Entries from 'EUROPE'

Oficinas do Convento

Oficinas do Convento (Covent Workshops) is a self managed cultural organisation in Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal. It acts as a production centre, with workshops and collective projects that are presented after conclusion or as work-in-progress to the small city’s public. The value such an initiative cannot be quantified, for its benefits go beyond the production of cultural…

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Bizim Bakkal

Gentrification is threatening to destroy Berlin Investment in real estate is driving up rents and for one greengrocer in the Kreuzberg district, it’s even putting his livelihood at risk. This is why when a neighbourhood greengrocer Bizim Bakkal (meaning ‘our little shop’ in Turkish) recently received a notice that they must vacate their premises the…

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La Gonette – Local currency of Lyon

La Gonette is the new local currency of Lyon and its region. We have met the association who created it in Lyon this summer an wanted to post our interview close to the launching of this new currency, the 6th of November 2015. Jean Vincent from La Gonette explained the reasons beyond such an initiative,…

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Pagaki Café // Worker’s Collective

Sevi talks to alterNation about the Pagaki (Pagkaki) Café in Athens. An important video that talks about workers rights, alternative business structures, with a very nice comment on media practices and their efforts to in_corporate genuine independent initiatives into the system. In Pagkaki they just play music licensed through the creative commons platform! Many thanks…

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Lehmhausen Berlin/Brandenburg

David tells us about Lehmhausen, a project of a community outside of Berlin. They have regular meetings and are looking for a location to either start building their houses or renovating existing structures to establish a co-housing complex for 100 to 150 people from a wide range of different backgrounds. Watch the video for more…

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Berliner Energietisch

Berliner Energietisch was born out of the wish of a small group of people of 10 people from 3 different organisations to take back the electricity grid of the city of Berlin into the public hands. The idea was quickly accepted by the population, who took part in their activities and campaigns, and grew into…

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Ideenwerkstatt Freudenberg-Areal // Friedrichshain Berlin

Ideenwerkstatt Freudenberg Areal is an initiative born out of a citizen based association (Travekiez-Ostkreuz), which faced with a mega construction plan from an investor, decided to launch a project for neighbors to get involved, gather and discuss ideas on how the potential of such a huge space, could be optimized and used in favor of…

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Mietshäusersyndikat // Tenant-Housing Syndicate

The tenant-housing syndicate Germany is putting houses off the free market and facilitates alternative residential situations for groups who are looking into buying their own building or house. The idea is that the buildings acquired belong to the people who live in them, through which real estate speculation and gentrification would be avoided. A solution…

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Spreefeld Berlin

Directly at the edge of the river Spree, where the Berlin Party crowd used to dance until early morning hours to the sound of wild electronic beats, the housing project Spreefeld Berlin (SFB) has been established. SFB is a building and housing association of currently 60 members, which builds three housing complexes with collaborative living…

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