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The deadline for the #TransformativeCities Open Call has been extended.
You can still apply until the 15th of March.
More info here: Open Call - Transformative Cities


Curious about the changing landscape for #civil society space in Europe?

The EESC will be holding its annual Civil Society Days in March 2022. As usual, this flagship civil society conference will bring together citizens, organised civil society and European institutions in an inclusive process to address the major societal challenges the EU currently faces in shaping its future.

More information here.

What can innovation and regeneration mean for communities - especially rural ones?

This is the theme for the latest policy recommendation developed by Ruritage. "Cultural and natural heritage is a crucial part of our communities and our everyday lives. Nonetheless, it is much more complex than we often realize: It can be tangible or intangible, and is increasingly digital. One thing that is certain, however, is that cultural and natural heritage is often the key driver for the regeneration of rural areas, as well as a foundation for sustainable development." Read the policy recommendations here.

Ecovillages as Incubators for Sustainability Transitions (EVIST)

This four-year research project started in June and researches how ecovillages diffuse their sustainable innovations to their local social environments. “Ecovillages are communities in which people develop novel forms of social, ecological, economic and cultural sustainable practices. (...) However, the diffusion of these innovations is accompanied by diverse challenges. One key challenge is the often occurring difference between the lifestyles, values and worldviews of ecovillagers and mainstream society."

Read more about EVIST here

ECOLISE met Porticus Foundation in Brussels

Last week, the ECOLISE team and two Council members met for 2 days in Brussels, including blended participation. After so many months of remote work across all corners of Europe, this meeting was a very special opportunity where we also had the chance to meet in person with two representatives of our new and main private funder, the Porticus Foundation. The philanthropic approach of Porticus goes beyond mere economic support. They establish close two-way collaboration relationships, accompany the planning and evaluation of change processes and enable networking and mutual support across their various partners. We are very grateful and excited for the opportunities of this new partnership!

Get to know Porticus Foundation here.

Safeguarding Policies Development in ECOLISE

Francesca Stuer, a safeguarding expert, is conducting an audit of the internal policies of ECOLISE. She is leading us through a six-month process, strengthening our safeguarding policies. In parallel, and with the support of Actiris, the Brussels Regional Office for Employment, we are starting a process for developing a diversity plan. The objective of the plan is to define actions that ECOLISE will take in the coming two years for promoting inclusion and diversity, and fighting discrimination. We have also received support from two Belgium public agencies that promote equality, UNIA and IGVM, and we are learning about conflict transformation with Ben Yeger from Moving Conflicts.

We are inviting ECOLISE network members to join us on this learning journey and will also hold some online sessions on these topics later in the year :)

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