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Strengthening participation – Local action moves the world! Morning lecture 1 The 12th of July 2012 At the CPU By Kirsten Paaby. «Yes, but what can we do and how can we participate..? Any good news?. The Ideas Bank - rooted in the Futures Studies Tradition.

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Strengthening participation –

Local action moves the world!

Morning lecture 1

The 12th of July 2012

At the CPU

By Kirsten Paaby


«Yes, but what can we do and how can we participate..? Any good news?


The Ideas Bank - rooted in the Futures Studies Tradition

Robert Jungk – world citizen and future researcher


«The Future has already started»

Social Innovations

Local sustainable practices


Give back democracy to thepeople:The Futures Scenario Workshop


From Rio– call for democratic mobilisation

From Johannesburg – call for education and life long learning

with a focus on:

COMPETANCE OF ACTION


The Ideas Bank Model: Best practices - new dialogues - futurepictures


Local sustainable community development

Professional assistance to National programs such as:

  • Local Agenda 21

  • The Frontrunner Community program

  • Livable Communities

    Our contribution:

  • Pedagogical presentations on sustainable community development

  • Methods for dialogue and partnership

  • Collecting and dissemination of best practices


«Sustainable development has been successfully localisedNo longer a distant, theoretical concept but on filled with meaning and evoked in everyday realities» Stefan Kuhn, ICLEI Director for Urban Governance


Local Action has moved the world!

Some key findings from the ICLEI-review:

«Compared to processes initiated by the public sector…the civil society actors are usually characterized by a higher degree of creativity and willingness to explore new solitions..»

«Local sustainability processes are hubs of social innovations.»


Samsø Energy Academy

  • Students in all ages meets the people behind the work to be selfsufficient with enery and creating a vital local community

  • The students learn what they themselves can do – instead of threatening with the global warming


DemocraticEcology – theHalkær Ådal Valley, Denmark

«The stork has returned…»

..and it takes twice as long to shop at the Co-op»


The Future Scenario Workshop a successfull method


HyldespjældetHousing Cooperative - Denmark

- Worldrecord in action plans for sustainabledevelopment

- Socialequality

- Energysavings, ecologicalconsumption


The City District Sagene – innovative and creative work in making dialogues with the citizens – testemony of participation


Young People makingthefuturein Øvre Eiker (Norway)


Global follow up in Fredrikstad(Norway)

Twinning and exchange networks with towns in Guatemala since 1985


  • One ofthedoors to participation

  • Education


From Rio– call for democratic mobilisation

From Johannesburg – call for education and life long learning

with a focus on:

COMPETANCE OF ACTION


2005-2014The UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development – ”learning to changeourworld”


The Decade promotes:

  • Interdisciplinary and holistic learning

  • Values-based learning

  • Critical thinking

  • Multi-method approaches

  • Participatory decision making

  • Locally relevant information


The Target Groups:

New competance for action

  • Pupils, students

  • Society as a whole

  • Life long learning


The Balancing Act

Nordic Campaign and pedagogic project promoting the UN decade for Education for sustainable development


The pedagogicplatformofthe Nordic civicformation -

  • Grundtvigsconceptofcivicformation:

  • Formationoftheindividual – formation in community

  • Embracestheformation as an:

  • Individual

  • Memberofthesociety

  • World citizen

«Lifeskills and a school for life»


Risør highschool in Norway –Eco-lighthouse and youth entrepreneurship

Glocal action – Proud students opened first fair-trade shop downtown Risør (Foto: Aust Agder Blad)


Nordens folkhögskola Biskops-Arnö(Sweden)

Glocal action – from Sweden to Africa


The Vestjylland folk highschool (Denmark)-The «Garden of Wonder»- Sustainablesolutions: Energy, food and buildings- Learning from experts – and practicing- Cooperation withthelocalcivilsociety


«Ecological loops of learning»

In partnerships


«Our Common Learning»«Our Common future»

The Balancing Act

www.thebalancinact.info


«Where to find more…..»

  • BALLE – Business Alliance for LocalLivingEconomy

  • ICLEI – International Council for LocalEnvironmentalInitiatives. LocalGovernments for Sustainabilitywww.iclei.org

  • The Transisition Towns Network

  • The Slow-foodmovement

  • YES!Magazine

  • www.idebanken.no

  • www.thebalancing.act.info

  • ………………………………….

    Thankyou for yourattention


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