8.04.2021 – "New opportunities and challenges for local development in a post-Covid world". Can local communities find sustainable solutions to loss of markets or incomes from tourism, increased precarity and sense of isolation of the most vulnerable groups, while capitalising on emerging opportunities such as increased demand for local food, remote working arrangements or urban-rural flight? Discussion around this question will be illustrated with short case studies from rural, urban and fisheries areas.
15.04.2021 – “Communities in circles: new forms of development”. Interest in the circular economy was building up before the COVID-19 crisis and a variety of initiatives were taking place in urban, rural and fisheries areas. They are now called to play a much bigger role in local development in the post-COVID-19 recovery. This session will look at how local initiatives based on the circular economy are improving usage of resources by creating virtuous circuits in different fields.
22.04.2021 – “New exclusions: How communities are combating digital, food and health exclusions”. The economic and social problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic have hit particularly hard some of the most vulnerable groups in urban and rural areas. This has manifested itself in new forms of poverty and exclusion. The session will explore how communities are responding by addressing specific forms of exclusion. Other contributions will focus on digital inclusion and issues around health.
29.04.2021 – Participants in the previous sessions will be invited to this final session on "Conclusions and lessons learnt" to discuss cross-cutting themes and draw lessons. Key questions are expected to include: How can community-based solutions be spread more effectively? How can communities work at transnational level to innovate without reinventing the wheel? What support is needed at local, national and EU level?