Addressing bottom-linked governance and citizenship through Living Street in the City of Ghent

In 2010 the City of Ghent, together with other four cities – Aberdeen, Rotterdam, Montreuil, Ludwigsburg – engaged in the European project Music, aimed at catalyzing and mainstreaming carbon and energy reduction in urban policies, activities and the build environment. The project represented an opportunity for decisive local actions to address sustainability challenges. In particular, […]

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COLLABORATION IN CITIES: FROM SHARING TO ‘SHARING ECONOMY’ – The new WEF Whitepaper.

The World Economic Forum’s Future of Urban Development and Services Initiative has released its new whitepaper on «Collaboration in Cities: From Sharing to ‘Sharing Economy’». The concept of Sharing Economy during the last years has become quite mainstream, even if the phenomenon represents one of the major disruptive innovations of the last century. Sharing is not something […]

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“Costruire Comunità” – the cycle of seminars hosted by INARCH

On Wednesday the 15th of February, the cycle of seminars “Building Communities” (Costruire Comunità) will start its course at INARCH, the National Institute of Architecture, in the context of the master degree in Sustainable Architecture. The cycle is composed by three seminars with three experts coming from different fields of study but still complementary with […]

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NYCommons: A Tool To Help Grassroots Groups

In urban development, gentrification is a very important process that can transform the city, both socially and economically. Gentrification process in urban areas has several positive aspects (buildings are renovated and beautified, there are more jobs opportunities, more retail and service business, etc.) but also some negatives ones such as the loss of affordable housing […]

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The “hero’s journey” projected in every-day life

On October the 14th, LabGov started the first co-working session in which Paola Santoro, an expert designer, exposed the “hero’s journey”  having as protagonists Alessandra and Urio: the spokespersons of the raising Community of the Public Park of Centocelle. This is the #Co-Rome project (www.co-roma.it): an audacious initiative in which achievements and failures characterized the […]

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Athens’ unofficial community initiatives offer hope after government failures

Commons stakes out the claim to a city. The claim that resources, which are hosted by cities, belong to a broader group of urban inhabitants than just for those who can afford. Thus, the nature of city as a commons is inherited in its accessibility to a wide amplitude of stakeholders including workers and the unemployed, pensioners and […]

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The next steps of the Reggio Emilia Open Lab

On October 3rd and 4th, in Reggio Emilia, to workshops will be held in the framework of the Collaboratorio Reggio project. Both of the workshops will take place in the Civic Museum (Via Spallanzani): October 3rd: the workshop will focus on education and learning, knowledge and higher education   October 4th: the objective of this workshop […]

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Urban innovation and Commons in Ferrara at the “Internazionale” Festival!

From Semptember 30th to October 2nd in Ferrara will be held the 2016 edition of the “Internazionale” festival, with more than 200 guests, 31 represented countries, 60 newspapers and 120 planned meetings. The “Internazionale” festival of Ferrara continues to be a great way for trying to know the world and to understand it better. Several […]

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An evening on the rich history and the promising future of the Commons!

Tomorrow, 1st of September, LabGov with Christian Iaione will be in Amsterdam to answer the following question: “how can we govern urban commons in co-creation?” During the event, David Bollier will present his ideas on “an ageless paradigm of cooperation and fairness that is re-making our world.” Together with Christian Iaione (LabGov), David Hammerstein (Commons Network), Marleen […]

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Narratives of Inclusion: Can Urban Commons Help us Live Together?

Cities are paradoxical spaces. On one hand, it is commonly known that, for instance, migration has been one of the most effective ways to increase the standard of living. In theory, when coming to the big cities, people are offered a surplus of opportunities to work, get educated, create a family and enjoy the lives they want. Therefore, […]

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