LabGov - LABoratory for the GOVernance of commons is a non-formal educational platform, based on the model of the "in-house clinic", set up at LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome and at the same time an empirical scientific research platform operating under LUISS Internationsl Center on Democracy and Democratization.
LabGov is raising a generation of experts of the governance of the commons (some may call it "collaborative governance", some others "polycentric governance", while others "experimentalist governance") engaging students in educational, research, on-field projects management activities. The principles of civic collaboration and horizontal/circular are the cornerstones on which LabGov activities are based: we move in the path opened by Elinor Ostrom’s studies, following the relevant Italian constitutional principles (art. 2, 3.2, 4.2 and 118.4 Const.) and article 11 of the Faro Convention on the value of cultural heritage for society. The bottom line is that we want to help citizens, associations, civil society organizations, public authorities, communities, businesses and knowledge institutions to conceive and/or experiment new social and economic paradigms and bring institutional and legal change that create synergies, connections and collaboration in order to generate local development, legality, quality of urban life and social cohesion.
The in house clinic
LabGov was born at LUISS in 2012 and is a non-formal educational platform allowing 15/20 students to undergo every year a multidisciplinary training. The training program is divided into three pillars: theoretical workshops on economic, legal, institutional and urban design profiles; co-working sessions aiming at transferring soft skills such as communication skills (press office, web management and urban storytelling), European project design and fundraising activities, services design, project management; and fieldwork: on academic year 2014/2015, practical and concrete action on-field consisted in the start-up, cultivation and care of a community garden created within the LUISS campus in Viale Romania; in the previous years on-field activities consisted in the shared regeneration of a cultural commons, the Temple of Flora in Villa Ada in Rome and the civic maintenance of urban commons in the city of Rome. More information about the activities for the current academic year can be found here and here.