IN TRANSIT connects inspiring neighbourhood initiatives from Northwest Europe – through group study visits, local events and a blog – with the longer term vision to learn from each other’s experiences, exchange perspectives and to create new international networks and communities.
Stockholm/Röstånga (Sweden), Helsinki (Finland), Copenhagen (Denmark), Oslo/Kirkenes (Norway), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Glasgow (Scotland), Dublin (Ireland), London/Liverpool (England), Wuppertal/Erfurt/Tempelhof/Stephanskirchen/Berlin (Germany)
In the face of increasing social inequality, economic pressure and therefrom stemming nationalistic movements, we see an urgent need to enable citizens to look beyond their own neighbourhood and national borders. When the socio-economic gaps grow wider, mutual understanding is threatened. Already a few engaged individuals can make a big difference in a disadvantaged area or neighbourhood. We want to strengthen local engagement, through European cooperation. By instigating an open discourse across borders, cultures and disciplines, we want to foster long-term collaboration and make Europe and its strong capacity to act once again perceptible for its transnational citizenry.
We will create a strong network for exchange and future collaborations across borders. We want to find best-practice models for today’s urban challenges from social polarisation to shortage of affordable housing and access to space. We will bring together a neighborhood park-initiative from Glasgow with an alternative housing group from Oslo, a community-initiated public reading room in Rotterdam with a youth movement from outside Stockholm, thus providing the infrastructure for an on-going collaboration between innovative social tinkers from across the region. We will create synergies and strengthen unusual partnerships across borders, boundaries and disciplines. We aim at strengthening connection, agency and cohesion in Europe. We aim for a transnational civil society.
By focusing on specific socio-spatial challenges during each group study visit (social polarisation, alternative housing models, access to public/green space, social infrastructures etc.) we aim at collecting different strategies, financial and organisational models that enabled people to provide answers to these challenges. We will invite the local public to open co-creative sessions and discussion rounds with the invited European initiatives.
The results and best-practise models will be shared online and – if funded – in a collaborative publication. With additional funding we would be able to create further opportunities for exchange and to document the trips through text, images and videos on our blog and ultimately discuss the project's findings in a concluding public unconference.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
The participating initiatives from Northwest Europe would benefit enormously from an extended dialogue with other initiatives and social tinkers from across Europe. We are happy to expand the project’s scope once proven successful and are open for further collaborations and feedback on our project!