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Revision as of 12:10, 24 September 2019

The second Sustainable Communities Programme workshop took place in Brussels on September 23rd and 24th 2019. It was supported by a small grant from FundAction, and timed to coincide with follow-up events to the European Day of Sustainable Communities and kick-off meeting for the Ecovillage transition in action project. It was attended by around 30 in-person participants.

Context Setting

The workshop began with a mapping exercise based on the Berkana Institute's two loops model, facilitated by Davie Philip. The model helps to locate a project's work in the bigger picture of transition. Another tool that can help to do that is the three horizons mapping.

Insights from Existing Initiatives

A fishbowl discussion began with reports from key actors in several existing cases of transformative regional initiatives: the Sustainable Neighbourhoods Programme, the Bioregional Learning Centre, the Living in Sustainable Villages project and Moray ecovillage development. Further discussion, also involving other participants, identified key challenges and success factors.

Key Patterns Observed

  • Collaboration with local government is often key. Green parties can be important catalysts (as was the case in Freiburg)
  • Participatory budgeting can be a great activator, and help make resources available
  • The value of long-term continuity: for example, Sustainable Neighbourhoods in Brussels have been operating for ten years, enabled by working with local authorities
  • The importance of stories of place - really sinking into where we are and the richness of relationships - and the art of building that understanding of place through listening
  • The importance peer to peer inspiration
  • The need for people with a clear sense of vision
  • Concern about replicability in contexts beyond Northern Europe, where public funding (a key ingredient in all successful projects) might be less avalable
  • Build on what’s there already: reaching out to networks that already exist, linking with people who already have strong social connections in places, working with established institutions (which may have originated for entirely different reasons)
  • Moving beyond stereotypes, assumptions about people, and the social divisions they generate
  • Going beyond normal structures: working within and across existing structures in unusual ways
  • All about building relationships - and the time and respect needed to build them - from listening, and approaching people with humility and kindness

Integrative Methodologies

The first morning session began with presentations on system-shifting networks by Nenad Maljković ([presentation and Three dimensions of transformative capacity by Tim Strasser

Breakout sessions then examined four other methodologies:

Participants were then asked to suggest other frameworks and methodologies known to them, generating the following list:

  • Three Horizons (International Futures Forum)
  • Regenerative design (Regenesis)
  • Emergent strategy - for movement building. (Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute).
  • Evoneers journey - Hero's journey, adapted to communities. Created by GEN and partners in the Sircle project
  • Archetypal leadership (Lawrence Hillam, Richard Olivier)
  • Can you help me - currently available only in Dutch
  • Non-violent communication - currently entering a new iteration with a focus on decolonisation
  • Process psychology - Arnold Mindell
  • CLIPS project resources: http://clips.gen-europe.org/
  • Integral City - Marilyn Hamilton
  • Teal organisations (Frederick Laloux)
  • Economy of the common good - set of resources and tools
  • RIPESS training tools
  • Modern agile.org tools
  • Wise democracy pattern language
  • Sociocracy 3.0
  • Doughnut economics
  • Multi-stakeholder participation/facilitation
  • Pedagogy of the oppressed
  • Citizen assembly - as used in Ireland and by the Extinction Rebellion movement
  • Developmental evaluation - focusing on learning processes on navigating complexity. Now developing into Blue Marble
  • Theory U
  • Co-Laboratory methodology - combining Theory U, Open Space and other methods, developed by LiFT Erasmus+ project.
  • Thomas Hubel
  • Deep Adaptation: four Rs framework
  • Intersectionality (Kimberlie Crenshaw and Patricia Collins
  • Gaian democracy (Schumacher Briefing)
  • Dragon dreaming
  • Art of hosting
  • Green nudge
  • Liberating structures: toolkit of 33 patterns used for group processes

Evolving Collaborative Projects

Eamon O'Hara gave an introductory presentation on the funding and collaboration opportunities arising through the Community-Led Local Development programme, which will receive a substantial amount of EU funding in coming years and is already stimulating new contacts and collaborations between established LEADER groups and community-led initiatives.

Participants were then invited to pitch potential projects (existing projects that could be integrated into the SCP and proposals for new ideas that could be developed within it):

  • Now what? (Nenad)
    • Transnational communication and collaboration, to work with emergence in a practical way through conversations about how to adapt to a changing world. Currently exploring emerging edges, for example between ECOLISE and the Deep Adaptation forum, and the Thriving Resilient Communities network in the USA, with a view to building a global system-shifting network.
  • Ecovillage impact assessment (Kosha Joubert)
  • Ecovillage transition in action (Kosha Joubert)
  • Towards an ecosystem of transformation (Ana Margarida Esteves)
  • Planetmakers Platform (Gary Alexander)
  • Speak up! (Augustin Joiris, [www.eco-conseil.be Institut Éco-Conseil]
  • Collaborative democracy, cooperative economy Anne-Kathrine Schwab
  • Building CLLD in Scotland (Fabio)
  • COMETS platform Juan del Rio
  • Communities for future (Amelie Krug)
    • Training for future - EDE course for XR and FFF people being developed for delivery in Germany (Mieke)
  • Liberterra (Mieke): Supporting farmers to adapt their farm for community use: growing space, tiny houses.
  • BLAST project Markus Molz
  • UrbanA project and community of practice Iva Pocock

Documentation