EU Regions and cities talk about sharing economy

On the 29th September at the 5th meeting of the Commission for Economic Policy, the CoR will discuss its draft opinion on “The local and regional dimension of sharing economy”. As anticipated in July this opinion has been drafted by LabGov Director, Professor Christian Iaione, after a long consultation with many experts worldwide. The document […]

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An Italian way to the Sharing Economy

What is the main component of sharing economy? For sure, it is collaboration. However collaboration can come in many ways, under several circumstances, for different reasons and can be achieved with various methods. And this is enough to explain why sharing economy is mostly a conceptual taboo rather than an established practice. Sometimes it goes […]

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Employment, social affair and inclusion: social enterprises as a drive for growth.

According to a recent report issued by the European Commission, social enterprises have become nowadays a constitutive element of the strategy set up by European Institutions for promoting inclusive growth. Following the last recognition of social enterprises as something that can combine economic activity with social mission, they reflect the necessity to align business and […]

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Do you think that you have the right skills to govern? Test your abilities!

According to a dictionary definition, cities are originally considered as any settlement where inhabitants decide to establish a community. In its simplicity, a city is an elaborate organization with fixed boundaries and certain powers of government over a densely populated area of citizens. Ideally there are pertaining characteristics or belongings to a city, which are […]

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Scuola di altra amministrazione: A game called “Community”.

On the 17th of April at Capannori (LU), one of the most virtuous Municipalities in Italy, there will be the occasion to talk about community and participation, thanks to the forthcoming initiative named “Scuola di altra amministrazione”. The school is a great opportunity to share knowledge and experiences on the topic of active citizenship, with […]

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Noi Cittadini Alessandria: creating social innovation

Thinking about cities, we cannot avoid thinking about pitfalls in public services or drawbacks of its uncured spaces. Also, we cannot avoid speaking about financial constraints, economic crisis and socio-cultural deficiencies. Though, looking at the positive side, there are people, administrators, professionals, enterprises, academics or simply citizens that actively nudge for urban regeneration. Eventually, this […]

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The FabLab innovation: where do we stand?

The stagnation of the economic growth and industrial development could induce us to believe that the time of fabrics has come to an end. Conversely, the emergence of the mounting trend of the so-called “start-up” phenomenon is modernizing the way of doing business. Moreover, the scenario comprehends a different category, namely the one of the […]

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The transition to a world of the Commons corresponds to the establishment of a new social contract

The neoliberal world-system has entered a multiple crisis, while the stalemate of the growth function is hampering the socio-economic progress. Energy provision, climate stability, food production and distribution, public service provision, land access and political stability are consequentially threatened by a system that is no more sustainable and self-reliant. Moreover, the congestion and the rivalry […]

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The territorial adaptation of “sharing economy”.

  The sharing economy is growing faster than ever and it represents nowadays a mainstream tendency. However, when we talk about a new vision for the economy, we have to consider that it encompasses a new set of variables and determinants. First of all, sharing economy is about a paradigmatic change that opens the path […]

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Supporting cultural heritage through the use of digital resources: a shared vision for food and drink.

To remain competitive, cities must find a way to ensure efficiency in management, while delivering high quality services to citizens. However, innovation is more about becoming ecosystem manager rather than service provider; for this reason, the dimensional change of the smart-city scenario requires a profound transformation of networks, with the objective of promoting the inclusion […]

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