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FAO – Innovation in rural development policies

06-Jul-10

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.

CO-DESIGN OF NEW INNOVATION MANAGEMENT PROCESSES

06-Jul-10

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.

SCENARIO TOWN MEETING FOR THE MASTER PLAN OF PRATO

05-Jul-10

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

05-Jul-10

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.

STRATEGY FOR THE FUTURE OF INTERNET RESEARCH (FIRE)

05-Jul-10

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.

PARTICIPATORY BUDGET OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF MASSA

05-Jul-10

The participatory budget of the Municipality of Massa,  “Partecipa in Massa”, has been organized with the support of the Tuscany Regional Authority for Participation to collect information and set priorities on the part of citizens on how to invest 2 million euros.  This was done by an extended Town Meeting running for several months and involving more than 200 citizens in the drafting of proposals and all the citizens in the selection of the projects. The projects concerned the environment, infrastructures, territorial governance, social policies, inclusion, recovery of abandoned areas, alternate economy, inter-culture, lifestyle, sports, socio-cultural and artistic activities, youth policies. The process was planned and facilitated by the FUTOUR team over numerous meetings and constant media coverage by radio and television programs.