This 2019 project aims to bring together progressive and transformative trans-local city networks, to connect them and facilitate their exchanges, ultimately contributing to a positive narrative for the future of Europe.
Despite increasing divisions and the rise of right-wing forces on the European and national scenes, many European cities are pursuing a progressive, positive and transnationally networked vision.
Cities are organising themselves increasingly in trans-local networks, such as Energy Cities, Fearless Cities, and Food Cities. As such, this type of governance is becoming all the more relevant at a transnational level in Europe.
Project Objectives and Activities
Building upon the expertise gained in the implementation of previous transnational projects on Urban Commons, the ‘Cities as Places of Hope in the European Union’ project will focus on these progressive city networks that are a key factor in the development for a positive narrative on the future of Europe.
Bringing together political, civil, and economic actors, the partner foundations will discuss how these networks can gain more power at the European level. As well as this, it will form a connected space where engaged citizens can find partner states for support in developing urban commons as an answer to bureaucratic state dominance and aggressive commodification.
This project will see a series of events across Europe, drawing together progressive and transformative forces to connect them to the Green movement and facilitate their exchanges.