Ulabhub Ticino, a program of IHT, in collaboration with Ulabhub Roma (partner of Manageritalia and Benefit Innovation SB) realized a cross border collaboration and created a U Theory Prototyping Lab on Generative Interdependence Agreements to facilitate the transition to a regenerative economy. More than 40 social innovators participated in the 4.5-month lab.
by Manuela Pagani Larghi, co-founder Impact hub Ticino and Paolo Fedi, co-founder Benefit innovation sb.
Narrate the actions through which public and private entities contribute to the 2030 Agenda: this is the objective of the Adig, tools to arrive at an eco-systemic vision.
Accompanying the transition from a reparative economy to a generative economy, centered on the culture of interdependence, the construction of the common good and the care of our planet, through Generative Interdependence Agreements (GIAs): tools with which companies of all types and sizes – but also public administrations and other organizations, up to individual professionals and citizens – can report or “narrate” the way in which their actions contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda.
We have developed a model of Adig during the U Theory prototyping Workshop promoted by Manageritalia Lazio, Abruzzo, Molise, Sardegna e Umbria with Benefit innovation società benefit, U.Lab Hub Roma, Impact hub Ticino, sponsored by ASviS e Prioritalia within the global program U.Lab 2x 2021.
The Lab, which involved two distinct work teams, one from Italy and one from Ticino, composed of a total of 12 change makers who were joined by two extended teams composed of a total of over 40 representatives of the productive and social systems of Italy and Switzerland, was developed with the desire to evolve and make accessible the agreements conceived, developed and practiced in relations with clients and suppliers by the company Mondora, one of the case studies that emerged during the previous U.Lab 1x 2020 path dedicated to the social responsibility of the individual and the company, carried out between September and December 2020.
What are Adigs
Adigs are pacts, free agreements made outside of a legal framework, that companies enter into with other companies or with their other stakeholders above and beyond their normal business activities, even when there are already guidelines aimed at pursuing virtuous behaviors on corporate social responsibility or sustainability, such as sourcing from companies that respect the environment. These are “gentlemen and gentlewomen agreements” that have positive repercussions for the contracting parties (typically companies and their suppliers and customers, but not only) and also for the territory. They are neither a certification nor a brand. They stem from the conviction that human relations, even in economic contexts, must be able to express themselves beyond a formal constraint, “demonetizing” services linked to the care of the environment, of people and the pursuit of prosperity.
Thanks to their characteristics of diffusivity, pervasiveness, rapidity of execution and measurability, Adigs are a concrete tool for moving from an ego-systemic vision to an eco-systemic vision. They are available to all people – entrepreneurs, institutional decision-makers, consumers, citizens, etc. – guided by the awareness that it is necessary to move from an ego-systemic vision to an eco-systemic vision. – They are available to all people – entrepreneurs, institutional decision-makers, consumers, citizens, etc. – guided by the awareness that it is necessary to move from a culture of competition and individualism to one of collaboration, focusing on interdependence, trust, the ability to define agreements and respect them without necessarily having to resort to obligations or penalties.
How Adig works
Let’s imagine a company that wants to contribute to the achievement of the Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda and that has defined some specific Goals and targets towards which to direct its actions. The company identifies which supplementary agreements to those of business it can elaborate and which of its interlocutors it can involve in the signing of these agreements, requesting then a commitment from them to realize others towards the respective interlocutors, and so on.
The business can also generate an Adig internally, starting with the relationships with its employees and collaborators.
The individual actions/relationships of the Adig imply an active involvement that starts from within the company and, passing through its territory and its reference chain, arrives at the socio-productive fabric of a country and therefore of the planet, whose individual impacts and the sums of the impacts, both direct and indirect, can be measured. A mode of action/relationship that, if well understood, widespread and practiced, could generate a domino effect in all chains of customers and suppliers, creating a virtuous eco-systemic impact.
Next steps: explain and spread the Adigs
During the Lab, we developed a template for preparing, writing, and identifying Adig impacts that are realized through a process, using certain tools and techniques. We are preparing an “Adig story living handbook” to explain and disseminate this model, collecting in a structured way the results of the work done and presenting the updates that will arise from the experiments that participants are doing in this period, about ten.
The intention is to create a manual in continuous evolution, in the awareness that agreements are born within human relationships – even before business relationships – and that relationships evolve, just like the living organisms that feed them. With an open structure and a “common” license, the manual will be accessible to all, participatory and distributed, universal and interdependent, in the same way as we would like the production, circulation and consumption of goods and services to be, i.e. the sense of economy.
Our ambition is to offer to all organizations a service of accompaniment to realize Adig, to evaluate and report on its impact. We would like to start in particular with companies, those not yet convinced that sustainability is a necessity and an opportunity, as well as smaller ones and start-ups with limited financial and organizational means (have we intrigued you? We invite you to contact us). In order to reach them we count, among other things, on the networks of the managerial community belonging to the Prioritalia platform and on those represented by ASVIS, in the name of the common will to restore competences and elaborate a new vision of sustainability.
The complete article in italian can also be found here.