In spring 2023, the first European prototype of the ResidenZ program will be published. Two candidates will have the opportunity to work in Algoceira, Portugal, and Rothenklempenow and the region on the topic of water for at least 4 months, with the support of the new transnational network. This was created thanks to the exchange program.
Applications and further information will be announced on these pages.
Thus, this exchange project was the beginning of a hopefully fruitful European cooperation.
This pilot project is designed to support the launch of the UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030. The goal of this novel scholarship program is to make urgently needed transformation to climate-friendly and sustainable management possible. Ecosystems are conceived here in the Otto Scharmer sense or with the Beuys approach of social sculpture, as holistic systems with people. It is about thinking about the common good and the regeneration and restoration of all ecosystems together.
The task is active and place-based transformation for the achievement of climate goals and 17 sustainability goals. Actors from all sectors are stuck in their old patterns or old economic constraints. Transforming a farm, a business or even an entire community requires extra commitment and time. Rural infrastructure and rural exodus is a societal challenge and more exchange and action is needed as well as concepts that are a way to try out rural life. In addition, it can be assumed that the Friday for Future generation is looking for new educational paths in order to be able to contribute and specialise.
The pilot project is to find local solutions with the following concept: A company, community or initiative is provided with a 'residenZ', scholarship holder, to continue necessary transformation areas. This residenZ was filled in advance through a call for applications. The applicants have applied for topics such as the conversion of a community to renewable energies, a more sustainable agriculture, solution of water challenges as well as education for sustainable development.
The special feature here is that the topics are explored with the local people, whereby a prerequisite is to live locally for the duration of the project, i.e. in the place where the events take place. In addition, the project is accompanied by at least one local mentor and integrated and networked with the ecosystem and environment. A basic income for at least 6 to 12 months, access to educational modules and further mentors provides a solid basis for research and test phase on site. The work and results will be made visible to the public in the form of a live stream on 29 June 2021.
Localintegration is crucial for the regionalisation of solutions for transformation, also for the preservation of the respective local culture. Accordingly, connecting to the local history through the citizens plays an important role in the topic.
In this case, it is the future place RothenklempeNOW
With the pilot project "ResidenZukunft - Time for future", this year's International RCE Award goes to the network at the Szczecin Lagoon.
2021 RCE Awards for innovative projects on education for
sustainable development (ESD)
Launched in 2012, the RCE Award recognizes projects and
programs on ESD within the global RCE network and honors RCEs that have made outstanding contributions to addressing local sustainable development challenges in their regions.
The award recognizes projects and programs that bridge local and global perspectives on sustainable
development, address transformative learning and research
, and initiatives that contribute to community engagement, research and development, and capacity building of stakeholders and partners.
The winners of the 2021 RCE Awards, presented at the 12th Global RCE Conference held online November 16-18, 2021
, included projects on the SDGs and topics such as climate policy,
curriculum development, waste, agriculture, responsible consumption and
production, traditional knowledge, sustainable cities and communities, and
quality education. The winners were awarded in three categories: (1)
Outstanding Flagship Project, (2) Recognised Flagship Project and (3)
The Neulandgewinner project ResidenZ - Time for the Future is aimed at people who focus on communal ways of living and doing business and impact-oriented solutions for sustainable management of land as a resource.
We always deal with local issues with a view to global practicability and would like to face the economic and social challenges of rural regions and seek solutions with ambitious people / doers. From our point of view, there is an urgent need to rethink and redesign economic practices from the natural economy (land, water and forest) for the common good within the framework of global sustainability goals. For this purpose, we provide living and working spaces, hand and thinking tools, as well as test areas and buildings for six months. The exchange with experts, the advisory services of the Network Agency for Sustainable Development - Project N, as well as access to the regional and nationwide organic market are further cornerstones of our offer. In this way, we want to ensure that the global questions on sustainable land management can be concretely tested and implemented in practice at the local level.
