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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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Fundraising Capacity Building
23 November, 15:00 - 17:00 CET

How do you feel about money? Joyful, abundant, free or confident and secure, maybe worried, cringy or like there is not enough… What role or story does money play in your life, for your work, well-being, family and community?

During the session several guest speakers from our network and allies including Mauricio O’Brien from the European Crowdfunding Network, Davie Philip from Cultivate, Anna Ksiazek from ExChange the World, and ECOLISE project coordinator Ricardo Silva will share their experiences and practical advice. We chose to focus on five major funding ways, their pros and cons, for non-profits and community-led initiatives: Erasmus+ projects and Horizon Europe funding, philanthropy, crowdfunding, and earned income as a self-sufficient strategy.

Register: https://communitiesforfuture.org/civicrm/event/info/?reset=1&id=33
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#CommunityLed paths to transformational systemic change.

Our partners for our #ECOLISEpolicy event on Nov 28 include @sunnyhillsofistria @cultivate.ie @agriculturalandruralconvention
@ecodorpboekel
@ripess_eu @eu_regions_cities & #DRIFT #ECOLISE #EESC #ELARD #LEADER

Don't forget to register 😉
https://lnkd.in/ejVSJUpP

#EuropeanGreenDeal #CommunitiesForFuture #RegenerativeCultures #Degrowth #DoughnutEconomics #ClimateAction #ClimateEmergency #SDG13 #SDG8
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On 28 November 2022, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), in collaboration with ECOLISE will host ECOLISE's main policy stakeholder event, Community-led initiatives and the European Green Deal: towards transformational local development policies, to hold conversations about the role of communities and EU policies on the path to transformational systemic change.

Don't forget to register 😉
https://lnkd.in/ejVSJUpP

#ECOLISEPolicy #EuropeanGreenDeal #CommunityLed #CommunitiesForFuture #RegenerativeCultures #Degrowth #DoughnutEconomics #ClimateAction #ClimateEmergency #SDG13 #SDG8 #ECOLISE
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Communities for Future at #COP27

Join us in our mission to bring the voice and power of community-led climate action, transformational local development policies, climate justice, and regeneration to the international climate conversations.

Members of the CfF network including the Global Ecovillage Network, Gaia Education, ICLEI, CAN Europe, Youth and Environment Europe, Climate Governance Coalition, Sustainability Action Platform and partners of the SPARK consortium will be there, so it is an opportunity to strengthen connections, advocate for holistic, community-level responses to the climate and ecological crisis, demand bold action and political support.

Full post: https://communitiesforfuture.org/climate-change/communities-for-future-at-cop27/

#ClimateJustice #PayUp4LossAndDamage #LossAndDamage #CommunitiesforFuture #CommunitiesLed #RegenerativeCultures
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Are you looking for inspiration and hope in a world of crisis? Take action now and vote for the #TransformativeCities Award, featuring 12 exciting cases of collective change.

Only 1 more day to vote for your favourite initiative. Let's go! https://transformativecities.org/2022award/

#ClimateAction #CommunityLed #CommunitiesForFuture #RegenerativeCultures #RegenerativeCites #Degrowth #DoughnutEconomics #ClimateAction #ClimateEmergency #SDG13 #SDG8 #SDG11
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Policy Members Hour

ECOLISE members are warmly invited to a session on 8 November, 16:00-18:00 CET to learn about and discuss the current version of ECOLISE’s 10 theses on transformative community-led local development.

Register http://ow.ly/hwRp50LvccE

#ECOLISEPolicy #EuropeanGreenDeal #CommunityLed #CommunitiesForFuture #RegenerativeCultures #Degrowth #DoughnutEconomics #ClimateAction #ClimateEmergency #SDG13 #SDG8 #ECOLISE
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Policy Consultation: 10 theses on transformative community-led local development

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/568mkkx7

How can we make regional and local development policies which support transformational change – driven by communities – a reality on the ground? As part of a series of conversations, we invite you to become part of the policy positioning process toward transformative regional and local development policies that put communities at the center.

