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POLITICALLY.EU, a participatory, innovative and revolutionary process


POLITICALLY.EU, an initiative of the European Commission representation in Italy, has applied innovative approaches to policy making by strengthening the public dialogue between stakeholders and the European Commission on crucial issues for the future of Europe.

The deliberative process centered on the following national debates and workshops:

  • Growth and employment.
  • Foreign and defence policies.
  • Democracy and participation.
  • Migration.
  • Culture and the new narrative for Europe.

The use of participatory methods combined with research and communication activities has been the main innovative aspect, generating integrated strategic policies.




Co-construction as value proposition for the company and clients in Leroy Merlin (Groupe Adeo). The process involved managers designing the “Co-Construction” programme. The workshops, designed by Adacto with FUTOUR, included the moderation experts in social media and crowdsourcing from Barilla and Lifegate, combined with the facilitation of rapid prototyping sessions to co-design innovative client-centric solutions and services within the organisation.




Design and facilitation of participatory processes for the co-creation of ICT collaborative research projects between key stakeholders from Latin American countries and the European Union.

Workshops have involved research, industry and institutional stakeholders in Mexico (Mexico City), Colombia (Bogotà and Medellin), Cuba (La Habana), Brasil (Sao Paulo), Chile (Santiago de Chile) and Argentina (Buenos Aires) and have led to the creation of over 60 projects for the EU ICT Research and Innovation programmes.

The workshops have been run within the EU ICT 7th Framewok programme and Horizon 2020‘s Leadership project coordinated by of Inmark estudios y estrategias (Madrid, Spain) and the collaboration of Research Ministries and universities from the Latin American countries.



The Agency for the diffusion of innovation technologies of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the Department for Economic Development and Cohesion of the Ministry of Economic Development have promoted an interactive workshop (Innovation Cafè) to analyse the results of the first phase of the programme to “Sustain research and innovation policies within Regions”. The workshop has involved over seventy coordinators of innovation policies within Regions, Agencies and Ministries involved in the programme. The analysis and focused idea generation was designed and facilitated by FUTOUR and centered on innovation support policies for companies, collaboration between research, academia and industry, on public procurement of innovation, impact assessment and indicators to measure the results of technology foresight. From 2012 the Agency for Innovation has been incorporated by the national Agency for Digital Italy.




Intercultural development, social inclusion and cohesion, but also a novel way to get to involve families from other countries, make them aware and active in the design and development of services and opportunities for the province of Prato. These were the results reached by FUTOUR’s action-research pilot project “Family Friendly” led by the Province of Prato (the area with the highest proportion of migrant population in Italy), with the support of the Tuscany Region’s Authority for the promotion and guarantee of public participationANCI Toscana, Comunica and the Association Turismo e Ambiente.


FAO – Innovation in rural development policies


FAO, the Organization of the United Nations for Food and Agriculture, leads international efforts to defeat hunger and is a neutral forum where all the world’s nations can meet on equal terms to negotiate agreements and discuss policies. The FAO helps developing countries and countries in transition to modernize agriculture, silviculture, fishing, and guarantee every person a good diet.  Since its foundation in 1945, special attention has been paid to the rural areas of developing countries, where 70 percent of the world’s poor and starved population is concentrated.  The FUTOUR team has facilitated a meeting of FAO experts and a delegation of the European Network of Living Labs (ENOLL) on the enhancement of the role of innovation in rural development policies, starting from visions of the future to the development of new policies, operational instruments and partnerships.



COMAU (FIAT Group), for 40 years has been the world leader in industrial automation and the development of advanced technology and innovation-based manufacturing systems.  With its strong commitment to the ongoing improvement of products, processes and services, COMAU coordinates their development from conception to design to the completed product, providing support, training and maintenance services.   COMAU products regularly exceed the expectations of their clients in various industrial sectors:  from the automotive to the aviation sector, from heavy industry to the military production and recreational field. It has 26 branches in 15 countries, including, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, the United Kingdom, Romania and Russia.
Our team has coordinated a participatory process for the co-creation of the new innovation management system with COMAU’s international managers.  Several creativity techniques have been used to make visions emerge, analyze current processes and design a new innovation management system capable of anticipating the company’s future challenges.



The Municipality of Prato, the first city in Italy to do so, invited a stratified random sample of citizens to participate in a Scenario Town Meeting to deliberate on the territorial charter of the Urban Master Plan.
The Town Meeting is a democratic method, adopted over 300 years ago in the United States but only recently in Italy, to discuss and deliberate on topics and issues concerning cities, territories and organizations.
The Master Plan is one of the most important planning instruments of a municipality. The 140 citizens of Prato came together to address, in a facilitated way, topics which were at times highly complex, such as the economy, society, the use of public spaces, integration, the countryside and the environment, history and collective memory, and how all of these come together to create the city in which we live and would like to live. These are places and issues which are frequently discussed but which rarely become the focus of our attention, although they do largely influence our quality of life, our opportunities and wellbeing. Out of habit or laziness we tend to think that the territory is like it is because it has always been that way, but it is actually the result of ideas, work, compromises, creativity, concreteness, harmony or conflict in the dialogue between people and the environment in which they are born, grow and live.
The process we have coordinated has involved the activity of informing the citizens, including writing the “Guide to the Plan for Citizens”, sent to the 180,000 inhabitants of the city, an exhibit in which to actively participate in the discussion and the Scenario Town Meeting with the aim of defining the items of the territorial charter with the appropriate awareness.

Valorisation of an historical public building: the ancient pilgrim hostal of Bigallo


Local authorities and municipalities must frequently address the problem of enhancing their historical buildings heritage. The cost of maintenance (both ordinary and extraordinary) together with the expenses of restoration, make it indispensable to identify the ways in which these old structures can be economically re-utilized in order to guarantee at least minimal upkeep. Moreover, it must be noted that an equitable income generated by the public property is often linked with the ability to also generate forms of development within the territorial context through various types of positive impact on the natural and economic environments in which the public property is set.
With this aim in mind, the Municipality of Bagno a Ripoli assigned our working group the task of developing new scenarios for the future use of the Antico Spedale del Bigallo, a 13th century prestigious architectural complex that originally sheltered pilgrims and provided care for the sick.  Some areas of the complex that belonged to the municipality had already been restored. After extensive research of benchmark references in the field of reutilization and enhancement of historical buildings and a detailed analysis of the socio-economic context, the group identified four functional scenarios for the property, compatible on one hand with the architectural features of the building and the planning restrictions imposed upon it, and on the other hand, with the logic of the market. 
Following further study and meetings with the municipality to analyze expectations, objectives and needs of the community, a workshop was organized that was open to the participation of all those who, for various reasons, had an interest in the enhancement operation (public bodies, institutions, associations, stakeholders, local entrepreneurs, etc.). This allowed the group to identify a functional scenario capable of harmonizing the various needs that had emerged during the meetings, and to draft an economic and financial plan including the elements necessary to support the municipality in drafting the public tender documentation to assign the management of the property.



FIRE Safari is a workshop organized with the top international experts in basic and applied research on the development of the future of Internet and the creation of a joint European research platform. The workshop has developed proposals for the description of the shared resources (data and resources of the research laboratories and their representation), service agreements and quality control in testing activities, monitoring, virtualization, governance and functional specifications of the joint experimentation facility for the Future of Internet.
The initiative was promoted by the European Commission, DG INFSO, within the Fireworks project coordinated by the DIMES Research Institute (Finland) and was held at the University of Paris, Institut des Cordeliers.