entretantos is a non-governmental, non-profit, statewide organisation dedicated to promoting knowledge, research, par- ticipation, mutual learning, collective construction and networking.
THE KEY AXES OF OUR WORK
Here we detail some of the transversal lines and key axes that form the backbone of the Foundation’s work:
The Foundation’s action is aimed at building a favourable scenario for social participation, developing extensive research-action work that seeks to establish solidly based theoretical and practical foundations, deepen knowledge of tools, generate, dynamise, produce, evaluate these processes and disseminate and transfer the results.
Our work pursues the sustainable use of natural resources, the conservation of biodiversity and the defence of the environment from a profoundly social perspective. In our practice we work on relevant issues such as food systems and the policies linked to them, the role of food activities, and the role of the environment.
The main objectives of the project are to promote traditional economic activities – such as extensive livestock farming – in the conservation of biodiversity and landscape, the sustainability and recovery of traditional commons and commons, the improvement of territorial governance, the preservation of bio- and geodiversity and, of course, and transversally, the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change and the ecosocial response to global crises.
PARTNERSHIP AND SOCIAL INNOVATION
In a complementary manner, the Foundation promotes formulas for collaboration between the agents involved in the management of the territory (be they institutions, universities, technicians, owners, managers, professionals or citizens) and the resources they bring into play; it designs and applies new ways of sharing knowledge and research; it promotes and activates mechanisms for social innovation and facilitates training and educational programmes on key issues for sustainability.
Our work allows us to establish deep and numerous links with institutions, research centres, professionals, companies and organisations working in the areas described, exploring together new possibilities and favouring the implementation of innovation and applied research processes that have obtained significant results in terms of sustainability, governance, equity and nature conservation.
CO-PRODUCTION OF KNOWLEDGE AND ACTION
One of the main hallmarks of the Foundation’s identity is the design, development and the facilitation of participatory processes and multi-agent networks, based on the debate and exchange of knowledge, reflection and experience. We create and facilitate spaces for the collective co-production of knowledge, action, change and social and political advocacy, transformative spaces for the people who share them and capable of generating change, also on a larger scale.
MUTUAL LEARNING AND ECO-SOCIAL EDUCATION
We work to extend the approaches of environmental education – understood as eco-social education – to all areas of shared life. For us, education is an essential instrument for the necessary transitions, and we work every day to ensure that social instruments – information, communication, education, participation, networking, collective construction, research-action,… – acquire the weight and attention they deserve in the change we must tackle as a society.
BUILDING BRIDGES AND MEDIATION CHANNELS
We work to create and strengthen bridges between the urban and rural worlds, to interweave academic and community knowledge, to bring consumption and production closer together, and to bring public policies closer to the demands and needs of civil society.
We also seek to address the conflicts that inevitably arise in our fields of action and to contribute to solving problems through listening, dialogue and mediation.