Replay of Session #1 – The power of celebration and togetherness

Community activists from across Europe — in Belgium, Finland, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and the UK — gathered online to launch the Communities for Future Sessions on 21st October. We toasted each other and everyone working for a regenerative future and enjoyed a live music performance

Celebration easily becomes something we only reserve time for on very special occasions, a couple of times a year. Yet we all know that celebrating charges us with positive energy, opens us to a deeper connection, and marks moments that linger in the memory long after.

Ideally, celebration is an integral part of all phases of community-led projects, in bigger and smaller measures. In essence, celebration is an attitude and a practice that we can foster in our daily lives — in how we speak, in how we think of ourselves and of others, in how we allow ourselves to pause, to feel, and to embrace the world around us.

With all this in mind we launched our series of monthly Communities for Future sessions with — a celebration! We got together in an online space to celebrate the achievements of community-led initiatives in 2020.

We heard voices from different corners of Europe, sharing recent inspirations and stories from local communities. We learnt about Ikikaiku foundation in Finland returning private land back to commons, the German regional Communities for Future workshop presenting community-led approaches to policy makers, how in Edible Edinburgh under-privileged children are coming to community gardens and how Suderbyn ecovillage got the Swedish national Energy Globe Award — and much more. Moreover, we enjoyed a live music performance by the Amsterdam-based composer Kate Honey, of a piece called ‘Resilience’, composed exclusively for this occasion.

We raised a toast — and this was equally for ALL OF YOU working on the ground for climate resilience and for a regenerative future. Keep up the good work! And join us for our upcoming Communities for Future Sessions to share your stories!

Our series of monthly online sessions is meant as a space for building connection and a sense of belonging in an international community of peers, for finding our collective voice as a broad movement of community-led initiatives and for building our capacities as changemakers. We want to enable collaboration and support across geographic distances and across different community-led initiatives that all contribute to the same cause: for building a healthier, fairer and more sustainable world. Everyone engaged in community-led initiatives is welcome, just as well as people interested in getting to know these approaches or in supporting them. Please spread the word and join us in numbers!

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What if monitoring and evaluation (M&E) could truly serve our transformational goals? In this Communities for Future session we will explore how M&E can be ‘unboxed’ from its confines of traditional linear and mechanistic approaches that often serve funders more than impact, and how we can do M&E in ways that help us learn, be more strategic, and strengthen our transformative impact.

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The power of localisation: exploring transformative community-led initiatives

We are excited to offer you an online session to discover and explore the potential of Localisation in strengthening and mainstreaming community-led approaches as a response to the climate emergency. We will discuss what is localisation, and what type of localisation is needed, exploring what opportunities can bring, diving into how ECOLISE is approaching it, and showcasing a few key […]

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Network Onboarding and Orientation Call, June 13th 12:00 – 13:30 CEST

Are you new to ECOLISE or simply feel that you’d like to know more about what we do? We will organise a network onboarding call on June 13th from 12:00 - 13:30 CEST to provide information and orientation about ECOLISE, our network and ways to engage, including time for questions and answers, relationship building, and listening to your needs and […]

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Project Building session: June 6th

Registration form here Javier Montellano (Project Manager at GEN-Europe) and Norbert Steinhaus (International cooperation and networking at WILABONN) are leading the topic Better understanding of citizens’ behavioural and psychological reactions in the event of a disaster or crisis situation. One of the expected outcomes fits very well with the current work with GEN-Ukraine (Green Road): “Development of community-centred (vis-à-vis victim- […]

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Let’s get visible! How and why you should join the European Day of Sustainable Communities

We are excited to offer you an online session to discover and explore the potential of the European Day of Sustainable Communities (EDSC) in strengthening and mainstreaming community-led approaches to the climate emergency. We’ll explore these opportunities together at our next online Communities for Future (CfF) session on the 20th of April, from 17h to 18h30 CET. Register here This […]

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Resourcing community-led local climate resilience – tapping into CLLD and Smart Villages EU-Programmes

How can we channel funding more effectively to community-led initiatives (CLIs) working on climate resilience? What are the CLLD and Smart Villages EU-programmes? How have your fellow ECOLISE network members benefited from these programmes? We are excited to offer you an online session to discover the potential of the CLLD and Smart Village EU-programmes in strengthening and mainstreaming community-led approaches […]

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Blended Transformative Learning – exploring tools, assessments and frameworks for the social-ecological transition

What makes learning transformative? How to work well in a blended way (offline+online)? How to facilitate transformative learning experiences successfully? What is the role of transformative learning and education in the socio-ecological transition? The BLAST partnership has been exploring these questions and more. Join us for a session to: Get to know the main tools that the BLAST partnership has […]

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How to make transformation of local community as to prevent climate collapse

Climate crises was not significant topic during the recent local elections. We must try to make this issue central to all activities planned for the next four years. We will present natural, physical and social limits to our current way of life in the light of climate crises and start conversation about what we could and should do locally.

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