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Community-led action on climate change and sustainability is under-represented in political and academic discourse. In 2014 the ECOLISE network was founded to help address this. Some European organisations have been trying to raise the profile of community-led innovation in sustainability and pioneering fascinating solutions for climate change.

Members of communities usually innovate out of sheer passion and love for nature. The knowledge they develop spreads sporadically through informal amd aformal channels, while academic research and studies remain scattered or compartmentalised and rarely respond directly to the needs of community initiatives or their networks. Sometimes community organisations manage to get documentation of their knowledge base funded, independently or in collaboration with academic researchers. However their outreach and engagement remain relatively low, and no strategic coordinate of knowledge generation, documentation and communication exists.

The Communities for Future programme aims to change this and create a broad, comprehensive knowledge base that adequately represents the scale and diversity of community-led action in Europe and beyond. The CfF wiki is part of that knowledge base.

Conceptually, the wiki employs two main principles:

A knowledge commons for community-led action on sustainability and climate change
It is part of a knowledge commons, co-owned and collaboratively managed by its creators and users as a collective, open source resource. The other main structural elements of the knowledge commons are a shared document library on the open source bibliographic platform Zotero, and an initiatives map using the GogoCarto app developed by the Transiscope.
A pattern language for community-led action on sustainability and climate change
It is structured as a pattern language that seeks to document and promote understanding of the key recurring values, principles, pathways and practices relating to community-led action in ways that reflect a general orientation towards connection, the self-organising nature of living systems and the generative impulse of the cosmos.