The Municipality of Scansano presents a number of economic problems: changes regarding agricultural activities and the primary sector in general, less crop diversification, negative trends in local income. This is also due to bad management of the available natural resources, that produces many social and cultural problems, such as the decreasing use of traditional activities and practices and the loss of local identity.
In the second half of 2004, Venice Municipality organized a number of actions to involve citizens in the activities of local government. To this end a pilot Participatory Budgeting (PB) experiment was started in three different districts that are part of the City of Venice: Marghera (the case here examined), Lido and Favaro Veneto.
Il Comune di Reggio Emilia negli ultimi vent’anni ha subìto delle trasformazioni sul piano demografico, urbanistico e infrastrutturale. Conseguenza di ciò è stata una modifica delle reti sociali di appartenenza civile e politica della cittadinanza.
In January 2008, the Municipality of Livorno decided to experiment an innovative type of decision making process concerning the renewal and the future use of the 'Cisternino', an ancient building historically used for water supply. The process was proposed by a citizen association, the “Laboratory for the future of Livorno”. The process had the ambitious goal to reflect on the present situation of the historical building and imagine a desirable future on the basis of the past.
This article presents an interesting case of urban planning with citizen participation developed in Santiago de Chile. The case is primarily about the development and implementation of a standard methodology that allows for a real appropriation of public space by citizens, developing urban spaces that are sustainable over time.
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This case study features a participatory project which aimed to promote civic engagement among youths in the city of Rosario, Argentina. This initiative involved numerous assemblies and public projects to encourage the participation of youth groups in political decision-making.
The Mondragón Co-operative Corporation (MCC) is the world’s biggest industrial worker cooperative as well as a succesful and long-withstanding multinational corporation. It is an iconic model for the global co-operative movement, and operates under the ideals of participation and solidarity. In operation since 1956, Mondragón is based in the Basque country. It is indeed the Basque country’s leading business group, and the seventh largest in Spain.