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== The ECOLISE Status Report: Community-Led Action on Climate Change and Sustainability in Europe==
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The '''Status Report on Community-Led Action on Sustainability and Climate Change in Europe''' aims to make visible the state of the art of knowledge and understanding about community-led action on sustainability and climate change across Europe. Methodologically, it seeks to pioneer inclusive and open source methods, by facilitating collaborative effort in the compilation and synthesis of relevant information on the part of a transdisciplinary community of creators, users and communicators of knowledge. The first (2019) edition piloted these processes. The second edition, scheduled for September 2021 release, will integrate them within the new [[Communities for Future]] strategic framework.
The Status Report is a new project, initiated by [[ECOLISE]] during 2017. In part in builds on two earlier efforts: the [http://www.aeidl.eu/images/stories/pdf/transition-final.pdf ''Europe in Transition''] report created by AEIDL as part of preparatory work for founding ECOLISE in 2013, and the report [http://www.ecolise.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/ECOLISE-European-Day-of-Sustainable-Communities-booklet-Sept-2017.pdf ''A Community-led Transition to a Sustainable Europe''], released to coincide with the first [[European Day of Sustainable Communities]].
 
  
The Status Report project has two main aims:<br>
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== History and Background ==
1. To provide a comprehensive and scientifically rigorous account of the documented extent, nature, impacts and potential of [[community-led initiatives]] (CLIs) in Europe, incorporating relevant academic studies, grey literature, practitioner records and informal and experiential knowledge, to inform policy, advocacy, practice, and future research.<br>
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The Status Report was initiated within the [[ECOLISE]] [[Knowledge and Learning]] pillar during 2017. It built on two earlier efforts: the [http://www.aeidl.eu/images/stories/pdf/transition-final.pdf ''Europe in Transition'' report] created by AEIDL as part of preparatory work for founding ECOLISE in 2013, and the report [http://www.ecolise.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/ECOLISE-European-Day-of-Sustainable-Communities-booklet-Sept-2017.pdf ''A Community-led Transition to a Sustainable Europe''], released to coincide with the first [[European Day of Sustainable Communities]] (EDaySC). Production of the second EDaySC brochure, [http://www.ecolise.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/ECOLISE_BOOKLET_2018_LR.pdf ''Local, community-led: a new future unfolding''] in 2018 prototyped use of material compiled for the Status Report as draft content for other publications.
2. To establish an active, self-organising knowledge co-creation community that collaborates on an inclusive, open source basis to maintain, update and extend the knowledge base on which the Status Report draws, in a way that also makes this knowledge base available for other uses.
 
  
Both these aims contribute to the wider goal of creating and maintaining [[a knowledge commons for community-led action on sustainability and climate change]], of which this wiki is a key element. Production of the first iteration of the Status Report, taking place during 2018, serves as a pilot of use of this wiki and related tools as part of this more general resource for collaborative generation and sharing of knowledge and prototype of the collaboration methods this will involve.
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== Rationale and Aims ==
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The Status Report was initially conceived in response to the partial and fragmented nature of the evidence base on community-led initiatives, and absence of coordination among research efforts.
  
== Overview ==
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In the assessment of the ECOLISE Knowledge and Learning group, although an increasing volume of research is undertaken, findings feed back into practice and policy haphazardly at best, often not at all. Findings are scattered in diverse places and formats, many of them not visible or easily accessible to community initiatives themselves. In the absence of any systematic overview, new research is often initiated without a full understanding of what already exists and of priorities for further research.
The report examines the status of community-led action on sustainability and climate change in Europe and the prospects for existing movements of community-led initiatives to contribute to wider transformation to a fairer and more sustainable society, both within Europe and in terms of Europes' relations with the rest of the world.
 
  
It addresses a series of objectives:
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The Status Report thus aims to:
*Describe the overarching context for community-led action, in terms of major societal challenges and international policy responses to these.
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* Provide an overview of the evidence base on the status, prospects and limitations of community-led initiatives
*Describe the extent, nature and scope of community-led initiatives across Europe: their numbers, locations, motivations, methods and achievements.
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* Ground recommendations for policy and practice more systematically in existing evidence and analysis
*Evaluate how community-led initiatives pre-empt, respond to and/or fulfil major policy goals at European and national level, along with the challenges and barriers they face in doing so.
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* Make gaps in the current evidence base more visible
*Explore in more depth the processes behind their achievements: the conceptual frameworks, guiding narratives and practices from which they arise, including how they challenge assumptions and understandings behind centralised and top-down policy initiatives and provide working examples of realistic alternatives to existing frameworks.
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* Highlight how further research can best contribute to strengthening practical and strategic action, and inform the policy measures necessary to support such action
*Assess the potential contributions of community-led initiatives to a wider societal transformation towards sustainability and democracy, including the social and cultural changes this might imply.
 
*Examine the structural changes necessary to allow such a transformation and propose concrete policy measures that would enable it.
 
