Can sharing as a guiding principle and strategy for sustainable development provide new impetus for sustainable living and economic activity in cities? How can urban space and coexistence be shaped in such a way that everyone can benefit from (alternative) prosperity as well as social and ecological sustainability? How is it possible to facilitate cooperative patterns in the design of (urban) transformation processes?

We want to discuss these questions together with you based on inputs from research and practice. The concept of an Urban Sharing Society should serve as a guiding idea for the discussion and describes the frame within which cities could develop more sustainably: A future urban society could be based on governance principles of sharing and participation, redefining prosperity and conserving resources and thus create an alternative paradigm of urban development.

Join our workshop on the Urban Sharing Society, on 7 February 2020 in Wuppertal.

In three sessions we will take a closer look at the Urban Sharing Society:

Session 1: Companies as actors of urban transformation

Session 2: Narratives and co-production in a shared city

Session 3: Impact assessment and practices of sharing – methodological and practical implications

Date: 7 February 2020
Event: Urban Sharing Society Workshop
Time: 10.30 – 17.00
Location: Wuppertal Institut, Döppersberg 19, 42103 Wuppertal
Language: German
Cost: Free

For more information on the workshop and to register please check out our website.

Please contact Alexandra Kessler for further questions.

All value chains and associated resource flows are collected locally after usage. Due to a lack of circularity, they often become a disposal challenge with low levels of material recovery and recycling. Join us on 4 – 5 May 2020 for a NetWorkshop on Circular Cities/Towns/Villages to learn and discuss potential benefits and transformation strategies.

There is growing optimism about the potential of the ‘circular economy’ as a new model for sustainable growth. In a more circular world, products are recycled, repaired or reused rather than thrown away, and waste from one process becomes an input into other processes. To support a circular transition, cities and their metropolitan regions, as well as towns and villages, are at the right scale to make the shift.

Cities such as Copenhagen are well on their way to successfully combine their green circular transformation with job creation, a growing economy and a better quality of life. However, rethinking and transforming the built environment, local energy systems, urban mobility, urban bio economy and local production and consumption systems require a major collaborative effort by multiple actors. The public sector needs to play its part in making the necessary infrastructure available and formulating policies and regulations that incentivise innovation, including circular public procurement efforts. To learn more, please also check out our Circular Economy Guidebook for Cities.

Together with, and supported by Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU), the CSCP is organizing a 2-day NetWorkshop on Circular Cities>Towns>Villages and municipal companies. The workshop will take place on 4 and 5 May 2020 at the DBU premises in Osnabrück. It will aim to Inspire and encourage decision-makers in Germany to take an active part in the circular transformation, as well as facilitate networking and the development of action platforms.

Event: Sustainable.circular: NetWorkshop Circular Cities/Towns/Villages and Municipal Utilities
Date: 4 – 5 May 2020
Time: 13:00
Location: DBU Zentrum für Umweltkommunikation, An der Bornau 2, 49090 Osnabrück
Language: English

Please contact Stephan Schaller for further questions.

What does the ‘good life’ mean to you and how could we collectively create a neighbourhood that makes such a life possible? On 30 August 2020 citizens in the city of Wuppertal will give their suggestions and the vision will be brought to life for one day and beyond. Register now to join the kick off and be part of Wuppertal’s future.

Imagine if citizens could create their perfect city! What would happen if they were given the chance to design public spaces in their neighbourhood? What would happen if actors from civil society, business, culture, politics and administration join forces to foster a movement for a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable city?

The project “Day of the good life” will start this experiment in Wuppertal building on the long history of very active civic engagement in the city. During visioning workshops in several neighbourhoods citizens will create their ideal quarter. This vision will be creatively brought to life as a prototype, supported by local artists. In parallel, citizen engagement strategies will motivate neighbours in the Ostersbaum quarter – where The Day of Good Life will take place – to shape their living environment. In regular network meetings diverse actors will – based on the visions created and the citizen engagement – develop ideas for The Day of Good Life that will show how a city could look. On the event day, 30 August 2020, streets will be blocked and several initiatives, as well as citizens, can use and design the free public space according to their needs and wishes. This event will help to increase the visibility of initiatives committed to creating a better city, as well as motivate citizens who are not yet engaged, to get involved and spark new ideas for sustainable urban development. The visions and ideas will be communicated to local political decision-makers to stimulate a new, sustainable city development and to strengthen the connection between citizens and policy-makers.

