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CO-ACT 3rd thematic meeting : Co-provide basic needs for the wellbeing of all today and tomorrow
Odemira, 27/28th June 2016

Background and purpose of the meeting

Role of thematic meetings in the CO-ACT project - Click here to learn more...

Citizen and collaborative approach SPIRAL, initially launched by the Council of Europe, is at the origin of the CO-ACT project, implemented by the International Network TOGETHER cities and territories that participate in this process. SPIRAL and CO-ACT are designed to promote shared responsibility for the well-being of all across the company, the first at the local level, the second in public policies at different territorial levels.

In this framework a large number of citizens of some twenty European and African countries participated, first to the wellbeing of the definition of all the SPIRAL following method. Afterwards the development of public policy measures which they should be implemented to allow the progress of society towards co-responsibility for the wellbeing of all (CO-ACT project).

The fact that all citizens are able to express themselves freely by an introspective and prospective approach with no preconceptions and ensuring equal speaking rights for all has led to the emergence of very different proposals and affecting all major social issues. They highlight the fundamental elements about what would be co-responsible society and solidarity for the well-being of all generations included as well on economic issues as democracy and governance peace / non-violence and social cohesion, management of space and time with concrete goals in each of these areas Click here for the synthesis of these proposals?.

Of such objectives are asking, besides adequate policy measures, responses to build on the experiences of civil society. That's why we all the organizations of civil society interested and invite who recognize themselves in these objectives in participating in a process of building appropriate responses. The central idea is to think about ways to progress toward those goals starting with the existing experiences by spotting their complementarities in relation to these objectives and identifying the public policy measures that are necessary for expression from these complementarities.

Specific role of this third meeting - Click here to learn more...

The first two thematic meetings helped to build the foundation for a co-responsible organization model for the well-being of all, both economically (first meeting) and those of the territorial space management(second meeting). In this third thematic meeting, we will seek to see in which possible conditions , we can use such a model to concretely ensure the basic needs for all in an healthy and sustainable way, including:

  • healthy food for all with a local agro-ecology, in a human and multifunctional scale (productive, preserving biodiversity, educational, heritage) and integrated in the landscape and in the recycling circuits (compost, biogas), through solidarity partnerships between producers and consumers, forms of collective production and consumption (community gardens, edible credible).
  • Health for all through a comprehensive preventive territorial approach as for example, the nursing homes in Belgium and preventive approaches as naturopathy ..
  • Access to consumers good for all (clothing, cleaning materials, household, recreational facilities, etc.)

This will be analyzed for the implications of those objectives in terms of allocation and use of resources and will explore the possibilities of a co-responsible approach to achieve this, in particular to ensure:

  • The systematic reuse of all resources not only in relation to the zero waste goal, but also to leverage the use of the same resources by a systematized recirculation (shops for nothing, repairing or dismantling circuits and recycling).
  • Rebalancing necessary for financial resources and time, increasing those dedicated to agricultural production and food, necessary condition for the generalization of agroecology and healthy food, having a positive effect on health and therefore making possible the reduction of those assigned to take care of sick persons.

Finally we will analyze the implications of these perspectives in terms of public policies needed..

Objectives of the meeting

For this meeting in Odemira, we are going to invite all organizations that can provide answers to these questions to study these themes arising from the co-responsibility for the wellbeing of all today and tommorow that could be defined as follows : The meeting has three objectives:

  1. Application of economic and territorial organization model jointly responsible to the satisfaction of basic bodily needs (food, health, consumer);
  2. Identification of policy measures necessary for this purpose, in addition to proposals of citizens;
  3. Agreement on an operation mode of the thematic networks after the meeting.

Concretely concerning the first point, will seek to explain:

  1. How the principle of co-responsibility applies to food, especially from the examples of AMAP / CSA
  2. How the principle of "co-responsibility applies to health, especially from the example of medical homes
  3. How the principle of co-responsibility applies to all forms of sharing, reuse, recycling, particularly from the various experiences that fall within of the zero waste goal.
  4. How this implies a rebalancing in terms of resources and time between these sectors and in terms of public policy, linking it with the idea of a Universal Basic Income for the right to healthy food for all.
  5. What the example of the satisfaction of basic needs refines the co-responsible organization model developed during the first two meetings and calls for a democratic governance of common property which shall be treated at the 4th meeting.


