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!