What is the programme about?

We believe that we can solve the ecological crisis only if cooperation among people living nearby becomes much stronger. Thus, our main aim is to help the formation of local small eco-communities in the Carpathian Basin – both in rural and urban areas. These small communities can contribute to achieve an environmentally friendly way of living, building strong relationships among people living in the same place, and strengthening the local economy.

The Small Communities Programme is a research and action based initiative started in 2008. The founder and leader of the Programme is András Takács-Sánta PhD, ecologist, associate professor and director of the MA in Human Ecology at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. About two dozens of people, experts at various fields work on the programme, nearly all of them voluntarily. Our main activities are: field work, support of communities, knowledge sharing, book writing, organizing summer camps for children and adults and providing human ecology course.

What we do

  • Publications, knowledge base

    Our books and studies aim to present the potentials of local ecological communities. Besides we provide knowledge, experiences and options for action for all of those who have been already taking action.

  • Human ecology course

    Every year since 2010, we deliver a ten months long Human ecology course every year to distribute knowledge regarding environmental problems and possible ways to deal with them. The lecturer is András Takács-Sánta PhD, associate professor at Eötvös Loránd University, director of the MA in Human Ecology. To date, about 150 people fulfilled the course.

  • Fieldwork

    We have been travelling around Hungary since 2009, making in-depth interviews with the stakeholders of local ecological initiatives. Since 2013 we have been making action research as well: we support the establishment and actions of small local ecological communities.

  • Summer ecocamp
    for children and adults

    We offer a hint of an ecological, community-based life for our participants in our summer camps. We started our summer camp for children in 2012, one year later we made another one for adults, and both have been organized each year ever since. The summer camps are held in Nagybörzsöny, Hungary.

  • Position papers

    Occasionally we publish position papers regarding public policy issues closely related to our programme. Sometimes we stand together with other organizations for certain important causes.

  • Public presentations,

    We regularly have public presentations and discussions about our ideas and results. Also, we often give interviews both in print and electronic media.

Who we are

Anita Horváth economist
Péter Horváth nature conservation engineer
Enikő Jacsó sociologist
Rita Kaszás biologist
Lehel Sebők MA student, human ecology
Tóth Miklós
Miklós Tóth software engineer

Former (and maybe future) members

András Aklan, Dóra Ádám, Noémi Andacs, Emese Bagoly, Pál Géza Balogh, Eszter Barta, Máté Bodó, Edina Budai, Ádám Csepku, Norbert Feigel, Eszter Fodor, Balázs Gálóczi, Zsófia Gelencsér, Kálmán Gere, Tamás Gilicze, Bence Gosztonyi, Zita Groó, Kata Gyenis, Bálint György, Anita Heim, György Heiter, András Jankó, Bálint Kapos, György Kasza, Anna Kerekes, Balázs Kovács, Katalin Kovács, Ádám Krepcsák, Rudolf Maros, Domonkos M. Nagy, Márton Mucsi, András Nagy Károly, Károly Menyhért Nagy, Hidegárd Nagyné Bán, Nóra Nagy, Attila Plachi, Emese Polgár, Gellért Puskás, Anna Rauscher, Dr. Judit Rácz, Mátyás Révai, Fanni Sáfián, Júlia Siposné Isépy, Ferenc Skobrák, Luca Száraz, Péter Szenczi, Nóra Szerencsy, Lilla Taksz, Balázs Tánczos, Dorottya Teveli-Horváth, Bence Attila Tóth, Szandra Varju, Viktor Vida, Petra Virág, Kata Visy, Gabi Zagyva, Yvonne Zsák

Contact us

Get in touch with us if

  • You are planning to set up a local eco-community anywhere in the world and you need professional support,
  • You want to join an existing community in Hungary, but you still haven’t found the one,
  • You and your community are keen to get inspired by and share experience with people involved in other initiatives (e.g. members of the Új Koma Háló network),
  • In your opinion a professional, even cross-border cooperation with us might be useful,
  • You are willing to support the goals of the Small Communities Programme by donating.

...or send us an email to info@kiskozossegek.hu.