Co-City: the collaborative management of urban commons to counteract poverty and socio-spatial polarisation

Co-city is the winner of the first Urban Innovation Action Call of EU.Co-city aims to break the self-

reinforcing circle of poverty, social segregation and lack of participation in deprived neighbourhoods. An approach centered on urban commons will achieve this goal by supporting the development of a polycentric “urban welfare”. Generative communities will provide low-cost services, co-production facilities, social mixing and care of public spaces.

Co-city is innovative in its legal, managerial and technological aspects:

  • an unconventional legal framework to enable citizens to take care of urban commons
  • an innovative ICT infrastructure for local social market and networking
  • management tutoring towards economic sustainability

In the project the traditional authoritative model is replaced by a collaborative one that considers citizens as potential changemakers and agents of virtuous  processes of  welfare. Meanwhile, the public sector evolves from service provider to enabler and partner.

Furthermore Co-city will experiment blockchain technologies powering a collaborative decentralized environment. Citizens who participate in the urban commons will benefit of new forms of welfare by obtaining crypocredits and voting rights as well as coupons, gift cards, loyalty points that will involve local retailers. Game theoretic frameworks will power such  interactions aiming to create a commons-centered circular economy. Firstlife, a geolocated social network,will provide a  user interface, exploring the potential of the forthcoming proximity internet.



 BLINC ("BLockchain INclusiva per Cittadinanze digitali") is a regional project recently funded by the European Regional Development Fund.The project aims to improve migrants integration leveraging blockchain technologies.We will design and develop a mobile based virtual briefcase to securely keep and share self-generated certificates and documents. Coupling blockchains with distributed encrypted storage the project aims to build technological expertise on "granular privacy controls", a fundamental step towards a user-led exploitation of big-data.