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Collaboration to scale up community action on sustainability
18th August 2022 , 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Many public sector bodies, including local authorities, have a mandate to support sustainability action and to facilitate community engagement in their regions. At the same time, many community-led initiatives and intentional communities are developing creative regenerative practices. The aim of this workshop is to explore how we can scale up community efforts through collaboration, especially between communities and local authorities but also involving other actors. We will draw on the results and tools developed in an Erasmus Plus project and pilot their use in Scotland and beyond.
The Ecovillage Transition in Action project
We are delighted to be able to offer this workshop from our Erasmus Plus-funded project Ecovillage Transition in Action (ETiA). We are coming towards the end of this innovative, international project and we are looking forward to sharing the results of our hard work with different audiences and seeing how they might support your work.
The project developed through the partnership of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), GEN Deutschland, Hurdal Ecovillage, ECOLISE and University of St Andrews, Scotland. We comprised a group including facilitators, trainers and academics. All of us had experience of living and working in a community, and most of us had worked with or in local authorities, NGOs and global organisations such as UNESCO.
The project researched the following questions:
- How do we scale up regenerative practices that are developed and implemented in community-led initiatives such as Ecovillages and Transition Towns?
- How do we implement and embed local authority sustainability policies in communities?
- How do we support thriving collaborations to collectively achieve sustainability transitions beyond the community level?
The team produced a Handbook, along with a Trainers’ handbook, a Toolkit of resources and a Navigation tool to facilitate better collaboration between community led initiatives and local authorities and other partners and to enable them to co-create a better future. In this workshop we will explore how to thrive and scale through collaboration, using these tools and more.
The meeting will take place online 18th August 12:00 to 13:30 in collaboration with Sustainable Scotland Network and Learning for Sustainability Scotland.