Project “Beni Comuni”: when sharing heals the spirit of the community

What happens when a region is scourged by a natural disaster, like an earthquake? There is the time  grief, of course, and the time of reconstruction, involving an extremely delicate phase: the healing of the victims’ souls. That was the motivation that pushed the Ministry of the Tourism and Cultural Activities to fund an initiative, […]

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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 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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ArtAbout: when art and social innovation come together

In today’s society topics such as environmental and territorial issues are increasingly gaining importance. The impact that pollution has on the Planet we are living in is of central importance in many debates. Often, though, speeches are not enough to sensitize the population on such a delicate subject. In this context, a new project has […]

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Bologna launches a consultation on school meals services

  The City of Bologna launched a participative process for the definition of the guidelines on school meals services. For the first time all the aspects concerning the school meals program, such as quality of meals, priority on investments, monitoring system and customer needs, will be defined through a participatory process. In fact, the opinions and comments expressed […]

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Collaborative cities: Gorenflo launches the first Sharing School

The sharing economy is growing faster than ever and becoming a hot policy issue these days. Casa Netural, Collaboriamo, RENA and LabGov have for this reason decided to launch the “Sharing School”. Thanks to the collaboration between these organizations and with the support of Ouishare, Avanzi and Societing, the School has been able to host highly qualified professionals and experienced innovators. The guest star of the event has been Neal Gorenflo from Shareable, an American leading organization in the field […]

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The city of Orvieto approves the regulation on urban commons

Ever since the City of Bologna approved in May ’14 the Regulation on Collaboration Between the Citizens and the City for the Care and Regeneration of the Urban Commons, twenty municipalities have approved the Regulation and fourth-three more are examining it. In this sense, the city of Orvieto has numerous predecessors, but this does not change the […]

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Bologna regulation on public collaboration for urban commons

The Bologna Regulation on public collaboration for urban commons is part of the “The City as a Commons” project that started in 2011 in Bologna with the support of Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna and the City of Bologna. It ultimately led to the adoption of the “Regolamento sulla collaborazione per la cura e rigenerazione dei beni […]

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