The Port of Capri as the first public-commons partnership

Credits: picture from www.portoturisticodicapri.com     The decision of the Regional Administrative Court of Lazio no 874, issued on July 26th 2017, confirmed the legitimacy of the action taken by the City of Capri to buy-back from Invitalia, a State-owned company, the 49% of the shares of the company managing the Touristic Port of Capri. The Touristic […]

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Public Space, Collective Governance and the Urban Commons

The striking amount of underused public spaces in cities worldwide shows the extent to which the value of public space is underestimated. On the other extreme, a variety of public spaces are gradually being privatised and thus public life, to some extent, threatened. Amidst these two opposite trends, underuse and privatisation, public space and public […]

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Investigating the Participatory Governance of Culture. A project by Kultura Nova Foundation

      “Approaches to Participatory Governance of Cultural Institutions” is a two year project (from March 2016 to March 2018) implemented by Kultura Nova Foundation (Croatia) with the support of the UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity. This multi-donor fund was created according to article 5 of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and […]

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An Informal Settlement as a Community Land Trust. The case of San Juan, Puerto Rico

Photograph Line AlgoedLabGov has already talked about CLT (here and here) but this time is different. Fideicomiso de la Tierra, the name of the CLT that we examine today, is the first Informal Settlement Community Land Trust in the world. Created in a participatory way by government, residents and technical professionals, it was born with the […]

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Tech for All in Detroit: Grand Circus’ Work to Open up the Job Market

According to the Department of Labor by 2020 there will be 1 million unfilled computer programming jobs in the United States. Striking in this sector is the ratio of racial representation: fewer than 10 percent of the software engineers are African-American. The city of Detroit represents a critical example as 80 percent of its citizens […]

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Can everyone be a private driver? The opinion of the EU Advocate General Szpunar.

Last May Advocate General Szpunar gave his first opinion about the right qualification of the service provided by Uber. Uber is a peer-to-peer mobile ride-sharing platform which has received tremendous attention in recent years[1].  Anyone having a smartphone equipped with the Uber application (i.e. the App) can get a ride in the cities where the […]

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Commons Matter: IASC Conference – Utrecht, July 2017

Official Event Video by Utrecht University to present the 2017 IASC Conference taking place in Utrecht. The global XVI Biennial Conference, ‘Practicing the commons: Self-governance, cooperation, and institutional change’ of The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) is taking place this week in the historical city centre of Utrecht, from the 10th […]

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The Mondeggi Bene Comune Initiative

Fighting to regain access of abandoned public lands, the Mondeggi Bene Comune initiative was born in 2013, out of the Florence Committee for Land as a Common Good (Terra bene Comune Firenze) in order to defend the principles of commoning on agricultural lands on the specific site of the Mondeggi farm, a 200 hectares territory […]

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Good Practice in Genoa: a step forward the experimentation of sharing economy

Last June 9th 2017 the City of Genoa freely undersigned an agreement on the Tourists Tax with Airbnb Ireland, the famous platform that connects people having extra space to rent (i.e. Hosts) with people (i.e. Guests) who need it for a short-term accommodation (i.e. Listing). The agreement introduces a participatory model for the management of […]

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