Local level

The local level is of key importance for the weaving of resources, both material and immaterial.

Trust at this level implies:

  • trust in the citizens' own capacity to act;
  • trust in the capacity to interact with institutions (local, regional, national, international);
  • trust in the ability to better connect and understand the current global dynamics;

The local level is the space where responses to urgent or immediate matters can be better woven with a strategic, long term vision of community development. Engaging in local processes of transformation is the best way of asking questions about the global level. Without a good grip of local dynamics there can be little interaction with global issues. As local action is often conditioned by decisions taken at other levels: it’s important to enhance the value of local processes as sources of experience and knowledge to formulate requests for change at other levels. The “character” of a local process results from a combination of actions at different levels: individual, collective, institutional. A strategic view on how to progress towards the well-being of all results from the involvement of all levels. This is why reducing poverty, precariousness and inequalities is a complex process of collective research on an unwasteful/careful/conscious use of resources and on the mobilisation of all the capacities and competences that are present locally. Such optimisation of human ability and imagination also requires knowledge and learning paths from experiences elsewhere.

By contributing to this section you are helping the Council of Europe and the European Commission to reconsider and rethink the ongoing processes going on in your communities and come up with innovative policies. Whether you are a local activist or a public official you are encouraged to share knowledge and experience to help other activists or public servants to generate/foster action in their localities.

ALL examples of Actions and Policies

  • Please note: ACTIONS (in orange) and POLICIES (in green)

Mπορούμε "Boroume"

Auteur : Mariani - Publié le : 2013-08-02 12:12 -

A non-profit organisation fighting against the waste of leftover food by aiding the recovery and redistribution of food surplus to those in need throughout Greece.

Greek Forum of Migrants

Auteur : Mariani Papanikolau - Publié le : 2013-08-01 15:56 -

A self-organised network of migrants’ communities and associations, formed through continuous consultations with the objective of representing and strengthening the voice of migrants, organisations and communities in Greece as well as struggling for equal inclusion and participation in Greek society.

Metropolitan Community Clinic at Helliniko

Auteur : Mariani Papanikolau - Publié le : 2013-08-01 12:13 -

The Metropolitan Community Clinic at Helliniko provides free medical assistance to the unemployed, and poor civilians with no social security or with very little income.


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

Consumers' Schools

Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-07-02 11:07 -

The consumers’ schools provide a place for exchanges, training and information for inhabitants around challenges of their dailylife (budgeting/food/consumption/health…)

Stara Zburyivka Self-Defense Committee

Auteur : Andrei - Publié le : 2013-06-20 09:39 -

The village of Stara Zburyivka from southern Ukraine, has attained nationwide fame in the struggle against corruption, bureaucracy through unprecedented grassroots mobilization and exercise of self-government. Their response was the creation of the Stara Zburyivka Self-Defense Committee aimed at fighting the expropriation and squandering of their agricultural lands and challenging the legal proceedings against the village mayor who took an uncompromising stand in this matter.

Unconditional Basic Income

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-05-14 07:37 -

INVESTMENT IN HUMANITY From a compensatory to an emancipatory European and human society..

Unconditional Basic Income: "A basic income is an income unconditionally granted to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement".

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