TWM Factory and H501 City Hub, in collaboration with CoopCulture, investigate the city of Rome, focusing on the search for places and ways of regeneration. From this year, the mapping is also online and interactive thanks to the crowdmapping platform https://riscattidicitta.firstlife.org/ co-created through the civic social network FirstLife.
Launched on the occasion of the “Riscatti di città” exhibition at Palazzo Merulana (April 2022), the mapping brings to light the disused buildings undergoing redevelopment (around 430) and the informal cultural centres (over 250) that are proving to have a strong regenerative power for territories and communities.
The tool is an opportunity not only to involve citizens in the mapping process, but to think of regeneration as an opportunity to experiment with new governance models that allow all urban actors, including citizens, to be active participants in the process of social recovery, ecocentrism and digital transition of the contemporary urban environment.
Mindchangers is a European project of the Regione Piemonte that aims to improve the capacities of local authorities and civil society organisations in initiating projects and activities to engage young people in the great challenges of our time.
Together with the COP and the civic social network FirstLife, it co-designed a new and innovative way to tell about the numerous projects of the region aimed at engaging teenagers on urgent topics such as climate change and migration.
To do this, we developed an interactive map to geo-reference the initiatives implemented (as part of Mindchangers) by organisations and local authorities. The elements to develop a dynamic and engaging narrative of activities are:
- Project sheets to consult the various project initiatives of funded organisations
- Events to stay up-to-date on planned activities and events
- Stories to read news and updates about young protagonists, sustainability influencers
The Computer Science Department of the University of Turin is the lead partner in the European project NLAB4CIT, which aims to build a network of laboratories run by organisations, research groups and institutions committed to bringing together and involving citizens in the creation of public services through civic digital technologies.
The civic social network FirstLife and the wallet app CommonsHood will be made available to the Municipality of Collegno to co-design an intervention with young people.
The things that are indicated and highlighted in a map are visible and have voice. Moreover, if mapping is a collective action for all, the power of the map increases because it allows the vision of the community that built it and opens the community itself to all the people who consult the map.
The members of Toponomastica femminile are aware of this power of mapping and have therefore turned it into a fundamental tool in their battle for a more inclusive and respectful world.
A few months ago, the association took a further step forward. It experimented with using the civic social network FirstLife to map urban places named after female figures in the city of Turin. Streets, squares, gardens, etc. with female names have been georeferenced on the map, each of which corresponds to a card, published on the interactive notice board, with a brief biography of the figure they are named after, where it is possible to contribute comments, discussions, additions and even participate in surveys.
The platform was launched during the European Researchers’ Night 2021, when it was possible to bring to the public’s attention the reflection on gender balance in urban symbolism, a collective theme that concerns everyone and carries with it many meanings and emergencies, all via mapping!
2020 - 2022
Sustainable development and protection of the natural heritage of the Goada Forest
The Unione Montana Valli Orco e Soana (TO) has set up a partnership with the Equiliberi Onlus association and the Computing Science Department of the University of Turin, in order to use FirstLife, previously adapted to Burkina Faso, for support its first decentralised cooperation project in Africa.
The Unione Montana Valli Orco e Soana (TO) has adopted FirstLife to map land use in the Goada Forest, in Burkina Faso, where it is taking action to defend protected land, enhancing the agro-forestry sector and promoting sustainable agriculture also outside protected areas.
The opportunities for direct interaction between Italian and Burkinabe municipalities will increase, as well as the quality of their exchanges, thanks to the use of FirstLife. They can directly share and apply best practices in public-private partnerships for the protection of the natural heritage of the Goada forest.
2020 - 2024
The association Equiliberi Onlus in Turin activated a collaboration with FirstLife to support an international cooperation project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The objective is mapping and analysing data related social and health services for different kinds of public spaces as schools and hospitals, to evaluate if policies, interventions and projects over time guarantee the achievement or maintenance of the sanitary parameters defined by UNHCR (so called standard WASH). The project involves local institutions and organizations in different sectors.
