Nimby Forum® is an observatory that detects through the media "public utility works that are subject to disputes" (link 1). It is not a legal entity but is used as a collective brand by an organizational team of communication consultants.
Mission and purpose
Permanent observatory "on the progress of the Nimby syndrome" (Link 1) in Italy. Since 2004 it has published an annual report, in addition to updating a site and a WebGIS, on "public utility works that are subject to disputes" (Link 1). Occasionally events are organized under his banner such as awards to cases of dispute management on works of particular importance (see the Termoli Public Debate 2020 ), conventions or conferences. At least in one case reported here (see BioPiat PlatformaLab of Sesto San Giovanni - Milan) was used as a management brand of a participatory process.
Origins and Development
It was born in 2004, from an idea of some public relations and communication consultants, in a period of strong growth of the committees and numerous disputes that slowed down or blocked the authorization process of various works.
Organizational structure, affiliation and financing
The ownership of the brand belongs to the non-profit association ARIS (Company Information Research Agency) of Milan. ARIS does not have a website and no other information is available on it. However, it is connected (it shares the same headquarters and the people involved are the same) to Allea SrL (Link 2).
Among the process curators that are part of Allea SrL, under the name of Nimby Forum , there is Agnese Bertello, who oversaw the BioPiat PlatformaLab process in Sesto San Giovanni. Dr. Bertello is also a partner of Ascolto Attivo SrL, another company that takes care of participatory and mediation processes based in Milan.
Specializations, methods and tools
Main projects and events
- Nimby Forum - Observatory on disputes against works of public interest in Italy < li> BioPiat PlatformaLab - Participatory process on the new sludge and organic waste treatment plant with biogas production in Sesto San Giovanni (Milan).
Analysis and lessons learned
To better understand why the Nimby Forum brand is used as a subject that offers consultancy - since it is not a legal person - and a guarantee of third party - when it is evident that subjects operate under its banner profit and with little neutral premises - given that its creators explicitly define Nimby (generally understood with the oppositions to the works) still as a syndrome (L ink 1), almost a collective psychosis to be eradicated (Mengozzi, A. 2011; Mannarini, 2012).
Debate Audience Termoli 2020 - https://participedia.net/case/4998
BioPiatografoLab - Sesto San Giovanni - https://participedia.net/case/6148
Mengozzi, A., (2011), The GIS of my courtyard. History and criticism of the term NIMBY with spatial analysis and the aid of GIS, in: Quaderni del Territorio 1, Historically, Archetipo Libri, University of Bologna, https://storicamente.org/quadterr1/mengozzi.htm
Mannarini, T., Roccato, M. (2012), Not in my garden. Taking Nimby, Il Mulino, Bologna movements seriously.
- Nimby Forum - https: // www. nimbyforum.it/
- Allea SrL - https://www.allea.net/