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Designing a more Sustainable Europe: Stories for Change and Innovation
January 31, 2014 8:00 am
February 1, 2014 5:00 pm
January 10, 2014
Aula Baratto, Ca’ Foscari Dorsoduro 3246
Ca Foscari, Dorsoduro 3246, Venice, VE, Italy, Venezia, Italy

The first INSITE workshop of 2014 will focus on Narratives about Sustainability, Innovation and Local Development issues within the European Union with the aim to foster a concrete and stimulating dialogue with the invited organizations (DIPOs – Distributed Innovation Policy Organizations) on how it could be designed and developed a common strategy for guiding the cascades of changes – induced by innovation projects – towards a more socially and environmentally sustainable future. As an INSITE workshop, the meeting will provide the participants with a common ground: social innovation as defined by prof. David A. Lane.
The workshop will be divided into two parts. Thursday the 30th and Friday the 31st of January will consist of scheduled presentations and roundtables, which will address the mentioned issues also by using the approach (and tools) developed within the Emergence by Design project (www.emergencebydesignproject.org).
Saturday the 1st of February will be dedicated to working groups and discussion that will form around topics of common interest that would have emerged, both during the first sessions and in preliminary online talks among the workshop’s participants. The speakers are invited to send in advance the narratives regarding the story of change and innovation they wish to put on the table during the workshop.


Topic summary

Innovations in any domain have shaped our current society but, sadly to say, they often result in more unsustainable situations. INSITE perspective is that our society has pushed us towards more and more rapid innovations, while lacking the provision of a general theory of innovation in social and cultural systems as well as in biological and technological ones, that could enhance the understanding of how innovation and change unfold. INSITE main aim is to foster the construction of proper scaffolding structures, from the micro to the macro level, which can track, understand and guide the cascades of changes induced by innovation projects towards a more socially and environmentally sustainable future. A major role in this is the way innovation and change, and the values that guide them, are told (and then be understood and interiorized) so that they can be enacted according to particular narrative logics.

We propose to bring together European organizations, companies and scholars who are working on innovation and sustainability, more specifically in the domain of local and community development.

Our point of departure for the discussion will be the manifesto “Towards and Agenda for Social Innovation” together with the stories that the invited people/organizations have “told” and then “enacted ” in order to produce/foster change towards sustainability.

In recent days, we are observing a degree of convergence among the ways in which different organizations are approaching these questions/issues. Hence it seems to us that a fruitful and creative dialogue could be initiated by bringing members of these different communities together in a workshop in which they exchange ideas and set the conditions for future coordinated strategies.

January 30th, Thursday (open to the public)

(Venue: European Centre for Living Technology, Ca’ Minich, S. Marco 2940)

18.00 : HOMM: hands-on and multi-media laboratories in museums (Margherita Russo, (Margherita Russo, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)

Come to Venice, an artistic project about Venice, its community, the island (Benedetta Panisson, visual artist and Amerigo Nutolo, curator)

20:00 : Welcome cocktail

January 31th, Friday

(Venue: Aula Baratto, Ca’ Foscari University, Dorsoduro 3246)

9.30 – 10.00 : Welcome introduction (David Lane, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia; Paolo Gurisatti, ECLT)

First Session: Stories about (Chair: Margherita Russo, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)

10.00 – 11.30 : Industries and Innovation within the Green Economy

  • Gianluca Salvatori (Progetto Manifattura)
  • Thomas Miorin (Habitech)
  • Mario Zoccatelli (GBC Italia)
  • (Discussant: Serenella Sala, EC Joint Research Centre)

11.30 – 12.00 : Coffee break

12.00 – 12.30 : Ontological uncertainty, innovation and generative relationships (David A. Lane, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)

12.30 – 13.00  The Green Communities project within innovation cascades: a case for Dynamic Evaluation
(Valentina Anzoise and Stefania Sardo, ECLT) (Discussant: Filipa Pimentel, Transition Network)

13.00 – 14.00 : Lunch

Second Session: Building networks through con-sensus, narratives and ICT (Chair: Valentina Anzoise, ECLT)
14.00 – 15.30 : Parallel roundtables: Roundtables: Scaffolding structures for a more sustainable  Europe

  • Table1: EC Joint Research Centre, Transition Network, ICLEI, IMAGIS – Network for Visions, European Centre for Living Technology, Euclid Network, PugliaSmartLab, Officina Emilia (chair: Lucas Fülling, Euclid Network)
  • Table2: Rural Design, Mo.Vi.Te, ANCI-Cittalia, Villaggi d’Europa Valle Elvo/EURUFU (European Rural Futures), GAL Casacastra/Palio del Grano, Transition Italia, IMAGIS – DESIS in the Mirror (chair: Tommaso dal Bosco, ANCI)

15.30 – 16.00 : Coffee break

16.00 – 16.30 : Arts and Social Change (Jocelyn Cunningham, Arts & Society – via skype)

16.30 – 17.30 : Tools and approaches to deal with Socially Sustainable Innovation projects (Andrea Quartarone, ASK Centre Bocconi University; Mauro Mattioli, ECLT) (Discussants: Antonio Santangelo, University of Turin; Francesca Piredda, Polytechnic of Milan)

17.30 – 18.30 : Open discussion

20.00 : Dinner

February, 1st, Saturday

(Venue: Aula Baratto, Ca’ Foscari University, Dorsoduro 3246)

Third session: Thinking Forward (Chair: Mauro Mattioli, ECLT)
9.00 – 10.00 : Narratives for Europe. Social innovation and Sustainability in the 20-20-20 perspective. A proposal (Paolo Gurisatti, ECLT; David Lane, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)

10.00 – 12.00 : Future projects design (working groups) (Chairs: Valentina Anzoise, Paolo Gurisatti and Stefania Sardo, ECLT)

12.00 – 12.30 : General discussion and conclusion of the Workshop

12.30 – 13.30 : Light lunch

14.00 – 16.00 : Internal meeting: Green Communities 2.0 (in Italian) – Venue: ECLT, Ca’ Minich, S. Marco 2940 30124