The Urban Resilience Initiative (URI) aims to develop sustainable energy, food and water systems in urban and periphery townships, so as to increase food and energy security. Added benefit will be up-skilling participating community members. The long term goal is to generate employment opportunities and micro-enterprises that respond to the development of local economies based on urban agriculture, energy production, and resilient urban food and water security systems. Simultaneously, the project contributes to the resiliency of urban centres in the face of growing climate risks and food, energy and water insecurity.
Sinako Urban Farms
Sinako means ‘we can’ and is a coming together of ordinary community members who are passionate about urban agriculture as a means to integrate, grow, educate, create opportunity for income, and develop meaningful partnerships for change in urban agriculture. Sinako seeks to unify and place local community farms within the accepted, celebrated spaces in our city, drawing people from all persuasions and backgrounds into these spaces. Sinako Urban Farms aims to make these once forgotten spaces into meeting places to host farmers markets, craft markets, cultural activities, and music events. The emphasis is on reviving indigenous knowledge and restoring indigenous technology into these arenas.
InsightShare envisions a world where healthy and resilient communities draw upon local knowledge, experience, skills, generational wisdom and intuition to exert influence over the critical issues they face. Insight Share works to amplify unheard voices and bring people together to focus on change. They work with communities around the world to address key issues through Participatory Video. Founded in 1999, the organisation is committed to improving and shaping the use of Participatory Video in all its forms, and building a grassroots practice to sustain its role as a powerful community engagement tool. Amava is working with Insight Share to build the PV community of practice within South Africa.
ONE (Organisation for Noetic Ecology)
ONE are a transdisciplinary team of researchers, facilitators and designers creating connective experiences and offering transformative programs that explore and deepen understandings of the human~nature relationship. As a learning organisation, they are committed to continuously exploring the underlying question: “How can we embrace the full spectrum of human experience to improve our relationship with life on earth?” They use direct experience as a gateway for inviting inquiry, reflection and learning (including life practices) around the kind of human community that is required – here and now – to enable a regenerative future for people and planet.
Starkmacher e.V. (founded in 2006) is a civil society non-profit organisation and accredited stakeholder for youth support and extracurricular youth education in Germany. It is an organisation run by and for people, who carry the promotion and development of young people‘s potential close to their hearts. The main function is to empower primarily young people and disadvantaged children and to enable a positive reaction to lacking orientation, missing values and increasing violence. The main areas of work cover non-formal education, Global learning and youth work in various social and ethnic contexts. Currently, Starkmacher e.V. is running various innovative and inclusive educational projects on a global level in the field of youth entrepreneurship, sustainable development and coffee projects to support small farmers worldwide.
The Daily Goods Store
The Daily Goods Store is an Earth-conscious retail outlet that provides natural food and lifestyle products that support local communities towards growing people, planet and fair trade. Their purpose is to conserve and protect natural eco-systems, to reduce and produce no waste, to educate and inform and to nourish and grow the well being of all people.
The Way Between Collective
The Way Between Collective is a collective of individuals who pool their skills and resources to offer creative services to organisations.Their main outlook is to communicate messages that are socially and environmentally regenerative. They share a common vision of a just world, and wish to contribute their skill sets to creating the changes required. They especially love to explore the spaces between the ending of one story and the beginning of another.
New Muizenberg School
The New Muizenberg School was created by a small group of parents and their children. It was born out of necessity (there aren’t enough schools in the area) and a dream for a local, community-based education. The pioneering parents formed a group and activated. They found teachers. They found venues. Together they curated their shared vision for their children’s education, using the diverse utilities, resources and spaces of Muizenberg village. The school now consists of a number of classes, each class has its own venue, each teacher having autonomy over their class whilst working in close collaboration with the parents. The school is now in its fourth year and pioneering further into concepts of decentralized schooling and mobilizing the whole neighborhood into a learning collective, creating an ecosystem of knowledge exchange. This is one group’s effort to move away from the concept of schooling as a stagnant, stationary institution.
Khula Dharma is a natural farming community, near Haga-Haga, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The community encourages a lifestyle centred around living in harmony with one another and nature. They do this by exploring alternative ways of living, which are not only sustainable, but regenerative. Situated on an abundant 180 hct farm of woodlands and lush green hills, the sub-tropical climate allows for year-round cultivation. The community strives to create an environment that promotes peaceful coexistence among diverse people and restore conscious interconnectedness with nature.
Sustaining the Wild Coast
Sustaining the Wild Coast (SWC) has worked with the Amadiba residents of the coastal villages of Eastern Mpondoland, South Africa, since 2008, seeking to support their commitment to protecting their land, livelihoods and culture. The Amadiba are determined to set their own development goals, that are sustainable and earth honouring, rather than be forced to accept imposed projects of mining and highway construction. The name for SWC in isiMpondo is Mazibuy’emasisweni! A simple translation of this name is ‘let us bring back our heritage!’. The struggle of the Amadiba people is emblematic of the struggle of indigenous communities worldwide against the life-destroying impacts of imposed, unsustainable, so-called ‘development’ projects that do not respect the needs of local people or the integrity of Earth’s ecosystems. Indigenous communities living on communally owned land occupy only 20% of the planet and are protecting 80% of the earth’s remaining biodiversity.
Elos Institute is a Brazilian non-profit organization that has developed a participatory and Creative Commons approach that encourages people to become engaged citizens on the transformation of their own territories. The Institute trains global youth offering an innovative and practical experience, so they can act to transform complex contexts. These actions contribute to strengthen bounds through belonging, potential and protagonism, instead of feeding the assistentialist model of mainstream social impact work. On the last 20 years, over 4000 people, 1000 communities in 51 countries have experienced promoting social change in an inclusive way through their short courses and their main training, GSA (Warriors Without Weapons).