• New transformative adult education project kicks off

    A project dedicated to blended adult learning for the socio-ecological transition kicks off in Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Ireland, this month. Blended learning combines the best aspects of digital learning opportunities and place-based experiential learning. This project will help adult educators to improve their ability to deliver blended transformative learning for civic

  • Meeting in European Parliament focusses on community-led initiatives for climate action

    Over 40 people from ECOLISE member organisations and partners marked the European Day of Sustainable Communities at a breakfast meeting in the European Parliament hosted by MEP Seán Kelly. Mr Kelly endorsed the European Day of Sustainable Communities and encouraged other policy makers to do likewise. “Community-led initiatives have real

  • Facilitators of community-led change gather in Brussels

    Facilitators of community-led change from around Europe recently gathered in Brussels to share skills and build collaboration in their efforts to help meet global climate and sustainability goals. A two-day skillshare organised by ECOLISE as part of its Sustainable Communities Programme was designed to stimulate sharing across initiatives, movements, regions

  • ECOLISE is recruiting! Communications & Network Assistant sought

    ECOLISE is now at an exciting stage in its development and is currently establishing the new post of Communications and Network Assistant. The new post-holder will support the existing team in showcasing the inspirational work of communities across Europe that are leading the way to a sustainable, low carbon future.

  • Hundreds of communities in 27 countries celebrate the European Day of Sustainable Communities

    As millions gather globally to climate strike and government leaders meet at the UN in New York, hundreds of transformational communities who are taking practical, grassroots action towards a zero-carbon, regenerative and inclusive Europe, are celebrating the European Day of Sustainable Communities on 21 September. Citizens in 27 countries have

  • European Ecovillage Conference attracts record numbers

    The annual European Ecovillage Conference, held this summer in Italy, attracted over 400 participants. The organiser, ECOLISE member Global Ecovillage Network Europe, has published a report of the gathering: European Ecovillage Conference Report 2019

  • Win a trip to the European Rural Parliament by telling your story

    The European Rural Parliament (ERP) in cooperation with ECOLISE is offering a chance to win an expenses paid trip to its fourth gathering 6-9 November 2019 in Candas, Asturias, Spain. Is your community at the forefront of the transition to low-carbon ecological future? Have you taken steps to reduce your

  • Community-led social solidarity economy initiatives deliver SDGs

    Community-led initiatives are using social solidarity economy as a way of delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a new academic paper co-written by several ECOLISE members and partners. The paper includes case studies of permaculture enterprise in the UK, Tamera ecovillage, solidarity markets in Latin America, and Gaia

  • Atlas of Utopias features 33 community-led transformations from 24 countries

    The 2019 edition of the Atlas of Utopias is a unique collection of community-led transformations of water, energy, food and housing systems, featuring 33 stories from 24 countries. An initiative by Transformative Cities, the atlas is now live online. The cases show how public solutions based on principles of cooperation

  • Insights from Heidelberg: ECOLISE’s Tom Henfrey reflects on international Climate conference

    In late May, I visited the beautiful city of Heidelberg, taking up an invitation to represent ECOLISE as a keynote listener at the ICCA 2019 conference on Collaboration for Climate Action. ICCA 2019 was a partnership of the three main levels of German government, federal, regional and local: the national