Ecovillage Transition in Action
The aim of Ecovillage Transition in Action (ETiA) is to strengthen sustainable development and regenerative practices through collaboration between local authorities and grassroots community-led initiatives.
As is shown by many such successful partnerships between community-led initiatives and local authorities, this proves to be an effective way to cross-pollinate ideas, develop opportunities and share successful initiatives.
ETiA provides solutions for the scaling up of existing community-led solutions, the design and implementation of new and locally appropriate innovative solutions, increased engagement in and efficiency of local governance, and stronger local partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The ETiA project has produced a handbook, a curriculum and a course to support the collaboration between local authorities and community-led initiatives. The approach is based on the Map of Regeneration and Sustainable Development Goals around which a number of methodologies, theories and approaches are strung.
All the materials have been produced through the Ecovillage Transition in Action Erasmus project.
The ETiA team was made up of representative from the following consortium:
- Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) International
- Global Ecovillage Network Germany
- University of St Andrews
- Hurdal Ecovillage Norway (for part of the project)
1. Ecovillage Transition Toolkit
The toolkit collates and curates knowledge and practices in ecovillages and community-led initiatives and how that integrates with local government institutions and processes. These can be either municipalities, regional municipalities, local authorities or community councils.
Core ingredients are methodologies, exercises and tools previously developed in other Erasmus+ partnerships like SIRCle and CLIPS. These are aligned with the Map of Regeneration (including the Ecovillage Design Cards) and the Journey of Regeneration.
2. A handbook and curriculum
The handbooks frames the curriculum and together they adreess different actors' roles when community-led initiatives interact with local authorities. This across sectors for bioregional transformation and restoration. Individuals from ecovillages, community led initiatives, local government and local colleges or universities can come together to learn how to design and implement local and bioregional regeneration in line with the Ecovillage Principles and the SDGs.
3. Training of Trainers
The programme to equip facilitators with the ETiA tools, skills and competencies was created for easier scaling and multiplying the curriculum.
The basis for the navigation tool is the Ecovillage Impact assessment, which is linked to SDG assessment tools. This provides the framework for local municipalities to track progress in implementation and help communities and municipalities to tweak their processes and designs.
- Online Ecovillage Impact Assessment Tool
- Ecovillage Solution Library
- Kraft der Visionen
- Fearless Cities
- Integral City (also see page on Integral Metamapping on UrbanA wiki]
- 2-Adapt the SDG monitoring platform
- Transition 2 Resilience
- Municipalities In Transition
- Municipalities In Transition Framework