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Den frivilligdrevne grønne omstilling og dens udfordringer i Danmark - en caseundersøgelse af Omstilling Ry og deres samarbejde med Skanderborg Kommune

By Kenneth Tønnes Hansen and Thomas Nielsen


Few academic studies exist which focus in-depth on green grassroots initiatives in Denmark. Firstly, this thesis will focus on which internal circumstances are imposed on these green grassroots initiative groups based on their organization, management, and resources as volunteer groups. Secondly, the thesis will outline under which conditions a collaboration between green grassroots initiatives and local municipalities is possible, in order to establish and implement volunteer-driven transition initiatives. International studies on green grassroots initiatives expresses a need for research focusing on the conditions of a (potential) collaboration between the grassroots initiatives and the local municipality. Thus, the following study contributes to the international research by uncovering the previously underexposed conditions of collaboration between green grassroots initiatives and the local authorities. The thesis will answer the foregoing questions by applying a qualitative case study as its research design - exemplified by the grassroots initiative Transition Ry and the municipality of Skanderborg - using New Social Movement and French Convention Theory as the theoretical framework. The results of the first part of the study show that Transition Ry so far have not been able to establish a broad network of volunteers who are familiar with the group's activities and are willing to volunteer on a continuous basis, which puts pressure on the core group of Transition Ry to keep their activities going. Transition Ry must be able to establish concrete and visible projects that can create awareness of the group and its activities in order to attract more volunteers. In this context, Transition Ry finds a collaboration with the municipality could provide the group with greater visibility and financial support. The results of the second part of the study, focusing on the collaboration, show that the municipality is willing to ensure Transition Ry’s project-related ownership, as well as limited help with project assistance. Nevertheless, the municipality is-not willing to support Transition Ry’s projects with unconditional financial support because the municipality needs to take collective interests into consideration. Green grassroots initiatives like Transition Ry are therefore highly dependent on funding from private and public foundations to be able to finance and establish their activities. Applying for private and public funds can be a demanding and unmanageable task for grassroots initiatives because of the funds’ often unclear application criteria and opaque practices. Therefore, the public authorities will have to be ready to experiment with new ways of collaborating with the green grassroots initiatives, if the grassroots initiatives are-to reach their full potential

Topics: Green Grasroots initiatives, Justification, New Social Movements, Collaboration
Year: 2014
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