Duncan Crowley delivered the following presentation at the SCORAI (Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative) Webinar Series 2020–2021. The presentation lasted 30 minutes, followed by a Q+A session for 30 minutes. The main presentation was divided into 2 sections. Video of the presentation is found here. The 1st PDF is here, the 2nd here. The presentation was delivered on Monday March 22nd 15–16h CET.

To combat climate breakdown, regenerative action is required. Degrowth criticises sustainability’s relationship to perpetual quantitative growth on a finite planet. Permaculture’s post carbon pathway shows us where we must go, doughnut economics gives us the compass…


The Portuguese Network for Doughnut Economics had its Kick off meeting with loads of energy on March 23rd 2021.

After posting on the DEAL website and sharing on social media, 150 people registered and just short of 70 people participated in a 1,5 hour public event to explore potential for Portuguese citizen-led groups to transform their territories from the bottom up.

A month previously (February 26th) Kate Raworth was invited to speak (remotely) in Portugal for the “Climate Change. New Economic Models” Conference*, at the invitation of the Portuguese Secretary of State for the Environment & Climate Action, Inês Costa. Since this event, people in different projects and communities around the country began to connect and think about how…


(Walking toward life, with joy / work in progress…)

A guiding question asked within the Regenesis dialogues was “What does it mean to be indigenous again today?”. Far from giving answers, this question opens up a very wide and deep dialogue about what is, what was and what could yet be. Emerging concepts relating to living in harmony with nature appear to be new, but in fact, their core idea is nothing new at all. …


UrbanA, ECOLISE and Communities for Future joined forces to lead an experimental seed session on the first day of the amazing The Nature of Cities Festival (with online discussions on the #TNOCFestival hashtag). About 25 people turned up from different corners of the planet, on Monday 22nd of February 2021, to explore the topic of “Translocal adventures in developing an Urban Systems Community of Practice”. The event was hosted by Giorgia Silvestri & Duncan Crowley from UrbanA and Sara Silva from ECOLISE.

The Festival attempted to push boundaries to radically imagine our cities for the future, its stated aim was…


Have you taken the #UrbanAChallenge? We want your voice on the UrbanA Podcast. Answer the question ‘What is a sustainable and just city?’ in a maximum of 3 minutes and either send it to us on twitter, email, or simply send an audio message (Signal, Whatsapp, Viber) to 36306586410.

Our 12 podcasts about #SustainableJustCities are in our Knowledge Commons (wiki). If your 3 minute message is selected, you will appear as an urban arena podcast correspondent in our upcoming podcasts.

Things to keep in mind when recording — choose a quiet place (get in a cupboard, climb under your blanket!)…


The upcoming “The Nature of Cities” (TNOC) Festival pushes boundaries to radically imagine our cities for the future. A virtual festival that spans 5 days with programming across all regional time zones and provided in multiple languages. TNOC Festival offers us the ability to truly connect local place and ideas on a global scale for a much broader perspective and participation than any one physical meeting in any one city could ever have achieved. The TNOC festival will take place from 22–26 February 2021. Our “Seed Session” event is on Monday, February 22, 16.15–17.45 CET.

Registration: https://tinyurl.com/4l6ymke4
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/190884266158491


The third “Communities for Futureonline session took place on December 2nd. 55 people participated in a Zoom call to explore what is a Community of Practice (CoP) and what can be their role in strengthening community-led responses to societal challenges. Three CoPs from the ECOLISE network at different stages of their evolution were represented; BLAST (Blended Adult Learning for the Social-ecological Transition), Municipalities in Transition (MiT) and UrbanA (Urban Arenas for Sustainable and Just Cities).

The session was very much a first step in the Communities for Future journey to develop a CoPs Ecosystem, asking key questions and…


Today was the launch of the new “Communities for Future” (CfF) action platform to combat #ClimateEmergency. The voices of community organisations converged (virtually) on the European Parliament* in Brussels this morning to help shape a more ecologically and socially just future for all of us, in Europe and the planet.

Inspired by the eruption of student activism in 2019, led by Greta Thunberg and the “Fridays for Future” movement, this new open action platform, resource toolkit and community-led social movement has been developed by ECOLISE over the last year. This is the European meta network of community solutions to #ClimateBreakdown


From #FridaysForFuture to #CommunitiesForFuture. Climate Strike Lisbon, September 25 2020
From #FridaysForFuture to #CommunitiesForFuture. Climate Strike Lisbon, September 25 2020

Yesterday saw the return of major Climate Strikes around the world, led by the global Fridays for Future student movement, inspired by Greta Thunberg.

Yesterdays march in Lisbon was just 1 of over 3000 happening around the world, while numbers were down on previous #ClimateStrike events in Lisbon, for many it was the first time to reconnect physically after the last half year of COVID. Everybody was masked, the group of perhaps 1000 marched from Marcus Pombal to Praça do Rossio.

The event gave us the opportunity to meet Alex from Greve Climática Estudantil (FFF PT), after a long time…


Nearly 60 people attended the fourth UrbanA Community Conversation, on May 26th. It was also the first in our new “City Series” of community conversations, for which we visited the current European Green Capital, Lisbon. The event was facilitated by Constança Belchior from the UrbanA Portugal team and included perspectives from UrbanA Fellow Rafael Calado of Fablab Lisboa, Luís Matos of Rés do Chão and Patrícia Robalo of Morar em Lisboa and Lisbon’s Housing Movement about a range of issues including urban greening, evictions, gentrification, civic engagement and local community solutions in this fast-changing city.

Presentation slides from the event…

Duncan Crowley

Irish architect exploring community-led ecocities (Dublin, Barcelona, Curitiba, Lisbon). Eco activist & PhD student working with UrbanA, ECOLISE & Degrowth 🌎🐝

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