The climate emergency and social inequalities are among the greatest challenges facing our society. They also represent an opportunity to rethink the way we live and build cities together, to make them more resilient, inclusive, prosperous and convivial. To seize this opportunity, all the driving forces of our territories must contribute through concrete actions, in keeping with the strong and long-standing tradition of mobilization of Montreal’s civil society.
Montreal has a duty to contribute fully to this process, and the process has been underway for several years. The City of Montreal’s Vision 2030 shows the extent to which the socio-ecological transition is a fundamental priority for the metropolis in the coming years.
However, for this priority to be transformed into a genuine social project, much greater, more diversified and effective participation by the city’s citizens and organizations is required. While many citizen initiatives have emerged, few have found the conditions for scaling them up. Collaboration with public administration and institutions is sometimes complex, and initiatives struggle to link up to form a truly mobilizing narrative. The challenges of transition demand that we go further collectively and accelerate the pace.
Transition en Commun federates an alliance of citizens, civil society players and organizations, the City of Montreal and other institutions around a co-construction approach, with a dual overall objective:
(1) to generate, popularize, celebrate and mobilize around a shared vision of the socio-ecological transition
(2) to collectively give ourselves the means to implement it, notably through new commitments from the institutions concerned, first and foremost in Montreal and for the benefit of the mobilization of neighborhoods for the transition.
Our vision of the socio-ecological transition is based on..:
- Neighborhoods and local life
- Citizen participation, democracy and the creation of commons
- Social economy and social innovation
- Equity, diversity and inclusion, strengthening the link between social justice and the environment
- Culture and the creation of a mobilizing collective narrative
Who are we?
We are an alliance whose governance is based on:
- A partnership between the city and citizen organizations based on mutual respect and recognition.
- A shared desire to examine and, where necessary, transform certain practices, both at the City of Montreal and within organizations, in order to maximize the impact of citizen participation and the power of neighborhood action on the socio-ecological transition.
- Recognition of the independence of action of citizen organizations.
- A shared desire to support innovations in the field and in municipal administration.
We are organized around thematic bodies, committees and working groups that have the common features of bringing together a diverse representation (institutions, civil society organizations, neighborhood and citizen groups, researchers) and investing in the challenge of co-construction.
Would you like to become a member of the alliance? Membership details will be available shortly. In the meantime, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.