Status Report 2018: Contents

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This page shows draft contents for the 2018 version of the status report on Community-led Action on Sustainability and Climate Change.

The report is currently in production. A preliminary draft was released to potential contributors on October 10th 2018 and can be accessed at File:Status Report 2018 preliminary draft.pdf.

The full report is due for release in March 2019.

Front Matter

Aim: Clearly communicate why this report (and the work of ECOLISE and member CLIs) is important now and in the context of Europe.
(1-2 pages by 1 or 2 invited people with high scientific or policy profile)
Executive Summary
Summarise the key points and arguments, perhaps in a form that can also be circulated as a standalone document.
(2-4 pages)

Background and Methodology

Community-led initiatives and research
Research on and with community-led initiatives
ECOLISE knowledge and learning
Status report
Rationale, aims and methodology
Call for involvement

(3-4 pages)

Context: Sustainability, Policy and Societal Transformation

Set the context of environmental, social, economic and political crisis and the meeting of top-down (governmental and intergovernmental) with community-led responses.

(2-3 pages)

Sustainability as a policy driver
Anthropocene thinking as new context

Community-led action on sustainability and climate change in Europe: overview

(6-7 pages)

Main networks and movements of community-led initiatives (4-5 pages)
Transition movement
Community energy
Solidarity economy
Integrating community action across scales (4-5 pages)
Municipal actions (ICLEI, MiT)
Regional actions (regions involved in SCP project)
National support structures (governmental and bottom-up)
International structures

Community-led initiatives in European countries

(15 pages: 2-3 countries per page, 1-2 page overview)

Community-led initiatives in Europe
Numbers of community-led initiatives in Europe, distribution by country and movement
Community-led initiatives by country
Overviews of the numbers, types, distribution, scale, activities and main achievements of CLIs in specific countries:

Achievements and Potential of Community-led Initiatives

Summary (2 pages)
Success and failure of community-led initiatives
Enablers and constraints affecting community-led initiatives
Resourcing of community-led initiatives
Diffusion and growth of community-led initiatives
Social impacts of community-led initiatives
Economic impacts of community-led initiatives
Ecological impacts of community-led initiatives

Community-led Initiatives, Sustainability and Climate Action

Community-led initiatives and the Sustainable Development Goals
Contributions of community-led initiatives to reductions in carbon emissions

Insights and Recommendations

Seven Steps to a Sustainable Europe

Step One: Alternatives to GDP growth

Step Two: Solidarity economics

Step Three: Enabling transformative social innovation

Step Four: Supporting community-led initiatives

Specific ideas:

  • Relating to social innovation fellowship, and SIC call for integration of social innovation into major EU financial mechanisms (could more widely apply to CLIs/organisations)
  • Approach of Thriving Resilient Communities in US
  • Call for more civil society input into and targeted funding within FP9
  • Bespoke funding mechanism
  • Cautions (from RIPESS) of dependency: fund support mechanisms and create financial buffers rather than core operations
  • Role of complementary currencies?

Step Five: Regenerative land use

Step Six: Inclusive governance

'Uncivil' initiatives - rurban squats, Occupy?
  • Perhaps modified version of [EU Assembly] Proposal, based on Irish People's Assembly
  • Mention 3 Horizons: transitional arrangements and (at least temporary) co-existence of existing parliament etc. with democratic structures

Step Seven: Nurturing commons ecologies

Closing Material

Conclusions (2 pages)
Action recommendations, drawing on findings from EU and national projects, as well as directly from the work of ECOLISE in policy arenas, highlighting future planned or expected actions.
Research recommendations
Education recommendations
Institutional or governance recommendations
Funding recommendations
Future prospects (2 pages)
Current trends
Major projects/initiatives in development or ongoing
Future of Status Report
Call for involvement

Editorial and Writing Team

Editors and Authors
Gil Penha-Lopes
Tom Henfrey
Contributing Authors
Inês Campos
Katie Kukolj
Pedro Macedo