OSMOS’ first book is hot off the press! Based on some five years of European research within the TURAS program on transitions, resilience and sustainability, “Bridges to Local Economies” is a handbook looking at the role of the ‘bridging actor’ in facilitating resilient and sustainable local economies. While the book has a focus on public authorities – whom have traditionally been charged as the guardians of ‘public interest’ – the strategies and methods presented in the book are just as relevant to entrepreneurs, community leaders, consultants and investors whom are as responsible for the health of local economies.
The book is based on four bridging strategies: 1) Connection between elements and the system, 2) Cooperation between pioneers and the establishment, 3) Alignment of particular and common interests and 4) Collaboration between communities and entrepreneurs.
The book covers numerous case studies involving OSMOS, including the Parco Agricolo, the Brussels Crown Barracks, the Solfatara di Manziana, Studio C and the PSS method in Malaga. We present our approach to transversal planning as a method to deal with place-based economies. It also covers a range of tools developed inhouse.
We’d like to thank the network for their contributions and particularly the Brussels Environnement* (coordinated by Patrick Van den Abeele) and TURAS for allowing this book to happen. Many thanks also for the kind words by Rob Hopkins* (the founder of the transition movement) and Françoise Bonnet* (secretary general of ACR+) for their motivating words.
The full PDF can be downloaded here. A beautiful printed soft-cover copy is available at €15 p/copy (at cost price, postage costs TBC) – send us a message at hello[at]osmosnetwork.com for more information.