Fifth Foundational Economy Conference

Fifth Foundational Economy Conference

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Collegio Carlo Alberto

8 Piazza Vincenzo Arbarello

10122 Torino


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Foundational Economy, Social Innovation and Public Action

Informazioni sull'evento

How can actors drive change when social democracy is exhausted, technocracy is discredited, and political agency is splintered? What organizations, business models and forms of representation are appropriate when corporate business is extractive, and the state lacks resources and expertise? Where are the places and territories where alternatives can be focused, and momentum can be generated as bottom-up initiative meets top-down reform in multi- level systems?

Our aim is to learn to act at scale with social sensitivity and environmental responsibility in renewing high carbon footprint systems like food, transport and housing. Our hope is to help build new systems like wood economy connecting sequestrating forest to timber frame construction, while tilting the composition of consumption towards responsibility by adequately funding social infrastructure and service systems like health and care. We need debate and discussion because nobody knows how to do all this and, in line with previous conference practice, we will mix researchers and practitioners in most sessions.

The conference will made use of simultaneous translation (Italian-English and English-Italian)

Tuesday 13 September, 2pm – 6pm

Welcome and introduction

Opening speaker, Charles Sabel (Columbia Law School): Democratic experimentalism and wicked problems

First session: Organization and organizing

Panel 1

  1. Organizing the foundational economy. Serena Sorrentino CGIL, Public Function
  2. If we are the most beautiful country in the world, why don't they pay us? Rosanna Carrieri, Association "Mi riconosci"
  3. Organizational hybrids: the B Corps and the Case of Sales Spa. Domenico Tessera Chiesa, Owner and Managing Director of Sales Spa, BCorp and Società benefit

Discussants: Joselle Dagnes & Kevin Morgan

Panel 2

  1. Food and public action: the mensa of Melpignano, Valentina Avantaggiato, Mayor of Melpignano
  2. Social delivery: cases and experiences from Italy, Filippo Poltronieri, Journalist
  3. Organising alternative food distribution: the Cresco case, Pietro Cigna e Lorenzo Barra

Discussants: Bernd Bonfert & Lia Tirabeni

Wednesday 14 September, 9am – 1pm

Opening speaker, Andreas Novy (University of Vienna): Transformative innovation

Second session: Territories, borders, social innovation

Panel 3

  1. Innovating in marginalized areas: the NEO project by Gagliano Aterno, Raffaele Spadano, Research Group "Montagne in movimento", University of Valle D'Aosta
  2. Housing and sustainable construction, Sara Faraci e Davide Trapani, Edileco Valle D'Aosta
  3. The reception of migrants in inland and mountain areas, Andrea Membretti, Matilde Project

Discussants: Vittorio Martone & Daniela Storti

Panel 4

  1. New cultural centers in the Alps: the village of Paraloup, Beatrice Verri, Director of the "Nuto Revelli" Foundation
  2. Social innovation in marginalized areas, Cooperativa Cramars, Vanni Treu, President coop. Cramars
  3. Cooperating in adverse conditions: the Fondazione Comunità di Messina, Gaetano Giunta, Secretary General fondazione Comunità di Messina

Discussants: Emanuele Polizzi & Valentina Moiso

Wednesday 14 September, 2pm – 6pm

Opening speaker: Fabrizio Barca (Forum Inequality and Diversity): A new method for the development of places: borders, powers and resistance

Third session: Self-organization and collective voice

Panel 5

  1. The recovered companies, Sara Di Gregorio (SO.C.A.M. Soc.Coop) and Leonard Mazzone, Rete italiana imprese recuperate
  2. L'auto-organizzazione dei rider, Riccardo Mancuso, FILT- JustEat ‬
  3. Industrial and environmental innovation: the GKN case – Francesca Gabbriellini (Università di Bologna)

Discussants: Alessandra Quarta & Ian Rees Jones

Panel 6

  1. The right to housing, Margherita Grazioli, Movimento per il diritto all’abitare - Roma
  2. movements for housing
  3. Self-organized clinics and health, Sara Vallerani and Giuseppe Bartolomei, Microclinica Fatih
  4. Commons in urban contexts, Gregorio Turolla, L'Asilo (ex Asilo Filangieri – Naples)

Discussants: Sandro Busso & Davide Caselli

Thursday 15 September, 9am – 1pm

Opening speaker: Karel Williams (Foundational Economy Collective): Liveability and the costo of living crisis

Hybrid knowledge and national cases: the foundational economy in action

David Bassens and Sarah De Boeck (Belgium), Leonard Plank (Austria) (online), Angelo Salento (Italy), Karel Williams (Wales)

Chair: Joselle Dagnes

From experiments to public policies: scalability and generalizability

Fabrizio Barca, Richard Bärnthaler, Lavinia Bifulco, Julie Froud, Charles Sabel, John Tomaney (online)

Chair: Filippo Barbera