The FABric of LABor

The FABric of LABor


Social economy has become nowadays a fashionable argument within the panel of the public administration forum; indeed in time of cultural and social crisis, new paths for social innovation are to be fully explored.


It would be nonsense trying to define univocally what social innovation is and how it should be made, however it is possible to track a mainstream in terms of where the compass has to be set: this is the case of the new frontier of social cooperation, which entails the possibility to create a physical and digital hub whereas people work together exchanging ideas, projects, competencies and experimenting innovation as consequence of the autonomous initiatives.

In this sense we can talk about active citizenship, both in terms of liberal expression as well as a function for a renewed economic productivity.

Thus it seems that a structural revolution shall be started from below, as far as the bottom up approach is eventually able to capture the sensitivity of the urban spaces and people.

Again, the idea of creating a common co-working space is the best option to fit the needs of a socio-economic renovation.

The mounting sense is to design a meta-content for social enterprises, which could promote occupation, economic production and social equity and fairness.


The time for urban re-generation has come, so that building a strong network of active citizenship has become the unavoidable premise for social innovation.

Bearing in mind that the founding idea of social innovation is the creation of tangible areas whereby it could be possible to install ideas and incubate projects, we should focus our attention on the working laboratories and their typologies.

To this end, it is worth mentioning the FabLAb initiatives that are very active on the urban territories.

In particular the “Millepiani co-working space” in Rome ( hosted an important event on 18/7/2014 to set the basis for launching a territorial network of FabLabs.

The event aimed at exchanging ideas, experiences, suggestions and reflections among those interprets of the social fabric in order to collect and express a common sentiment to the public administration.

The new politics of collaboration, whose basis is promoted within the “Lazio Creativo” planning, is currently providing funds for the development of cultural activities.

In parallel, the regional legislation of “Regione Sicilia” seems to be able to set a milestone in terms of institutional innovation, since it has started recognizing the value of social innovation and its capacity building both in terms of economic productivity or as a form of social inclusiveness.

However, the institutional apparatus is still anchored to a persistent fragmentation of the territories and to an uncertainty of the governance method.

Given all the uncertainties and concerns about the future of the social innovation, in terms of development of active hubs for citizens, the working group composed by the associations that attended the meeting has committed itself to investigate the following dynamics and themes:


1) Fundraising and accession criteria

2) Added value of the social enterprise

3) Governance method and redefinition of public space

4) Pact of collaboration with the public administration

5) Census of actors and activities

6) Real estate speculation

7) Political project – civic targeting- social dialogue



Stay tuned.