Hub of the Commons

Hub of the Commons

Lezione di Governance per i beni comuniThe idea to project a Hub of the Commons comes from the exigency to create a stable point of reference where the very nature of the commons can live and revive. As Donolo claims “the commons are a group of goods necessarily shared”. The Hub is where these goods co-exist allowing in turn a development of a new kind of welfare, a system of relational welfare based on reciprocity and mutual aid.

Furthermore the Hub is a space where new forms of social relations and associations born and grow up with the scope to deal with the new challenges of multiculturalism and to spread the idea of act locally, think globally.

In informatics the hub is a device for connection multiple computer networking devices together and making them act as a single network segment. But what is the link between an informatics device and the management of the commons? Well, the link is that for us the peer –to-peer has to be also a method of governance. In fact a real State-community can be possible only exchanging and sharing on an equal relationship of all parts of the community. By doing so everyone is an essential part, feels engaged with the project and cooperates to give answer to the needs of society.

In the various Hubs of the Commons established in different neighborhoods will be experimented the search for shared solutions making of the Hub a space of co-working and co-planning for civil servants and citizens as well as a space of experimentation for social enterprises able to answer to the new needs of society and to create new economic development.

The project is structure as follows:

  • Training of the “civic fomenters” namely functionary of the public administration and active citizens concerned with the mobilization of community resources.
  • Activation of the “civic fomenters” as facilitator of collaboration between institutions and community. Definition of the long term economic sustainability of the Hub.  
  • Shared redevelopment (renovation) of an identified common urban space.
  • Definition of the protocols for the activities of co-working and co-plannig between citizens and institutions for the recovery (renewal) and the civic maintenance of the commons.