The S.I.C.O. project brings together multidisciplinary EGTC excellence to build a new and innovative model of social impact measurement of collective ownership aimed at sharing and supporting sustainable development not only in the Alpine areas involved in the analysis, but potentially across regions and sectors in Europe. The consortium is highly interdisciplinary in order to observe the collective ownership from multiple perspectives. It consists of 3 partners, one from each EGTC Region (Trentino, South Tyrol and Tyrol) and provides a well-balanced combination of complementary skills, focus and environments in order to achieve the objective of the project.
The philosophy of the project in based on a grassroots approach. This means the analysis of the social impact of collective ownership and the definition of an implementation model in the relevant Alpine areas. To maximize the outcome of the project, the scientific investigation must make adequate use of the communication channels with the collective ownerships by also taking into account the cultural, linguistic and historical features of the areas. The collective ownership system under investigation requires an approach and language which is quite different from that used in scientific research. As a result, it is important that facilitators are used during the data-gathering/interviewing stages and of even greater importance that these stages are conducted by the project partners of each area.