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)

Parlement & Citoyens (Parliament & Citizens)

Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-05-13 07:29 -
Parliament and citizens

Parliament & Citizens (Parlement et Citoyens) is a transparency and collaboration tool that allows representatives to involve citizens in drafting their bills. The platform proposes a new way for citizens to take part in the legislative process by co-designing laws.

Youth for the Future!

Auteur : Nair Costa - Publié le : 2013-05-01 19:54 -

"Youth for the Future" is a project aimed at increasing the participation in decision-making, concepts of democracy and active citizenship of youth refugees arriving in Sweden with their families.

Time Bank of Athens

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-04-18 13:02 -

The Athens Time Bank was created in May 2011, at Sydagma Square, when thousands of people gathered there to participate in mass strikes and demonstrations.

Community Land Trust Brussels

Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-04-11 15:26 -
CLT Brussels

The Brussels Community Land Trust is an integrated housing model allowing poor households in Brussels that are not longer able to access to decent housing or social housing to enter a long-term housing project and become owner of their own living. This not-for-profit model has been coined as one of the best housing models in the world by UNESCO in 2008.

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