The Rome Collaboratory: the role of Living Labs in fostering local development
LabGov, short for the LABoratory for the GOVernance of the City as a Commons, is a global network that aims to explore methodologies and policies for collaboration and shared management of urban spaces/resources through empirical and applied research platforms. Currently, LabGov consists of seven Urban Living Labs (ULL) spanning across Europe, the United States, and Latin America. The overarching objective of these Living Labs is to analyze the efficacy of ‘commoning’ – a term coined by Dr. Elinor Ostrom in her pioneering research on cooperative governance strategies. The work of LabGov’s co-directors Sheila Foster and Christian Iaione is aimed at operationalizing Elinor Ostrom’s framework and the design principles of institutional design she elaborated for the cooperative governance of common pool resources to the urban context with the appropriate adaptations. This work is synthetized in a series of scholarly articles (C. IAIONE, Città e beni comuni, in G. ARENA and C. IAIONE (eds.), L’Italia dei beni comuni, Rome, 2012, p. 127; C. IAIONE, La città come un bene comune, in Aedon, 2013, 1, p. 31; C. Iaione, Governing the urban commons, in Italian journal of public law, 2015, vol. 7, 1, 2015, p. 190; S. Foster and C. Iaione The City as a commons, Yale Journal of Law and Policy, 34, 2, 2016; C. Iaione and E. De Nictolis, Urban pooling, in Fordham Urban Law Journal, 44:3, 2017; S. Foster and C. Iaione, Ostrom in the city. Design Principles and Practices for the Urban Commons, in Handbook of the Study of the Commons, (D. Cole, B. Hudson, J. Rosenbloom eds.), Routledge, 2019) the authors argued about the need to create public-civic or public-community partnerships as a policy and legal tool to ground a cooperation between the public administration and social innovators through co-design processes to realize projects of general interest in cities.
This case study herein will focus on a project – the “Rome Collaboratory”, developed by LabGov’s LUISS Roma Lab based out of LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, Italy. The Rome Collaboratory currently works as part of the OpenHeritage project , which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No776766 . The Rome Collaboratory has been selected as a best practice to look at in order to analyze the role of living labs in fostering local development.
Stakeholders & Beneficiaries
- Open Knowledge – ensuring easy access the knowledge generated by the project including discoveries based on project outcomes and within the development process;
- Open Space – creation of platforms for social cohesion and cultural management where views of different stakeholders (local actors/administrative professionals, financial partners, researchers, policymakers, civil society, and undeserved groups) are equally considered