Movement building through learning and demonstration.
A learning and demonstration centre is a place where the public can see and experience sustainable lifestyles and practical solutions to the environmental crisis.
Demonstrations centres are needed to support:
- massive behaviour change to achieve a sustainable future
- development and sharing of innovation and good practice in sustainable living
- place-based learning and experiencing transformative local projects right across Europe.
As the old adage says, ‘you have to see it to be it’, which makes demonstration centres crucial to support behaviour change.
The organisations and people highlighted in these pages and found on the map are all examples of projects and organisations that are currently living a change-making life in one form or another. They are dedicated to sharing their stories, supporting others to be the change they want to be by opening up their spaces as demonstration centres, and building a network that increases their impact.
Empowering community change involves equipping individuals with the tools, resources, and knowledge to take control of their own destinies and address the issues they face collectively. It fosters an inclusive and participatory environment where communities can identify their needs, develop innovative solutions, and work collaboratively towards their implementation. True empowerment goes beyond temporary fixes; it aims to create lasting, self-sustaining change.