Since 2017, the Transformative Cities initiative has been celebrating collectives around the world that have transformed their community in systematic ways with the Transformative Cities People’s Choice Award.
The winners of last year have become a global source of inspiration:
- The Our Water Our Rights campaign successfully resisted water privatization in Lagos, Nigeria.
- In Spain, Barcelona Energia lit up people’s houses with renewable energy and stood up against corporate power.
- In Mexico, Cooperación Comunitaria A.C. worked with the community’s traditional techniques and rebuilt their homes after an earthquake destroyed them.
- In Kenya, the Dajopen Waste Management Project turned waste into valuable nutrients that regenerated the soil.
Today, begins the recruitment for new inspiring examples of transformation in 2020: an open call to find those who are the local leaders of global change.
Maybe it’s your collective! Apply here for the Transformative Cities Peoples Choice Award 2020. Or maybe you know other collectives that should be introduced to this opportunity. Please share with them this Open Call.
Three key stories for each category will be chosen by expert evaluators in different fields. These 12 stories will receive widespread promotion, as they want to share the most inspiring initiators with as wide a public as possible. As a finalist of the 2020 edition your story will be included in the Atlas of Utopias 2020, which this year will feature all finalists from all the three editions so far. An inspiring mosaic of real transformative utopias.
Their goal is not to create competition between different political practices, but rather to put a spotlight on transformative practices and encourage their spread internationally.
Ready, set, apply and share!