christian iaione

christian iaione

intro’d to Christian here (p2pfoundation post on common grounds for the city):

LabGov’s founder, Professor Christian Iaione. He and his team are currently working on the “Bologna Co-City” project, to implement the Bologna Regulation and to foster the idea of public collaboration in the city of Bologna.


Today in Bologna there are more than 200 projects or pacts of collaboration that were approved according to the regulation. People see it as a way to take action as individuals and as groups, formal or informal.


We need to demonstrate that the commons can be a means of achieving urban justice because there is currently still a lack of diversity among the people who are ‘commoning’. So we need to find ways of including other people, migrants, refugees, etc. in the commons and in commons-based governance schemes.

perhaps.. begs we leap..for (blank)’s sake…to get past ongoing part\ial ness..


We need to understand if and how the commons could be an answer.

believing it can.. if 100%.. a nother way

ie: hosting-life-bits via self-talk as data


In fact, the commons are more about the social process than the results. It doesn’t work like the state and the market where you have only formal rules, only organised structures. Most of the time, the commons are also about social norms in an informal organisation, which is adaptive, intuitive. It is very organic and changes over time. What might be suited to one context is not suited to another. It is very important to have this focus on diversity.


After all, the community, the ‘commoners’ decide what the commons are, so they should be able to define by themselves what square, what park, what street, what abandoned building needs to be reframed as a commons. Once you worked this out, you have to start mapping the commons institutions in the city because there might already be examples, as well as the ‘commoning’ communities that might not know of each other.

why can’t everything be commons..?


same day.. adding labgov page


feb 2016 – Developing Protocols for the City of Commons

the city is a laboratory.. so you need to have a scientific protocol and methodology to reach some goals.. this idea of city as commons wherever you operate..

you need to have a *universatl protocol.. and after the first experiments.. then.. co-city protocol.. instead of city run by public and private.. it’s run by public private and the commons..

how about *2 convos a day.. that’s it..

that makes irrelevant the city you work in.. because if we stick to the *protocol… design principles that every time we need when we go on the ground and we start..

begs.. *it be deep enough.. then mech to facil the ginorm/small differences/changes/ongoing-morphs

every govt should be *tailored on the needs/features/capabilities.. of people in that city..

even deeper.. *tailored to facil every person’s daily curiosity..

so relation design in bologna.. not even sure it can work in another city..

unless.. we do a relation design deep enough for 7 bn people..

that way.. we don’ have to go to each city and work from ground up..

that way..7 bn people can leap.. at once..

that way.. the dance can dance..

what can work is the methodology we started in bolobna.. a sort of wiki protocol..

so.. suggesting.. protocol is the 2 convos – 3 and 33 min.. [also in a nother way book]… and the wiki ness.. is the hosted-life-bits..

this protocol is based on 5 steps: 1\ mapping 2\ experimenting 3\ prototypingn 4\ testing 5\ evaluating..

perhaps zoom out a bit more.. and have protocol be simply.. convo with self 3 min… convo with others.. 30 min.. and trust.. the rest..

let’s experiment with that..


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Government opener, creative jurist, author on collaboration between cities, businesses, knowledge institutions, civil society organizations & the commons

labgov site:

Christian Iaione is associate professor of public law at Guglielmo Marconi University of Rome, fellow of the Urban Law Center at Fordham University, and visiting professor of governance of the commons at LUISS Guido Carli where he directs LabGov – LABoratory for the GOVernance of the Commons ( He has been the expert of the EU Committee of the Regions who drafted the opinion on the “Local and regional dimension of the sharing economy“. He is member of the Sharing Economy International Advisory Board of the Seoul Metropolitan Government and e advisor of several Italian local governments and institutions (Tuscany Region, City of Rome, City of Bologna, City of Reggio Emilia).

Graduated in Law at LUISS Guido Carli, he earned an LL.M. in Government Economic Regulation at NYU School of Law and received his PhD in European and Comparative Public Administration at Sapienza Business School. In 1999 he has been visiting at Boalt Hall University of California, Berkeley, and in 2000-2001 he was intern for the European Commission in Brussels and at the International Law Institute in Washington D.C. From 2002 through 2006 Christian practiced law with Allen & Overy and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. From 2002 through 2008 he has been research fellow in public law and economics at Sapienza Business School. In 2005-2006 Christian has been land use professor at LUMSA University in Rome. In 2006-2007 he has been Emile Noël Fellow at la NYU School of Law Jean Monnet Center. In 2007-2008 he has been visiting scholar at the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management of the NYU Wagner School of Public Service. From 2009 through 2014 he was assistant professor at Cusano University. In 2011-2012 he taught Federalism and multilevel governance at Sapienza Business School. From 2008 through 2011 he has been editor-in-chief and from 2012 through 2014 director of Labsus – Laboratorio per la sussidiarietà. In 2010-2011 Christian directed the Rock Your School project and in 2011-2013 the City as a Commons project and was on the working group drafting the Bologna Regulation on public collaboration for urban commons. In 2014 he directed the Co-Mantova project, the first pact of collaboration for a community-led economic development process based on cultural, knowledge, environmental and urban commons, sharing economy and social innovation. In 2015 he is leading the Battipaglia Collabora project, the first urban strategic planning based on social innovation, regeneration of cultural, environmental and urban commons and sharing economy, and the CO-Bologna process, the second stage of the Bologna City as a commons project. As part of the CO-Bologna process, Christian was co-chair of the first IASC thematic conference on the urban commons “The City as a Commons“.

