The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind (FPH) is a Swiss foundation that makes grants to civil society movements and organisations to support their actions in favour of a social and ecological transition.
CITEGO is a collective adventure based on the sharing and pooling of experience and reflection.
The CITEGO resources site has a long history. It is based on the firm belief that exchanges of experience between practitioners lead to knowledge that is particularly helpful for action. In 1986, as part of various FPH (Foundation for the Progress of Humankind) partnerships, the spaces and methods developed to encourage such exchanges led to the creation of a number of resource sites that were brought together in COREDEM. Ten years later, the realisation that cities and territories would be called on to play a decisive role in the transition to sustainable societies generated interest in the creation of a specific website. In 2008, the first website was created. In 2015, CITEGO became an association under the French law of 1901. Both the bureau and the team of salaried employees are composed of experts in territorial management. In 2017, CITEGO took another step forward and began directly supporting territorial actors in their transition processes, with a methodology based on changing practices. CITEGO has become a co-producer of transmittable knowledge. This methodology is described in our modes of action (www.citego.org/spip.php?article30).
CITEGO sees itself as a third-party mediator, promoting the exchange of experience and sharing of knowledge between practitioners, researchers, elected officials, associations and citizens on matters related to the governance and role of territories in the transition to sustainable societies. The goal of mediation is to overcome walls separating institutions, academic disciplines and socio-professional categories in order to partner knowledge with action, strengthen a transversal approach and contribute to continuous training.
CITEGO provides diverse types of partners with a conceptual framework, methods and tools that correspond to the successive stages in the mediation cycle, including the relational atlas (www.citego.org/rubrique-15_fr.html).
CITEGO concentrates on achieving three major objectives:
‘reveal’ the systemic character of the territory by helping actors identify relationships between the technical, economic, cultural, social, conceptual and institutional as well as financial dimensions;
overcome barriers separating institutions, disciplines and socio-professional categories;
be both sharers of knowledge and drivers of this change.