Transformative Cities: The Atlas of Utopias
If you are eligible, your experience will be analyzed based on the information provided in your application form, alongside other candidates, by expert evaluators in different fields to draw out both the strengths and potential of your collective work. At least 4 different evaluators will revise each application form in a peer-reviewed process.
Three key experiences for each issue (i.e. Water/Energy/Housing/Food Systems) will be chosen for public promotion as we want to share the most inspiring stories with the wider public, adding up to 12 stories in total.
As a finalist of the fourth edition your story will be included in the Atlas of Utopias, an inspiring mosaic of real transformative utopias. To have a sense of the Atlas, please check out the Atlas of Utopias here.
Telling your story
The three finalists for each issue (i.e. Water/Energy/Housing/Food Systems) will be put in contact with a local journalist commissioned by the Transformative Cities Initiative to get their full story, to dig deep and pull out the inspiration, colours, dynamics and people behind your collective action. This will help you to tell your story to others, which can both strengthen your cause and inspire others to follow your example.
Have a look at the media impact of previous editions.
To engage the public, the top twelve stories will be voted on during a 4 week period by a growing global, translocal community. Although the popular vote will technically identify a series of ‘winners’ that receive the “Transformative Cities People’s Choice Award”, our goal is not to create competition between different political practices, but rather to put a spotlight on transformative practices and encourage their spread internationally.
To support the outreach work for the vote, each of the 12 finalists will receive 300 euro to support their own local campaign.
The Transformative Cities People’s Choice Award Finale
To close the Award Cycle, the Transformative Cities partners will host an online event in December 2022. During this unique event we will announce which initiatives received more popular support and who will receive the Transformative Cities 2022 People’s Choice Award.
Ongoing mutual learning
The Transformative Cities Initiative is not just focused on the award, but wants to build a network that allows participants to learn from each other. One of those opportunities for mutual learning could be the Transformative Cities People’s Choice Award Finale organised by TNI and its partners.
We use this occasion to organise a peer-learning process in collaboration with local collectives and organisations.
All results and lessons will be published under a Creative Commons license. You can see how this looked like during the first edition in the Laura Flanders Show episode about Transformative Cities.