Chargement...
 
Enhancing impact

Innovative actions are appearing all over the continent, proposing new ways of using and reusing resources whilst facilitating access to a larger part of the population - marginalised groups included. Moreover, these types of initiatives favour the shared rather than exclusive use of resources as well as take into account the need to avoid waste. How might these initiatives be enhanced, developed and multiplied in different contexts in order to advance towards a more cohesive and inclusive society?

Some of the elements that contribute to enhancing impact were explored during a one-day session at the Council of Europe in February 2013.

Read more about the Extraday session

The Extraday session, held in the context of the Council of Europe Conference on “Poverty and Inequality in Societies of Human Rights: the paradox of democracies – Proposals for an Inclusive Society“, stressed the need for a renewed strategy to fight poverty, basing it on common goods and on the sharing of social responsibilities whilst at the same time avoiding waste. In order to give continuity to the discussions of the Conference and activate the new joint project with the European Commission, “Responding together”, a group of fifty experts from different backgrounds (people experiencing poverty, researchers, activists, members of local institutions, etc.) identified some of the main challenges and opportunities that disable or enable action at local level.

The main issues tackled concerned:

1. Building inclusive communities and networks

2. Building inclusive democratic processes

3. Mobilising resources

4. Receiving support from public authorities

Download the full report: Report-extraday.doc

More elements and paths can be found here below. Some of them are illustrated with examples.

Image Picture by Shellie Gonzalez

Starting a project: "how to" "what for" "where" ?

Toolkits help to bring to fruition creative ideas for an action that might be implemented in or around your community. They also facilitate a deeper understanding as to what are the different steps to be undertaken.

Click Here For Examples

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).

Aucun article.

Building the community

Many elements are involved in the building of a community, be it online or offline. One of the corner stones is trust, which relates to developing and reinforcing confidence in the feasability of a project and the benefits that it will bring to the community. Having a common interest and objective is also key. Constructing community ties and trust both in the project and between members may be the most important feature for achieving actions. However trust is a multidimensional, subjective, situational and culturally dependent construct that make it hard to synthesize. Below are some key elements around trust building

Finding support from a community

Community support can relate to the sharing of material and immaterial resources (knowledge), provision of ideas and advice, moral support and trust in the project.

  • Crowdfunding/ Peer2peer barter or project platforms/ Timebanks/ LETS (...)
Click Here For Examples

Crowdfunding

Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-07-30 18:36 -

Crowdfunding is a participative financing tool relying on social networks and communities (online) where people collectively fund a specific project.

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.

Social centres

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-05-27 10:45 -

Self-managed spaces whereby people can come together to create, communicate and offer a more collective and alternative way of living.

Alternative currencies

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman/ Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-05-23 15:38 -

When markets are shaken, as happened in Cyprus for example, traditional money can become scarce, leading people to search for other ways to pay bills or carry out everyday activities. Time banks, LETS or electronic currencies are all examples of the alternative ways in which people can live their daily lives more easily and more economically.

Online sharing communities

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman/ Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-05-23 14:39 -

Online sharing communities are emerging all over the world to create links between people. The different platforms and groups offer alternative forms of consumption, where people are renting, lending and even sharing goods instead of buying them. It is not only material products that are being exchanged; people are also offering their knowledge, skills and time.

DIY and GIY movements

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-05-23 09:41 -

As people in Europe become more conscious about issues relating to waste, the environment, job security or financial insecurity, the DIY ("do it yourself") or GIY ("grow it yourself") movements have come to offer an alternative to modern consumer culture's emphasis on having to rely on others (industrial bodies, for instance) to satisfy needs.

Co-working spaces

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-05-22 13:26 -

Co-working spaces possess a huge potential to support environmental sustainability due to their inherently sharing-oriented constitution. At its foundations, co-working supports the sharing of space, supplies and other resources, thereby cutting down on basic wastefulness.

Aucun article.

Creating a movement

Spreading the word, creating campaigns and raising awareness to bring about a real transformation in society.

Click Here For Examples

Awareness campaigns

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-05-17 13:25 -

Awareness is the state or ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of events, objects and other goings-on that might be affecting you, either directly or indirectly.

Active citizenship

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-05-17 12:50 -

Active citizenship is about being involved in your community, having your say and taking part in decisions that affect you. Above all, it’s about people making things happen. This often means taking the opportunity to be actively involved in tackling the things that need to change around you. As a result you will be able to improve the quality of life in your local community as well as inspire others, locally or further afield, to take action and make change a reality.

Interactive workshops

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-05-17 09:45 -

Interactive workshops, in the context of creating awareness around certain topics (poverty, homosexuality, race), are extremely important for people of all ages, especially younger persons, since it helps to deepen understanding and knowledge as well as broaden people's minds by breaking down stereotypes and challenging issues considered "taboo" or "the norm".

Aucun article.

All Examples of Actions and Policies

Blogs and citizen journalism

Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-09-13 10:22 -

Blogs are a powerful tool for any citizen to share insights, knowledge and ideas; spread the word on local news and actions and interact with other citizens from all parts of the Globe. The growth of Citizen Journalism is a collateral effect of blogging: a way for citizens to report on what they experience using the Internet.

Crowdfunding

Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-07-30 18:36 -

Crowdfunding is a participative financing tool relying on social networks and communities (online) where people collectively fund a specific project.

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.

Goteo Crowdfunding the Commons

Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-06-15 22:57 -

Goteo is a social network for crowdfunding and distributed collaboration (services, infrastructures, microtasks and other resources) for encouraging the independent development of creative and innovative initiatives that contribute to the common good, free knowledge, and open code.

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.

MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses)

Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-05-27 14:10 -

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are free non-degree online courses with open unlimited global enrollment to anyone who desires to learn, and regardless of their current educational level.

YSI (Young Social Innovators)

Auteur : Anne-Iris Romens - Publié le : 2013-05-16 09:02 -

Young Social Innovator's mission is to raise social awareness in Ireland by providing social awareness education through action and platforms for young people and those guiding them.

AYUDH – Youth in Action

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-05-16 08:50 -

A global movement of young people, made up of regional/national networks, who want to lead a life based on spiritual values: “starting with ourselves, we want to help in generating a future of hope, peace and social engagement while maintaining an awareness of universal spiritual principles”.

Page: 1/3Dernier Page
123

Creative Limerick - Connect to the Grid

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-05-22 10:03 -

Creative Limerick - Connect to the Grid, is coordinated by the Economic Development Department (at Limerick City Council) in partnership with the third level colleges, creative industries, commercial property owners and their agents operating in Limerick City. This project seeks to enhance vibrancy and active frontages in Limerick City Centre and to provide active uses for vacant properties while promoting the work of the Creative Industries in our region.

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.

Challenges

Aucun article.
Contribute an action to the theme
Contribute a Challenge to this theme

Click here to contribute a challenge