SELF

A COOPERATIVE APPROACH TO

MAINTAIN “A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE”:

PLACE-KEEPING AND MORE!

OBJECTIVE OF SELF

To develop more participative local communities, using innovative, cooperative (business) models

for public-private partnership and the joint provision of services and (formerly public) tasks.

OUTLINE OF PROJECT IDEA

In the now finalised INTERREG IVB North Sea Region (NSR)-project MP4, the main focus was on place-keeping:

long-term maintenance and management of (public) areas / spaces to ensure that the social, environmental

and economic quality and benefits can be enjoyed by future generations.

Presenting innovative (governance, community) workforms

on a cooperative basis, including place-keeping and shared space, leading to a transfer of tasks from public to private and/or

new shared (public-private) services and activities.

Key principle in place-keeping is the inclusion of local residents in these activities and in similar (public) activities and services, that are now (only) the domain of public authorities, taking

co-responsibility in these tasks.

The project SELF builds on the earlier experiences of MP4, in that the principle of Place-keeping is applied on other domains and (new, cooperative) organisation forms are sought and applied to develop and deliver these services and activities.

KEYWORDS

1. Cooperative approach

2. Innovative workforms

3. Sustainable and Inclusive growth

4. Place keeping

5. Local participation

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