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Civil initiative "Let's do it" in Estonia

Detailed description of the Good Practice

My Estonia is a civic initiative designed to find creative and effective solutions to topical issues that we can implement by working together. We are hoping to launch tens, hundreds or even thousands of new “Let’s Do It”-style campaigns.

 

My Estonia – the image of a more enjoyable and efficient society – is built on ideas, both big and small. The think tanks are a chance to draw them out as people put their heads together to improve life here – in our own neighbourhoods or the country as a whole. Big bold thoughts – the kind that could have a positive impact on the entire country – are welcome. Ideas generate ideas!

The first project of the civil initiative “Let's do it!” brought out 50 000 volunteers to clean up illegal waste from all over the Estonian forests and countryside.



citizens democracy
stakeholders involvement
waste

Objectives of the Good Practice

to clean up illegal waste from all over the Estonian forests and countryside.

Participants of the Good Practice

citizens of Estonia
The National Foundation of Civil Society
the Telekom group
the European Commission

Target group of the Good Practice

citizens of Estonia

Funding of the Good Practice

Most of what is donerelies on the help of volunteers and partners.
The National Foundation of Civil Society, the Telekom group and the European Commission, who will help cover unavoidable costs.

 

More Details of the Good Practice

In May 2008 a massive country-wide clean-up day took place, bringing together more than 50 000 volunteers to clean-up illegal waste from all over the Estonian countryside. This extraordinary project helped to change the waste department system as well as public perspectives on the environment and the possibilities for civic action.

Last year, 650 active people got involved to plan and make that day happen. The initiators caught wind of its success and called a new project to life – My Estonia.
Encouraged by last year's success, the initiators behind the project began imagining a new project – My Estonia - a country-wide brainstorming session designed to provide a space and time for people to gather around "issues" that matter to them -- from local neighborhood to larger-scale concerns.

The organizing team believes that many ideas that come forth can be achieved by people taking responsibility themselves, working together locally, without waiting for "somebody else" to solve them. But for those suggestions that might require assistance from larger organizations or the government, the My Estonia team will take the lead in forging the alliances necessary to achieve the goal.

None of the ideas gathered during the brainstorming will be lost. Rather, they will be archived so they can be accessed and accomplished.

Documentation and documents

Lets's do it My Estonia project http://www.minueesti.ee/?lng=en&leht=88

Available files

Contact details

Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations
Toompuiestee 17a, 3rd floor
10137 Tallinn
Estonia

Data sources and references

Lets's do it My Estonia project http://www.minueesti.ee/?lng=en&leht=88 (Accessed June, 24, 2009)