The official kick-off of the project takes place on 30 January 2020, at 5-8pm (Hall of the  Nachbarschaftsheim, Platz der Republik 24, 42107, Wuppertal). All interested actors from various fields are invited to join the event.

Please register here by 22 December.

The work of this one year project is designed to continue into the future. It is coordinated by Nachbarschaftsheim Wuppertal, Forum Soziale Innovationen, Büro für Nachhaltigkeit/ Ideaalwerk and the CSCP and funded by Stiftung Umwelt und Entwicklung NRW. A broad network of varrious civil society initiatives is supporting the project: Utopiastadt, Aufbruch am Arrenberg, Bob Kulturwerk e.V., Cronenberg will mehr …, Kreuzkirche, Lernort Wuppertal, Leben Wuppertal Nord, Netzwerk Wuppertals Urbane Gärten, PERSPEKTIVwechsel – Institut für Bildung und Beratung, Transzent.

For more information contact Alexandra Kessler. 

Photo by Nina Strehl on Unsplash

This is your opportunity to learn more about sustainable behaviour change while working and exchanging with peers from all over the world. Building on, and motivated by, an inspiring first round of our capacity building programme on sustainable behaviour change, we are happy to announce that the call for applications for the second round of the Academy of Change is now open! Apply today and secure your place!

We know that humanity is facing unprecedented challenges due to the effects of climate change that are already being felt around the world. To meet emission targets set by governments, with the aim of restricting global warming to below 1.5oC degrees compared to pre-industrial levels, we will need the public to embrace a profound shift in ways of living, alongside systemic changes in other aspects of society.

Acknowledging the challenge and responding to this need is the Academy of Change, a unique capacity building programme on sustainable behaviour change. It is designed for leaders working on climate change and sustainability engagement within the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) sector. The programme enables participants to incorporate evidence-based expertise and insights about citizen behaviours into their strategies and projects, generating greater impact from their activities.

The first round of the Academy of Change was launched in 2017. Looking back, we are proud  to have worked with more than 50 NGOs from around the world, including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth China and SlowFood International. We have defined elements of a successful behaviour change intervention as well as designed, implemented and tested three pilot interventions on the ground.

Inspired and motivated by the results, we are excited to open the next call for applications for the second round of Academy of Change! The programme is free of charge and will include strategic training, through both in-person workshops and online activities, networking opportunities and coaching sessions. The programme will consist of 7 stages, starting in May 2020 and will run for 4 months. Together we will learn about behavioural and decision-making insights, models and tools of understanding and changing behaviours, designing and implementing behaviour change interventions, as well as learn how to evaluate related impact. The content and facilitation of the programme will be delivered by the initiative partners, in combination with a line-up of high level keynote speakers, academics and experts who will deliver insight throughout the stages. You can find more details about the Academy programme here.

Due to the limited number of places in the Academy, the participants of the programme will be selected through an open application process to ensure a fair, transparent and high-quality selection procedure. A group of 40 professionals working for NGOs across the world will be carefully selected. Applications can be sent until 24 January 2020.

Are you curious and part of an NGO covering sustainability and climate topics? Are you looking for new and insightful approaches to boost the impact of your work and accelerate change in sustainable behaviours that really matter? Then apply for the next round. We are looking forward to receiving your application and driving change with you!

Academy of Change is a non-profit initiative of the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), Behaviour Change and the International Civil Society Centre (ICSC), funded by the KR Foundation.

For more information on the AoC programme, please contact Mariana Nicolau.