Legal Form

The Alliance for the Future is registered as a European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG). This is a little known but time-tested European legal form. An EEIG is an organisation whose members are other organisations located in different countries. The member organisations can be non-profit associations, foundations, public institutions, private companies, cooperatives, or any other type. They can be from any sector (civil society, public, private). This makes the Alliance for the Future a perfect example of a fourth sector organisation.

The general idea behind the EEIG as a legal form is to facilitate cooperation across borders. In contrast to project consortia, the EEIG is a more stable cooperation structure that serves to realize various joint activities of its members over time and that can also become active on its own. There is great flexibility to shape an EEIG to fit a particular purpose. It fits very well the purpose of the A4F to synergise the respective strengths of its Members.

The name ‘Economic Interest Grouping’ is slightly misleading, though, in two respects:

  • First, an EEIG itself is not making profits, but supports and helps improving the activities of its members in areas of cooperation they freely choose. The statutes of the Alliance for the Future emphasize that it is a non-profit organisation.
  • Second, many EEIGs today pursue other than economic interests and serve social, cultural, educational and ecological causes. This is also the case of the Alliance for the Future which is entirely dedicated to the common good.
Members

Members of the Alliance for the Future

Centre for Ecological Learning Luxembourg
CELL is an association and a platform to promote grassroots community engagement to think, research, disseminate and practice low-impact lifestyles. CELL offers a positive vision of our common future to create fair life conditions, a good degree of community resilience and to practice social cultural, political and economic alternatives while facilitating the acquisition of skills that become necessary in the process. CELL will be guided in this aspiration by the principles of ecology and community in a systemic and holistic approach.

Institutions for the Future, Czech Republic

Institutions for the Future is a company created in 1999 that is currently developing into a launchpad in the Czech Republic and Central Europe of model organisations designed to serve the common good. These organisations can be newly founded or they can grow out of existing organisations. The work of Institutions for the Future includes research, development, writing grant applications, managing projects, creating statutes for new organisations, developing websites, liaising with developers and investors. Using knowhow and experience gained in transformative educational projects, Institutions for the Future has the mission to develop a higher education institution focusing on transdisciplinary approaches to long-term environmental and social sustainability as well as to the development of human potential, as well as a Learning Village where model organisations work together to contribute positively to the ongoing societal changes and challenges.

Feniks Association for Human Development and Innovative Action, Croatia
Feniks was founded with the vision to provide a physical (place based) platform on the island of Murter in Croatia that will facilitate inspirational interaction among change-makers. These facilitated interactions lead to innovative ideas, actions and empowerment for the co‐creation of viable sustainable ventures and for the stimulation of human potential development. In creating this meeting ground, we aim to contribute to forming a critical mass of people and actions to bring about a societal shift towards more conscious and sustainable future for all life on the planet. We aim to achieve this vision and mission through:

  • Coordinating Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Labs that incubate and accelerate ground-breaking projects.
  • Offering residential workshops and courses for Lifelong Learning, Conscious Business Management, Work-Life Balance, New Venture Creation, Integral Leadership, Social Learning, and many more.
  • Developing a Hotel and Congress Centre for high profile events and conferences around active engagement for sustainability
  • Running sustainable tourism projects that involve local businesses and communities.

Global Renaissance International, Norway

The purpose of Global Renaissance International is to develop activities, projects, events and initiatives that contribute to the development of global consciousness, commitment and action related to a global paradigm shift founded on a holistic worldview; through interactive learning, dialogue and information, research, exploration and development of new infrastructures, patterns, systems, and appropriate methodologies; including the establishment of physical as well as virtual platforms for the purpose of contributing to international collaboration and understanding.

Social Transformation Lab Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia
The Social Transformation Lab Banska Stiavnica is an organisation that enables social transformation on the local level. It is based in a former mining town that is part of the UNESCO world heritage but that has lost its position as a historical, cultural and economic centre some decades ago. We respond to the challenges resulting from environmental, cultural and social decline, combining participatory research, multidimensional education and direct transformative interventions in the community, taking steps to catalyse the transition and create a showcase of transformative progress, sustainability and a self-sufficient living, responding to the needs and interests of the local community.

Resources

A4F develops on the basis of multiple immaterial and material resources, including:

  • Entrepreneurial Engagement
  • Volunteer Engagement
  • Private Investments
  • Free Office Space
  • Third Party Funding
  • Donations
  • Benefits from educational and consulting activities