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Enabler policies

If policies and legal framework can be a barrier and prevent citizens from engaging in action, they can also create incentives and encourage the appearance of actions that propose an alternative (re)use of resources, through sharing and by avoiding waste.

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Overcoming legal barriers

  • Recognising the value of occupation experiences
    Click HERE for examples
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    Bail emphytéotique

    Auteur : Anne-Iris - Publié le : 2013-06-05 13:15 -

    Often seen as a way of legalizing the occupation of spaces where activities of community interest are being performed, the emphyteutic lease is a type of long-term real estate contract that provides large rights to the lessees on condition of taking care of the land or building and paying a small rent.

  • Recognising the added value of CSA
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    Le MIRAMAP

    Auteur : Stéphanie Cabantous / Anne-Iris Romens - Publié le : 2013-07-25 13:05 -

    Mouvement des associations pour le maintien d'une agriculture paysanne - Movement of Associations for the maintaining of a farming agriculture

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  • Commissioning for social value in public procurement
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    Social Value Policy

    Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-07-29 19:16 -

    A policy to boost the local economy by maximising social value the Birmingham Council require in its procurement strategy.

Reducing waste and the abandoning of resources

  • Taxing abandoned houses
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    Empty Properties Tax

    Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-06-28 12:19 -

    In the UK, the Empty Properties Tax means that if a landlord leaves a property empty for more than three months they are required to pay business tax after that period.

    Bill in Andalucía

    Auteur : Anne-Iris Romens - Publié le : 2013-05-15 12:47 -

    Based on Ex-propriation and fines in order to avoid buildings lying empty while families and individuals face homelessness on the streets of Andalucía, Spain.

Facilitating democratic processes

  • Democratic managment of common goods
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    Beautiful St. Petersburg / Красивый Петербург

    Auteur : Andrei - Publié le : 2013-06-17 16:13 -

    Beautiful Petersburg (BP) is a movement of active citizens for the improvement of the urban environment quality. We instruct citizens using effective methods of making their cities better, providing them with a simple web tool and organizing regular educational and research events.

    The Pocket Parks Programme

    Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-06-10 09:46 -

    Pocket parks are part of the Mayor of London’s 'Great Outdoors' - the programme to improve streets, squares, parks, and canal and riverside spaces across London. The Pocket Parks initiative aims to deliver 100 new or enhanced pocket parks throughout the city.

  • Building more participative communities
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    Law on participatory democracy in Tuscany

    Auteur : Anne-Iris Romens - Publié le : 2013-10-15 15:00 -

    On August 2013, the Toscan Region has adopted a new Law on citizens' participation. It might enable to further develop the processes started in the region with the 2007 Law on participation.

    SALAR

    Auteur : Anne-Iris Romens - Publié le : 2013-10-15 14:41 -

    The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) is both an employers’ organisation and an organisation that represents and advocates for local government in Sweden.

    Local democracy is the foundation of all its work. SALAR aims to be the arena in which local government policy takes shape. It establishes forums and work methods that develop the commitment, interest and participation of our members and the general public with respect to a wide range of social issues.

    Social Training - Professional Centre

    Auteur : Maria Jeliazkova - Publié le : 2013-08-13 09:37 -

    Improving the livelihood and social status of vulnerable people by establishing a social enterprise: the project aims to establish and develop a municipally-supported social enterprise in order to provide secured employment of disadvantaged people in Dimitrovgrad, thus improving their quality of life.

    Le MIRAMAP

    Auteur : Stéphanie Cabantous / Anne-Iris Romens - Publié le : 2013-07-25 13:05 -

    Mouvement des associations pour le maintien d'une agriculture paysanne - Movement of Associations for the maintaining of a farming agriculture

    Beautiful St. Petersburg / Красивый Петербург

    Auteur : Andrei - Publié le : 2013-06-17 16:13 -

    Beautiful Petersburg (BP) is a movement of active citizens for the improvement of the urban environment quality. We instruct citizens using effective methods of making their cities better, providing them with a simple web tool and organizing regular educational and research events.

    Co-operative Councils

    Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-07-11 08:53 -

    A co-operative council is a new type of local authority; it’s about giving people more involvement and control of the services they use and the places where they live by putting council resources in their hands. It endeavours to take a more bottom-up approach.

    Co-operative Oldham

    Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-07-10 14:37 -

    Oldham is a co-operative council with an ambition to build a co-operative borough. This means everybody - citizens, local authorities and businesses alike - doing their bit and everybody benefiting.

    Community Freshview

    Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-06-07 14:50 -

    Community Freshview is a Lambeth Council initiative which provides materials and tools to any community group with the will to get stuck in to improve their environment.

