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RECOMS went to Groningen - and painted the town green

RECOMS third training event took place in Groningen, the Netherlands on 10-24 August 2019 with the aim to enable fellows to centre around yet another aspect of "learning by doing" through getting involved with the local communities about sustainable energy. To prepare them for such a task, this event focused on providing training about creative skills, namely "the art of invitation" and theatrical skills.

Using flowers for research

"I joined the CRMC volunteer team at the end of February this year! In the beginning, I joined the advice team for a couple of times then I started joining the women’s group in Hillifield family hub/children’s centre. Most of the women in this group have limited knowledge in the English language, but they are all motivated and committed to learning this language and they are from different countries from all over the world! You can easily feel the positive energy within this group, participants and volunteers are all willing to learn from each other.

It is more than food waste!

"What do you see here? A bunch of rubbish or food waste, if you like to be precise. Regardless of the used term, it is just trash right!? I was thinking the same until I came across a fascinating idea during my search for simple ecological practices that can reduce our waste generation. These practices include using recycled materials, reusing materials and the one that I am going to talk about in this post re-growing food waste. The more I read about plants and food growing, the more I realize how plants are incredible living organisms!

ON THE ART OF NOT FOCUSING ON ANSWERS

"What is then the right approach towards complex problems? Instead of focusing on answers, the attention should be put on the specific inquiries from which they derive. The SUSPLACE FINAL EVENT has been a sort of Socratic session. The right questions, rather than accurate answers, have been the key findings of the whole conference.

'Reclaiming the Coventry Canal’

Sergio's project, ‘Reclaiming the Coventry Canal’ is a joint effort of Coventry University's CAWR, University of Warwick  and The Coventry Peace House and is realised within the frame of the RECOMS project. The aim of the project is to organise a festival in which the local community will reclaim the Coventry Canal while highlighting its historical, environmental and cultural value. The festival will be co-organised among researchers, local organisations and members of the community through a series of workshops.

First steps in exploring the insights of co-creation

Maria Alina Radulescu, RECOMS fellow hosted by the Rijkswaterstaat (the executive agency of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management) and a PhD student at the University of Groningen, started at the beginning of 2019 a blog about her research entitled “Climate Adaptation through Socio-spatial planning” in which she explores the potential of experimental and participatory methods as part of a new, adaptive and integrated planning approach based on experimentation, flexibility, innovation and learning.

Young researchers thoughts and messages from RECOMS 2nd training

14 young researchers got together within the frame of RECOMS second training event in February in Coventry, UK to deal with various community projects and work with local stakeholders on food sovereignty and agroecology. One of the groups jointly composed a piece on the blog 'Food democracy...how?' about their thoughts and reflections. 

New blog on community eco-stories from RECOMS fellow

Scott Davis, RECOMS fellow started his blog early this year on his research. In his words, the blog is "about local environments and spaces, which are changing at pace, therefore how communities’ feel attached to, and responsible for adjusting their places, is also constantly evolving. At a governance level, there is a social policy drive for “stronger communities” often under the banner of community resilience. Governments are requesting communities to participate more in society and therefore become more ‘’resilient’’ through taking responsibility for their local environments.

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