About

Communities for Future is being spearheaded by ECOLISE, the European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability.

In 2015 ECOLISE launched the annual European Day of Sustainable Communities to celebrate and showcase transformative community-led action. In September 2019 hundreds of local communities in 27 countries marked the day.

That month millions of people around the globe were on the streets joining students at climate strikes and Fridays for Future in demanding action in the face of the climate emergency. 

Inspired by the protests, and by the desire to inspire and support citizens to take action in their communities, Communities for Future was born.

Six months later and everything changed, utterly. The world now faces another unprecedented challenge – the COVID-19 pandemic. Economies are grinding to a halt. Millions of people’s lives have been shattered seemingly overnight. Global capitalism is exposed like never before.

Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. – Arundhati Roy

For decades ecovillagers, permaculture practitioners, and those in the Transition Network, have been imagining the world anew. More importantly, they have been experimenting with and demonstrating sustainable and regenerative ways of living. Like careful gardeners, they have been tending the seeds of a fairer, more resilient world. At this time of rupture, Communities for Future is about spreading these seedlings of hope far and wide. 

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Mon 9 NOVEMBER at 17-18.30 CET⁠
Communities for Future - catalyzing societal transformation through community-led action⁠

In collaboration with Humanity rising Global Solutions Summit, we will showcase the transformative potential of community-led action on climate change and sustainability. We will give voice to the movements of Ecovillages, Permaculture and Transition, which comprise the backbone of Communities for Future, the new Europe-wide action programme spearheaded by ECOLISE. We will hear about approaches and accomplishments that local communities take in responding to the challenges of our time. We explore together what are the prerequisites for catalyzing effective community-led action on a local level and how this can contribute to systemic transformation within and across society.⁠

This session is ideal for people who are not yet very familiar with the community-led movements. It is not as participatory as our other sessions, as it has the format of a webinar, consisting of presentations, roundtable conversation and a Q&A with the audience.⁠

For this event the registration goes through this form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScorbY4gcPjVFkKulCAk2_t1_bR_ct87OGVJFTCKIEEnuv36A/viewform?dods&gxids=7628&pli=1
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🎉 In few days we are celebrating! 🎉 ⁠

Join us at our first #CfF Session! Please don't forget to register for the session, follow the link in bio and you’ll get the Zoom link immediately to your email.⁠

Our first three online sessions will be: Wed 21 OCTOBER at 17–19 CEST⁠

We're looking forward to you joining us! 🥳⁠

About #CommunitiesForFuture Sessions — enabling networking and learning for a fairer, #regenerative world⁠

We are launching a series of monthly #OnlineSessions, starting from October 2020.⁠

This is an open invitation to everyone who is curious about the new action programme, Communities for Future, and to everyone who recognizes themselves as being connected with the European #communityled #sustainability movement (or who would like to be part of it!).⁠

We will focus on the following themes: in October, celebration; in November, showcasing community-led movements; and in December, #CommunitiesOfPractice. You are welcome to join us!⁠

Through these online sessions, we will co-create an open space for multilateral networking, learning and collaboration across different groups, sectors and individuals that are, or aspire to be, connected to Communities for Future, ECOLISE, the European network for community-led initiatives on #ClimateChange and sustainability, related Communities of Practice and to each other.⁠

These meetings are intended to strengthen our collective bonds, enhance #collaboration and leverage our voices. This initiative is part of ECOLISE’s desire to hear from its members and to offer spaces for individuals in our networks to #connect with each other and organize themselves as a living and breathing network of #changemakers. We envision that as we weave together our diverse expertise and visions, a broader systemic understanding begins to emerge and we can identify new pathways towards widespread societal #transformation.
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● #CfF Tools and Resources⁠ ● ⁠