    SPIRAL

    Auteur : Anne-Iris Romens - Publié le : 2013-05-22 15:32 -

    Societal progress towards well-being of all

Promoting the sharing of resources

  • Encouraging car-sharing and car-pooling
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    Carpooling Territorial Schemes

    Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-06-17 08:59 -

    Different french local authorities are developing Carpooling schemes especially in rural or semi-rural areas by giving more visibility to this mobility tool and promoting its benefits: carpooling platforms, dedicated parking spots, general and tailored information.

    2Carshare.com

    Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-06-10 15:39 -

    Bristol City Council have combined with Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Councils to form a larger, area-wide free car share scheme 2carshare.com - a free web-based matching service.

  • Promoting alternative exchanges and time bank
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    L’accorderie

    Auteur : Anne-Iris Romens - Publié le : 2013-05-07 08:02 -

    An Accorderie aims to develop a network of exchange of services that is accessible to anyone wanting to improve their living conditions - in particular their socioeconomic level – while fighting against poverty and social exclusion.

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Facilitating access to resources

  • Facilitating access to food
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    KoMit - Allotment Gardeners

    Auteur : Malou WEIRICH - Publié le : 2013-10-02 14:48 -
    Réinsertion sociale

    The Austrian Federation of Allotment Gardeners and the association KoMit cooperate for the benefit of disabled people

    De Hoeve Allotment gardens

    Auteur : Marieke De Boe - Publié le : 2013-10-02 14:46 -
    Réinsertion sociale

    Belgium: The members of the allotment gardens and their efforts to help people get back on the job market.

    Night Solidarity Eateries

    Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-06-18 08:45 -

    The Paris City Council has launched 6 night solidarity restaurants to enable destitute persons to access quality food by taking the time to sit down and eat in a nice atmosphere.

    Food surplus regulation

    Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-06-17 12:12 -

    Policies (local/ national/ EU level) can help lower down the amount of food being wasted while providing access to food for the most deprived persons; meanwhile citizen organizations such as foodbanks remain keystones in this process.

    Free hens

    Auteur : Anne-Iris - Publié le : 2013-06-06 15:03 -

    City halls are distributing free hens to their residents not only to provide them with eggs, but also to reduce waste.

    Cultivation and production on all terrain

    Auteur : Anne-Iris Romens/ Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-05-15 08:06 -
    Consumption

    Particularly in the context of the present economic climate, initiatives are emerging in communities across Europe that involve the planting of any suitable piece of land and sharing the produce grown. The benefits of these kinds of movements are multi-fold.

  • Facilitating transportation
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    Cycle to Work Scheme

    Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-07-11 08:09 -

    Cycle to Work is a tax incentive aimed at encouraging employees to cycle to work, thereby reducing air pollution and improving their health.

    Free Public Transport in Lugoj, Romania

    Auteur : Andrei - Publié le : 2013-06-18 07:44 -
    Photo is courtecy of the Lugojeanul.ro new portal

    Lugoj became the first city in Romania which adopted a "free of charge" policy to the citizens using public transportation. The measure comes to encourage people to ride in buses, as well as to decrease the number of cars circulating in the city.

  • Free energy guaranteed
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    ENERCOOP 

    Auteur : Stéphanie Lacomblez / Anne-Iris Romens - Publié le : 2013-07-15 10:22 -

    Fournisseur d'électricité 100% renouvelable  - 100% renewable electricity supplier

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  • Facilitating access to land and housing
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    Empty Properties Tax

    Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-06-28 12:19 -

    In the UK, the Empty Properties Tax means that if a landlord leaves a property empty for more than three months they are required to pay business tax after that period.

    The Property Shop

    Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-06-07 12:46 -

    The City Council is the largest property owner in the city of Leicester and through the Property Shop it is possible to access available properties from its extensive portfolio to buy or rent, thus helping to prevent properties from lying empty and unused.

    Community Land Trusts

    Auteur : Anne-Iris Romens - Publié le : 2013-05-15 13:37 -

    Community Land Trusts (CLT) combine 'access to housing' with the principle of 'democratic management' in everyday living.

  • Facilitating access to the Internet
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    Creative support networks & events

    Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-06-21 12:40 -

    Creative support networks propose new events and meetings to provide tailored innovative solutions for complex local community challenges.

    Digital Community Tools & Social Platforms

    Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-06-13 13:51 -
    community tools

    Digital community tools offer a wide range of easy-to-use tools, made accessible in order to help you make things happen: finding peers, structuring your community, organising meetings, launching campaigns, managing your projects, getting help to tackle a specific challenge, improving fundraising methods, measuring your social impact, etc.

