“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead (1901-1978)


TESS (Towards European Societal Sustainability) is a European research project which aims to illustrate the role of community based initiatives in creating a sustainable, low-carbon Europe. It is supporting policy makers by contributing to a better understanding of how initiatives can become more successful.

TESS is also helping initiatives to monitor and report on their environmental impacts, including carbon reduction. It aims to develop a measurement method, which is comparable across Europe. Read more

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The role of community-based initiatives in Rome: the TESS project final event

On the 27th of October, in the exceptional venue offered by the Società Geografica Italiana in Villa Celimontana, in a garden just beyond the shadow of the Colloseum, nearly 70 members of CBIs, local policy makers, students, activists and stakeholders gathered for the presentation of the final results of the TESS project, as well as the opportunity to discuss the experience of CBIs in Rome in a public forum.

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Visit our interactive website for community-based initiatives, where you will be able to browse an interactive map of small-scale social innovation initiatives across Europe; collect, discuss and share your experiences with others; find resources to help you in organising your projects; see the development of self-assessment tools to help you evaluate your carbon reduction impact.