Use-cases with FirstLife will start in the city of Lubumbashi to geocalize services and identify which standards they currently have. With Firstlife will possible manage different cases and variables based on the type of the project and thematic area.
In this way, it will be possible to easily collect and analyze data coming from questionnaires and surveys filled by the managers of the local structures, then assess whether or not the places have reached the standard reference parameters.
FirsLife could be a useful tool to support international cooperation in the design of life-cycle projects, from monitoring and evaluation of the impacts to the communication of the results to citizens.
October 2020 - September 2021
A group of young people in Torino to identify and contrast hate messages on the territory, with the support of CSV Vol.To – Sportello GioVe. Actions:
- Make photos to catalogue and map degraded spaces in the 5th district, or mapping graffiti with hate messages – with the civic social network FirstLife;
- Collect and analyse material elaborating creative answers to hate messages;
- Organization of workshop and recreational activities as street art, protography, film-making, painting, acting,miming.
- Final event and initiatives for active citizenship as CommonsHood, a wallet app based on blockchain and integrated with FirstLife, for actions of financial inclusion in the neighborhoods involved.
2019 - 2021
CO3 - Digital Disruptive Technologies to Co-create, Co-produce and Co-manage Open Public Services along with Citizens
The project aims at evaluating risks and benefits of disruptive technologies such as Blockchain, Augmented Reality, Geolocated Social Network, tools for Liquid Democracy and Gamification to co-create, co-produce and co-manage public services between Public Administrations and citizens.
CO3 will implement a unique infrastructure with all these technologies to facilitate the cooperation between PA and citizens: by sharing information on a crowdsourced map, manipulating financial objects with the Blockchain, online deliberation, Augmented Reality and Gamification techniques.
Paris, Athens and Turin will be the pilot sites to test a new model of interaction between citizens and PA based on 3 parameters: social and cultural, economic, legal with a focus on privacy and data protection.
In the project FirstLife is the main user interface as a tool of discussion, coordination, data collection, testing of coupon and discounts made with blockchain, active participation in online deliberation.
2019 - 2021
The project proposes ICT solutions to manage health processes, telemedicine and telemonitoring focusing on home healthcare in the contest of the forthcoming opening of the Health, Research And Innovations Parks in Turin and Novara.
The project adopts a cross-disciplinary and human-centered approach for implementing advanced technologies: Artificial Intelligence, Business Process Management (BPM), Geolocated Social Network guarantee all stakeholders to co-design together hospital and services.
The platform FirstLife provides a geolocated system to activate participatory processes between all internal and external stakeholders. Doctors, nurses, health workers, auxiliary staff and all actors involved can participate actively to redesign the internal process management and the clinical paths, also reporting critical points in the actual organization of work. The map returns a spatial representation of the processes activated by user’s interactions, encouraging coordination and cooperation to share proposals and go beyond critical points.
In the next steps FirstLife will be a tool for overall coordination, based on flows visualization and collaborative monitoring of internal process management.
2019 - 2020
In the started a co-design process between the third sector and public institutions with the scope to map public and private social services for families on the territory.
Famigliets implement digital tools to make services more accessible, encouraging also public-private sinergies in the offer of social services to families. The project implements FirstLife, already tested in the municipality of Torino, San Donà di Piave, Southwark Council in London. Citizens registered to the platform will access the map of territorial social services, users can also filter and generate new contents at the temporal and spatial scale.
2017 - 2020
Co-city is the winner of the first Urban Innovation Action Call of the EU.
Co-city is intended to break the self-reinforcing circle of poverty, social segregation in deprived neighbourhoods and lack of participation. It achieves this by supporting the development of an innovative, polycentric “commons-based urban welfare” composed of generative communities centred on urban commons, low-cost service co-production, social mixing, and care of public spaces.