Following the Policy Consultation kick-off event at the end of September, we want to consult with you – the ECOLISE network and interested groups – on the principles that will form the basis of a policy position paper.

We are in the process of developing 10 theses on transformative community-led local development, centered around the following questions:
1. Why do we need transformational change with communities at the heart?
2. Why are changed human-nature relationships the basis for transformational change?
3. Why is it important to acknowledge extractive economic systems as the root cause of the planetary crisis?
4. Why does transformative change need a local – or rather – bioregional approach?
5. Why is collective action led by communities important?
6. Development policies imply a goal – what’s our vision of bioregional transformational development?
7. Living the good life beyond economic growth: Which values and regenerative cultures do community-led initiatives bring to transformational change?
8. Why does repairing ,the feedback loops of our systems entail massive, rapid and scaled social and cultural innovation?
9. Why do community-led initiatives need to engage with politics/policies on a EU level, i.e. the European Green Deal?
10. Why do community-led initiatives need to be strengthened by increased public support networks?

(The full description of the theses will be made available closer to the date). We invite you to share your perspective in this online event on 19 October 2022.

The outcomes of this process will be communicated to EU policy stakeholders in an online event on 28 November (2 – 5 pm CEST). They will be the starting point of a wider advocacy campaign in 2023.
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A huge THANK YOU to the amazing #CommunityLed Initiatives around Europe who put on 250+ events for #EDSC2022.

Let us also offer a VERY special thanks to our 9 "National Contact Points" who helped activate local, national, regional and international groups and projects:

- France 🇫🇷 : Collectif pour une Transition Citoyenne & @fetedespossibles & Tebben Geerlofs

- UK 🇬🇧 : @Permaculture_uk & Kath Baker

- Ireland 🇮🇪 : @carraigdulra & @suziecahn

- Portugal 🇵🇹 : @ciencias_ulisboa_oficial & Duncan Crowley (@wearenature_2030)

- Slovenia 🇸🇰 : @sunnyhillsofistria + @narapetrovic

- Spain 🇪🇸 : @reddetransicion + Esther Molina @emol_7

- Netherlands 🇳🇱 : @ecodorpboekel + Ad Vlems & Mieke Elzenga (Liberta Care Foundation)

- Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 @ScotCCAN + Jean-Matthieu Gaunand & Reem

- Croatia 🇭🇷 : Croatian Permaculture with Ana Armano Linta & @vestigiumudruga with Irena Borovina

#regenerativecultures #EYY2022 #Youth #CommunitiesForFuture #CommunityLed #ClimateBreakdown #climateemergency #biodiversityemergency #ClimateAction #SDG13 #SDG11 #SDG8
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Over 250 events took place in September as part of the the 6th European Day of Sustainable Communities, #EDSC2022. Much opportunity for widening & deepening our collective efforts in 2023.

A huge thank you to all our friends and communities who are driven for a better world.

Highlights: From “Fridays for Future” to “Communities for Future”?
https://communitiesforfuture.org/edsc/european-day-of-sustainable-communities-2022-from-fridays-for-future-to-communities-for-future/
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📅 Happening tomorrow 💜 3 - 5pm CEST

Policy Consultation Process Kick-Off. Let’s build a united voice for Community-led Initiatives

We at #ECOLISE think it is time to bring the voice of community-led initiatives into EU policy more strongly.

Register: https://communitiesforfuture.org/event/policy-consultation-process-kick-off-lets-build-a-united-voice-for-community-led-initiatives/

#EDSC2022 #CommunityLed #regenerativeagricultures #EuropeanGreenDeal
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From "Fridays For Future" to "Communities For Future"

We have more #EDSC2022 events lined up for Friday. A busy morning on the streets will be followed by quieter moments to re-connect with those still connected to the essence of life.