The regional competence centre RCE Stettiner Haff was awarded by the United Nations University to support the association of stakeholders working for sustainable development in the region and in the village of Rothenklempenow (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern). The BioBoden cooperative, which purchases agricultural land for organic farming nationwide, acquired the resident farm here in 2013. At that time, only two employees were still working on the farm to manage the 900-hectare farm in Rothenklempenow. This safeguarding of agriculture and the merging of three former GDR sites to form Höfegemeinschaft Pommern has led to a fundamental change in agricultural work: higher organic standards, diversification and direct marketing. As a direct result, the regional farms, the network agency for sustainable development - Project N, the food start-ups LunchVegaz and Tlaxcalli, and the fashion designer Emelie Janrell have now established themselves here. In collaboration with the municipality and other regional and supra-regional actors, such as the Stettiner Haff Nature Park and the Leadership Festival, a new location for forward-looking business and coexistence in rural areas is being created. Through this cooperation and the development of educational offers, such as the dialogue area Weltacker 2000m2, 27 employees from the surrounding villages, various cities and countries are integrated today.
BioBoden - Höfegemeinschaft Pommern - LunchVegaz - Tlaxcalli - Emelie Janrell - Leadership Festival - Leadership³ - MoDem - Netzwerk Zukunftsorte - Nave e.V. - FEG Förder- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft - Bröllin Castle - Project N - RCE Stettiner Haff - Neulandgewinner Network - Thünen Institute - Robert Bosch Foundation
The radiance of our work is already becoming apparent. However, in order to be able to sustainably shape the overarching change, we need intensive exchange among each other and the short path from theory to practice. All of this can be found on the Rothenklempenow estate. Here, together with other stakeholders, we want to create a place of the future where we rethink agriculture and community in rural areas. This approach has already convinced others: Thus, in 2019, this vision was awarded as a Neulandgewinner by the Robert Bosch Foundation and included in an interdisciplinary network with leaders from politics, business, culture, administration and civil society. Most recently, in collaboration with regional and national partners, we received the recognition of the United Nations University 'RCE Szczecin Lagoon for Sustainable Development'. As a reference project of the RCE region, the scholarship program is part of the global network of the United Nations University. This is intended to concretely root the 17 global sustainability goals of the world community in regional structures. In this way, we want to address the upcoming challenges of structural change as effectively as possible.
The ResidenZ - Time for the Future scholarship programme is part of a region for shaping the future. The pilot is anchored in Rothenklempenow, which aims to unite the 750-year-old history, the historic estate, the former LPG farm and, above all, the residents with present and potential activities.
This feature was broadcast by Deutsche Welle in September 2019 and presents two specific examples of German and Indian approaches to organic farming.
The ResidenZler:innen at the pilot graduation with their certificate of participation in the program from the RCE Stettiner Haff. 29.06.2021
3 scholarships ResidenZ - Time for the Future - 6 months of research and development - basic income in the amount of 1000€ based on the common good - total one-year test phase until June 2021
Living in the Rothenklempenow estate in the middle of the action, surrounded by beautiful nature in Germany's sunniest region.
We asked the local people and the following questions will be the impetus for subsequent scholarships in the fields of ecology, economy and social issues.
The results are already emerging as follows:
Three concrete measures that show ways for the region to succeed in transformation on the ground. More interaction in the village. Three people who can now imagine moving to rural areas, all three of whom will remain in projects beyond the ResidenZ period. New partners, contacts and visitors in the village. Three answered questions for the municipality, Höfegemeinschaft Pommern, BioBoden and the RCE Stettiner Haff.
The previously identified success factors have exceeded the expectation. The stakeholders of the pilot project recommend the further development and continuation of the programme as an important transformation tool for the restoration of the common good.
Outlook: On 29.06.2021, the pilot project will be presented in a live stream and the participants will complete their scholarship. The ResidenZ programme contributes to Goal 17 Cooperation for the 17 Goals and Goal 4 Access to Quality Education. We would like to discuss and evaluate whether this could be a programme that could make a real contribution to Europe's faster transformation and achievement of the global climate goals and, more fundamentally, to the common good. In the next step, we are looking for funding opportunities or one or more partners so that Rothenklempenow and other places, including existing partners abroad, can apply for residencies for future in 2022.