In #CommunityLed projects, both theory and practice are important. Here we share some practical solutions for transformative community life, work, and collaboration. See link in bio. ⁠
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#sustainability #sustainabilityinstyle #sustainabilitytips #sustainabilitymatters #sustainabilityresources #sustainabilityissexy #community #communityfirst #communityovercompetition #CommunityGarden #communityevent #CommunityBuilding #communitylove #climatechange #climatechangeaction #climatechangenow #CommunitiesForFuture #Tools⁠
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Are you wondering how to engage with the Communities for Future programme? Are you wishing to explore opportunities for collaboration and support, catch up with peers or widen your network within the European community-led movements? Save the dates and join us for our series of monthly online sessions! On our first three events we focus on the following themes: Celebration of how community-led initiatives have made a difference in October, Showcasing community-led movements in November, and exploring Communities of Practice in December.⁠

● For more information, how to join and registration, click link in bio.⁠ ●⁠
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● Do you want to get involved with #CommunitiesForFuture? ●⁠

For more information please check our website @ www.communitiesforfuture.org and see how you can get involved.⁠

● Follow the link in bio ●
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● COMMUNITIES FOR FUTURE ●⁠

Communities for Future inspires and supports local communities to take action for a healthier, fairer, and more sustainable world.⁠

● www.communitiesforfuture.org ●
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● Inspiring Stories for a Community-Led Future: Cloughjordan Community Farm ●⁠

Sustainable neighbourhoods are the stories of how neighbours are talking to each other; about how people are working together and learning together of ways to make life better. Sustainable neighbourhoods does not represent one story but multiple stories. It illustrates the empowerment of people by their local government; and demonstrates that one shoe does not fit all when talking about community-led initiatives and that people are the bearer of solutions.⁠

#CommunitiesForFuture #CfF⁠

● Read the whole story at CfF website ● Link in bio ●
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European Commissioner for #Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevicius's encouraging addressed to our members and #LocalCommunity initiatives at the launch of #CommunitiesforFuture⁠

● Watch Commissioner's talk @ our #YouTube channel ● Link in bio ●⁠
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● Inspiring Stories for a Community-Led Future: Cloughjordan Community Farm ●⁠

Cloughjordan Community Farm, in County Tipperary, Ireland, was established in 2009 by a diverse group of people who felt passionately about growing their own food. Many of them had moved to the area to build their homes in Cloughjordan Ecovillage, a pioneering project committed to ‘building sustainable community’.⁠

“We called a town meeting and invited everyone who was interested to come along and look at ‘could we do this, could we make this farm happen’,” says Wendy Bailey, a musician and primary school teacher who has been involved since the beginning.⁠

“The initial motivation was wanting to grow our own food, not wanting it to come from miles across the world. Also having a connection with the people who grow our food, to have control over saving seeds, and providing local employment.”⁠

It is Ireland’s largest example of a CSA farm. CSA is an alternative socioeconomic model of agriculture and food distribution that allows the producers and wider community to share the risks of farming and to secure local access to healthy, organic food.⁠

● Read the whole story at CfF website ● Link in bio ●
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Today we launched #CommunitiesForFuture in an online event. We are so grateful to our partners at the European Economic and Social Committee for their support and collaboration, to RIPESS EU and RURENER who co-organised the event and to everyone who helped us get to where we did. We'd especially like to thank our members who not only organized local workshops, but showed up in full force today. Thanks to all the speakers and participants. ⁠

Together we can build better world!⁠
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● WE ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF OUR NEW COMMUNITIES FOR FUTURE PROGRAM! ⁠●⁠

All across Europe communities are taking action for a better future. From generating renewable energy to growing food, nurturing local economies to strengthening social connections, communities are responding creatively and courageously to the global challenges of our time.⁠

Communities for Future is about inspiring and supporting all communities to take action. Communities for Future helps communities act together, ask fundamental questions, imagine the future, and find appropriate solutions – together.⁠

More info about the #CfF, see ● link in bio ●⁠
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● Inspiring Stories for a Community-Led Future: Coopérnico renewable energy cooperative, Portugal ●⁠

Coopérnico was founded in 2013, with the aim of harnessing solar power for the benefit of local communities. It now has 1772 members, investments of €1.8 million, and 1179 contracts. Coopérnico rents roof-space for its PV panels from socially-minded institutions, providing them with extra income. Here we talk to one of its founders, Filipe Moreira Alves, a social entrepreneur, and researcher.⁠

