Transformative Cities People’s Choice Award 2020 Finale
On 2 December 2020, the Transformative Cities Initiative will announce which four initiatives received the most popular support and are thus the recipients of the Transformative Cities 2020 People’s Choice Award. Join us for this unique global celebration of transformative practices!
2020 has often been called a year of crisis – from COVID-19 to the climate emergency to heightened racial tension, the world appears to be in free fall. But all around the globe, people are developing local solutions to global problems. Three years ago, we launched an award to highlight stories of cities and collectives that are experimenting with new ways to practice democracy and secure access to basic rights. The award aims to connect and strengthen people-led initiatives from across the world.
4pm - 5:30pm Amsterdam (CET), 02 December 2020
Three transformative initiatives in four different categories (water, energy, housing and food systems) were selected as the 12 finalists for the Transformative Cities 2020 Award. Between mid-October and mid-November, more than eleven thousand people participated in a global public contest and cast their vote for the initiatives they found most inspiring.
On 2 December 2020, the Transformative Cities Initiative will announce which four initiatives received the most popular support and are thus the recipients of the Transformative Cities 2020 People’s Choice Award. One representative per winner will join the finale to discuss the opportunities and challenges for transforming our local contexts and addressing the global challenges we are facing.
The event will be hosted by Shaun Matsheza, the Transnational Institute's coordinator of the State of Power Podcast series, and will feature a surprise keynote speaker with unique insights about how we can transform the world from the bottom up.
These are the finalists―who will win the Transformative Cities People’s Choice Award?
In the category Water
- Eau de Paris (Paris, France)
- Agua para Todos (Petorca, Chile)
- Observatorio del Agua de Terrassa (Terrassa, Spain)
In the category Energy
- PENGON (Gaza, Palestine)
- EnergÉtica Cooperative (Valladolid, Spain)
- Burgas municipality (Burgas, Bulgaria)
In the category Housing
- Citizen's Initiative Referendum against forced demolitions of social housing (Grenoble, France)
- Cloughjordan Ecovillage (Cloughjordan, Ireland)
- CaSanAT (Porto Alegre, Brazil)
In the category Food
- Jackson Just Transition Plan (Jackson, United States)
- Maison d’Éducation à l’Alimentation Durable (Mouans-Sartoux, France)
- Penca de Sábila Corporation (Medellin, Colombia)
This exceptional event will be livestreamed worldwide, giving everyone the opportunity to engage and be part of this celebration of collectives. It will be simultaneously available in English and Spanish.
Transformative Cities is an opportunity for progressive local governments, municipalist coalitions, social movements and civil society organizations to popularize and share their experiences of building solutions to our planet’s systemic economic, social, political and ecological crises.
The initiative draws on the emerging wave of transformative practices and responses taking place at municipal level worldwide, by launching a unique platform and award process that will facilitate the wider dissemination of the lessons and inspiration from such practices.