social economy organisations, private companies, public sector entities, citizens
Thematic areas of SI
circular economy and environment, urban regeneration
Organization Earth is a civil non-profit organisation founded in 2010, with the mission of delivering community-driven change towards a fair and resilient society. Their work focuses on promoting nature-based solutions for climate-neutral and inclusive cities, including pocket parks, urban forests, community gardens, green roofs, and implementing development programs for vulnerable social groups. Deterioration and lack of green spaces in Athens neighbourhoods inspire neighbourhood participation and one of its main scope is the transformation of abandoned urban spaces in accessible parks (pocket parks). Pocket parks are created on small abandoned plots of land, which very often function as garbage dumps. In the beginning of 2021 and in partnership with the Municipality of Athens, the first Pocket Park in the area of Pagrati (central Athens) has been completed and has been handed over to the residents. This social innovation is a collaborative project attempting a new type of collaboration between the private, the public and the third sector as well.