SPACES OF ADAPTATION: Self-organisation as a tool for the socio-ecological transition
As climate breakdown becomes impossible to ignore, actors of urban change face difficult questions: what is our role in the deep adaptation needed? How can we contribute to a socio-ecological transition that is just? We know that a greener, fairer society for all is possible exactly by empowering civil society, leveraging self-organisation and citizen initiatives. But how to demonstrate it? How can we get it to scale?
At FREI(T)RÄUME, we’ll present the Spaces of Adaptation approach to recognize the value of self-organisation for climate justice and support actors of urban change in mainstreaming the socio-ecological transition we need:
Recognize value of existing spaces in demonstrating social and ecological resilience
Help spaces to develop fundable case studies to scale and replicate
Connect these case studies to social investors, institutions and other funders
Advocate for self-organization as a policy tool
We’ll be bringing together creative urban activists and spaces already prototyping the world that we need; academics exploring how to design just transition from self-organisation; policy makers supporting transformation at the local scale; radical philanthropists who see self-organisation as the most impactful social investment.
KEY CONCEPTS ● Spaces of Adaptation are self-organised, community-driven places with a high level of resilience with an aim to move towards a sustainable future. ● Self-organisation: a non-governmental, citizen-led, localised form of organisation. ● Participation is within this context a form of self-organisation that includes co-design.
Spaces of Adaptation is delivered by Space of Urgency in a partnership with Actors of Urban Change (Actors), a program by MitOst e.V. supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Actors will join FREI(T)RÄUME to help us explore how to achieve a greener, fairer society for all by empowering civil society, leveraging the power of self-organisation and citizen initiatives. Having supported hundreds of urban change makers across Europe, Actors brings a wealth of experience in facilitating international exchange and translocal collaborations. With nearly 1,500 members in 49 countries, MitOst e.V. cooperates closely with the Bosch Alumni Network and its more than 10,000 members, promoting cross-sectoral dissemination in topics such as sustainable living spaces, diversity and inclusion in the cultural sector, active citizenship, social innovation and more.