulated around EUR 34 million of digital payments. Through the DPS, and by means of the Cyclos software, local and […]
RELAZIONI. Ecosistema città, governance diffusa, comunità creative
Creative regeneration of public spaces and innovative public policies will be at the center of the reflection that the public meeting “RELAZIONI. Ecosistema città, governance diffusa, comunità creative” will activate. The Municipality of Ruvo di Puglia is inviting its citizens, local associations and political groups to participate in the event, which will take place on Saturday the 4th of February in the hall of Palazzo Caputi. The public meeting will see the participation of Christian Iaione (UniMarconi e LabGov – LABoratorio per la GOVernance dei beni comuni) and Annibale D’Elia (Comune di Milano, Associazione INnovare X INcludere), two experts who, since a long time, have been practicing and experimenting with innovation in governance and public policies. Starting from examples of local creative regeneration experiences, the discussion will explore the opportunities generated by political innovation, which has the potential to multiplicate human and social relations and to strengthen urban life dynamics. This meeting will allow for a deeper reflection on how citizens’ involvement can be stimulated through innovative public policies aiming at assessing the value of common goods and at structuring their collective management. As explained by Monica Filograno, Councillor in charge of the city’s Culture Department whose speech will open […]