european projects

Citoyenneté - Citizenry

This project is about citizenry and community development and during the last weeks I was researching the image of citizenry in France to better understand the framework in which civic actions takes place.
I talked with a lot of people about civic rights and duties and got confirmed my impression when writing the project: people don't see much possibilities to change politics on a large scale as most of politicians "are living in another world" but many are still trying to change something on a local/regional level.

It was quite surprising for me to realize how formalized civic actions in France are, nearly everything happens under the roof of associations.

The most common understanding of a citizens' right is the right to vote. Today, citizens of about 36.000 communes in France elect new municipal councils (France has by far the most communes in Europe, Germany has about 12.000) and communes are still largely perceived as the base of local democracy and decision-making. Citizens, especially in rural areas, are very attached to their commune and they have always tended to care a great deal about local politics and local democracy.

Consumption patterns

Happy Home Wallet project aims to rediscover sustainable ways of living and to make it practically, we will deliver some workshops about a range of topics covering that aim.
In preparation for our international workshop in Ostrava about "Private consumption patterns and its impact on the local economy" we were researching about consumption patterns and we did a survey in our area to find out how "the average person" behaves.

To balance the family budget, it is probably necessary to rethink our consumption, minimize waste and reorganize our resources.

This turned out to be more complex than thought at the beginning, but very interesting ;-)

Citizenry & Community

We met with our European partners in Bangor University on 27th and 28th November 2013 to kick start our new project CITCOM - Citizenry & Community.

The meeting provided a great opportunity for all partners to introduce themselves and their organizations. We explored and compared ideas of citizenry and community processes in our countries and scheduled a series of workshops to be delivered over the coming two years. The workshops will explore and develop ideas around understanding communities, communication, critical thinking, collaborative management methods, creativity & innovation and building competencies through active citizenry.

Partners are specialists in the different fields and the project will benefit from a European wide approach. We will work with geographical communities as well as communities of interest, different levels of governance and interested individuals. These participants will be invited to take part in local, regional and international workshops and meetings. Here they will gain a better understanding of active participation in decision making, will develop a positive approach to change and skills to initiate changes in their own communities.

Funded under the Grundtvig Multilateral programme, the partners include Bangor University Wales, Kaunas University of Technology, Ecological Club of Transilvania, ALVIT Innovation and Education from Czech Republic and Training2000 of Italy.

For more information please contact us.

Happy Home Wallet

Saving MoneyThe economic crisis that hit Europe in the last five years has inevitably led to changes in people's lives. This crisis impacted concretely on household wallets changing daily choices and lifestyles of millions of Europeans. The cost of living has grown significantly and at the same time, many people have lost their jobs, thus creating a further imbalance between revenues and expenditures in household budgets.

The deterioration of the situation has forced many to face the choice of having to revise their habits even in respect of certain aspects of daily life.

In the European framework of Life Long Learning Program, we start with "Happy Home Wallet" a new project to learn and share best practices for the daily domestic routine when using available resources, but with benefits for home, collective economy and environmental sustainability.

In transnational and national workshops, held by experts on each topic, we'll learn and find new approaches to better develop the family budget under a lot of new perspectives, related to reuse, sparing, environmental sustainability, taking into account social, economic, cultural aspects.

Espaces oubliés

RomaniaWhen talking about the garden project with different people in our region, I received an invitation to an event about "Espaces oubliés" (forgotten places) in Perpignan.

It was a really interesting experience, because the presentations from local associations were inspiring and for me a practical lesson on cultural behaviour and thinking. 

The commonalities of all initiatives are:

European gardening

Apple treesFew weeks ago, we started a new European learning partnership project about gardening, with institutions from Italy, Wales, Latvia, Greece, Germany, Portugal.
The partners combine quite a mix of very different competencies, as these are private consulting companies, non-profit organizations, adult education providers, vocational training centers, a second chance school.
All have in common that they are situated in rural areas.

It's visible for everyone, rural areas have been through a dramatic transformation in recent decades, leaving significant numbers of people on the margins of mainstream society. In response to such difficulties, partners in this project have been exploring alternative strategies for local/regional development which include learning as the drive wheel of transformation.

Why & How Restore Old Houses

In the project “Exploring house through curiosity and social learning” , co-funded by the European Union, institutions from seven European countries. recorded the complex history of old houses, their architecture, their construction, their social history and the used materials.

Specialists, craftsmen, suppliers did provide information and detailed explanations to support you in the realization of your house renovation.

These tutorials and experts’ tips might help you catching some practices related to old houses.

Language: 
English
Published: 
2012-09-20
Publisher: 
cocoate.com, France
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Discover places2b in Europe!

We came together in a European project to explore places in Europe and found ourselves exploring ecology, history, economy, culture, politics, language and community. In the process we discovered each other, as well as ways of working that built bridges across boundaries and opened up the worlds of our places to share with travellers passing by.

The guide contains a selection of places from France, Greece, Italy and Wales, of course described in all these languages and English.

We chose places a little distance away from the flood of tourists, places we love.

Language: 
English
Français (French)
Greek (Ελληνικά)
Italian (Italiano)
Welsh (Cymraeg)
Published: 
2012-06-05
Publisher: 
cocoate.com, France
Type of product: 
Book
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