September 23rd is the next day of global street action for #ClimateJustice. In many points here in Europe with people from our ECOLISE member groups and wider network of friends, we will complete this momentous day with a reflective evening listing to and talking with indigenous leaders from #AbyaYala (Latin America) about remembering where we have come from and where we need to go to, in all senses; spiritual, policy, solidarity, political, community, with nature, with the rivers, the forests, the animals, the ancestors, our dreams...

Although somewhat abstract, this has been some of the essence in the EDSC adventure this year, to reach out from the safety and familiarity of our core, to the wider edges, the still somewhat uncomfortable areas, where action demands radical change happen, where difficult conversations have to happen to address the trauma and ongoing violence of empire and colonialism.

Lisbon becomes the 2nd city to register its #ClimateStrike after Limerick in Ireland. So, big thanks to Fridays for Future Limerick and Greve Climática Estudantil / Greve Climática Estudantil Lisboa for taking this step. Let's see how this adventure unfolds. Let us see how we move from anger in the streets demanding change, to connecting with our neighbors and building up the world we need to live in, from the bottom up, street by street, block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood, community by community, city by city, region by region. Although it might feel hard to grasp, this is what we are called to do.. Failure to act is not an option, but as wise ones in our global family already said "We are the ones we have been waiting for".

We invite you all to join us, as we move from #FridaysForFuture to #CommunitiesForFuture… VIVA LA PACHAMAMA 🌎 ❤️
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Next Friday, 23rd September 2022, 7-9 London time. All are invited to the last session in the #AbyaYala online conversation series, facilitated by the Transition Network: Honouring the pain and continuing to walk

Find out more details and sign up for the zoom link here:

Abya Yala: https://territorios-america-latina.transitionmovement.org/events-trainings/honouring-pain-continue-walking/

EDSC:
https://communitiesforfuture.org/event/honrar-el-dolor-y-seguir-andando-honouring-the-pain-and-continuing-to-walk-honrar-a-dor-e-continuar-a-caminhar-2/

We invite you to a space of deep connection that opens us to a sharing of healing of the collective wound and trauma of colonisation, a paradigm of domination that is still in force today in Latin America.

In today’s systemic crisis, where we find a neoliberal, globalized world, divided into social classes, threatening the earth, we face civilizational changes living in transition. This space puts at the centre the principle of the law of origin which is “to care for everything” – it’s our fundamental guide for regeneration and evolution towards communities aligned with the heart of Mother Earth and the primordial energy that sustains life.

Join us for deep listening and sharing, celebrating the autumn/spring equinox from the sacred territories and fires of Abya Yala in Transition, merging this ritual with the 4 stages of healing framed by The Work that Re-connects in the context of Deep Ecology: Giving thanks and allowing our full presence to remain in connection, honoring our pain for the world and for our own challenging experiences in order to see with new eyes so that we can continue to walk and grow together, recognising that it is in each of our actions and relationships where the habits of the old paradigm can be dissolved/transformed.

** Note: there will be simultaneous translation in Spanish, Portuguese & English

#AbyaYala #EDSC20222 #sacredwisdom #indigenous #naturerights #solidarity #climateaction #SDG13 #Pachamama #LatinAmerica #postcolonialism
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1st Polish #EDSC2022 event 🇵🇱

JUSThood is a project where we will use #participatory game-based envisioning of the neighborhoods for human & non-human users, and then turn them into masterplans! Pilot project this week in three neighbourhoods in #Katowice!

Organized by @futurexplaces @urbanitarian @UrbanCommunity for Sustainable and Just Cities ICLEI
In collaboration with @Architektoniczki
and @muflon_studio

EDSC event: https://communitiesforfuture.org/event/justhood/

#justhood #equitable #neighborhood #urbandesign #masterplan #nonhuman #codesign #cocreation #participatory #futuresthinking #foresight #scenario #justcities #livablecities #diversity #SustainableJustCities - @arena_urbana

#CommunityLed #CommunitiesForFuture #EYY2022 #ClimateEmergency #ClimateAction #SDG13 #Pachamama #RegenerativeCultures #Poland
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