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Ecovillage Transition in Action training in Belgium
June 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CEST
Ecovillage Transition in Action is an ERASMUS+ partnership aiming to increase collaboration between community-led initiatives and municipalities, scale ecovillages, and develop education towards these two aims (more below).
The training takes place in co-housing Brutopia, Forest, Brussels, on Thursday, the 2nd of June 2022, from 13:00 to 16:00 CET.
ECOLISE network is the Belgian partner in the project and also the main organizer of the event in collaboration with other organizations in Belgium and neighboring countries/regions.
Ecovillage Transition in Action training draws from a successful collaboration between community-led initiatives and local authorities. At the training, we will explose the successful format of such collaboration, learning by doing. We will learn from a practical case of successful collaboration in Boekel ecovillage, we will practice new skills, get an insight into a number of tools and resources. As the materials are in the final phase of development, this is also a pilot event to fine tune the programme with the help of the participants’ feedback.
Event coordination and facilitation: Nara Petrovič, email@example.com
Overview and purpose of Ecovillage Transition in Action (ETiA)
There are many community-led initiatives working for positive change that feel unsupported by local government. There are also see many municipalities with positive goals and a determination to act, who are struggling to build collaborative relationships with local citizens and initiatives. The aim of ETiA is to provide open and innovative education and materials designed to support both educators and adult learners develop key competencies in cross-sectoral partnership building, community building, participatory design, and collaboration between local authorities, communities, and citizens, primarily in rural areas.
The aim is to:
- Grow the capacity of educators, local initiatives, local authorities, citizens and community organisers to facilitate this crucial but complicated collaboration, and to teach those skills and capacities to others.
- Provide accessible and transferable educational tools, trainings, curricula, and methods for bringing together community-led initiatives and local government actors, and increase the depth and quality of collaboration between them.
- Create and prototype a set of replicable trainings that support our target groups to acquire key competencies and skills for what we call Ecovillage Transition – a process where municipal authorities and local citizens work together to develop alternative pathways to local development, based on a holistic framework of social, cultural, economic and ecological regeneration.
Successful examples and challenges in collaboration between local governments and community-led initiatives constitute the Toolkit integrating practical experience and research – designed to foster partnership, engagement and participatory local development.
A central element of the project is the curricula for Ecovillage Transition, as well as a Training of Trainers module – both providing innovative materials and pedagogies for community-led initiatives, local authorities, educators and active citizens to work together for positive impact.
- Communities & Local Authorities in Collaboration: A Handbook
- ETiA Toolkit
- Training of Trainers programme
About the facilitator
Nara Petrovic has over a decade of extensive experience of facilitating the collaboration between bottom-up community initiatives and government organisations on all levels. He co-founded Sunny Hill community in Slovenia and lived there for 8 years, he was a member of ECOLISE council between 2015 and 2020.
In 2010, Nara initiated the largest environmental campaign in the history of Slovenia, where 13.5% of the population participated in a massive one-day waste cleanup. He was a regional/municipal coordinator in the reiteration of the cleanup in 2012 and one of the engines of the spread of the model to almost 180 countries.
Nara co-facilitated the Slovenian Rural parliament twice and facilitated the bottom-up activation of the Local Action Group in Slovenian Istria in 2014-15 towards better collaboration with local authorities and better use of public funding. He helped teams from over 100 countries better collaborate with very diverse partners.
Nara will connect all this experience to the Ecovillage Transition in Action training which he was instrumental in developing and fine-tuning too.
About Ad Vlems and Boekel ecovillage
Boekel is an ecovillage in the Netherlands, and it has won in 2021 the award for the most sustainable organisation in the Dutch building sector. It is the first time that the Dutch Sustainable Building Awards gave this prize to a community.
Ad Vlems is the intiator and Chairman of Ecodorp Boekel.