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Citizens’ Dialogues “Economy for the Common Good – a way to Achieve the SDGs”
Organisation : ECG Association Baden-Württemberg , Germany

The project promotes the global sustainability development goals (SDGs) through the dissemination of the economy for the common good (ECG). Through public citizen dialogues, awareness is raised of which aspects of the economic system require transformation meeting sustainable development (SD). Through public citizens’ dialogues, awareness is raised of which aspects of the economic system require transformation to meet SD. Subsequently, a coaching offer ensures the planning and subsequent implementation. The aim is to enable participants to make more responsible decisions and to participate in a discourse on a sustainable economic system. This promotes the implementation of systematically sustainable economic practices.

Agendas addressed
BiodiversityClimate changePublic space
Local economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Acoge un Plato (Embrace a dish)
Organisation : CEAR- Spanish Commission for Refugees , Spain

ACOGE UN PLATO aims to foster inclusion of refugees within the host society throughout gastronomy, enhancing their skills, qualification and employability.

The project develops an initiative where migration and asylum are stressed in a positive way throughout a daily life element as the gastronomy is.

The project uses mainly CEAR´s financial, human and material resources, with the collaboration of the Madrid food markets to set up the building facilities required and any other material elements needed to undertake the workshops.

In addition, as the project is documented and tracked, it is replicable anywhere else at a broader scale, in every state willing to better the integration of refugees in local societies.

Agendas addressed
Social inclusion and integrationLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Apply innovative financing approaches
Project Activating County Towns (Project ACT)
City/Region : Cork County , Ireland

Project ACT is a series of measures by Cork County Council designed to give confidence to business, retail and communitiy sectors through prioritised and targeted funding in the 23 main towns in the County. The Project creates multi-sectoral teams with a targeted focus on rebuilding the economy and community life in each town.

The Project involves the participation of multiple stakeholders such as elected members, Council staff, business, community and tourism interests, An Garada Siochana (Police) and representatives of the Cork County Older Persons Council.

Agendas addressed
Climate changePublic spaceSocial inclusion and integration
Local economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Revitalization of Lithuanian Square
City/Region : City of Lublin , Poland

Revitalization of Lithuanian Square was accomplished in June 2017. Within modernising works, the Square public space, an area of approx. 35 000 m2, has been tided up, becoming one of the most representative parts of the city. Many small architecture devices have been installed here, residents have gained over 160 seats, and children two modern playgrounds. Lithuanian Square is very popular all year round. The old fountain has been replaced with a modern and interactive complex of water installations, which make it possible to offer impressive shows with laser and music. The performances are very popular among residents and tourists.

Agendas addressed
Public space
Pathways followed
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Apply innovative financing approaches
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
“Eat Our Own Bread” (“Magunk Kenyerén”) Local Economy Development Program
Organisation : Municipality of Village Alsómocsolád , Hungary

Economy Development Program “Eat Our Own Bread” aims at recreating traditional village values, preserving existing ones and utilising created resources economically so that people living in Alsómocsolád establish liveable, sustainable, high quality living environment; grab again farming opportunities offered by environment – existing small-gardens, farm-buildings and tools, forests, fields, arable lands - by using community money (rigac=R) and local service potentials and raising them to conscious level to integrate in their everyday life sustainably.

We aim at improving quality of life, villagescape in the light of environmental-social sustainability, and shifting towards self-preservation by providing spaces to inhabitant responsibility and action.

Agendas addressed
HousingSocial inclusion and integrationLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Apply innovative financing approaches
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Cultural Adaptations: using creativity to transform our cities for an adapted, sustainable future
Organisation : Creative Carbon Scotland / Glasgow , United Kingdom

Climate change impacts will change our cities and our culture. Cultural Adaptations is a highly innovative project with partners in four EU city-regions, exploring creativity in urban adaptation. Combining research, practice and policy through a series of activities, collaborations and digital resource development, the project is creating free-to-use toolkits to guide creative, socially transformative adaptation for city-regions across Europe. 

Partnerships of municipalities and cultural organisations embed artists directly in adaptation processes, exploring how creative approaches can create more effective solutions to climate change challenges,  and how adapting cities’ cultural SMEs can connect community and regional-level adaptation within existing strategies.

Agendas addressed
Greenfield land and natural spaceClimate changePublic space
HousingLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
The New Face of BlackSea: Fındıklı Municipality
City/Region : FINDIKLI MUNICIPALITY , Turkey

With the logic of participatory democracy, the city council, which includes all the representatives of non-governmental organizations and different working groups, held its 1st general assembly on January 14 with 84 representatives. With the establishment of the City Council with Fındıklı, the previously established public assemblies decided to continue their work as assemblies under this structure. Our councils are represented by the participation in the city council, the public, the women's, the youth, the tradesmen, the commercial vehicle tradesmen, the disabled, Reeves Councils. The structure of the city council continues its works by adopting the culture of meci (imece).

Agendas addressed
Urban mobilityBiodiversityGreenfield land and natural space
Water resources and air qualityPublic spaceSocial inclusion and integration
Local economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Support open data standards
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Rural transformation process - Welcome Region Northern Emsvalley
City/Region : Northern Emsvalley/Nördliches Emstal , Germany

The Welcome Region Northern Emsvalley welcomes people from all over the world, refugees, migrant workers, but also migrants within Germany, who want to live and work in the region. In a social transformation process, responsible mayors, the emsländischer Heimatbund association and actors of civil society have initiated systemic and structural changes in four fields of action: politics/administration, art/culture, economy/work, civil society/participation/digitalisation. In these fields projects and processes are developed and implemented in six areas relevant to social inclusion: legal issues, e.g. the right to work and housing, language, labour market integration, families, social cohesion, public relations and methods necessary for transformation.

Agendas addressed
Social inclusion and integrationLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Sustainable Food School Programme
City/Region : Municipality of Torres Vedras , Portugal

Provision of healthy school meals in a social, ecological and sustainable way taking into account products freshness, territorial development and job creation through 4 pillars: Production – vegetable school gardens according to organic farming techniques and study visits to organic farms; Acquisition - territorial development by purchasing high quality and fresh raw food materials preferably to local small and medium producers/suppliers; Cooking – direct management by the two municipal kitchens and a network strategy which delegates on the local county authorities to contract local institutions to manage the school meals; Consumption – promotion of healthy eating habits and physical activity.

Agendas addressed
BiodiversityClimate changeSocial inclusion and integration
Local economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
KATOobywatel (resident)
City/Region : Katowice/City Hall , Poland

KATOobywatel (resident) project comes from the residents’ needs for a clean, green, aesthetic and climate resilient city. But the most important, in our opinion, was agency - having a direct and tangible influence on shared space. Meantime, we focused on building a civic society which takes responsibility for its surroundings and then starting a reliable dialogue with it. To this end we have been using apps, actions and campaigns which have been carried out since 2018 and they are all based on social engagement.  We believe that only close cooperation and mutual trust can result in good and long-term outcomes.

Agendas addressed
Urban mobilityBiodiversityGreenfield land and natural space
Water resources and air qualityClimate changePublic space
Social inclusion and integration
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Apply innovative financing approaches
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
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