Democracy and participation, Communities, ● Resilience

Welcoming and Resilient communities


Who is behind this?

Chrysoula Petala



Who is joining forces?

Resilient Thessaloniki


In Youthnest we share the same values with Resilient Thessaloniki, and we support theirs actions through our innovative approach.

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

Our vision is to create a safe, inclusive and collaborative community, that promotes active participation, synergies and awareness. We are going to support this vision with a strategic action plan with participatory tailored events, that takes into consideration resiliency needs of our local community,namely,inclusiveness of immigrants, combating youth unemployment, and the effective management of the unfriendly weather conditions that affect mostly the elderly.

Where will your idea take place?

Thessaloniki, Greece and all cities in Europe that are member of “100 Resilient Cities .

Why does Europe need your idea?

The challenges of safety and inequality are overturned by developing shared-values communities. We reinforce democratic process of gathering people’s input increasing the direct participation and the popular sovereignty. We believe that a strong civil society is needed for a strong democracy.

What is your impact?

The educational material produced and the role of community liaisons, will enable both citizens and the local authorities to react more coordinated and in a more effective time frame. The wide participation through local events will increase the feeling of welcoming and inclusiveness.

How do you get there?

In order to develop “community liaisons” between the locals and the municipality, we will create participatory events based on human-centered approach. Nothing similar has ever designed for Greece combining welcoming and inclusivity with urban resilience issues. We will examine the following: (youth-unemployment, elderly-extreme weather conditions, immigrants-inclusiveness). Our partner, Resilient Thessaloniki, will engage the municipality with the solutions that were found by the community.

What is your story?

Having experienced ourselves how an impersonal society looks like and as locals with high empathy with disadvantaged communities we strive to achieve our vision. We are confident that our idea could lead to that specific direction.

Who are you doing it for?

We bring together a diverse audience of key stakeholders from diverse sectors across the city that are not already working together but must work together in crisis and in cases of emergency (active citizens from different neighborhoods, new arrivals, immigrants, vulnerable groups).

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We would like any feedback from experts who are relevant in the field of our idea project, good practices and examples from similar activities in Europe.


Idea created on Jan. 18, 2018

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