  
A key guiding observation is that community-led action presents a constructive and necessary challenge to predominant understandings of major issues such as climate change and sustainability, and access to alternative perspectives that highlight routes out of current policy impasses. Deep and close engagement with the experience and practice of community-led action, in other words, can help inform the changes of perspective necessary for a realistic understanding of current societal challenges and realistic alternatives to ineffective existing policy measures.
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== 2019 Edition ==
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Production of the [[Status Report 2019|first Status Report]] took place during 2018 and 2019, leading to release of the report in May 2019. It was a pilot process that, with hindsight, provided a proof of concept and allowed testing and refinement of the working processes involved. Learning from this experience, along with the ongoing development of ECOLISE as a network, led to a substantial revision of aims and working procedures for the second iteration.
  
== Working Process ==
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== 2021 Edition ==
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Planning for the [[Status Report 2021|second Status Report]] took place within the context of development and agreement of the [[Communities for Future]] strategic framework by ECOLISE members and staff during 2019. It was consequently reframed as the Communities for Future Status Report, with a focus on the potential contributions of community initiatives to the rapid escalation of ambition and achievement relating to decarbonisation and climate resilience, and the action steps and policy pathways necessary to realise these.
  
== Status Report 2018 ==
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Planning for Status Report 2021 began in late 2019, leading to development of a project coordination framework, recruitment of a core editorial circle, and agreement of an overall concept and outline content. Information-gathering will take place during 2020, and the report itself written during the first months of 2021. Release is scheduled for September 2021, to coincide with the [[European Day of Sustainable Communities]].
<blockquote>''Main page: [[Status Report 2018: Contents]]''</blockquote>
 
  
Work on the first iteration of the Status Report began in late 2017 and will be ongoing throughout 2018.
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The current preliminary phase involves compilation, evaluation and synthesis of existing information by a small core team, leading to release of a draft report in September 2018. The same material will form the basis of a [[summary booklet]] released to mark the second [[European Day of Sustainable Communities]] on September 22nd. From September to December 2018 a wider pool of collaborators will be invited to evaluate, refine, deepen and extend the initial version, ready for full formal release at the start of 2019.
 
 
 
The revision phase will act as a pilot for the ongoing development of the report as a collaborative, multi-authored process, closely integrated with research, policy and practice. Collaboration aims to activate as fully as possible the collective knowledge, expertise and energy of our learning community in order that subsequent editions are as comprehensive, wide-ranging, in-depth and accurate as possible, and of the greatest possible value to practice, policy, advocacy and research.
 
 
 
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Latest revision as of 17:52, 19 December 2019

The Status Report on Community-Led Action on Sustainability and Climate Change in Europe aims to make visible the state of the art of knowledge and understanding about community-led action on sustainability and climate change across Europe. Methodologically, it seeks to pioneer inclusive and open source methods, by facilitating collaborative effort in the compilation and synthesis of relevant information on the part of a transdisciplinary community of creators, users and communicators of knowledge. The first (2019) edition piloted these processes. The second edition, scheduled for September 2021 release, will integrate them within the new Communities for Future strategic framework.

History and Background

The Status Report was initiated within the ECOLISE Knowledge and Learning pillar during 2017. It built on two earlier efforts: the Europe in Transition report created by AEIDL as part of preparatory work for founding ECOLISE in 2013, and the report A Community-led Transition to a Sustainable Europe, released to coincide with the first European Day of Sustainable Communities (EDaySC). Production of the second EDaySC brochure, Local, community-led: a new future unfolding in 2018 prototyped use of material compiled for the Status Report as draft content for other publications.

Rationale and Aims

The Status Report was initially conceived in response to the partial and fragmented nature of the evidence base on community-led initiatives, and absence of coordination among research efforts.

In the assessment of the ECOLISE Knowledge and Learning group, although an increasing volume of research is undertaken, findings feed back into practice and policy haphazardly at best, often not at all. Findings are scattered in diverse places and formats, many of them not visible or easily accessible to community initiatives themselves. In the absence of any systematic overview, new research is often initiated without a full understanding of what already exists and of priorities for further research.

The Status Report thus aims to:

  • Provide an overview of the evidence base on the status, prospects and limitations of community-led initiatives
  • Ground recommendations for policy and practice more systematically in existing evidence and analysis
  • Make gaps in the current evidence base more visible
  • Highlight how further research can best contribute to strengthening practical and strategic action, and inform the policy measures necessary to support such action

2019 Edition

Production of the first Status Report took place during 2018 and 2019, leading to release of the report in May 2019. It was a pilot process that, with hindsight, provided a proof of concept and allowed testing and refinement of the working processes involved. Learning from this experience, along with the ongoing development of ECOLISE as a network, led to a substantial revision of aims and working procedures for the second iteration.

2021 Edition

Planning for the second Status Report took place within the context of development and agreement of the Communities for Future strategic framework by ECOLISE members and staff during 2019. It was consequently reframed as the Communities for Future Status Report, with a focus on the potential contributions of community initiatives to the rapid escalation of ambition and achievement relating to decarbonisation and climate resilience, and the action steps and policy pathways necessary to realise these.

Planning for Status Report 2021 began in late 2019, leading to development of a project coordination framework, recruitment of a core editorial circle, and agreement of an overall concept and outline content. Information-gathering will take place during 2020, and the report itself written during the first months of 2021. Release is scheduled for September 2021, to coincide with the European Day of Sustainable Communities.