The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind (FPH) is a Swiss foundation that makes grants to civil society movements and organisations to support their actions in favour of a social and ecological transition.
The Mycelium project hosted by the Réseau Transition Wallonie-Bruxelles is a multi-actor network project whose goal is to support, connect and unite the various transition movements in French-speaking Belgium, and to encourage interaction with other similar networks (commons movement, social movements, etc.).
The initial idea was launched by the Réseau Transition Wallonie-Bruxelles and rapidly shared with other actors close to the movement, such as Rencontre des Continents, le Réseau de consommateurs responsables, la Maison du développement durable, etc. As a result, it was possible to co-construct the project with these actors as early as August 2016. The project was built on a strong ethical base that borrows principles from biomimicry, permaculture and eco-feminism.
Mycelium seeks to serve an ecosystem of actors who are paving the way for an emerging culture bearing the foundations of new societies, like a ‘growing forest’ that we hope to see emerge from an ‘ageing forest’, at the core of systems that have reached their operational limits and are ready to collapse.
We feel these transition actors should inspire new forms of society and that, to do so, they should be able to deploy their actions, widen and deepen their impact, change scales and weave a fabric of resilient links, like an ecosystem that progressively grows and becomes stronger.
Our goal is to help this ecosystem become more conscious of itself (and thus be able to clarify its identity/identities, values and operating modes), develop new types of cooperative projects (particularly on the economic level), become better known, particularly to the general public, and gain strength through contact with similar ecosystems (commons movement, social movements, etc.).