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=== Chapter 6: Towards a Regenerative Europe ===
=== Chapter 6: Towards a Regenerative Europe ===

Revision as of 11:11, 21 May 2018

First ECOLISE Status Report: Community-Led Action on Climate Change and Sustainability in Europe

The Status Report is a new project, initiated by ECOLISE during 2017. In part in builds 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.

The direct aims of the Status Report are twofold:

  • First, 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.
  • Second, 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.

Work on the first iteration of the Status Report is ongoing during 2018. 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. 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. This revision phase will prefigure 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.


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.

The report addresses a series of objectives:

  • Describe the overarching context for community-led action, in terms of major societal challenges and international policy responses to these (Chapter 1).
  • Describe the extent, nature and scope of community-led initiatives across Europe: how many are there, where are they, and what do they do? (Chapters 2 and 3)
  • Evaluate how community-led initiatives pre-empt, respond to and/or fulfil major policy goals at European and national level, particularly economic and social goals related to livelihoods and well-being, meeting climate change targets in relation to the Paris Agreement, and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, and the challenges and barriers they face in achieving these (Chapter 4).
  • Explore in more depth the processes behind the achievements reported in chapter 4: 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 (Chapter 5)
  • Assess the potential contributions of community-led initiatives to a wider societal transformation, explore the social and cultural changes this might imply, identify the structural changes necessary to allow this and propose concrete policy measures that would enable it (Chapter 6).

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.



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. Who?)

Executive Summary

(2-4 pages)

Summarise the key points and arguments, perhaps in a form that can also be circulated as a standalone document

Chapter 1: Introduction and Contextualisation

Set the context of environmental, social, economic and political crisis and the meeting of top-down (governmental and intergovernmental) with community-led responses: Anthropocene, Sustainable Development Goals, COP, Community-led Movements, Ecolise, Community-led Local Development

(2-3 pages)

  • Sustainability as policy driver
    • End of growth
    • Political instability and unpredictability
    • Alternative economic and social models
  • Anthropocene thinking as new context
    • Demanding new ethic of planetary stewardship
    • Capitalocene
  • Policy measures
    • Paris Agreement
    • SDGs

Chapter 2: Overview of Community-led action on sustainability and climate change in Europe

(6-7 pages)

Chapter 3: Community-led Action by Country

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

Chapter 4: Achievements and Limitations of CLIs

(17 pages)

  • Introduction/overview (1 page)
  • Social and Economic Contributions (3 pages):
  • Contributions to GHG reductions (2 pages):
    • Realised reductions
    • Potential reductions
    • Constraints and limitations
  • Community-led initiatives and the Sustainable Development Goals (10 pages):
    • Overview
    • SDG by SDG
    • Contradictions and contestations
  • Summary (2 pages)
    • Overview of achievements and constraints
    • Alternative transition trajectories (PATHWAYS)

Chapter 5: Creating Regenerative Communities

(12 pages - c2 pages per topic plus 2 for intro and summary)

Ethos, details and approaches of CLIs and how these challenge assumptions behind policy articulation and implementation.

5.1 Working with Nature

  • Theoretical Context
    • Academic theory on nature-based solutions
    • biomimicry
    • ecological engineering
  • Action Narratives
    • permaculture
  • Practical examples
    • community-scale projects in agroecology
    • community currencies
    • etc.

5.2 Innovating Communities

  • Theoretical Context:
    • TSI Theory (TRANSIT Project)
  • Action Narratives:
    • TRANSIT TSI narratives, especially GEN, Transition
    • (others on solidarity economy, community energy...)
  • Examples
    • TRANSIT case studies

5.3 Enterprising Communities

  • Theoretical Context
    • Solidarity Economy
  • Action Narratives
    • Regenerative Enterprise
    • Solidarity economy
    • Cooperatives
  • Examples
    • Enterprises (KEEP, Reconomy)
    • community responses to austerity in Greece (Latin America?)

5.4 Democratic Communities

  • Theoretical Context
    • Degrowth (as democratising sustainability)
  • Action Narratives
    • sociocracy and other methods for inclusive governance
  • Examples
    • Marinaleda
    • Froome
    • Campania
    • Case studies of decision-making processes in Transition, ecovillages, etc.

5.5 Communities in Common

  • Theoretical Context: Commons theory
    • Ostrom
    • Bollier
    • di Angelis
  • Action Narratives
    • Commoning
    • P2P
  • Examples and practices
    • community housing, energy, food production etc.

5.6 Regenerating Communities

  • Theoretical Context
    • ARTS
    • New economics, bioregional economy
    • Regenerative Design/cultures (De Wahl)
  • Action Narratives
    • MiT
    • ICLEI
  • Examples
    • ARTS case studies
    • MiT case studies

Chapter 6: Towards a Regenerative Europe

(8 pages)

References and Further Reading

Book editorial and team

Gil Penha-Lopes

Inês Campos

Tom Henfrey

Katie Kukolj

Back Cover

Aim: Communicate the key message of the report, probably via an infographic.