The Municipality of Torino opened a public call for citizens to collect proposals related to the co-management of urban commons with local administrations. The authoritative approach is replaced by a collaborative one that considers citizens as potential changemakers, agents of virtuous circular processes of commoners’ welfare. Meanwhile, the public sector evolves from being a service provider to being an enabler and a partner.
47 proposals have been submitted to realise different kinds of intervention such as regeneration of buildings in abandon or the care of public spaces.
Within Co-city, the University of Turin is responsible with different departments for the Co-City Toolkit, a guideline for legal and technological tools implemented in the pilot use-case.
FirstLife was used to map urban commons co-managed by citizens and administrators, but also as a tool to coordinate, collect and share all projects.
The blockchain technology has been experimented with financial tools to support the local economy of urban commons: exchange of tokens as prepaid cards, coupons, fidelity cards, buying groups, fundraising initiatives.
2019 - 2020
The purpose of the project is to increase the cultural offer in Borgo Vittoria e Madonna di Campagna, two neighbourhoods in the city of Turin, creating a shared Urban Alphabet. This represents a connection between different cultures, and uses music and theatre workshops as a different way to live school and public spaces.
The Computer Science Department supports the participatory process for urban and cultural regeneration actions with FirstLife. The map shows the places identified by students as relevant for micro urban regeneration activities, and reports on the actions and workshops done.
Piemonte dal vivo Foundation is the regional circuit of live entertainment, approved by the Piemonte Region and by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
FirstLife wants to innovate the methods of advertising for the cultural offer in an easier, interactive and customizable way, to meet the needs of the public and of the cultural operators. So far, FirstLife has mapped all events for summer 2020 in Torino.
The municipality of Turin has used FirstLife as a tool for mapping the initiatives programmed whitin “Torino a Cielo Aperto”, the 2020 calendar of the summer cultural events: green points, arena movies, open events for adults and kids in public and private spaces in conformity with Covid-19 measures. On the FirstLife map you can access all events with detailed information.
The project wants to invite citizens to reclaim public spaces and gardens after lockdown due to Covid emergency; it has been promoted by the city of Torino with Fondazione per la Cultura Torino, Intesa San Paolo, Iren.
Questo progetto si affianca ad altre sperimentazioni di FirstLife come strumento a supporto della promozione dell’offerta culturale dei territori, in corso tra l’Università di Torino e alcune istituzioni pubbliche ed enti culturali del territorio torinese è piemontese.
Lo scopo è quello di rendere più innovativi e interattivi i processi di coordinamento, promozione e consultazione online dell’offerta culturale territoriale, grazie alle funzionalità di social network, georeferenziazione e mappatura personalizzata offerte dalla mappa di FirstLife agli operatori culturali ma anche ai cittadini, che possono contribuire attivamente con propri contenuti.
Tra queste: First Life per Piemonte dal Vivo [https://www.firstlife.org/projects/piemonte-dal-vivo/], FirstLife per Cultura e Turismo in Piemonte [https://www.firstlife.org/projects/cultura_turismo_piemonte/]
2017 - 2019
The project aims to help people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) move and live within cities by means of a/THROUGH new digital service that provides interactive personalized maps.
ASD is marked by a tendency of withdrawal from social relationships and implies the need of finding reassurance in repetitive routines, making it hard to manage unexpected events. These characteristics entail peculiar spatial representation modalities and the need of tailored supports for orientation and movements in the urban environment.
The project aims to provide such support especially to adult individuals with medium or high functioning autism, or with Asperger’s Syndrome (now categorized as a form of ASD), since an orientation support for such people could highly impact on their autonomy, making the transition from a state of (partial) dependency to a state of autonomy.
The map in FirstLife was adopted to facilitate people with ASD for orientation in the urban space, developing specific functionalities involving the same users.
April - May 2018
UniCarto is part of a broader project called #UnitoGo#Food#Lab, with the objective to build shared knowledge on the nutritional habits of the university community, analyzing the territorial responses to these needs, and thee link between food and city.
With FirstLife was made a participatory mapping involving 200 students to identify all places in which they buy or consume food during the five weekdays when they attend university.