    Community Currencies Tutorial

    Auteur : Matthew Slater - Publié le : 2013-04-30 08:47 -
    Community Currencies Tutorial

    This article addresses the challenges that people are encountering when deciding to adopt a complementary currency without fully articulating the problem or the context, and consequently many projects fail. Also it describes the work of Community Forge, a non-profit association that designs, develops and provides complementary currency systems and tools.

    Start a Repair Café

    Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-04-19 12:57 -

    THE REPAIR CAFE CONCEPT IS SPREADING AROUND THE WORLD!

    Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they're all about repairing things (together). In the place where a Repair Café is located, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera.You will also find repair specialists such as electricians, seamstresses, carpenters and bicycle mechanics. Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Café.

    How to set up a Timebank

    Auteur : TOOLosophy - Publié le : 2013-02-28 15:07 -

    Time banking is a p2p currency system where individual members exchange services on a voluntary basis with one another. Time banking values everyone’s time as equal. For every hour spent helping someone in your community, the contributor is entitled to an hour of help in return. The currency units are not money but hours of time spent by people on any type of labour (called a time dollar in the USA or a time credit in the UK).

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ALL examples of Actions and Policies

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Law on participatory democracy in Tuscany

Auteur : Anne-Iris Romens - Publié le : 2013-10-15 15:00 -

On August 2013, the Toscan Region has adopted a new Law on citizens' participation. It might enable to further develop the processes started in the region with the 2007 Law on participation.

SALAR

Auteur : Anne-Iris Romens - Publié le : 2013-10-15 14:41 -

The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) is both an employers’ organisation and an organisation that represents and advocates for local government in Sweden.

Local democracy is the foundation of all its work. SALAR aims to be the arena in which local government policy takes shape. It establishes forums and work methods that develop the commitment, interest and participation of our members and the general public with respect to a wide range of social issues.

Social Training - Professional Centre

Auteur : Maria Jeliazkova - Publié le : 2013-08-13 09:37 -

Improving the livelihood and social status of vulnerable people by establishing a social enterprise: the project aims to establish and develop a municipally-supported social enterprise in order to provide secured employment of disadvantaged people in Dimitrovgrad, thus improving their quality of life.

SOCIAL SCHOLARSHIPS IN PRIVATE KINDERGARTEN

Auteur : Claudia Coimbra - Publié le : 2013-07-31 10:51 -

Creating social scholarships for families with low incomes (1st, 2nd and 3rd rank of assignment of family benefits) to provide access to children aged between 3 and 36 months of age to the network of private kindergarten existing in the county.

Beautiful St. Petersburg / Красивый Петербург

Auteur : Andrei - Publié le : 2013-06-17 16:13 -

Beautiful Petersburg (BP) is a movement of active citizens for the improvement of the urban environment quality. We instruct citizens using effective methods of making their cities better, providing them with a simple web tool and organizing regular educational and research events.

Social Value Policy

Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-07-29 19:16 -

A policy to boost the local economy by maximising social value the Birmingham Council require in its procurement strategy.

Co-operative Councils

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-07-11 08:53 -

A co-operative council is a new type of local authority; it’s about giving people more involvement and control of the services they use and the places where they live by putting council resources in their hands. It endeavours to take a more bottom-up approach.

Cycle to Work Scheme

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-07-11 08:09 -

Cycle to Work is a tax incentive aimed at encouraging employees to cycle to work, thereby reducing air pollution and improving their health.

Co-operative Oldham

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-07-10 14:37 -

Oldham is a co-operative council with an ambition to build a co-operative borough. This means everybody - citizens, local authorities and businesses alike - doing their bit and everybody benefiting.

Empty Properties Tax

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-06-28 12:19 -

In the UK, the Empty Properties Tax means that if a landlord leaves a property empty for more than three months they are required to pay business tax after that period.

Container deposit legislation

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-06-20 15:58 -

Container-deposit legislation (CDL) is any law that requires collection of a monetary deposit on soft-drink, juice, milk, water, alcoholic-beverage, and/or other containers at the point of sale.

Night Solidarity Eateries

Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-06-18 08:45 -

The Paris City Council has launched 6 night solidarity restaurants to enable destitute persons to access quality food by taking the time to sit down and eat in a nice atmosphere.

Free Public Transport in Lugoj, Romania

Auteur : Andrei - Publié le : 2013-06-18 07:44 -
Photo is courtecy of the Lugojeanul.ro new portal

Lugoj became the first city in Romania which adopted a "free of charge" policy to the citizens using public transportation. The measure comes to encourage people to ride in buses, as well as to decrease the number of cars circulating in the city.

Food surplus regulation

Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-06-17 12:12 -

Policies (local/ national/ EU level) can help lower down the amount of food being wasted while providing access to food for the most deprived persons; meanwhile citizen organizations such as foodbanks remain keystones in this process.

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