“Tu was, dann tut sich was” presents “Sozialatlas Lungau”

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The outcomes of the initiative Tu was, dann tut sich was are now available as a book: On 6 May 2012, the Internationales Forschungszentrum für Soziale und Ethische Fragen (ifz), and the members of SinnStifter, a joint initiative of six Austrian foundations (ERSTE Stiftung, Essl Stiftung, Turnauer Sitftung, Schweighofer Stiftung, Humer Stiftung und Unruhe Stiftung) presented the Sozialatlas Lungau. This book documents the findings of the scientific projects that accompanied the first Tu was project in the region of Lungau in Salzburg. It provides analysis and insights into the social and economic set-up of this particular region and shows in which ways the Tu was initiative was able to change things in an area that struggles economically as well as socially.

The aim of Tu was, dann tut sich was is to spark sustainable development in structurally weak regions of Austria. For the past year, the Salzburg region of Lungau has been the centre of attention of this initiative. 66 projects have been realized as part of the Tu was initiative, for example the MiniBibliothek, the Schule der Nachhaltigkeit (sustainability school), the Tauernroggenfest (a regional festival) and the film project “früher”, the Treffpunkt second hand shop, which will enable locals to buy used clothes at a favourable price without stigmatisation, and the picknick table that provides a space for wheel-chair users and which is intended to be installed in every municipality of the Lungau.

More information on Tu was, dann tut sich was is available at www.tu-was.at. To purchase a copy of Sozialatlas Lungau, click here.