● Read the whole story at CfF website ● Link in bio ●
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● Join us at #CfF Launch #OnlineEvent!⁠ ●⁠

Check our #CommunitiesForFuture launch programme and don't forget to register if you want to join us!⁠

● Link in bio⁠ ●⁠

#CommunityLed #Sustainability #ClimateChange
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● Inspiring Stories for a Community-Led Future: Romania in Transition ●⁠

''All the gardens had permaculture design elements. If I speak about myself, because of the Perm Institute I don’t know if I can talk about Romania in transition, we grew – all of us – we grew in the movement and this was the first legal organization – it was the background. Maybe that’s why it was so beautiful – we were all doing what we loved to do.⁠

It wasn’t about money, but it was an opportunity to be paid It was very rewarding for all involved because we worked with a lot of friends that were members of RinT and had participated in our courses and in our meetings and it was a lot of nature lovers.''⁠

● Read the whole story at CfF website ● Link in bio ●
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● Inspiring Stories for a Community-Led Future: Lets do it! Kosovo ●⁠

Let’s do it Kosovo is part of World Cleanup Day, which mobilizes countries around the globe to clean their land of waste, for a planet without waste and with a healthy life. Kosovo has been organizing large national one-day cleanups every year since 2012. In 2018 more than 10% of the population participated in the clean-up.⁠

As a result of this success, Let’s do it Kosovo offered to be the global media and communication center for World Cleanup Day 2019. They provided staff, logistics, and technical support to teams in over 170 countries. Kosovo was the first country to hold this role outside of the Estonian team, which was the initiator and chief coordinator of the World Cleanup Day since 2008.⁠

● Read the whole story at CfF website ● Link in bio ●
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● Communities for Future Launch ● Tuesday 29th September 2020, 9h30-12h CEST (8.30am-11am BST)⁠

Communities for Future is inspired by thousands of communities across Europe that are generating renewable energy and growing food, nurturing local economies, and strengthening social connections.⁠

FROM ECOVILLAGES, PERMACULTURE PROJECTS AND TRANSITION INITIATIVES TO COMMUNITY-SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE AND MORE, COMMUNITY-LED INITIATIVES ARE PIONEERING A BETTER FUTURE. HERE WE SHARE STORIES OF SUCH INITIATIVES: WHAT MOTIVATES THEM, HOW THEY ARE ORGANISED, THE CHALLENGES THEY FACE AND WHAT THEY HAVE ACHIEVED.⁠

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● Inspiring Stories for a Community-Led Future: Community food growing, Todmorden, UK ●⁠

Incredible Edible is a novel food growing project which began in the north of England in 2008. It has had many positive impacts beyond growing food. It has inspired over 100 initiatives in other UK communities, 300 in France, and many more worldwide.⁠

● Read the whole story at CfF website ● Link in bio ●
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● Call for Communities for Future artwork! ●⁠

ECOLISE, with its members and partners, is launching the new Communities for Future action programme on Tuesday 29th September 2020.⁠

Artists are asked to join in! How? By designing a poster showing how communities contribute to change. How are communities responding creatively to the climate and ecological emergency, and now the pandemic?⁠

Selected posters will be used online as a call to join Communities for Future. It aims to inspire and support local communities to take action for a healthier, fairer, and more sustainable world.⁠

More info about the call, see ● link in bio ●
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● Save the Date! Launch of Communities for Future ●⁠

Tuesday 29th September 2020, 9h30-12h CEST (8.30am-11am BST)⁠

Communities for Future is a new, integrated Europe-wide programme to inspire, empower and enable local community-led responses to the climate and ecological emergency.⁠

The launch of Communities for Future will explore the potential of communities to revive local economies as we emerge from the pandemic in a way that takes account of the deepening climate and ecological crises and the urgent need for deeper societal transformation.⁠

More info ● Link in bio ●⁠
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