The story and analysis of the Contamination Lab Torino can teach us how valuable the principles of sharing and openness are for development.
Contamination leads to growth. A statement that might sound absurd and “shocking”, but only at first sight: in fact, human development, progress, the growth of society and organisations (companies included) have actually always been driven by an outward movement, attention to others, and a shrewd awareness of how what’s good and stimulating can be found in places and spaces outside our own. “Contamination” generates innovation. It is therefore both good and interesting to read about any efforts undertaken in this direction, such as the activity still ongoing between the Polytechnic and the University of Turin.
Design e sostenibilità per la formazione imprenditoriale. L’esperienza del Contamination Lab Torino (Design and sustainability for entrepreneurship education. The experience of Contamination Lab Torino) collects a series of studies and research focused on activities such as the one held in Turin, whose shape and meaning were at first inspired by the field of design. The curators of these collected studies – Eleonora Fiore, Chiara L. Remondino, Giuliano Sansone – explain that “living through a historical period that forces on us themes of change management and the continuous redefinition and integration of skills, leads to important questions for the academic world.” And these are what inspired the two universities to create a place for the contamination of ideas and experiences: the Contamination Lab Torino (CLabTo). In their own words, this is “A space for students, researchers and teachers, open to stakeholders, and aimed at transdisciplinary entrepreneurship education.”
The work attempts to investigate in depth the essential features of this particular experiment, starting with an analysis of new models of business education, moving on to describe the experience of CLabTo, exploring aspects such as essential education and techniques for the evaluation of the results, and finally outlining what might be the professions most suitable to reconcile different experiences within common activities.
This body of research on CLabTo has the great merit of telling us about something that is tangible and rooted in the territory, as well as showing us how, as mentioned at the start, by combining different incentives and experiences we can all grow together
Design e sostenibilità per la formazione imprenditoriale. L’esperienza del Contamination Lab Torino (Design and sustainability for entrepreneurship education. The experience of Contamination Lab Torino)
Eleonora Fiore, Chiara L. Remondino, Giuliano Sansone