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Shared Green Deal: social experimenting within EU Green Deal topics

🖋 jorrit 📅 August 2, 2022

Starting in February 2022, SHARED GREEN DEAL will bring together 22 leading organisations from across the EU including eight universities, three research institutions, eight network organisations and three SMEs. Network partners cover core elements of the European Green Deal crosscutting priorities such as civil society, democracy, gender, energy, environment, circular economy and innovation. Objectives directly address European challenges with an aim to share actions, understandings, evidence, insights, responsibilities and benefits across stakeholders including policymakers and civil society. Issues of inclusivity and diversity are at the heart of the project to particularly account for disadvantaged and vulnerable social groups.

SHARED GREEN DEAL is funded by Horizon Europe and structured around lessons from a set of 24 social experiments around six priority Green Deal topics (Clean Energy, Circular Economy, Efficient Renovations, Sustainable Mobility, Sustainable Food and Preserving Biodiversity). The social experiments will be delivered across different member states. Importantly we take a transdisciplinary approach, covering 19 social science and humanities disciplines, with multi-stakeholder, practice-based and policy-science expertise, including gender studies as a key component throughout.

The output includes the development of tools (e.g. an online Green Deal policy tracker) and SHARED GREEN DEAL is expected to deliver changes in societal practices and in the behaviour of individuals, communities, and public and private organisations. Through the development of effective new strategies, we will address behavioural change and long-term commitment, trust, social acceptance and buy-in from people, communities and organisations.

Slow Food Youth Network joins forces with DRIFT (Dutch Research Institute for Transitions) in order to focus on the topic of sustainable food. Getting into depth on how our methodology creates impact within the transition towards a more sustainable food system.

Shared Green Deal arena in Brussels

Do you too believe, like us, that significant behavioural, social, and cultural change is rapidly needed across Europe? And that the EU Green Deal – that €1.8 trillion policy plan for a fair & more sustainable Europe – is a massive opportunity? Join us on 16 September and 4 October 2022, in Brussels or online, for a unique opportunity to explore how your work canconnect with others’ to contribute to much-needed change across Europe via the Green Deal.

On 4 October 2022, selected high-level participants from diverse local movements, policy groups, and research institutes will gather, to explore:

  • What does (and should) the Green Deal say about the role of people and society?
  • Who is already ‘out there’ in Europe contributing to Green Deal objectives in practice?
  • How can organisations co-create transition pathways for just and sustainable change?.
  • How can we bridge the ‘shared’ middle ground between, for example, collectives/individuals, theory/practice, and social/technical innovations?

This gathering will be preceded by an online introduction to transitions thinking on 16 September 2022.
This is a chance to meet and interact with a curated network of diverse players (policyworkers, practitioners, scientists) working on just sustainability transitions across Europe. On top of that, it’s a unique opportunity to learn more about transitions thinking applied to your context.
The event’s outcomes will be fed back into the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research & Innovation (DG RTD), as well circulated to official Green Deal project working groups and Mission Secretariats. And by participating, you will become involved in downscaling EU-level policies to a regional level, discovering valuable insights on how it works on the ground.
Participants will also learn about the €528k SHARED GREEN DEAL funding call to be released in late 2022, for 24 organisations to run year-long regional/local engagement programmes (what we are calling our ‘social experiments’).
Join the arena
Express your interest by filling out this form. Places are limited so please express interest early to secure a place. We will get back to you ASAP! If you have more urgent questions, please you can reach out to