The 2019 edition of the Transformative Cities initiative has started with the publication of the Open Call (Open until 15th of March).
We invite you to apply to the 2019 “Transformative Cities Award”; this open call being a great opportunity to highlight grassroot initiatives that have made a difference in their community on Housing, Energy, Water and Food Systems
RIPESS joined a group of organizations that are promoting the 2nd edition of the “Transformative Cities Award” aiming to highlight political practices and solutions that can serve as inspiration for others – See related information HERE.
In this second edition, the award is looking for initiatives that have succeeded in articulating an inclusive vision for a social majority to transform their city or defined environment. The prize aspires to create a new model of awards, which is participatory, inspirational, and rooted in exchanges and learning; the idea would be to highlight practices that can be replicated in other regions and places.
“Transformative Cities Award”: all you need to know!
You can find all the information of the prize here.
Or you can watch a video with basic information: https://youtu.be/yhhDkLPqIqo
Who can apply?
This initiative is open to collectives not individuals. A collective can have the form of a social movement with recognizable structures and goals without a formal legal recognition, a legally existing civil society organization, a citizens platform seeking to gain institutional power at municipal and/or city level via a political candidacy, an established city council, or other forms of collective action that centre their practices in a specific location that is not generally recognized as a region, state or similar delimitations.
Transformative… doing what?
The second edition of the award (2019) will look at the three issues of the first edition: Energy, Water and Housing plus an additional one: Food systems. Each initiative can also apply to several issues simultaneously under the same application.
Ok… but what do you mean by “transformative”?
“Transformative” recognizes that these struggles have succeeded in articulating an inclusive vision for a social majority to transform their city or defined environment. These practices will have measurable results, since they have been implemented successfully, and they will be practices that can be replicated in other regions and places.
How they can submit their initiative?
What is the deadline to submit the proposal?
They can submit their application until the 15th of March 2019 at 23.59h CET.
What is the selection criteria?
These are the key elements of a Transformative Practice:
- Equity and participation
- Capacity to inspire collective action
- Transferability and replicability
- Accountability and Transparency
- Solidarity and Public ethos
- Sustainability and efficiency
- Fairness of labour conditions and the recognition of care and domestic work
It is just for “cities”?
The concept of “city” is a highly contested one, scientifically or politically. For the purpose of the award, they define cities in very broad terms as the locations for place-based struggles for basic rights. They understand that cities have certain strategic advantages to advance social, environmental and gender justice – in terms of combining critical masses of people as well as potential for more accountable governance. This will encompass transformative practices happening in urban and rural areas and in areas that could be described as both.
Who is behind this award?
The Transformative Cities initiative is launched by a group of regional and international organizations (in alphabetical order): 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).
Watch (and share and comment) this 2 minute video (English only for now – other languages coming soon):
Got any questions? See https://transformativecities.org/frequently-asked-questions
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Consider applying and spread the word with those who might want to use this opportunity.
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.@TransfCities is launching the 2019 edition of #TransformativeCities Peoples Choice Award .
Apply, share your story of transformation and connect with other initiatives https://transformativecities.org/open-call-201
In the face of #water, #energy, #food and #housing crises, communities worldwide are finding inspiring solutions. Are you working on transforming your community from below? Apply for the 2019 #TransformativeCities https://transformativecities.org/open-call-201
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