ECOLISE 2021 Status Report

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The Status Report 2021 is the second release of the ECOLISE Status report, and the first to be developed within the Communities for Future strategic framing. Its structure is based on a series of key concepts reflected in the work of community-led initiatives. Each of these concepts offers a transformative lens that challenges the premises of conventional climate and sustainability policy and clarifies the case for alternative approaches.


Planning began shortly following the release of the 2019 Status Report and continued throughout 2019. It involved creation of an organisational plan, assembly of an core editorial circle, agreement of a production schedule, initiation of a communication and dissemination plan, and generation of the draft content structure.

Background research will take place throughout 2020, with this wiki as its main platform. Information gathered during this phase will also feed in to other publications being created for CfF, and project proposals, during this time.

The report itself will be written during the first months of 2021, with final copy scheduled for delivery at the end of May 2021. The report will be publicly released in September 2021 in connection with the European Day of Sustainable Communities.

Organisational Plan

Central editorial responsibility lies with an editorial circle, responsible for the agreement and generation of content. The editorial team are supported by an academic advisory circle and a circle of project stewards responsible for the strategic direction of the project and alignment with the wider CfF framework and needs of the ECOLISE network. Both the editorial and stewardship circle liaise closely with a communication and dissemination circle, collaborating on production and management of the technical platforms supporting collaboration.
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A full draft of content is being elaborated at Status Report 2021 content

The main chapters and sections in the report, as currently envisaged, are as follows:

  • Introductory Material
    • Executive Summary
    • Foreword/s
    • Background
      • Increasing recognition of multiple converging crises - climate, ecological, economic, social, political
      • Mainstream responses to these - especially Paris Agreement, Sustainable Development Goals and Green New Deal - and the inadequacy of these
      • The need for a paradigm shift in policy and practice if responses are to be adequate in nature and scale to the problem
  • Theme 1 - Economic and political pluralism
  • Theme 2 - Transition Design
  • Theme 3 - Nature-based solutions
  • Theme 4 - Regenerative Cultures
  • Theme 5 - Transformative Social Innovation
  • Theme 6 - Commons
  • Theme 7 - Social Solidarity Economy
  • Theme 8 - Bioregional partnerships
  • Theme 9 - Translocal Networks
  • Theme 10 - Inclusive Governance
  • Theme 11 - Living Values
  • Theme 12 - Growing Edges
  • Closing Material
    • Summary/conclusions
    • Notes
    • References

Each thematic chapter will combine evidence, examples and analysis (around 60% of content) with action recommendations building on this evidence (20%) and propsed policy pathways that could enable such action (20%). While each will be written so as to make sense on a standalone basis, they will also complement each other and, when read in sequence, advance an incremental argument.