The “Comune Partecipativo” [Participative Municipality] contest is promoted by Salone della CSR e dell’Innovazione Sociale di Milano and the CIAL Consortium.

The goal of the initiative is to reward collaborative or participative experiences created by Municipalities and the creativity of Twitter users on the topic of collaborative processes.

The contest, articulated in various phases, includes an initial step in which municipal administrations and organisations that work with the Municipalities (social coops who deal with recycling, associations that manage citizen services, cultural activities, etc.) submitted their projects to the organisation secretary offices.
Analysed and selected, the participation applications where then chosen by a Jury that identified 10 projects which, until September 28th, can be voted on twitter.

The initiative with the most votes on Twitter will award the concerned Municipality with 3 CIAL “REAL 13” recycled aluminium benches made by recycling 3,400 aluminium beverage cans, while the author of the most creative and original tweet will win a Ricicletta®, CIAL city bike made by recycling 800 beverage cans.

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The Municipality and tweet author will receive their prizes during the “CSR and Social Innovation Expo” in Milan on October 1-2, 2014.

To vote your favourite project, enter the initiative references in your tweet:
@CSRIS_it @ConsorzioCIAL #compart #CSRIS14, the project number and a short message to promote it.
Example: @CSRIS_it @ConsorzioCIAL #compart #CSRIS14 n° 12 – great way to involve schools in social issues.

Here are the projects you can vote:

1. Bim Bum Bam… Odd or Even? – MUNICIPALITY OF ARESE
Project on fighting stereotypes and discrimination in general that aims to increase awareness in middle school students. The first phase included a cartoon to introduce the concepts of prejudice and stereotype, and role play on self-identity and self-image concepts. Girls and boys were encouraged to come up with “alternative” advertising messages, reviewed during a third meeting and compared with other gender equality campaigns. The 129 messages produced participated in a contest to enhance the experience and were put on exhibit for the public. Furthermore, a film will be shown in September 2014 on this topic with an informational meeting open to all: families, local associations, etc.

2. Condominium Guidelines – MUNICIPALITY OF BARANZATE
Baranzate is a multi-ethnic municipality where almost one out of five citizens is a foreigner. There are more than 70 ethnic backgrounds represented in the town’s just over 2.5 square kilometres. Culture, customs, traditions that must integrate and adjust to local styles, respecting rhythms and rules. To facilitate the comprehension of some essential condominium co-habitation rules, the Municipality created Condominium Guidelines, a multilingual booklet with helpful tips and practical information. The Guidelines, written in four languages (English, French, Arabic and Chinese) is made up of 8 sheets that illustrate the roles and rules of condominiums: the condominium guidelines; the condominium; the condominium administrator; condominium fees; the condominium façade; hospitality and overcrowding; waste recycling. The topics discussed were selected according to an analysis of real Municipal and non citizen and foreigner needs.

The Municipality of Faenza set up a citizen consulting service to share the management of part of the 2014 – 2016 Performance Budget and Plan. The main feature of the participation project is to open up and invite all citizens to: make suggestions to the Municipality on real work to be completed. The suggestions with the most popular votes are sent to the Mayor and included amongst the goals to be achieved in the 2014-2016 Performance Plan. The consulting service is rendered in various live and on-line public events. Service platform and blog were activated for project communications and promotions.

4. 2050: Eco Differentiated – MUNICIPALITY OF LIVORNO
The goal of the project is to make citizens aware of the correct waste cycle (reduce, reuse and recycle) through PEER Education. High school students are trained on the topic, creating content and, using their preferred language (video, slides, plays, etc.) convey what they learnt to middle and elementary school students. The same material is also used for migrant communities. In May, students and instructors participated in cleaning the beaches and sea bed ending with a party and exhibit of the works produced by the middle and elementary school students. The Municipality produced a professional video on the waste cycle called Il brutto, brutto mondo del sig. Mario which was submitted to the European Commission Environmental DG and uploaded on the Municipalities YouTube channel.

This is a participative “territory government” project, that combines urban planning and socio-economic planning and enhances the “rural” aspect of the Municipality of Roccastrada based on the construction of a shared identity and development for the territory. 50 Roccastrada citizens were involved in the decision making processes for Planning to contribute in the general Variant Procedure to the Structural Plan and define the works to be included in the municipal budget (for an amount of 200,000 Euro). After an initial preparatory territorial animation phase, the PR2 project included a participative event organised in 4 phases divided into 10 meetings.

6: The bicycle diaries – MUNICIPALITY OF ROME  V
The project aims to make cycling in the municipality easier and safer and promote cycling mobility. The first phase of the project focused on a potential informal network of bike-friendly routes in the territory through the participated analysis of the routes cyclists prefer. The project will continue by promoting this network using different tools, such as street art, that is increasingly popular in Municipality V. The project has invested in human resources from the get go: the analysis of the territory and construction of routes originated from citizen suggestions and the work group that follows the project is made up of the various skilled citizens. Bolstered by this investment, the group will attempt to attract economic investments through different channels (European Union, Region, Rome Capitol, private citizens, crowd funding).

Cultural activities in the Municipality and conceived and created by freely involving citizens, organised in work groups. Project motto: Culture is made up of things we exchange. Cultural Imprint is a way to create networks, creating and maintaining numerous cross-collaborations; that enhances the social aspect of giving, seen as a time to meet, socialise and party, but also as a pop soul, meaning that the suggestions must be able to be popular, thus able to be applied and speak to several different types of public. From an idea in 2009, the work groups have continued to monitor activities and draft the first participative budget with groups: and

8. Global Care Disability – MUNICIPALITY OF TERAMO
The project included the activation of supplementary help and home care services for citizens with disabilities provided by Castrogno penitentiary prisoners and individuals subject to house arrest. Project goals: offer support to individuals with disabilities in using municipal services; promote the social integration of individuals with disabilities; promote the prevention of the loss of autonomy; alleviate the social burden of families with disabled users. Volunteers, in addition to offering company and help in practical matters, promoted participation and socialisation (board games, accompanying individuals to social affairs, conversation, etc.) based on the individual’s needs.

9. Udine Greenways – MUNICIPALITY OF UDINE 
It is a site and application that provides tools to: promote dialogue between citizens and administrators; suggest and initiate discussions on land enhancement; enhance the identity of the natural environment and natural tourism and environmental education range; create tourist itineraries that connect the public and private range and green economy. All this through participation. The participating Municipalities recognise that the identity and landscape represent high potential in attracting and creating local community participation in local sustainability policies. Udine Greenways: currently includes the municipalities of Udine, Campoformido, Martignacco, Tavagnacco, Pasian di Prato, Tricesimo, Pozzuolo del Friuli, Povoletto.

10. Creative Reuse Centre – MUNICIPALITY OF VERONA
Environmental Coordination and AMIA created a place promoting the idea that what we are used to called “junk” can be a resource. This place, enhancing imperfect projects and worthless objects, is a strong optimistic and proactive message on how to experience ecology in a re-creative manner that respects objects, individuals and the environment in a continuous future. The project involves people with disabilities in collecting, exhibiting and providing materials; local companies that provide the materials; teachers, students and citizens who use the ecology platform and organise awareness laboratories.