• Social Solidarity Economy and the Commons conference hopeful yet critical

    A hopeful yet notably system-critical atmosphere similar to that of Degrowth movement gatherings was tangible at the second international conference ‘Social Solidarity Economy and the Commons’, held 6th to 8th of November 2019 at the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal. Donatella della Porta of Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy,

  • ECOLISE participates in 2019 European Rural Parliament, Asturias, Spain

    ECOLISE co-presidents, Davie Philip of Cultivate, Ireland, and Francesca Whitlock of GEN Europe, recently represented the network at the European Rural Parliament, in Asturias, Spain. Francesca gave one of the main stage inspirational speaker addresses, entitled ‘Rural renaissance: the transformative potential of #communityled responses to #ClimateEmergency‘. She told the story of

  • 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