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)

Collective claim against air pollution

Auteur : Maria Jeliazkova - Publié le : 2013-08-13 15:50 -

To improve the quality of air in the city of Plovdiv, to break with some legal stereotypes and to create a qualitatively new concept of justice, subject to public interest and human rights.

Business centre for people with disabilities

Auteur : Maria Jeliazkova - Publié le : 2013-08-13 15:14 -

By working with and for people with disabilities, the project aims to provide equal opportunities and better life chances for them. The activities simultaneously increase the level of public awareness on issues of people with disabilities and lobby for their rights.

Solidarity Bulgaria (SB)

Auteur : Maria Jeliazkova - Publié le : 2013-08-13 14:20 -

Solidarity Bulgaria is a discussion network of citizens believing in the values of freedom, solidarity and justice. The initiative promotes discussions on important social issues, ranging from poverty to social security to housing. The Group is active in social & environmental issues as well as standards of living. The aim is to empower civil society and restore solidarity through active discussions, public initiatives, drafting of legal changes and elaboration of position papers.

Association of home-based workers, Bulgaria

Auteur : Maria Jeliazkova - Publié le : 2013-08-13 13:34 -

Strengthening the movement of home-based workers, the Association (AHBW) in Bulgaria is the first organisation of informal workers in Eastern Europe. It is a non-governmental organisation based on membership and democratic governance, i.e. it takes a bottom-up approach. It is an initiative to make visible home-based workers as well as protect their social and economic rights. It operates at the national and regional level.

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.

DariAcordar, the anti-waste association

Auteur : Anne-Iris Romens - Publié le : 2013-08-05 08:19 -

A non-profit and volunteer membership organisation, dedicated to prevent all types of wasting, with the fight against food waste as its most important and pressing goal.

BIOME- Self-managed factory

Auteur : Mariani Papanikolau - Publié le : 2013-08-02 12:45 -

A Trade Union that is fighting for the independent operation and self-management of their abandoned factory.

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