• 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

  • ECOLISE on board with new European energy transition project

    A new collaborative project on collective energy transition began in Turin, Italy last month, with ECOLISE as a partner. COMETS (Collective Action Models for Energy Transition and Social Innovation) is focussed on researching the impact of Collective Action Initiatives (CAIs) at European level for energy transition and social innovation, and

  • ECOLISE & partners launch European Day of Sustainable Communities 2019

    ECOLISE has launched the European Day of Sustainable Communities 2019 (EDSC19) with a call to citizens, communities and organisations committed to transformation in the face of ecological and climate breakdown to join in co-creating the day. EDSC19 is a celebration of local communities taking action for an inclusive, regenerative and

  • ECOLISE wins prestigious Lush Spring Prize

    ECOLISE has won the prestigious 2019 Influence #LushSpringPrize which aims to support those who are helping to build and strengthen the regenerative movement. Eamon O’Hara, Executive Director, and Iva Pocock, Communications Coordinator, collected the award at an event in London, attended by winners and changemakers from all over the world.

  • ECOLISE brings the voice of community-led climate action to high level International Conference

    ECOLISE will be present at ICCA 2019 (the International Conference on Climate Action) this month, to help bring the views, actions and potential of community-led initiatives more strongly into high level debate on international collaboration on climate change. Jointly organised by the German Environment Ministry, the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg

  • Report reveals compelling evidence of the effectiveness of community-led responses to climate and ecological breakdown

    ECOLISE has published a new scientific report that provides powerful evidence of the critical role of local community-led initiatives in bringing effective solutions to the global threats of climate and ecological breakdown. ‘The First Status Report on Community-Led Action on Sustainability and Climate Change in Europe’ draws together data from