‘Build the City’, the theme of the 2015 ECF Idea Camp and the Open Call, is about applying the principles and ethics of the commons to the transformation of the city, its communities and its economy. It is about people creating more sustainable cities through social cooperation and active participation, with culture at its heart.

‘The City’ here does not refer exclusively to urban environments and infrastructure. In this instance ‘The City’ can refer to a neighbourhood or community where people are working together through cultural activities to shape their environments, improve life in the city, and develop new social and economic relationships between people.

What we are looking for:

We welcome proposals which investigate how people work together to develop their cities, neighbourhoods, suburbs or villages. We want to support new and original ideas, as well as proposals that amplify, expand or highlight existing good practice. Diversity and accessibility are at the heart of the Call, and we are looking for proposals that provide alternative models of participation.

We want to encourage strong cross-sectoral collaborations and we welcome joint proposals from organizations and individuals working in various fields. ECF Idea Camp is designed to support open collaboration and exchange, and we welcome proposals that demonstrate an open, collaborative approach.

We are also interested in proposals that investigate the connections between the city and its wider surroundings, its (social) ecology and sustainability.

From the applications we receive, we will choose the 50 most exciting and innovative ideas. These will be represented by the selected applicants, who will be invited to ECF’s second annual Idea Camp, co-hosted by our hub partner in the Networked Programme, Subtopia between 22–25 September 2015 in Botkyrka, Sweden. ECF will cover all the travel and accommodation costs associated with the event for a maximum of one representative for each idea.

For more information, open call guidelines and frequently asked questions, please visit:

Submission deadline for ideas: 13th April


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