How can bottom-up cooperation lead to an open and more resilient society?

Citizen’s today are increasingly taking charge of things. They no longer simply rely on the state for their wellbeing. Many of these bottom-up initiatives and new forms of collectives aim to address pressing social issues. Civilians unite in a cooperation to ensure care for their elderly or children, or share their car or house to complete strangers through an online platform. What motivates citizens to cooperate and become involved? And does this lead to an open and more resilient society?

The FOCI Hub advises, promotes and stimulates citizen-based initiatives and is a platform for collaboration between Utrecht University researchers and societal partners on this theme. Feel free to approach us with questions or queries!    


Verticaal bos
26 April 2019
In residents’ initiatives that aim to boost a city’s climate resilience, municipalities aim to focus more on facilitating, according to UU scientists.
Samenwerkende proefpersonen
20 February 2019
NWO has recently funded the project titled “The competitive advantage of sanctioning institutions revisited: A multi-lab replication of Gürerk et al. (2006)."
Prof. Maarten Prak
13 December 2018
On December 3rd, the Future of Citizen-based Initiatives (FOCI) Hub organized a public lecture on Prof. Dr. Maarten Prak’s book Citizens Without Nations.


27 June 2019 18:00 - 29 June 2019 17:00
The 6th International Workshop on the Sharing Economy (ISWE) will be held on 28-29 June, 2019.