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.

TESTIMONIALS

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.

Monthly WebinarS

Leading ideas for local innovation: Transforming visionary ideas into sustainable action

Local solutions are often the most effective way to tackle the world’s challenges. For this webinar series we invite you to join international thought leaders to discuss creative and relevant forward-looking topics.

6 November 2020, 9.15 am (CET)
Co-creating the Future – Tips, Tricks and Secrets of Participatory Urban Development
Speaker: Jeanette Westergaard Frisk, Architect & Urban Designer, Partner / arki_lab, Denmark
4 December 2020, 9.15 am (CET)
Greener and More Liveable Communities – The Key to Cultivate Cooperation and Participation
Speaker: Andreas Kipar, Landscape Architect & Urban Planner, Founder & Creative Director / LAND Srl, Italy
8 January 2021, 9.15 am (CET)
Creating Resilient Local Communities – Understanding, Reducing and Preparing for Risk from a Multi-Hazard Perspective
Speaker: Alexander Mirescu, CEO / RESILIENT/CITY, Program Coordinator / UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, United States
5 February 2021, 9.15 am (CET)
How to Drive Change and how not to – Learnings from City and Business Leaders who Drive Sustainability
Speaker: Gerald Babel-Sutter, Co-Founder & CEO / URBAN FUTURE Global Conference, Austria
5 March 2021, 9.15 (CET)
Livable Cities for the 21st Century
Speaker: Jan Gehl, Architect, Author, Founder & Senior Advisor / Gehl Architects, Denmark
9 April 2021, 9.15 am (CEST)
Inclusion as a driver of innovation – pragmatic solutions to force change
Speaker: Constantin Grosch, Founder / AbilityWatch e.V & Activist / Sozialhelden e.V., Germany
7 May 2021, 9.15 am (CEST)
Water is our Best Teacher – The Art of Fluid Thinking for a Resilient and Liveable World

Speaker: Herbert Dreiseitl, Landscape Architect & Urban Planner / DREISEITLconsulting GmbH, Germany

More about our monthly webinars

As a response to the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on political, social and economic life in our communities we are holding monthly webinars. The webinars provide mayors and local experts with crucial learnings about successful leadership in municipalities. They create a space for dialogue which promotes the transfer of knowledge, learnings and experiences, and the rethinking and redesign of all aspects of social cohesion.

Our webinars are exclusively for members of the ACT NOW Mayors’ Network. If you are interested in participating, please get in touch with Mathis Dippon.

Previous webinars: Leading a Municipality in Times of Crisis

Webinar Series April – July 2020

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.

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.