Our collective: 1+1=3
All organisations in our collective are focusing on enduring systemic change while placing the communities at the very heart of what they do. Together, we have already established dozens of (bio)regional hubs, mobilised hundreds of active citizen groups and inspired millions of households, young people, farmers, policymakers, and corporates to change the way humans relate to nature. Many of these on-the-ground organisations are founded and led by Ashoka Fellows (15 in total) and are working in different focus areas on the front of Planet & Climate.By bringing together our complementary expertise, models, communities, and commitment to deep collaboration and continuous learning, we believe we can mobilise thousands of people in bioregions across Europe and beyond to create a brighter future for their bioregions, their communities, and the planet at large.
Read more about our solutions and what they can bring into a bioregion below.
Bioregional Weaving Lab facilitation
- Ashoka is facilitating a global network of social entrepreneurs whose system-changing innovations solve deep-rooted social problems and initiating partnerships for collective impact.
- Commonland is working on large scale, holistic landscape restoration through the 4Returns framework and facilitating multi-stakeholder partnership processes.
- Presencing Insitute is an action research platform, co-creators of innovation labs, delivering capacity building and leadership programs based on an awareness based system change framework, Theory U.
- Savory Institute is equipping land managers with innovative tools and curricula for holistic management of the land via the establishment of regional hubs.
- Bioregional is providing a framework and a process for sustainable living that enables companies, communities, and city-regions to make sustainable living actionable and desirable.
Nature and biodiversity conservation
- Hoge Kempen National Park (Belgium) is providing a (Re)Connection model for natural ecosystems, increasing socio-economic benefits through eco-tourism while protecting the environment.
- Sea Ranger Service (The Netherlands, UK, Norway) is training unemployed youth to become Sea Rangers to protect the ocean and restore ocean biodiversity at scale.
- Kogayon Association & Vacaresti Natural Park (Romania) is cultivating a citizen-driven functional conservation system for natural heritage and environmentally protected areas to ensure natural prosperity and sustainable development.
- Klub Gaja (Poland, Iceland, UK) is engaging citizens to take practical actions for the natural environment and animal rights, like planting trees with the community or with schools
- Fundacja Laka (Poland) is facilitating the growth of biodiverse flower meadows in city centers, near roads, and on brownfields to preserve biodiversity.
- Beeodiversity (Belgium, France, Luxembourg, France, Germany, UK, Bulgaria, Spain, Netherlands, Austria) is redefining the role of bees in our ecosystems through offering an innovative scientific monitoring tool using bees as drones to capture valuable data about the environment.
Food sovereignty and local food systems
- Herenboeren (The Netherlands) is supporting families in developing self-owned nature-driven cooperative farms.
- Incredible Edible (UK) is inspiring citizens to grow food in public spaces and share it across their communities to enhance active citizenship.
- GIY (Ireland) is inspiring and enabling a global movement of people who grow their own food at home or in the community to reconnect with nature.
Holistic management and regenerative agriculture
- Anatolian Grasslands (Turkey, Sweden) is enabling people and the institutions towards the "Age of Regeneration" by using Regenerative Agriculture as the main leverage and through holistic models, tools and hands-on implementation.
- Savory Institute (UK, Germany, Spain, Turkey, Sweden) is equipping land managers with innovative tools and curricula for holistic management of the land via the establishment of regional hubs
- Farming for Nature (Ireland) is recognising, supporting and rewarding farmers for enhancing the natural health of the countryside.
- Vazapp (Italy) is providing farmers opportunity to exchange experiences, encourage cooperation and disseminate knowledge through organising cultural events.
Research and Impact measurement
- Drawdown Europe is a Global Research program translating science into action by showing the potential of the most substantive climate solutions in a concrete region.
- Beeodiversity (Belgium, France, Luxembourg, France, Germany, UK, Bulgaria, Spain, Netherlands, Austria) is redefining the role of bees in our ecosystem through offering an innovative scientific monitoring tool using bees as drones to capture valuable data about the environment.
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Never before has the impact of humanity on Earth been so decisive for planetary well-being and humanity's future as now.
I believe we must now place our resources in education and specifically in growing children's skills in empathy, positive psychology, self-awareness, collaboration, leadership and creativity. Only then will children be able to recognize problems and find solutions to the increasing challenges that they will face during their lifetimes. We really need to rethink the systems we have created, becoming the new system and collaborating to act together.
I found an organization 18 years ago, focusing on vulnerable young people in prison, 'Young in Prison', where I have seen in reality how all children CAN transform. With my initiative, I was rewarded with an Ashoka fellowship and I have since fallen in love with Ashoka's mission: 'everyone a changemaker'.
Karin holds a Masters degree in Arts & Culture Sciences. She is an experienced co-founder and executive director with a demonstrated history of working in social and cultural entrepreneurship. Preferred theme: talent development, learning & education.