Communities of the Future

Communities of the Future

In the Netherlands some communities have united themselves in a new CoF-network, namely ‘Communities of the Future’ ( with English pages).

The objective of CoF is to strengthen the cooperation of civilians in these communities (rural villages and urban neighborhoods) on the 14 various aspects:

  • Architecture and Spatial Planning, with potential sub-themes:
  • Organizing a architecture-competition
  • Developing a spatial plan for the community
  • Care and Health, with potential sub-themes:
  • Organizing youth-work,
  • Organizing a self-help-group with and for elder people
  • Culture and History, with potential sub-theme:
  • History as important basis for identity
  • Economy, with potential sub-theme:
  • Organizing a community-shop
  • Organizing a local-valuta-network
  • Education, with potential sub-theme:
  • Integration of local culture in local school-education
  • Energy, with potential sub-theme:
  • Organizing a local, people-based sustainable energy company
  • External contacts, with potential sub-theme:
  • Organizing a network with other communities
  • Food and Waste, with potential sub-themes:
  • Cultivating our own food,
  • Cradle-to-cradle
  • Housing, with potential sub-themes:
  • Constructing with – or for the people,
  • Renovation and insulation
  • Integration, with potential sub-theme:
  • Organizing meeting-debates between minorities and majorities
  • Mobility, with potential sub-theme:
  • Towards a sustainable-electric-car-share-system
  • Nature, with potential sub-theme:
  • Inventory of local wild-life
  • Public space management, with potential sub-theme:
  • Organizing a periodical community-cleaning-scheme
  • and Security, with potential sub-theme:
  • Organizing a crime-prevention-team

The CoF-Network wants to cooperate with authorities and with educational institutes and is actually cooperation with the Saxion University of Applied Sciences

Co-operation with communities in India

De Stoere Houtman has received a grant of the E-motive-Fund of (a.o.) Oxfam-Novib to organize transfer of experience, information and know-how of communities in India to communities in the Netherlands and other countries in North and South.

De Stoere Houtman co-operates on this scheme with Communities-of-the-Future, with Communities-of-Sustainable-Europe, with universities in the Netherlands and India, with the Barefoot Academy of Governance in India and with Movisie in the Netherlands.

During a first visit to India within this scheme by De Stoere Houtman chairman Jaap Huurman and Saxion University student Rolf Witting in December, 2012 a partnership between the successful village Hiware Bazar (see link ‘CoF India special village Hiware Bazar’) was established.

Late 2013 we hope to organize a visit of 3 Indian communities to the Netherlands, with quite some workshops and seminars with communities, authorities, universities, etc

And in 2014 a counter visit is planned by Netherlands communities to their new counterparts in India.

See link ‘CoF India special village Hiware Bazar

CoSE-network sponsors UK-Seminar ‘What can Community Initiative achieve?’

By participation and by covering the travel-expenses for Garry Charnock (Carbonneutral Ashton Hayes, UK), for Jaap Bijma (Friesland provincial network of ‘Doarpswurk’, NL) and for Jaap Huurman (De Stoere Houtman , Communities of Sustainable Europe and Communities of the Future, EU) the CoSE-network has helped to make the UK-Seminar of Communities and Social Enterprises in Wooler, Glendale (30-31 August, 2013) a success.

See links:

Minutes of the Seminar will follow later.

Several communities are considering to become partner of our CoSE-network and Social Enterprises Europe has announced to become an associated partner of Communities of Sustainable Europe.