ORA 2015 - In 2009, several European organisations launched an ongoing dynamic educational process they decided to call Observe Rethink Act or "ORA". This process gathers together youth centres, nature reserves, environmental NGO’s, social development organisations, cooperatives, art collectives, cultural organisations, and eco-centres. They came together in order to broaden the opportunities for the social, cultural, environmental and economic inclusion of young people in their communities.
Urban Organic (UK) CIC is a board member of ORA and in 2015 delivered urban gardening workshops as part of the EU Erasmus + funded project called ORA: Sustainable Communities with youth power switched on which took place in Italy, Germany and Serbia. Nine participating countries took part in workshops on sustainable construction, solar toys, artistic interventions and the urban gardening workshops which built self watering systems at primary schools in the three locations.
The basic concept of ORA is to provide young people with the direct opportunity to Observe their context (both at a local and international level), to Rethink their own role (both as individuals and as members of society) and to Act as responsible citizens to strengthen their communities. Participation in the ORA process has improved the efficiency and enriched the quality of the work done at the grassroots level by every organisation involved.