European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC)

Just Sustainability from the Heart of Communities: the Transformative Power of Socio-Cultural Centres

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Socio-cultural centres serve as vibrant hubs where culture, community, and sustainability converge. They have the potential to act as catalysts for dialogue, knowledge sharing, and collective action, making them indispensable in addressing the multifaceted challenges confronting our global society. In a rapidly changing world riddled with complexity, they are uniquely positioned to play a pivotal role in steering transitions in a manner that is just, impactful and lasting.

Through close collaboration with 100+ of our members, over the past months we carried out an action-led research effort aimed to identify, develop and amplify roles that align with and contribute to just sustainability transitions. The research was the first of its kind in the European landscape.

Heartfelt thanks to lead author Anna Maria Ranczakowska, co-author: Martina Fraioli, designer Milton Pereira and illustrator Lucy Perineau.

Download the full research report here and the summary here