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“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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One of the ongoing research activities of the TESS project (part of Work Package 4) aims to explore the relations between public policies and community-based initiatives which experiment with grassroots approaches for the promotion of a sustainability transition. The... read more



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 an online tool to help you evaluate your carbon reduction impact.