Engaging and Empowering Communities to Create Change

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Engaging and Empowering Communities to Create Change and to Believe in their Futures

More than at any time in the past, it will be essential to mobilise at a local level, Millennials, Gen-Z can play an important role in mobilising local level communities and moreover to link them into others with similar interests. In the past mass movements such as the Suffragettes. Workers Movements, Environmental groups, Human Rights Movement in the USA, Anti-Apartheid in South Africa have been successful in mobilising mass engagement. To mitigate the massive problems of the CONVID-19 aftermath will require the mobilisation at a local level to then unite in a global common cause to ensure the solutions are for the many and not the few. Many approaches are available: among others, the Theatre of the Oppressed, for example

The Mandela Centre for Change

What they do and how they work

Mandela Center for Change

The Theatre of the Oppressed New York City
Types of theatres of the oppressed similarities and differences
An Italian based international example
Water Democracy

Examples from South Africa and other countries

Food sovereignty and security

Eaxmaples internationally

International youth exchanges
The Barefoot College
Worker rights

Examples from global supply chains


Ideas for mobilising and to promote change

The fundamental idea is to find cohesion around a common cause to benefit the local community and eventually society at large. Here we would like to exchange ideas on empowering communities and groups to create change

Cultural, socioeconomic and industrial heritage

Understand our past to collectively shape Europe’s future and its role in confronting the global issues of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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This relates to SDG 11 – 11.4 to strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage. But also SDG 14 Life Below Water and Life on Land from the perspective of sustainability and biodiversity.

How do we define Culture?

UNESCO definition of cultural heritage

The term cultural heritage encompasses several main categories of heritage: 

  • Cultural heritage
    • Tangible cultural heritage: 
      • movable cultural heritage (paintings, sculptures, coins, manuscripts)
      • immovable cultural heritage (monuments, archaeological sites, and so on)
      • underwater cultural heritage (shipwrecks, underwater ruins, and cities)
    • Intangible cultural heritage: oral traditions, performing arts, rituals
  • Natural heritage: natural sites with cultural aspects such as cultural landscapes, physical, biological or geological formations
  • Heritage in the event of armed conflict

Cultural Heritage in Europe

More than 400 of the 1,121 UNESCO World Heritage Sites are located in Europe. The EU constitutes only 7% of the world’s population, 20% of global GDP almost 40% of global public spending on social protection. The principles of Europe’s ‘Social Model’ were laid down in the Treaty of the European Community.  Of the 117 UN and Bretton Wood’s Institutions globally, 71 are located in Europe, of which 40 are in EU Member States and includes the International Court of Justice. A European, jointly with a Canadian, drafted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Europe is second largest contributor to the United Nations System, the World’s largest provider of development aid and was a major actor in shaping the Sustainable Development Goals and the principle driver of the Climate Change Agenda. 

Cultural heritage from a humanism, tolerance, and democracy perspective

The European Parliament’s report argued that the road to creating a European Historical Memory requires a critical ‘culture of remembering’ to be developed. European history has overemphasized the dimension of the atrocities of two world wars, especially World War II, as the overriding rationale for creating the EU, the so-called world’s largest peace project. This approach is problematic in yet another respect since it reduces European history to a matter of the post-First- World-War period. Historical complexity is hence unduly reduced, obscuring broader (inter-)relations essential in the understanding of contemporary Europe, one that has evolved on the foundation of European core values such as humanism, tolerance, and democracy.

It is also these values of humanism, tolerance, and democracy that have to be drawn upon in this particular moment of COVID-19, building solidarity within the many European sub-cultures and cultures to join with humanity through the globe to debate common solutions. Primarily, the Millennium and Gen-Z generations and draw upon and expand upon the existing youth partnerships of those involved in this initiative.

Cultural Heritage in other regions

Movable cultural heritage

(paintings, sculptures, coins, manuscripts)

Immovable cultural heritage

Underwater cultural heritage

Intangible cultural heritage

oral traditions, performing arts, rituals

Natural heritage:

Industrial Heritage

Heritage in the event of armed conflict

How Storytelling relates to cultural heritage


Agriculture and Nutrition

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The place to discuss issues relating to SDG 1 No Poverty & SDG 2 Zero Hunger. Remember this is in a global context. There will also be regional perspectives.

Agriculture – A global overview

Nutrition – A Global overview

The water agriculture energy nexus

The role of women in agriculture

Food security and sovereignty

Threats to biodiversity

The rich starving the poor

Fair Trade

Sustainable Agriculture

Access to resources

Movements promoting change

International agencies

RSS News Feeds



The basic idea that we can learn from our own and collective histories. It could be impressions (at whatever age) of visiting a place of cultural interest, your family local traditions and folklore, socio-economic conditions, how you travelled to school or in general with your family. What did you do in your free time with friends as a child. Did you grow your own food, how and where. The list can go on. Post your short story or stories/experiences fr us to enjoy and draw some inspiration on what are values-traditions that could be used to inspire our idea of the world we want.

These can be short or longer posts with an attachment of necessary. The idea is that we will look at the feasibility of posting them on YouTube

Some thoughts on stories to tell

Childhood memories

Stories handed down from grandparents and parents

Access to resources


Environmental changes



Technology – including appropriate low-cost technology

Stories relating to gender


Justice and safety