The purpose of the Compassos Institute is to debate ideas related to the marginality of youngsters and adults with special needs that cannot enter the labor market.
We also strive to develop ways to minimize and prevent environmental damage in Brazil.
The Compassos Action Project is multidisciplinary and works in different spheres, the main one being biodynamic agriculture. Families, schools and the community will all be welcomed.
We will offer practical experience creating a collective vegetable garden, as well as student training, courses and lectures.
We hope for this project to be replicated in neighboring cities.
The Compost Company started as a reaction to waste management problems, in a neighbourhood with a lot of community garden projects. We aim to provide our members with a composting service, eliminating waste while improving soil fertility.
We pick up their green waste weekly and they get several compost products back. We also compost commercial waste to sell outside of our subscription service.
We aim to employ mostly refugees and help them get on their feet and find their way around Dutch society. The municipality reacted very enthusiastically to our plans and is helping us grow to increase our service area, and providing us with a place to start our business.
The organisation was established by a group of permaculturists and transitioners who joined forces to communicate, and inspire people about, the message of regeneration in Greece. Compostopía is a co-created and interactive theatrical event about composting and upcycling.
Before each event, it gets to know the bioregion and establish a dynamic Bioregional directory. This is a community database that captures the wealth of each bioregion in terms of the: people (skills, needs, offers), surplus (products, services, tools, machinery), resources (waste materials) and community issues that can be addressed by pooling resources.
It integrates this information into a performance, which is delivered in conjunction with local communities. It engages and trains local youth in designing, organising and executing Compostop?a. It utilises wasted resources to make the stage/costumes. It integrates local organic farmers and producers by serving meals with their ingredients.
After the performance, it brings participants together to kickstart or present projects, all based on reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, sharing resources, utilising waste and covering our needs with what it already has.
This integral cooperative was founded to reverse a process common to many rural Portuguese towns: population loss, the abandonment of agriculture and the decline of local commerce.
Located in Montemor-o-Novo (a small town in the south of Portugal), Minga is creating tools that support the development of local circular economies, whilst aiming to operate in all sectors needed for living: the production of goods, services, housing, health, education etc.
Minga has supported the creation of new businesses in different fields, including biocosmetics, ceramics, detergents, clothes and solar panel installations. It shares the administrative and management costs among its members and operates a financially sustainable shop that sells local products.
It promotes agro-ecological farming practices and helps to organize production and distribution channels for local farmers. It shares a space that acts as a venue for socio-cultural activities and operates an internal currency that facilitates the exchange of products and services between members.
Through its work, Minga promotes ‘degrowth’ principles that include: the deeper integration of humans in ecosystems, consuming less, reusing resources and sourcing locally, seasonally and slowly.
As three women working in the woodland industry, Cultivate observe the under-representation of women in this sector. Its work is gratifying and ecologically sound; contributing to the regeneration of woodlands, and reducing the ‘need’ for cheap imports. Cultivate finds that this work constantly reminds us of our place in the fragile ecosystem.
Cultivate is keen to get young women out into the woods to develop their own relationship with the natural world through practical activities. Through these activities, they may be motivated into lifework which supports environmental regeneration, and challenges gender roles and wealth accumulation as indicators of success.
Over time, it hopes to acquire a woodland base, practicing agro-ecology, where young women can develop skills to become mentors to the next generation.
A rural community in the Brazilian Amazon, Cupulate de Acará will create a chocolate-like product called Cupulate, made from the seeds of a fruit called Cupuaçu. The community has many natural resources, including a wide range of fruits. However, the commercial use of these resources is limited, because of the low selling price of raw produce.
The project will generate additional income for the community members, based on a regenerative agricultural business model. It will support the community in their explicitly expressed wish to regenerate and strengthen their traditions and customs, which include a close relationship to nature and each other.
A group of twelve people from the surrounding region are interested in producing Cupulate to sell in fairs and restaurants in the capital.
Cyrenians Farm, based near Edinburgh, Scotland, uses organic and permaculture principles and was established in 1972 as a Community Care Farm working with homelessness in a different way.
They created “residential communities” where homeless people could come and live alongside others coming from more stable backgrounds. The mixing of peer support and a stable home offered people a real chance to find their feet, feel heard and to create a safe space to build their lives.
Today it still hosts a community of young people coming from a background of homelessness, but is also a successful income generating farm.
The Dalia Association was established in 2007 with the belief that Palestinians should control their own development. Palestinians receive one of the highest rates of international aid, leading to the deterioration of a strong civil society.
