Responses to change

Firenze Prossima – 2020 Listening Campaign is a citizen survey based on an extensive digital listening and engagement campaign and a data visualisation communication campaign. How have people’s habits changed as a result of the pandemic? What factors contribute to improving the quality of life in the wards and neighborhoods? What are citizens’ priorities for making Florence greener and more sustainable? The campaign lasted for a month through five online questionnaires, one for each neighborhood, and collected a total of 7485 valid responses. The 4 return reports on the changing Florence, strategic issues, the focus on youth, women and city users, and the one on neighborhoods can be downloaded here:


The overall objective of the evaluation work of the program “TorinoProxima – From Civic Imagination to Social Enterprise,” entrusted by Compagnia di San Paolo to LAMA, is to guide the Foundation in the general understanding of the effectiveness of the initiative promoted, the purpose of which is to stimulate civic and cultural imagination projects on the future of the City of Turin towards the creation of a new social impact entrepreneurship. From the evidence emerging from the analysis of implementation of the pre-acceleration pathways, LAMA will support the Company’s start of reflection on the possible replicability/scalability of the intervention model starting with the definition of a methodology and evaluation model for the intervention.


In 2018, LAMA wanted to ground its experience on implemented urban regeneration interventions (Impact HUB and Manifattura Tabacchi Florence), with the writing of a white paper entitled “Designing Multistakeholder Urban Regeneration”. A contribution of knowledge and case histories that aims to be a useful tool for Public Administrations, Professionals, Operators and Real Estate Development Funds to initiate processes and policies of urban regeneration that see the co-presence of elements essential to the success and sustainability of these interventions: the involvement of communities, the quality of real estate supply, the mobilization of public-private finance, and the protection of the collective interest for the development of polycentric and biodiverse cities. The White Paper is the result of a research and engagement process that involved interviews, meetings, and desk research activities, combining a reading of current trends and policies with a collective and choral vision that feeds on the views and expertise of all stakeholders.

Download the white paper (in Italian)

In 2015, LAMA, in partnership with Social Seed, was commissioned by Fondazione Unipolis to conduct research aimed at analyzing emerging forms of the collaborative economy, to identify possible points of contact or interaction with the world of cooperative enterprises and highlight areas of innovation and “mutual contamination” that may emerge for these two worlds.


In 2016, LAMA, in a joint venture with Irecoop Emilia Romagna, was awarded the contract, through a tender by the National Agency for Investment Attraction and Enterprise Development INVITALIA – MISE, to carry out a feasibility study aimed at investigating the phenomenon of community cooperation and the presidium/care/development impacts on the territory that it is able to generate. The study conducted in collaboration with Italia Consulting Network SpA, A.I.C.CO.N., Atlante, Euricse, Barberini Foundation, Tor Vergata University, defined community cooperation as a manifestation, tool and outcome of a broad phenomenon of community resilience in the most impoverished and least accessible areas across the country and is ultimately considered a policy tool.


In 2018, Nesta Italia – with the support of Unicredit – launched a national survey to map innovative practices in Italian health and welfare, focusing specifically on “collaborative health” models, that is, those that leverage individual and collective empowerment and the enabling role of technologies to promote greater system inclusiveness and sustainability.

LAMA participated in the research by curating the analysis of the Italian context, interviewing stakeholders, and developing the conceptual framework for collaborative health in Italy. LAMA also contributed to the mapping of case studies and the production of final recommendations addressed to health systems, businesses, and nonprofit stakeholders.


EUREKA (European Urban REgenerators Knowledge Alliance) is an Erasmus+ project for the regeneration of urban spaces led by the Iuav University of Venice, involving 4 European universities and 11 entities from 9 countries, including LAMA.

It was awarded a €997,805 grant in 2020 for 3 years of activity, with the aim of training tomorrow’s Urban Innovators: a new professional profile capable of supporting and managing urban transformations based on investment in knowledge and culture with a strong social impact.

Businesses and the social economy are often thought about as independent sectors. In many cases, however, their interests overlap and can make a positive on society, generating forms of collaboration that carry an important innovative potential and impact for the community. Together with the leading consultancy firm Technopolis, and 5 other international research centres, we carried out a study on the collaboration between social economy and businesses, which collected the views and experiences of hundreds of companies and organisations in Europe, through questionnaires, interviews and realisation of case studies in different sectors and subject areas. LAMA was also responsible for the development of an evaluation model for profit/non-profit collaborations, co-created with experts, companies and sector stalkeholders. The study was commissioned by EASME (EU Commission) as a follow-up to the Social Business Initiative, a European initiative to support social enterprise.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the way we produce, consume, care, and participate. Today, it is crucial to ask how best to exploit these technologies to make them an instrument of well-being, serving the priorities and needs of the community.

In 2019, LAMA won the international grant issued by NESTA UK, the UK’s innovation agency, to carry out a study aimed at mapping the state of the art of how AI is being used in collective projects to date, to enable new forms of exchange, collaboration, and shared problem solving on a local or global level.


Since 2016, LAMA has been an accredited subject for the Impact Evaluation of projects financed by the Impresa Sociale Con i Bambini (managing body of the National Fund for the fight against child educational poverty). Since 2018, we have become the evaluating partner of several projects financed by the Fund, which touch on the issues of early childhood, adolescence, inclusion, parenting and the participation of the new generations in the social and political life of the territory. Among the evaluated aspects, there is always the strengthening of Educating Communities, which LAMA analyses in a participatory way by leveraging our systemic approach and participatory research expertise.