Europe is on a mission to decarbonise — starting with cities and communities by 2030. With a new and more ambitious approach, Slovenia could be at the forefront of this opportunity and harnessing the benefits that come with it.

In this article, we share highlights from analysis undertaken by Material Economics that show that the economic returns from decarbonising Slovenia would be immense and there are significant upsides to accelerating action before 2030.

This first stage of analysis will already help changemakers and policymakers to plan for much more transformative climate action pathways for communities in Slovenia.

Background

The Thriving Communities…


Introduction

Through the Thriving Communities initiative, we help committed and ambitious communities to create mission-led change - change that demonstrates it is possible to ‘do what must be done’ in order to meet our challenges, harness opportunities, and thrive in the 21st century.

In this article we outline opportunities for working at a regional scale to create thriving communities, connecting to a number of European support schemes that will grow and accelerate in the coming months and years.

Working with regional communities will build on the work that Thriving Communities is already doing with the city communities of Maribor (Slovenia), Skopje…


This article gives an overview of the Thriving Communities initiative and why we do what we do.

Creative community reuse of industrial site in Olomouc, Czech Republic

What We Do

Thriving Communities helps committed and ambitious communities to create mission-led change change that demonstrates it is possible to ‘do what must be done’ in order to meet our challenges, harness opportunities, and thrive in the 21st century.

We help communities to find new ways to bring about radical changes that will benefit everyone, that their community needs, and that humanity globally needs.

Our core approach to community transformation, includes these 6 key elements:


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The Transformation Challenge We Face

If we are all to thrive in the 21st century, then our communities are still not changing at the speed and in the direction needed. The Thriving Communities initiative aims to turn this trend around.

Europe is rightly pivoting towards a much more mission-led approach to the change we need - with the Mission Boards reporting their recommendations and a first round of investment being launched under the EU Green Deal.

This is exciting, as a mission-led approach forces us beyond incremental change. It makes us focus on what must be done in our communities - rather than limiting to…


The Transformation Challenge We Face

If we are all to thrive in the 21st century, then our communities are still not changing at the speed and in the direction needed.

Europe is rightly pivoting towards a much more mission-led approach to the change we need — with the Mission Boards reporting their recommendations and a first round of investment being launched under the EU Green Deal.

This is exciting, as a mission-led approach forces us beyond incremental change. It makes us focus on what must be done in our communities — rather than limiting to presumptions about what can be done. A mission must capture…


Do you support passionate changemakers across different communities? This story is for you too.

This story of a ‘community transformation tree’ illustrates what I think is needed to make radical change happen - change that will benefit everyone as we meet the challenges of our time.

It is based on my experiences of working to catalyse change over the last 20 years - learning many hard lessons along the way, while drawing ideas and insights from the wide range of wonderful people that I have been lucky enough to work with.

The way we have organised our human societies in…


Change is hard. Especially radical change that really delivers greater equity, justice and shared prosperity.

Follow this link to an article in which I describe 12 critical enablers of change.

These 12 enablers, sitting across four key areas, are drawn from my team’s collective experience of what needs to be done well for any community to be successful in undertaking transformational change initiatives.

This can be used as both an action design and evaluation tool. I hope you find it useful.


The cities of Skopje (North Macedonia), Križevci (Croatia), Maribor (Slovenia), Niš (Serbia) and Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina) are working towards an ambitious mission:

To make these cities into some of the best possible places in Europe to live, work and visit by 2025.

These five cities share similar cultural references, language and geographic context. Their region is one of tremendous natural and human assets, with each city having treasured mountains, forests and rivers, significant renewable energy resources and people’s strong sense of local community connections.

However, the range of ethnic and religious groups living together also led to fragmentation of a once common country, Yugoslavia, in the 1990s and unfortunate armed conflicts in the region. This marked a period of…


Thriving Communities is supporting the cities of Skopje (North Macedonia), Križevci (Croatia), Maribor (Slovenia), Niš (Serbia) and Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina) towards an ambitious mission:

To make these cities into some of the best possible places in Europe to live, work and visit by 2025 — and climate-neutral by 2030.

These five cities share similar cultural references, language and geographic context. Their region is one of tremendous natural and human assets, with each city having treasured mountains, forests and rivers, significant renewable energy resources and people’s strong sense of local community connections.

However, the range of ethnic and religious groups living together also led to fragmentation of a once common country, Yugoslavia, in the 1990s and unfortunate armed conflicts in the region. This marked a…


In this post I tell two possible stories of the community of Sončna Vas’. These are designed to illustrate the importance of working comprehensively through a set of ‘enablers of change’ if any community is to be really successful in transforming into inclusive, equitable and healthy places to live. These enablers of change are described in a parallel post.

A Good Story

The community of Sončna Vas wants to reduce their carbon footprint. The municipality sustainability team and councillors have agreed to push forward with a single-focus on climate action and to deliver 1MW of new solar power capacity before the end of…

Tim Taylor

I specialise in supporting communities to develop and deliver transformational social, economic and environmental change initiatives.

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