A participatory process is a sequence of participatory activities (e.g. first filling out a survey, then making proposals, discussing them in face-to-face or virtual meetings, and finally prioritizing them) with the aim of defining and making a decision on a specific topic.
Examples of participatory processes are: a process of electing committee members (where candidatures are first presented, then debated and finally a candidacy is chosen), participatory budgets (where proposals are made, valued economically and voted on with the money available), a strategic planning process, the collaborative drafting of a regulation or norm, the design of an urban space or the production of a public policy plan.
Co-design laboratories have been organized in key places of the Co-District, to analyze the needs of territory and to involve the local community in finding solutions to local issues. These laboratories were organized to give the local community the instruments to turn their ideas into action. The laboratories are run by professional service designers and hosts thematic experts. Meetings and co-design sessions planned with the local community/local stakeholders from November 2018 to April 2019.
The labs were focused in the first year (2015-2016) on the governance of the urban commons, then on culture and services (2016-2017), and in the third year (2017-2018) on circular economy. The Rome Collaboratory will eventually select few heritage sites but for the moment has decided to adopt a distributed approach across heritage sites, in the areas belonging to the Co-district. The heritage site consists of: historical heritage; archeological remains; environmental heritage; built heritage.