Success factors for Greenish Initiatives of the Commons: Results of the best practices 2016 research under Dutch Rotterdam project initiatives

Fred Sanders, Arjan van Timmeren

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Dutch best practice shows that greenish Initiatives of the commons are eminently important for the liveability of neighbourhoods, for social cohesion of residents and the personal development of participants (Sanders 2014 dissertation). Secondly greenish initiatives show to contribute to the healthy conditions of city-residents and CO2 emission reduction important for reaching the national sustainable UNFCCC 2016 Paris Agreement targets, of importance for city developments. The SBE16 pre-sented and WSBE17 preparatory research made clear that greenish initiatives of the commons mainly concern investments by which the motivation factors of the partici-pants are related to ‘proud feeling’ and ‘sharing identity’. The character of investment initiatives of the commons though is that government has to draw back, has to re-duce regulation to facilitate these initiatives. A situation that can create a deadlock situation because the municipalities concerned have to change their regulations to embrace these greenish initiatives of the commons. Therefore its of importance to make clear what regulatory changes are success factors. Because greenish initia-tives vary so widely in presentation a control research on the SBE16 and WSBE17 research specific for greenish initiatives of the commons is operational to identify the diversity and proud-feeling factor of greenish initiatives more exactly. The check in progression strikes the two basic questions: 1. Are the most of these greenish initia-tives Commons of the of investment character (The SBE16 research generated a categorizing of initiatives of the commons of thinking-along, joining-in and investing-in) and 2. What are the dominating stages of ‘proud feeling’ (The WSBE17 research distinguishes the phases proportional-pride, sharing-pride, self-esteem and shared identity). By using and checking the for WSBE17 generated identifying diagram.
Rotterdam the second city of the Netherlands is chosen as the area of research be-cause of its numerous best practices example from recent years. From the Rotter-dam sample of 45 greenish initiatives of the commons a number of 21 gave enough data for research in the facilitating comfort that the municipality offered and how these helped the successfulness, to identify and categorize these, to distinguish suc-cess factors and failure actions. Therewith a ‘rule of thumb’ for professionals is worked-out to help practicing the commons and municipality practice for the devel-opment and flourishing of greenish initiatives of the commons. The central conclu-sions are: 1. Greenish initiatives of the Commons working without subsidizing of the municipality have a hard existence, and 2. Proud feelings of the Commons are strongly related to the positive attitude towards their projects by others. These were the results of this research in special done for the IASC 2017 Utrecht Congress.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the XVI Biennial IASC-Conference
Subtitle of host publicationPractising the Commons
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventXVI Biennial IASC Conference: Practicing the Commons - Utrecht HU, Utrecht, Netherlands
Duration: 10 Jul 201714 Jul 2017


ConferenceXVI Biennial IASC Conference: Practicing the Commons
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