Sacred Civics

Sacred Civics argues that societal transformation requires that spirituality and sacred values are essential to reimagining patterns of how we live, organize and govern ourselves, determine and distribute wealth, inhabit and design cities, and construct relationships with others and with nature.

The book brings together transdisciplinary and global academics, professionals and activists from a range of backgrounds to question assumptions that are fused deep into the code of how societies operate, and to draw on extraordinary wisdom from ancient Indigenous traditions; to social and political movements like Black Lives Matter, the commons, and wellbeing economies; to technologies for participatory futures where people collaborate to reimagine and change culture. Looking at cities and human settlements as the sites of transformation, the book focuses on values, commons and wisdom to demonstrate that how we choose to live together, to recognize interdependencies, to build, grow, create, and love – matters.

Using multiple methodologies to integrate varied knowledge forms and practices, this truly ground-breaking volume includes contributions from renowned and rising voices. Sacred Civics is a must-read for anyone interested in intersectional discussions on social justice, inclusivity, participatory design, healthy communities and future cities.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Imagine Shaping Cities as if People, Land, and Nature were Sacred Jayne Engle, Julian Agyeman, and Tanya Chung-Tiam-Fook

Chapter 2: Awakening Seven Generation Cities

Tanya Chung-Tiam-Fook, Jayne Engle, and Julian Agyeman   PART I: SPACE

Chapter 3: Honouring the Sacred in Cities: Indigenous Teachings for City Building Tanya Chung-Tiam-Fook

Chapter 4: The Black Commons: A Framework for Recognition, Reconciliation, Reparations Julian Agyeman and Kofi Boone

Chapter 5: (Un)situated Improvisation AbdouMaliq Simone

Chapter 6: Co-creating the Cities we Deserve through Indigenous Knowledge

Ginger Gosnell-Myers  PART II: TIME

Chapter 7: Unsettling the Coloniality of Foresight Aarathi Krishnan

Chapter 8: Inhabiting the Edge Edgar Pieterse

Chapter 9: Reconciling Relationships with the Land through Land Acknowledgments Deborah McGregor and Emma Nelson

Chapter 10: Urban Planning Oscillations: Seeking a Tongan Way Before and After the 2006 Riots

Yvonne Takau and Michelle Thompson-Fawcett  PART III: AGENCY

Chapter 11: Social Infrastructure for Our Times: Building Participatory Systems that Value the Creativity of Everyone Jayne Engle, Tessy Britton, and Pamela Glode-Desrochers

Chapter 12: The Ceremony of Reclaiming Agency Through Wonder Catherine Tàmmaro

Chapter 13: Feminist, Antiracist Values for Climate Justice: Moving Beyond Climate Isolationism


Chapter 14: Participatory Futures: Reimagining the City Together Kathy Peach and Laurie Smith

Chapter 15: Basque Civics Gorka Espiau and Itziar Moreno

Chapter 16: Commons Economies in Action: Mutualizing Urban Provisioning Systems Michel Bauwens, Rok Kranjc, and Jose Ramos

Chapter 17: Radicle Civics – Unconstituting Society: Building 21st Century Civic Infrastructures Fang-Jui “Fang-Raye” Chang and Indy Johar

We are pleased to invite you to join the Ukraine launch of the Mayors for Economic Growth Facility on Wednesday 30 June 2021 at 10:30 (Kyiv time, GMT+3). The EU in partnership with UNDP will work closely with local authorities and a diverse set of partners in the Eastern Partnership countries to promote inclusive economic growth and innovation in secondary cities. 

Share inspiring and emergent thought and practice on addressing the complex challenges faced by secondary cities in Eastern Partnership countries.Introduce the Mayors for Economic Growth Facility (2021-2024).


Ms. Dafina Gercheva, UNDP Resident Representative in Ukraine.
Mr. Ivan Lukerya, Deputy Minister for Communities and Territories Development (TBC).
Ms. Chloé Allio, Head of Section Operations – Economic Cooperation, Energy, Infrastructure and Environment, EU Delegation to Ukraine.

Thoughts, practice & learning:
Mr. Gorka Espiau, Director at the Agirre Center for Social and Political Studies (University of the Basque Country) .
Ms. Lejla Sadiku, Innovation Team Leader, UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and Central Asia –
Mr. Oleksandr Kobzarev, Chief Officer, Institute of City, Lviv, Ukraine
Mr. Mustafa Sait-Ametov, Regional Development Programme Manager, UNDP Ukraine.

2nd EIT Climate-KIC RIS Matchmaking Event

An event focused on the new Cohesion Policy, evidence-based policymaking, and capacity-building tools for transformative change.

About this event

What are the RIS Matchmaking events?

The RIS Matchmaking events are organised by the EIT Climate-KIC Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) Team for our regional ‘focal points’ or Hubs that act as innovation community catalysts in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. The main goal is to expand and consolidate our ecosystem, share best practices, and orchestrate collaborations for innovation opportunities.


Understanding the new Cohesion Policy 2021-2027 and implications for regions and countries in the New Multiannual Financial Framework, Recovery Plans, and Structural Funds.

  • Monika Zdaneviciute, European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy.

Sharing best practices of using regional policies, integrated approaches, and system mapping in territorial development.

  • Alessandro Daraio, Senior Advisor at the European Policies Coordination and Evaluation Unit (Emilia-Romagna).
  • Gorka Espiau Idoiaga, Managing Director at the Agirre Lehendakaria Center for Social and Political Studies (Basque Country).
  • Margaret Cassar, Director General at Environment, Climate Change and Development Planning Policy (Malta Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change, and Planning).TBC.

Navigate through the main elements of evidence-based policymaking and the EIT Climate-KIC capacity-building tools for transformative change.

  • Cristian Matti, EIT Climate-KIC Transitions Hub Lead & Research fellow Utrecht University

Finding synergies and potential collaborations: an interactive session for all participants.

Facilitator: Annalisa Spalazzi, EIT Climate-KIC RIS Programme Manager

Target participants:

  • EIT Climate-KIC RIS Hubs, partners, and stakeholders from Southern and Central Eastern Europe.
  • Policymakers and programme owners at the EU, national, regional, and local level (government officers; parliamentarians, advisors, civil servants…).
  • Practitioners interested in Cohesion Policy 2021-2027 and science-policy-practice interfaces to design and implement strategies and action plans.