The Transformative Cities initiative aims to give visibility to local citizen initiatives and practices that act for societal transformation in the field of food, water management, housing or energy. A dozen projects have been selected this year: the votes are now open to the public to choose the winners!
Through an open call Transformative Cities initiative have collected practices of transformative change from all over the world. These practices have been evaluated by a global, multidisciplinary team in a peer-review process.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Three initiatives for each category (water, energy, housing and food systems) have been chosen, adding up to twelve stories in total. Next, the Transformative Cities initiative has commissioned local journalists to dig deep and pull out the people and practices behind these transformative practices. These stories will be published on different international media-outlets, reaching a global audience.
To select the awarded stories, the public (this means you!) will vote on the top twelve initiatives via this page : https://transformativecities.org/2020award/ starting from 15th October and ending on 16th November 2020. The voting page will display relevant information about the initiatives and provide links to media sources.
A few examples from the 12 selected initiatives:
Although the popular vote will technically identify a series of “winners,” the goal is not to create competition between different political practices, but rather to put a spotlight on diverse transformative practices and encourage their spread internationally.
The winning initiatives from the 4 different categories will obtain access to training and capacity building courses for political organising and advocacy. The estimated value is 1500 euros for each winner.
The 4 winners will be presented in a live-streamed event in the first week of December. Stay tuned for more information.
The Transformative Cities initiative is launched by a group of regional and international organizations: European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability (Ecolise), Friends of the Earth International (FoEI), Global network of continental networks committed to the promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS), Habitat International Coalition (HIC), the Global Platform for the Right to the City (GPR2C) and the Transnational Institute (TNI).