Youth and the City – Young people for fair and Green cities (Summer School)

Project Background

Alternative Urbanisation Working Group (AU WG) of CDN gathers young people interested in exploring, discussing and learning about alternatives to current urban practices in the Central and Eastern Europe. It was established in 2013 after an event on democratic participation of young people in their cities.

Since then, the WG has organised online movie discussions and calls for articles. In 2016, the WG conducted the study session “Reclaim the city” on topic of youth participation in creating inclusive and sustainable cities, in European Youth Center in Budapest. In 2018, WG successfully implemented one year long project “Urban Steps for Resilient Future”, consisting of an international training of trainers, four regional trainings, and 11 local actions implemented by young activists in 10 different countries. 
Today, majority of the world’s population lives in urban areas and the number is only expected to increase in future.

With this project we want to empower youth to discuss and cooperate in the development of the alternatives to current manners of urbanisation in Central and Eastern European cities. We see the current urbanisation in our cities characterised by a low amount of governmental regulations, lack of public, especially young people’s, opinion consideration in planning and shaping the cities, lack of tools for political participation for youth or will from the political stakeholders to foster it.

These are followed by socially and environmentally unsustainable practices – gentrification, suburbanisation, exclusion, injustice, pollution and lack of space for the young people to socialise. We would like to adress these issues, as we consider cities the best platform for local, community-lead change to take place. We believe that this project will contribute to defining and popularising the AlterUrb concept as a very practical and recognized element of progressive youth politics as it is rooted in principles of inclusion, participation, social and environmental justice and empowers the youth to take action on community level. 

Alternative Urbanisation is based on values of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality and respect for human rights. We are convinced that we need more pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality.

Aims and objectives

Considering the above mentioned, with this summer school we aim to conceptualise and promote the model of sustainable and democratic cities among active young people in the Central and Eastern Europe and provide them with tools for reclaiming their cities.
The objectives of the project are:

  1. To create a space for youth to discuss the concept and role of Alternative Urbanisation in shaping the future of the cities
  2. To empower young people to use the city as a platform for doing local, Green and alternative politics;
  3. To create a toolkit of positive practices and methods of influencing politics on a very local level.

Project Summary

Date: 5-9 August 2019

Duration: 5 working days

Working language: English

Number of participants: 25

The program will be based on the principles of non-formal education and intercultural learning. We strive for active, inclusive and direct communication, as well as transfer and sharing of knowledge. Sessions will be balanced between theoretical inputs, training, workshops, discussions, reflection, planning, brainstorming and other interactive methods of learning.

This project is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of CDNEE and with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation.

Poziv za sudionike: Second Steps for Alternative Urbanisation (Regionalni trening u Srbiji)

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CDN najavljuje poziv za sudionike drugog Balkanskog regionalnog treninga u sklopu našeg godišnjeg radnog plana “Urban Steps for Resilient Future – Building Youth Activism in Eastern Europe”. Regionalni trening će se odvijati od 11 do 15 srpnja/jula u Beogradu, Srbiji i okupit će sudionike iz Bosne i Hercegovine, Hrvatske, Crne Gore i Srbije. Continue reading

Call for prep team: Regional Training in Belarus

CDN and its Alternative Urbanization Working Group are announcing a call for members of the preparation team for the Balkans (1) Regional Training of our Annual Work Plan “Urban Steps for Resilient Future – Building Youth Activism in Eastern Europe” that will take place between 4-8 July in Grodno, Belarus. Continue reading

Call for prep team: Regional Training in Albania

CDN and its Alternative Urbanization Working Group are announcing a call for members of the preparation team for the Balkans (1) Regional Training of our Annual Work Plan “Urban Steps for Resilient Future – Building Youth Activism in Eastern Europe” that will take place from 20-24 June in Tirana, Albania.

The project is a part of our annual work plan and is going to (1) enable young people to analyse their cities (think global) and (2) equip them with capabilities to conduct local activities on the spot with the goal to improve their communities (act local). Continue reading

Call for Participants: Urban Steps for Resilient Future

Cooperation and Development Network of Eastern Europe is happy to announce the call for participants for the International Activity (Training for Trainiers) that will take place from 24-29 April near Istanbul, Turkey.

The project is a part of our annual work plan and is going to

  • enable young people to analyse their cities (think global);
  • equip them with capabilities to conduct local activities on the spot with the goal to improve their communities (act local).

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Coordination Team of #UrbanSteps met in Istanbul!

The Coordination Team of CDN’s “Urban Steps for Resilient Future – Building Youth Activism in Eastern Europe” Annual Work Plan met in Istanbul between 25 and 29 January 2018.

The team spent three long working days in preparing the first phase of the project, a kick-ass “Training for Trainers” for all youth activist from Eastern Europe! The Training for Trainers will take place in Istanbul, Turkey from 24-29 April 2018.

The participants of this activity will become the trainers that will organise regional trainings in Albania, Belarus, Georgia and Serbia in June and July, which makes the second phase of the project. As a result participants from the regional trainings will conduct local projects in their cities in the third phase.

The Annual Work Plan is going to last for the whole year and it has three phases! So this is just the beginning 🙂 If you are interested in reading the full project description and learn more about the phases it can be found HERE.

The objectives of this project are:

  • To understand what and why of alter-urbanisation
  • To develop advocacy and project management skills
  • To foster cooperation among CDN Member Organisations and Urban Groups at national and international level
  • Make local actions!

The Calls for Participants will be out soon so stay tuned! #UrbanSteps

News from Alternative Urbanisation Working Group

As you might have already noticed a lot of things have been going on in the Alternative Urbanisation Working Group!

Our Annual Work Plan got approved by the European Youth Foundation and we are more than excited to invite you to learn more about it HERE, as well as to follow its progress and make sure you don’t miss any calls and important information regarding it! Continue reading

Call for Coordination Team: Urban Steps For Resilient Future

CDN and its Alternative Urbanization Working Group are announcing a call for members of the international Coordination Team of our Annual Work Plan “Urban Steps for Resilient Future – Building Youth Activism in Eastern Europe”. The project is a follow up of CDN’s Study Session in the European Youth Center Budapest from 2016 titled “Reclaim Your City” and aims to explore Urban activism as an entry point for youth participation, to help young people turn their ideas into concrete actions and to enable young people to articulate their political demands to the local authorities and stakeholders. The full project description can be found HERE.

Coordination Team members are going to coordinate the Annual Work Plan and all its activities – Training of Trainers, Regional Trainings and Local Action – with a full support of a member of CDN Secretariat and Executive Committee respectively.

We are looking for young people that are passionate about alternative ways of urbanization, fair, inclusive and green cities, youth participation in political decision making, as well as the values of the Green movement. The call is open for people coming from Council of Europe member states, as well as Kosovo*, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

DEADLINE for submitting online applications: 23rd December 2017 at Midnight (CET). Continue reading

Urban Steps for Resilient Future – Building Youth Activism in Eastern Europe

CDN is organising a long-term project that will address urban communities – particularly the way they are built (environmentally and socially) – and young people’s role in shaping and improving those. Public spaces and urban commons are political and social areas that young people identify with and where they exercise their rights. There is a need for reclaiming those spaces and strengthening young people’s ties to them. In order to empower young people in reshaping their communities through direct actions – based on principles of democracy and inclusion – to create more sustainable green cities, we want to: Continue reading

Call for articles: Alternative Urbanisation

The development of autonomous local self-governments is a crucial element of the long-term transition to democracy in Central and Eastern Europe and the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union. CDN’s Alternative Urbanisation Working Group decided to open a call for articles on this very topic, with a focus on urban self-management. Continue reading