Dalia Association utilise the resources necessary to empower a vibrant, independent and accountable civil society acting at the grass-roots level, through community controlled grant making. It focuses on four dimensions that ensures holistic community development: environmental, cultural, social, and local economy. Communities are empowered by being able to control their own development by identifying the problems within their community and enacting their own solutions.
Diritti a Sud (DaS) is an Italian association comprised of people from different generations, social and cultural backgrounds. Its core philosophy is ‘Think Global Act Local’.
DaS promotes a multicultural society through encouraging the meeting and exchange of different cultures – such as through cooking lessons, living libraries, a free Italian language school for migrants, and other public event.
Its main project is producing ‘Sfruttazero’ (‘Zero exploitation’) – a natural tomato sauce that is grown using agro-ecological farming methods. It’s produced by DaS in collaboration with the Association Solidaria in Bari and has resulted in job contracts for 25 people (including unemployed Italians and African migrants). A proportion of sales from Sfruttazero goes towards a fund for supporting the struggle of migrants that still live in Southern Italy’s ghettos.
Sfruttazero shows that another kind of work is possible – work that respects nature and promotes human and workers’ rights in the local community.
We regenerate the mountain ecosystems of our ancestral Andean lands through afforestation and reforestation with native species, and with the capture and propagation of beneficial microorganisms to improve soil fertility.
We provide trainings for campesino families in the importance of reforestation, conservation of natural resources, and returning to indigenous agro-ecological farming methods. We support community livelihoods by providing fruit trees, medicinal plants and Andean grains for family gardens.
For us, the regeneration of soils and waters goes hand in hand with regeneration of culture and ancestral knowledge. As such we are an example of both social and ecological regeneration.
Earth Freedom Collective is a decentralized network of co-ops working in the domains of food, solar, housing, hemp/cannabis and health justice sanctuaries. Each co-op has a trauma-informed workforce development component, providing economic opportunity to society’s most marginalized.
The collective has access to over 700 acres of rural land in Northern California and a network of urban eco-villages in Oakland seeking to address issues of racial and economic justice, community health, sustainable housing and climate resilience.
It is working with diverse community partners to establish a hybrid model LLC cooperative and community land trust rooted in black and Indigenous land reclamation. These channels will provide practical pathways for large numbers of people to gain access to land, food and freedom from exploitation. It envisions the creation of numerous healing centers anchored by elders from various wisdom traditions that provide spiritual and practical support for marginalized communities.
Peasant men and women are the central pillars of agroecological food and seed production in Eastern Europe.
We will facilitate access to knowledge sharing and cooperation within the region, especially for peasant women as they have a leading role in seed saving. The project will empower them to connect through working groups, elevating their role in building sovereignty through common stewardship of seeds and other natural resources.
Through the project, we will facilitate leadership building through meetings and will produce materials, publications and facilities for the renewal of their community seed base and operations.
ECOLISE was established in 2014 to facilitate closer collaboration between community-led initiatives for action on climate change and sustainability. By focusing on citizen engagement in community-led action, the network aims to support the transition to a regenerative society and economy.
ECOLISE facilitates a collaborative platform for knowledge sharing and developing awareness of existing initiatives. It also advocates for policy development that will nurture, not hinder, grassroots, community-led action.
ECOLISE currently has 43 member organisations based in 18 countries. Members include international networks of community-led initiatives, such as the Transition Network, the Global Ecovillage Network and the Permaculture movement, as well as other local and regional networks such as ICLEI.
Flagship projects include: the European Day of Sustainable Communities; the Knowledge Commons, which encompasses the ECOLISE wiki; and the Sustainable Communities Programme, which works to create an enabling environment for community-led action. Through these activities, ECOLISE aims to support systemic change.
Ecosystem Restoration Camps aim to restore degraded land whilst training people in ecosystem restoration. They do this by building camps on degraded land; using the camps to house trainees that learn how to restore the land around them. The first camp is being set up in South-Eastern Spain, and has started the initial process of restoring the land: de-compacting the soil, planting the first 100 trees and building the camp’s initial structures.
It has also planted 50,000 trees donated by Ecosia to restore the ecology of a local mountain and has partnered with a local farmers’ association to collaborate with local farmers in developing their regenerative agricultural practices. The camp’s education programme and business ideas are currently being developed.
Ecosystem Restoration Camps (ERC) exist to regenerate our soils, souls and societies. Camps are built on or near land that is degraded, and ‘campers’ who seek to learn how to restore natural and agricultural ecosystems, economies and communities are welcomed.