To achieve these goals we propose to invite organizations and / or the following:

  • To point 1: Networks of Community Sustainable Agriculture (CSA/AMAP); Shared Gardens initiatives; Representatives of the movement of Incredible Edible / Incredible Edible (existing in Todmorden, England); Territorial collaborative experiences for healthy food for all.
  • For point 2: the network and representatives of medical homes (existing example in Belgium); Social pharmacy initiatives (existing in Greece and Portugal); specialists on preventive approaches and naturopathic
  • To point 3: experiences regarding the field of reuse with initiatives for food or/and clothing reusing (Dariacordar in Portugal); Repairs initiatives; recycling, composting and energy ("ZeroWaste", "Shop For Nothing")
  • To point 4 we will rely on debates going on within the United Nations (FAO, WHO) by inviting experts who are involved, especially on the basis of income on food. Making the link with the economic and territorial co-responsible organization model we will bring out the tracks of practical implementing.

Preparation of the meeting

From now a discussion area is open on-line to already lay the foundations of the proposed model and to reflect on policy measures that this entails and which could be rediscussed during a meeting.

Two-day program

Day 1 (Monday 27 June)

Session 1: Update on the CO-ACT project and the objectives of the meeting

  • 9h- 9h30: Reception and Presentation
  • 9h30-10h00: CO-ACT presentation of its objectives and the results of previous meetings - Objectives and organization of the meeting - debate

Session 2: Field practice a co-responsibility model for basic needs for all

  • 10h00-11h30: Co-responsibility for food sovereignty and healthy eating for all contribution of CSA, shared gardens, edible credible, food banks, territorial approaches of alimentation - Debate: how to link complementary initiatives to ensure the right to healthy food for all in a territory, in a co-responsibility approach between people (producers / consumers, others) - debate moderated by Mihaela Vetan coordinator of the thematic network "food" of TOGETHER.)
  • 11h30-11h45: Coffee break
  • 11h45-13h: Co-responsibility for health for all Contribution of medical houses (Belgium), social Pharmacies (Greece and Portugal), naturopathy (France) - Debate: how to ensure health for all with a minimum cost for the society and the environment in a territorial corresponsible approach between health professionals and inhabitants (health appproach rather than only disesase treatment approach)- Debate moderated by Io Chatzivaryti, coordinator of the thematic network "health" of TOGETHER.
  • 13h-14h30: Lunch break
  • 14h30-15h45: The co-responsibility in the reuse of resources as essential supplement : contribution of Dariacordar, Rejuce, Food banks, Planzerhoes, Repair Cafés- Debate: how to link additional initiatives to ensure the waste-zero and full use of resources in a territorial level into a co-responsibile approach between public authorities, residents and private initiatives - Debate moderated by Paula Policarpo, coordinator of the thematic network "Reuse" of TOGETHER.
  • 15h45-17h00: Synergies between food, health and reuse: positive effects on well-being and health of a co-responsible approach to healthy eating (example of CSA in Hungary), health (example of medical houses in Belgium and naturopathy in France) and reusing acions (example of Dariacordar Portugal) - cost reductions that it allows and possibility of setting up a fund for a universal basic income guaranteeing healthy eating and health for all (in collaboration with BIEN network) - links with international debates on these issues (FAO / OMS)- debate moderated by Frédéric Dévé, FAO expert.
  • 17h00-17h15: Coffee break
  • 17h15-18h00: Synthesis: Towards a transversal and integrator reference model - links with the 4th thematic meeting.
  • 18h00: End of the works.

Day 2 (Tuesday 28 June)

Session 3: From model to public policy needs

  • 9h-10h45: Working Groups on policy measures required to evolve toward the co-responsibility for healthy eating, health for all and zero waste, starting from the conclusions of the previous day.
  • 10h45-11h100: Coffee break
  • 11h00-12h30: Restitution and synthesis - complementarities and links with the proposal of citizens - Introduction of the session 4.
  • 12h30-14h00: Lunch break

Session 4 - Continuation of the project and operation of thematic sub-networks

  • 14h00-15h30: Functioning of thematic sub-networks in the rest of the meeting: meeting thematic subnet
  • 15h30-16h30: Synthesis and distribution of tasks to meet Braine l'Alleud and after.
  • 16h30-17h00: Conclusion and closing of the meeting.
  • 17h00: End of the works.


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