We welcome and encourage new participants in the Urban Alternatives project. All participants should share a commitment to our goals and subscribe to the underpinning ethos of our ‘about’ section. All participants must join with an institutional affiliation - we extend our understanding of this from activist organizations and community groups through to political parties and think tanks.
The project is governed by a steering group that includes all of the founding participants. The steering group formed following the Fearless Cities gathering in June 2017, and has been responsible for developing the process, themes and initial initiatives displayed on the map. New participants are invited to join one of our six thematic working groups: Citizen Participation Mechanisms, Democratic Remunicipalization, Inclusive Housing & Public Space, Migration & Citizenship Rights, Social & Solidarity Economy, and Socio-Ecological Transformation.
Whilst the first initiatives mapped were identified and discussed by the steering group and their associated networks, future submissions will undergo a critical review by the appropriate thematic group. Following submission, thematic groups collaborate in developing a shared understanding of the initiative, with a view to identifying those values and characteristics that identify this is an exemplary initiative. The final information displayed on an initiative will reflect both the submission and the deliberations of the thematic groups.
How to collaborate
There are four principal ways to collaborate with Urban Alternatives:
Submit an initiative to the process. In submitting an initiative, you are more than providing data to a map. You are participating in a process of developing a collective understanding of what transformative urban change looks like. Following submission of the case, a thematic group will be in contact with you for further discussion, and may also invite you to join the group.
Join a thematic group. In joining a thematic group, you are participating in the lifeblood of the collaboration. With support of the steering group, thematic groups work together in developing a critical understanding of initiatives. The thematic groups are the primary way through which the collaboration will develop its networks, perspectives, and shared projects.
Share an event. If you are hosting a public event that is relevant to our themes, and you share the underpinning ethos of our ‘about’ section, please submit your event. The steering group will check the details of your event before making it live.
Join the steering group. Our steering formed through an organic process, but we’re expecting to welcome new participants as we move forward. We don’t quite know how this will work yet, but we’re likely to source new steering group participants from our thematic groups.
If you’d like to find out more about what collaborating in the Urban Alternatives project could look like for you, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org