Restoration techniques learnt are then shared with land owners surrounding the camps.
The ‘ERC’ idea arose in 2016 when ecosystem ambassador John D. Liu began discussing the concept. This galvanised people from around the world and resulted in the organisation’s launch in February 2017.
The first camp was set up in the Murcian region of Spain where people have been living and learning how to restore the land around them since June 2017. This camp is now in its second phase: having built soil carbon and soil organic matter content, retained water and increased biodiversity, it is now creating an agroforestry system using plants that are commonly used in the region.
The system was designed to inspire other local landowners to think about how they can still farm the same crops but in more regenerative ways.
A second camp is about to open in Mexico, and there are plans for camps in California, the Netherlands, Australia and Brazil. The Foundation also organises Re-Generation Festivals, where mass land-restoration activities are run alongside performances from world class musicians, theatre makers and artists.
ex aqua is part of Enactus, an international non-profit organization providing a platform for students to create community development projects with a social entrepreneurship approach. The project focuses on the Toliara region in southwest Madagascar where people suffer heavily from malnutrition.
More than 75% of the population lives below the poverty threshold of $1.9 per day. Additionally, 65% of the coral reefs in the region have died over the past 50 years, and decades of overfishing have decimated the fish stock. As a result, Madagascan fishermen are in need of an additional source of food and income.
Conventional marine bathing sponges are removed from the reef directly, but ex aqua has a sustainable approach to avoid further exploitation of the reef. Ripe sponges are halved and one part is left to regrow. ex aqua empowers fishermen to sustainably grow and harvest sponges and highly nutritious algae in the ocean.
ex aqua’s partner on site is Reef Doctor, a UK-based non-profit organisation that has been conducting conservation as well as social development projects in south-west Madagascar for 15 years. Reef Doctor’s experience provides an immense advantage for ex aqua in terms of regional knowledge, a very familiar contact with the locals, and the trust of the local community.
The European Agroecology Learning and Training Network is a project with social transformation at its core.
Our aim is to connect peasants and new farmers around Europe so as to promote the exchange of existing peasant knowledge and best practices in the field of Agroecology.
Peer-to-peer knowledge exchange will increase the autonomy of peasants in regard to conventional agricultural methods and will promote the agro-ecological method that restores the ecosystem, favours biodiversity, society and culture.
Creating a horizontal exchange will also strengthen solidarity within peasant communities, as well as with other social groups.
To achieve our objectives, we are working to create an online platform and to set up regular training and learning initiatives.
In 1986 the European Farmers Coordination was founded. In 2008, this merged with additional farmer organisations to form the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC). ECVC is a unique space of social movement building around food and agricultural systems, working for peace and social change.
ECVC’s aim is to improve the situation of peasants in Europe. In the area of public policies it is present in different European and international policy spaces promoting peasantry and food sovereignty.
The organisation’s main goal is to promote agroecology as a peasant way of life, with a strong social component and practical knowledge exchange. It is defending the right to peasant life, engaging to create new or change legal frameworks.
Farm Okukuna was established by the City of Windhoek and the World Future Council to improve food and nutrition security in Namibia’s capital.
The City has provided three hectares of land in the informal settlements and hired a care taker. The local Eloolo Permaculture Initiative has designed the site and now runs a weekly Permaculture course.
Farm Okukuna was founded on the belief that all Namibians can take part in shaping their environment to become more abundant and resilient in the face of great environmental and economic challenges. It seeks to develop urban Permaculture farming methods that are adapted to the challenging Windhoek climate.
It also aims to inspire, inform and collect knowledge for shack dwellers on how to grow food around their homes in informal settlements. Rainwater harvesting, grey water systems, compost toilets and food and nutrition training, as well as the development of micro-enterprises and marketing support, are part of the project.
In time, Farm Okukuna hopes to become a nationally recognised local centre for programmes connected to food and nutrition security.
Farm2platemalaysia was founded because it was felt that organic farmers’ markets would benefit from cooking demonstrations, to educate consumers about how to cook and eat local produce. It started cooking workshops for kids and adults at a local organic farmers’ market and a local organic farm.
Some of its projects collaborate with small scale organic farmers, with 65% of the profit returning back to them. It also conducts cooking modules at a school. Its modules are modified from Alice Water’s The Edible Schoolyard Project so that it fits into the country’s setting. It wants to see more children connected to soil, learning to grow food and cook.