Within the framework of the research project "Wirtschaftsförderung 4.0", the present thesis contributes to a deeper insight of a systematic enhancement of civil sustainability initiatives. The aim of this analysis is to show starting points for possible support measures that can be taken up by municipal economic development agencies.
For this purpose, the main conductive and restraining influencing factors on transformative initiatives have been brought together, drawing on theoretical foundations from research on transition and diffusion processes. In order to develop custom-fit measures, the literature-based factors have been compared with and complemented by practical insights: guided interviews with experts from sustainability initiatives in the German region of Osnabrück have collected municipal circumstances as well as success factors, challenges and requirements of local grassroots initiatives.
As a result, seven overarching areas of need have been derived, especially from the empirical survey. Subsequently, recommendations for action and possible starting points for municipal support have been detected and discussed.
Kommunale Unterstützung transformativer Nachhaltigkeitsinitiativen im Rahmen der Wirtschaftsförderung 4.0
Eine Bedarfsanalyse am Beispiel von Initiativen in der Stadt Osnabrück
Wuppertal 2019, ISBN 978-3-946356-12-7
(Wuppertaler Studienarbeiten zur nachhaltigen Entwicklung no. 18)