Mayors' Network

WE DRIVE LOCAL ACTION!

We are committed to driving local action to promote peaceful, cohesive and prosperous communities.

The ACT NOW Mayors’ Network

The ACT NOW Mayors’ Network is a community of like-minded local leaders from locations in the Middle East through to Northern Europe. Many municipalities are facing similar challenges, therefore our activities foster hands-on mutual support and best practice exchange to bring about concrete local action.

Our five principles

IT IS ON US – WE DRIVE LOCAL CHANGE

Every year we organise field trips to our network members in Europe, the Balkans or the MENAT region. Participants gain first-hand insights into local challenges and best practice and have the opportunity to strengthen their professional and personal skill sets in on-site workshops and training sessions.

WE ARE CONNECTED ACROSS BORDERS

Many municipalities have similar objectives and challenges, so it makes sense for us to connect and learn from each other across borders. Exchanging knowledge helps us build on each other’s success and broadens our horizons.

DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH

Everyone regardless of their social background, religion or origin can contribute to the community. We share ideas about how to create mutual acceptance among different groups and help each other promote diversity.

WE STRENGTHEN SOCIAL COHESION TO COUNTERACT POLARISATION

Social cohesion is the backbone of stability and prosperity. When people feel respected and are given the opportunity to thrive, they will no longer antagonise each other but use their energy productively to serve the common good.

WE INVOLVE YOUNG PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE

Young people are the main drivers of change and are the leaders of tomorrow. We support each other and our staff to activate the potential of the young people in our local communities by including them in planning and decision-making.

MEET THE MEMBERS​

United by their common goals, our members are committed to driving positive change and improving life in their communities. Meet them here:

HOW TO JOIN THE NETWORK

The ACT NOW Mayors’ Network is always open for local leaders who share our principles and are committed to driving local action. A variety of benefits are waiting for you: Invitations to conferences, field trips and webinars for learning and exchange; access to international best practices and support for realising innovative projects.

We drive local Action

Our carefully selected collection of Best Practices covers a broad range of local solutions. We identify the ones which are most relevant to specific members based on their individual needs and develop best practice prototypes as a tool for adapting and later on implementing best practices to different local contexts. The result is a holistic process which allows municipalities to successfully plan, implement and monitor local action. To support this process, municipalities can also apply to hold an ACT NOW Local Change Lab in their municipality.

Learn more about projects implemented by members of the ACT NOW Mayors’ Network:

Cuckoo’s Nest

An apartment in a neighbourhood gets converted into a centre which serves the needs of many migratory residents, by offering educational help, care services, language courses, and various other services.

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Field Trips & Workshops

Every year we organise field trips to our network members in Europe, the Balkans or the MENAT region. Participants gain first-hand insights into local challenges and best practice and have the opportunity to strengthen their professional and personal skill sets in on-site workshops and training sessions.

Mayors Webinars

This is a challenging time for communities and their local leaders. The consequences of climate change, digitalisation, financial constraints and the recovery from the pandemic require transformation on the local level.

The webinars of the ACT NOW Mayor’ Network are designed to inspire local leaders to lead the change and create sustainable action in their respective communities. Therefore, we explore visionary ideas, future-proof concepts and context-sensitive practices in order to provide the participants with theoretical knowledge and hands-on learnings.

The webinars are open for everyone who has a stake in the realisation of the local transformation and how innovative practices can support this process.

 

UPcoming Webinars:

Previous Webinars:

Mayors manage COVID‑19

Mayors and local decision-makers are currently under pressure to take swift action. This involves medical and healthcare related measures to protect the public, but also ensuring that there is cohesion within communities and people are pulling together. We are therefore collecting videos and reports from members and friends of the ACT NOW Mayors’ Network. Under the hashtag #mayorsmanageCOVID we intend to share experiences, learnings, knowledge and creative approaches.

What our members say