VILLAGES ON THE MOVE
In order to implement these topics, we have established an independent regional office whose team supervises the projects and is available to citizens as a permanent contact person. Due to this experience we have an enormous repertoire of example projects and business models, which should also benefit other communities and districts. Over the years, we have also developed a methodology for successfully anchoring participation in citizenship. From the combination of these two elements, we are currently developing the campaign Dörfer im Aufbruch (Villages on the Move) in cooperation with ZERAP Germany e.V. This campaign – in cooperation with the German Association of Towns and Municipalities (Deutschen Städte- und Gemeindebund) – will use numerous open source elements to train and empower citizens to take the shaping of their living environment into their own hands, coupled with offers of support in the targeted identification of resources that can be used in cascading business models.