Christian has published several articles in the field of public and administrative law and, in particular, land use, public goods and the commons, public services and public contracts, urban law and local government. He has authored two books on In house publicly-owned companies. Contribution to the principle of self-organizatin and self-production of local governments (Jovene, 2007 – 2012, II ed.) and The regulation of urban mobility (Jovene, 2008) and has co-authored Italy of the Commons (Carocci, 2012) and The Age of Sharing (Carocci, 2015). Iaione’s current research focus is on the governance of the commons, in particular urban commons and knowledge commons, sharing economy, collaborative economy, social innovation, and public-private-commons partnerships.


1 yr to try commons et al



fb share by Michel – fascinating interview with Christian Iaione, what can we learn from the Bologna experience

sept 2016



2 more experiments – one in amsterdam and one in ny

i’m very skeptical about the idea of the regulation of urban commons being copy pasted.. because if there’s something new about the commons.. it’s adaptiveness and diversity.. in the design of governance and regulations and law

3 min – diff experiments in diff cities.. working on diff legal tools

11 min – all sorts of problems..

i very much like the idea of a partner state.. if the state as an apparatus is a partner of another form of state which is the community..

..we need to start conceiving the community as a state actor as a public actor

the community that organizes itself.. that gets together and starts delivering social/communal/collab services in alliance/partnership with the state as an apparatus.. and not as a proxy.. but as a real partner.. as 2 public actors that come together to re-shape urban democracy, urban economy, and state.. and the idea of state as alliance between these two forms of the public.. admin/community.. we are able to find/reframe most problems that we usually face when deal with state reform..

13 min – how you convince all the actors in the city to come together.. and i always think that the best way is to start experimentations.. to say.. let’s try..what commons can we create

by adopting an experimental approach you create conditions for people to have less B fear and less fear in general..

15 min – definitely a cultural shift that’s needed.. face failure as a way to address uncertainty.. can only address it by being humble.. and decide that you can try/experiment..

17 min – i believe this is not going to happen thru some policy.. going to happen thru.. i’m more interested in working on interlocal.. intercity cooperation.. a global power of mayors.. to have cities working together sharing .. not the practice but the process..

18 min – if we want to have diversity for a design principle around public policies for the commons..

we need to have many cities working on the commons and find each one their own way to the commons..

and share the methodology.. exchange.. at some point.. elaborate a common methodology.. commons standard.. similar to what is embraced by open source world.. many users collabing but cooperating on basis of shared protocol/methodology..

so cities as part of this network.. to produce laws/policies from the ground up.. only way you can really respect the commons

20 min – convenings are important.. because i perceive them as producing knowledge commons.. creating critical mass of people that work around specific issue is always good.. if starts to become networking.. lobbying too.. i don’t know.. i don’t think that’s good.. but i’ve seen many.. conglomerate experts to discuss

22 min – my suggestion is to go out there and start experimentation cities.. by creating strong alliance between 3 actors.. and then involve all others.. knowledge solutions (unis/school/cultural-centers/practitioners), experts/innovators/social-entrepreneurs at local level, and city govt.. to run pilot projects around the commons.. to understand what the entry point for the commons for that city is.. and to understand guidelines/insights/ingenuity of this specific place that can be used then to design regulatory tools.. urban constitutions/charters that are commons based..

goal is to rewrite the social contract at the local/urban level using values/design-principles of the commons

hlb – at the ginorm/small level

let’s try this.. short bp/short bit..for a nother way


commoning city

from Sheila Foster and Christian Iaione‘s – city as commons paper:

scholars have failed to fully develop the concept of the “urban commons,” limiting its utility to policymakers.

scholars have failed to fully develop the concept of the “urban commons,” limiting its utility to policymakers.

We propose that the collaborative and polycentric governance strategies already being employed to manage some natural and urban common resources can be scaled up to the city level to guide decisions about how city space and common goods are used, who has access to them, and how they are shared among a diverse population. We explore what it might look like to manage the city as a commons by describing two evolving models of what we call “urban collaborative governance”: the sharing city and the collaborative city.

in the city  .. as the day..