Economic growth scenarios of the sharing economy in Italy

The sharing economy is worth 3.5 billion euros and expected to grow considerably in the next ten years, according to a recent report published by Università di Pavia. The analysis, supervised by Professors Luciano Canova and Stefania Migliacca and commissioned by PHD Italia, represents the very first attempt to study the impacts and trends of […]

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Cooperation in technology

On Friday, July 29th, something remarkable (and perhaps unprecedented) happened in the stock market. Most days, Exxon Mobil is one of the top four most valuable companies in the world; but, on that day, both Amazon and Facebook eclipsed the petroleum giant in market capitalization. This meant that, even if for a short time, the five largest companies […]

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Save the date! XVI Biennal IASC Conference – Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017

If we had to name the current crossroad of studies and events about the commons, we could not but think about Utrecht. In the past few weeks, LabGov attended the Symposium “Cooperation in the field” hosted by the city university and IASC dinner debate there.  But there is good news: we will walk our road […]

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Symposium “Cooperation in the field” – June 23rd, Utrecht University

Next Thursday, June 23rd, Utrecht University will host the Symposium “Cooperation in the field”. It will be the opportunity for international researchers, experts and students to gather and share their respective ideas and practical experiences on cooperative practices. The event is part of the strategic thematic series on “Institutions for Open Societies”. Professor Tine de […]

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European Development Days – On the importance of the Urban Dimension

With adoption of the Amsterdam Pact on May 30th, EU leaders showed their full endorsement of the need to attach considerations at the urban dimension to EU decision-making. As we pointed out in our previous article on the topic (We are already on our way to Amsterdam: Countdown to the new EU Urban Agenda), the […]

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Setting up a co-operative: how to share the burdens of self-employment

The image of the satisfied self-employed, able to set up his small business and to ensure in this way his financial security, is dramatically far from representing reality. As temporary and casual work, freelance work and various other atypical forms of work continue to increase in Europe, the drawbacks of self-employment, often definable as “precarious […]

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HABITAT III

Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, taking place in Quito, Ecuador, 17–20 October 2016. In the Prague conference the discussions covered various topics, and in the Prague declaration they noted the importance of promoting: Innovative and productive cities. Green, compact, resource efficient and resilient cities. Inclusive and safe cities. Good […]

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We are already on our way to Amsterdam: Countdown to the new EU Urban Agenda

“Europe is one of the most urbanised continents in the world.” 75% Europeans live in urban areas, where 77% jobs and 53% companies are concentrated. They are the place where daily life takes place with challenges and demands to face every day in an increasingly complex matrix. With regards to climate change, social innovation, transport, […]

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