TRISE Mission Statement 2021

Social ecology provides an historical and dialectical understanding of the relationship between ecological degradation and the exploitation of human beings. We see the current ecological crisis as rooted in hierarchical social structures. These systems of domination express themselves in specific forms of exclusion and oppression, which include the concentration of economic and political power, sexism, racism and patriarchal structures and behaviors.

In this ongoing crisis, capitalism is undoing the work of natural evolution through the homogenization of society and the destruction of ecosystems. We need to regenerate political structures and institutions of mutualism, cooperation and social solidarity and establish a conscious ecological sensibility.

A reconciliation between human society and nature is essential. Our vision is a society consisting of decentralized human scale communities with political institutions where citizens participate on an egalitarian basis.

To achieve this aim, we do not believe in a reformist party-oriented approach. Instead, we want to re-create a civic sphere and notions of citizenship at the grassroots municipal level. We need to expand direct democracy into all spheres of society and create decision-making structures and processes which allow people to reclaim political power. We recognize that this will take different forms in different parts of the world.

What is TRISE

The Transnational Institute of Social Ecology (TRISE) is a transnational network of activists, scholars and researchers founded in Greece in 2013. TRISE has an office in central Athens and is incorporated as a legal non-profit association in Finland. TRISE currently holds more than 50 members mainly situated in Europe.

TRISE sees itself as part of the communalist tradition and aims to propagate the ideas of social ecology and radical democracy. We seek to be a pan-European resource to all those concerned with these ideas. To this end, we consider democracy, ecology, feminism, ‘the Right to the City” and struggles against oppression as fundamental transforming goals. Our activities are focused on research, education and training.

What TRISE does

Promoting Social Ecology in Theory and Practice

TRISE aims to foster and further social ecological analysis and practice. We initiate, support and facilitate research on social ecology, urban social movements, the democratization of society, feminism, urbanization, anti-oppression practices and other issues related to our mission. This is achieved through the publication of books, articles, newsletters and other forms of relevant material.

Organizing Seminars, Conferences and Workshops

TRISE continuously organize seminars, webinars, lectures, workshops and courses on a broad range of themes and topics related to our mission. Every second year, we organize an open international TRISE Conference where we invite activists, scholars and the general public to reflect together on the current situation and exchange ideas, knowledge and practices. These conferences have become a crucial meeting point for social ecology oriented activists and scholars in Europe and beyond. This also to meet each other, exchange experiences and initiate new collaborations.

Working with Social Movements and Municipalist Platforms

TRISE is calling for partnership with civil society, as a forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge. TRISE members are all part of and work within current social movements and municipalist platforms, seeking out the practical application of social ecology on the ground.

September 3, 2021

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