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The Co-City Approach

Based on a set of co-governance experiments performed in Bologna and other Italian cities, LabGov has defined a protocol for the Co-City, highlighting the necessary conditions to be met in order to move from single, isolated urban commons to an extensive approach: the whole city as commons, a shared resource that belongs to all of its inhabitants and has to be co-managed and co-nurtured.  The city as we know it turns into an urban laboratory, whose achievements and developments are supported by a proper legal and political ecosystem.

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The Co-City Protocol is composed of three parts:

  1. Process
  2. Principles
  3. Tools

Closing the gap between theory and practice, it is aimed at serving as guidance for urban policy makers, researchers, and urban communities interested in accelerating the transition towards the city as a commons.

we identify the Co-City as an infrastructure on which participants, constantly guided by principles of distributive justice, can share resources, engage in collective decision-making and co-production of shared urban resources and services, supported by open data and technology.

am thinking.. first we need to make sure all (everyone) people are truly free.. in sync.. otherwise decisions, haves/needs, production vs art, are like that of whales in sea world.. aka: not us

team includes: Christian Iaione, Michel Bauwens, Sheila Foster, ..


RT @CommonsLabA: New #openbook on #cocities by @LabGov #commons #cityascommons

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co cities open book:

Structured around three main pillars,

1\ protocol: [no link yet?] will provide scholars, practitioners and policy-makers with an overview of the theory and methodology of the Co-City with the “Co-Cities Protocol”.

2\ report: [33 page pdf:] presents the “Co-Cities report”, the results of an extensive research project in which we extracted from, and measured the existence of, Co-City design principles in a database of 400+ case studies in 130+ cities around the world.

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In addition to presenting the case studies here, all the case studies are also published on the web platform , launched in August 2018. Our intention is that will become an international mapping platform for the urban commons and for cities that want to embrace a transition towards the commons paradigm. On this platform, local practitioners, local officials, engaged residents and others are able to “map” themselves by completing a simple questionnaire (available in the “Map Your Project” section of the website). Once mapped on the platform, the project promoter will then receive the text of the in-depth interview, allowing the project to be included on the site and as part of the research project.

perhaps a city sketchup ness will run itself if we first platform our daily curiosity   [cure ios city via 2 convers as infra.. tech as it could be..]

ie: hlb that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way

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We run a deeper analysis of what we believe on the basis of the above-described assessment to be the “lighthouse Co-cities”, which are those cities on which a deeper and in depth analysis and eventually an experimentation should be carried out: a) Bologna; b) Barcelona where the role of the local government is crucial in this phase and is promoting a radical approach to the commons; c) Madrid, whose government issued legislations for the regeneration of public buildings for fostering civic activities, also on the model of the Bologna regulation for public governance of the Urban Commons; d) Amsterdam, where the local administration is putting serious efforts in institutional and legal innovations for the urban commons; e) Seoul, where we the approach is focused on the top-down promotion of sharing of key urban assets and in the fight against urban isolation through community building; e) Naples, which […]; f) Gent, which […]; Messina, which […]. The first and most important understanding from this first phase of analysis is that cities where this vision of the urban commons transition is present are those where a really strong Enabling State is present.


could be.. could also be why it hasn’t gone global.. has to be everyone

The Enabling State could be initiating, supporting or being pushed to adopt the co-governance attitude of city inhabitants and local communities. In cities like Bologna or Turin, where civic collaboration has always been a characteristic of the history of the city and where that urged policymakers to improve or redesign an already enabling administration, or cities like Amsterdam, Seoul, Gent where the Mayor or some local policymakers initiated and induced this approach more than enabling and urged the administration to adopt this approach and organize accordingly. There are also cities like Barcelona, Madrid, Messina and Naples where this tradition was not present or was not as strong but city inhabitants and local communities have surged to power thanks to this approach and by organizing political movements to conquer City Hall. The Co-City Index Beyond the creation an international mapping platform for the urban commons, this research projects represents a significant contribution to the international urban community, as it ultimately proposes one of the first evaluation standards to measure the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals as well as the New Urban Agenda and the European Urban Agenda in cities around the world. As previously mentioned, the empirical testing of the CoCities dimensions or design principles through the observation of public policies and community-led practices around the commons in urban context led to the building of a Co-City Index, a measuring instrument that can classify cities based on a gradient. The value of this research therefore lies in the design of such an index – the Co-City index – that will serve as a powerful tool for cities and administrations around the world in order to measure the implementation of the principles listed in the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda. Indeed, while widely shared, the SDGs and the principles included in the New Urban Agenda hardly ever suggest a clear policy design or implementation strategy in order to secure the success of public policies in our cities. Especially in the case of concepts like ‘the right to the city’, it becomes extremely difficult to establish whether a city has been able to implement such a principle, and in turn what kind of examples are to be followed in order to implement it. The Co-Cities Open Book therefore aims at providing methodological principles, case studies analysis, and quantitative tools that can help implement and measure the effective implementation of Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda especially in Least Developed Countries.

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3\ papers: [no link yet?] presents a collection, or annex, of articles of some of the most important researchers and practitioners studying the urban commons. These essays were conceived and offered as part of “The City as a Commons” conference, the first IASC (International Association for the Study of the Commons) conference on urban commons, co-chaired by Christian Iaione and Sheila Foster that took place in Bologna on November 6 and 7, 2015.


dec 2018 report on berlin and amsterdam – shared spaces – via michel fb share


Michel Bauwens (@mbauwens) tweeted at 4:54 AM – 17 Feb 2019 :
Documented urban commoning initiatives – Remix Biens Communs (


LabGov (@LabGov) tweeted at 4:47 AM – 13 May 2019 :
Download now the #CoCitiesOpenBook “Transitioning from the #UrbanCommons to the #CityAsaCommons”. Stay tuned because we will soon release a new version with more case studies from cities all over the world! @chrisiaio @SheilaRFoster (


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in the city  .. as the day..