Democracy and participation, Urban development, Sustainable Development

Urban alliance for sustainable transformation


Who is behind this?

Marlene Haas

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Who is joining forces?

Cromo Foundation


We worked with Cromo during a SUSY project (sustainable & solidarity economy) and definitely want to share our experiences between Frankfurt and Budapest if we succeed in developing the idea.

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

We need democratic innovation to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. Our idea: founding local alliances which lead to a democratisation of policy making. Current policies often are unsustainable because they don’t integrate practicality for local business and civil society, e.g. hygiene laws that demand packaging vs. unpacked ambitions. We want to activate local economy to ally with civil society. Let’s build new relationships to strengthen policy making from civil society’s perspective.

Where will your idea take place?

The idea is born in Frankfurt, Germany.

Why does Europe need your idea?

We strengthen it with a culture of ‘civic lobbying’ and ‘new dialogue’ to create solutions instead of leaving the field to old-fashioned lobbyists. We (local players) need to be organized to reach the SDG. We ally as local multi-stakeholder-alliances developing ‘our policy’ to enable transformation.

What is your impact?

The culture of making politics has changed. The alliance is known as acceptable forum. There will be insights that many SDG issues can be solved by establishing dialogues between diverse peer groups as members of democracy. What sounds simple is not because every ‘side’ has to let go its enemies.

How do you get there?

The main aspect will be to encourage different peers for their democratic power regarding the SDG. Challenge: It seems like many are afraid to get involved. Therefore we will organize a kick-off open to everybody interested in transformation to create a common understanding of the alliance (vision, mission, ecosystem & culture). “What’s stopping us from reaching the SDG? What kind of policies would help? Where is current policy counterproductive?” These will be guiding questions afterwards.

What is your story?

As NGO founder and (unpaid) Vice President of the CCI in Frankfurt I gained many insights of both worlds. Still, I have my vision of a conscious society free of greed with a resilient local economy instead of anonymous global players. And I learned that we need more democracy bottom up to reach it.

Who are you doing it for?

I do it for those who want to change something but don’t know how. And I do it for myself because I love the feeling of being part of a movement instead of separating, of experiencing new ways instead of the proved, of being someone who did something for our grandchildren instead of procrastinating.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

I’d like to know if there is experience with economy in policy making and if there is criticism, e.g. that economy can’t act as civic actor. Because the reaction often is: To strengthen democracy, we need education for children or online tools, but not a space for ‘the economy’.


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Idea created on Jan. 17, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 17, 2018

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