120 places have been identified near the Campus Luigi Einaudi and Palazzo Nuovo. The most of them are very close to universities, proving the relevant role of the territory to respond basic need as food (especially low cost restaurant and fast service). Some other places are used to consume homemade food, showing a widespread need for spaces dedicated to this type of use into the university.
2017 - 2018
The main objective of the project promoted by the Municipality of Torino was to stimulate more the involvement of the teenagers in the public local life, through urban regeneration interventions; to make teenagers able to explain the city in a critical way, building representations of urban spaces from their point of view.
The project was developed in three phases: territorial analysis, participatory co-design, fulfilment of the project in practice.
Students from high schools used FirstLife for a participatory mapping highlighting their personal point of view living the city, also bringing into the school a deliberation about technologies as a tool for participatory citizenship and web education, increasing their digital skills.
2016 - 2017
The project involved teenagers from high school in a participatory mapping using the platform FirstLife. The mapping was oriented to highlight all places lived by teenagers in everyday life, places in which develop their relationship, living actively into the community life - public space, youth associations, music band, artistic workshop, fab-lab etc.
The project has developed into three phases: territorial analysis, participatory planning, practical realization of the interventions.
TeenCarto involved teenagers into the public life in Torino through participatory urban regeneration, acquiring civic skills to develop an active and aware citizenship.
2017 - 2018
The project, co-funded by Compagnia di San Paolo, focused on monitoring, geocalizing, quantifying and qualifying the live music in Torino.
Users can be REPORTER for a night, enter for free to the concert in Torino and be part of the team collecting few but essential quantitative and qualitative information on the performances, to build a final report useful to improve the music sector in Torino.
FirstLife collected all the live events mapped by the team or reported from users. You can listen to the local artists in Torino inside the playlist Spotify “Io Sono La Musica Che Ascolto”.
October 2014 - October 2015
The objective of the project, co-financed by Piemonte Region, was to rebuild paths and places of books, by mapping and sharing “informal” libraries in the city: private libraries, book-crossing centres, school libraries.project wanted to highlight the connection between books and technologies, involving students and teachers of all levels but also socio-cultural workers in the field of books, publishing, social reading.
The project wanted to highlight the connection between books and technologies, involving students and teachers of all levels but also socio-cultural workers in the field of books, publishing, social reading.
The project tried to convert paper books in virtual objects to follow their movement with a sensor, collecting also some information provided by end-users with a participatory approach.
Two mobile applications Have been designed: Librare addressed to teachers, Librando for students to share comments and opinions related to books.
With FirstLife informal libraries were mapped enhancing a new role for books and reading, more social oriented and open to the city. Data was collected by Piemonte Region in Open Data format into the Smart Data Platform (SDP).
July 2014 - July 2015
The project, financed by Piemonte Region, tackled the topic of Safety at work with an interdisciplinary approach, integrating the use of sensors with data produced by workers and collected with an interactive map.
The project addressed enterprises, research centers, workers and everyone involved in services related to safety at work. In particular turns to isolated workers and open space perceived as uncomfortable, with a special focus on laboratories in hospitals and universities.
Main objectives of the project: to collect data by workers to identify and manage risks factors in a working environment; to develop innovative solutions for safety at work integrating environmental sensors, an interactive online map enriched by users, questionnaires and interviews.
FirstLife alllowed a collaborative mapping of internal hospital environments, with information collected directly by workers following a participatory approach. FirstLife data were integrated with sensors data, surveys and interviews. The Open Data collected are available on the Smart Data Platform.
Since 2016 FirstLife is used in WeGovNow, a European project supporting «We-government», active citizenship, services co-producted by citizens and institutions together, access to institutional open data.
We developed specific functionalities in FirstLife integrated with Liquid Feedback- Association for Interactive Democracy to: match supply and demand of local services from local networks and communities, activate moderation mechanisms and debates into deliberative processes associated to groups, organizations and local associations.