On 16 November 2018, Belgian newspaper De Standaard published an article based on research performed by Professor Tine De Moor (Economic and Social History). The research shows that Belgian citizens increasingly start up citizen collectives.
Citizen collectives concern sustainable organizations, founded by citizens. They produce goods or services, predominantly in the field of food, agriculture, and energy. A group of neighbours investing in a windmill, for example. This makes them independent from big suppliers of energy. In 2015 and 2016, a total of 249 citizen collectives have emerged in Belgium, according to De Moor.
The increase of citizen collectives is clearly visible since the economic crisis. Because of the crisis, citizens lost trust in traditional institutions. Collaboration of different collectives could potentially induce great change. Collaboration with traditional institutions could also have a positive effect on the results achieved by citizen collectives.