Imagine your city

Imagine your city
– Inspired by the imagine Chicago movement

Imagine a city where…
 young people are leading the way forward
 public schools are thriving community learning centers
 neighborhoods and institutions work together to share ideas and resources.
 all citizens recognize and apply their talents to create a positive future for themselves and their community

your dream city
 what do you imagine and hope for your city?
 who can work with you to bring your vision to life?
 what will you dare to create?
 can you be a catalyst for creative connections?
 can you be part of a self-organizing team to make things happen?

People to people International-Europe
 we want to hear about your dreams
 we want to support you as you deliver transformation
 together we can do it.

Doing what we can

Doing something is better than doing nothing at all – every little bit helps, as the saying goes.

It is amazing how several small acts of kindness can deliver huge benefits to communities. One person might choose to donate €1 each month. Another individual will support a youth project, such as scouting, dedicating time each month. People that like to run will raise money for a great cause as they participate in their local 20K or Marathon. There are groups of families that undertake community projects together. This helps build a community, friendships and provides an opportunity for a family to deliver a community service together.

Please do something! It is time to engage and not simply say “I just don’t know how to get started”. Find a local cause that you can connect with. Are you passionate about the environment, the elderly, children with problems, animal welfare, the state of our buildings, litter on the streets, weeds growing everywhere, graffiti in the wrong places, food waste, composting, the circular economy, the arts, or is your passion sport or education? Whatever it is, other people will feel the same way. Connecting with like-minded people ensures that there is a bond and an energy to build on.

There is so much to be done everywhere you look. There are many organizations, associations and opportunities that would benefit from some help. It is not always about money, although money does help to pay for some much-needed resources. And, if collecting funds or making a financial donation works best for you – that is a very welcome something.

If you’re stuck for ideas about what you can do, please do connect and we will do our very best to guide you. PTPI is making every effort to be a connecting NGO for the many opportunities to contribute, and the many needs that communities have. Just remember doing what we can, is preferable to doing nothing at all. Our community will be better off when we are all doing what we can.

Chalks Corriette
PTPI Europe

SDGs and PTPI Europe – the long view

Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, more than 190 world leaders committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help us all end extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice, and fix climate change. We each have a role to play if we’re going to achieve these goals of a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable world.

The 169 targets contained within those goals, are a fabulous roadmap to the future. These goals are being adopted by both the public and private sectors. They provide business and industry a great platform to measure their sustainability, as well as their contribution to the planet and humanity.

For PTPI Europe, our ability to have a meaningful impact will happen when our chapters align their activities with SDGs. This means in reality that we have to take a long view during our thinking and planning. We plan to register in accordance with the UN SDG platform, the things we do, as a way of demonstrating our commitment to people, the plant and peace. This means that we must prove our commitment through concrete initiatives.

The initiatives need to be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Resource-based, with Time-based deliverables.

We are fortunate, in that there are some key people in our network that have experience with SDG type projects, and we shall introduce them to you soon. We shall be making contact with specific chapters since we know those that are engaged with SDG type projects. During the European Conference this September, alignment to the SDGs will be discussed.

Sustainability is the most important responsibility we all have as global citizens (sustainability being defined as environmental, economic and social impact), and this gives us a unique edge over other humanitarian organizations.