Interview with Edi. A. Klobučar

Meet Edi A. Klobučar, a 22 years old student in Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. Edi is involved in a number of projects dealing with the complexity of identity and is a transgender activist. He is most inspired by people and passes that inspiration on effortlessly.   “The [LGBT] […]

Research, Slovenia / 04 Apr 2018

Interview with Tony Fegan from Tallaght Community Arts

In this interview Tony Fegan talks about his extensive experience in participatory arts projects with young people (often with very diverse cultural backgrounds) and people with disabilities in Tallaght. This Irish town is situated in the South Dublin County. The art projects of Tallaght Community Arts not seldom carry a message about social inclusion and hope as a […]

Ireland, Research / 04 Apr 2018

Interview with Carlos Mossoró from A Velha Capital, and Renan Inquérito

Carlos ‘Mossoró’ Guerra Junior and Renan Inquérito are two Brazilian born academics, activists and rappers, related to the University of Coimbra and in particular to its renowned professor of sociology Boaventura de Sousa Santos. Mossoró is conducting research on how to unite the diverse breeding grounds of political activism (concerning for example the civil rights […]

Albania, Brazil, Mozambique, Portugal, Research / 04 Apr 2018

Article about the independent media organisation La Directa

Alternative projects have an important role to play in The Art of Organising Hope, but so do alternative media. Many of the movements we spoke to in Barcelona advised us to pay a visit to the independent Catalan newspaper and news site La Directa. Getting in touch with La Directa wasn’t that easy. But after […]

Catalonia, Research, Spain / 03 Apr 2018

Interview with Sebastian Ordoñez Muñoz from Movimiento Jaguar Despierto and Wretched of the Earth

Sebastian Ordoñez Muñoz is a London based activist involved in Movimiento Jaguar Despierto, an organisation that has managed to bring together various activists from the Latin American community in the UK. The organisation is part of a wider network, called ‘Wretched of the Earth’. This collective unites over a dozen grassroots Indigenous, black, brown and […]

Research, United Kingdom / 01 Apr 2018

Interview with Besa Luci from Kosovo 2.0

At the dawn of the parliamentary elections of June 2017, the editors of the alternative media outlet Kosovo 2.0 reflect on the state of their young country (in February 2018 Kosovo celebrated only the 10th birthday of its independence). A need for more diversity in opinions and narratives is what led to the foundation of […]

Kosovo, Research / 28 Mar 2018

Interview with Iñaki Lopez de Foronda from Errekaleor

Errekaleor is a former working class neighbourhood that is situated in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the capital of the Basque Autonomous Community and of the province of Araba/Álava in northern Spain. During the economic crisis, the public services were scaled down as part of severe austerity measures and the barrio was for the most part abandoned. However, in 2013 […]

Research, Spain / 27 Mar 2018

Report on a meeting of La Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca (PAH)

PAH or ‘The Platform of Those Affected by the Mortgage’ is a partnership and social movement advocating the right to decent housing. It was formed in February 2009, first in Barcelona and thereafter in the whole of Spain. The movement arose in response to the Spanish real estate crisis (2008-2013) that was triggered by the housing bubble and subsequent […]

Research, Spain / 21 Mar 2018

Article about Polish populism by sociologist Sławomir Sierakowski

Born in 1979, Sławomir Sierakowski is a Polish sociologist and political commentator. He is a founder and leader of Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique), an Eastern European movement of liberal intellectuals, artists and activists, with branches in Ukraine and Russia. He is also the director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw and the president […]

Poland, Research / 21 Mar 2018

Q&A with Marisa Matias from CES

Marisa Matias has a PhD from the School of Economics at the University of Coimbra and is a sociological researcher at the Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES). She made an academic and a political journey that allows her to create a well-founded vision about all the dimensions of problems like homophobia, misogyny and racism. Matias […]

Portugal, Research / 19 Mar 2018

Political critique by Agnieszka Wiśniewska from KrytykaPolityczna.pl

From civil society to political society   In a perfectly liberal-democratic world, where parliament really represents society and its diversity, where politics (and the space between politics and business) is not always populated by the same people, and where political parties articulate interests and develop ideas (or at least take seriously what think tanks are […]

Poland, Research / 19 Mar 2018

Interview with Igor Stokfiszewski of Political Critique

Igor Stokfiszewski is a literary and theatre critic specialising in politically engaged art. Since 2006 he has been a member of the Polish left-wing movement Political Critique, where he works as activist, editor and journalist. He was a member of the team overseeing the seventh Berlin Biennale (2012). He is author of the book Zwrot […]

Poland, Research / 19 Mar 2018

Interview with Maria Montavez Sanchez and Fransico Garrido Torres from Cerro Libertad

Cerro Libertad is an occupation of a country estate of 75 hectares and 1500 olive trees in the Spanish Andalusia. This finca is property of the bank BBVA who has done nothing to stop the deterioration of the land and the farm in five years time. On April the 1st of last year, activists started their […]

Research, Spain / 18 Mar 2018

Interview with Rita Harrold from ROSA

In Ireland, ROSA and other feminist organisations fight hard for the right of abortion, since it’s still illegal there. Many years of struggle have now led to Prime Minister Leo Varadkar’s announcement that a referendum will be held in summer 2018 – finally. “For many young people in Ireland the abortion issue is their gateway […]

Ireland, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Kevin Ovenden and Thanasis Kampagiannis

Kevin Ovenden is a left-wing activist, author and politician currently residing in Athens. He was born in Britain, but is now part of the anti-racist and anti-fascist movement in Greece as he has been in Britain for many years. At the moment, he is writing a book on polarization. We met him together with his […]

Greece, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Sophie Ghyselen from Commons Josaphat

Sophie Ghyselen from Commons Josaphat talked to us about the origins, development, aims and future prospects of this common initiative on an urban wasteland site with a size of 32 football pitches. It is situated in Brussels, on the border between Schaerbeek and Evere. As mentioned on their website, they “emphasise common ownership and sharing […]

Belgium, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Mussa Idris from Migrant Solidarity Group of Hungary

Mussa has been a refugee in Hungary since 2013 and is part of the Migrant Solidarity Group of Hungary (Migszol). He came from Eritrea, which is east of Sudan. “For some people that is already complicated. In the east of Sudan, there is an Eritrean community and there are more than four common tribes between […]

Hungary, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Logan Strenchock from CE University

Logan Strenchock lives in Hungary’s capital Budapest, but is originally from Pennsylvania in the United States. During his studies he travelled around a lot: after he had lived in the US for twenty years, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering and Historic Preservation of Monuments and Structures in Italy and Spain, then he […]

Hungary, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Danilo Prnjat from DeMaterijalizacija umetnosti

The Montenegro born Danilo Prnjat uses the autonomy of art to reflect critically on the Serbian and European society as well as to develop alternative models of community building, including economic alternatives with equal and righteous relations of production. As an art critic, he challenges the dominant neo-liberal ideology, the mass privatisations and commodification of art. […]

Research, Serbia / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with mayor Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo from Marinaleda

Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo is the mayor of the communist utopia of Marinaleda (situated in the Southern region Andalusia), and is called by some the Spanish Robin Hood.   “Left-wing orientated ideas must be utopian, but they should not be understood as something unattainable, but as rights that through struggle can and should become reality.” […]

Research, Spain / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Brendan Ogle from Right2Water

Brendan Ogle is one of the great inspirers of the movement Right2Water, a movement that started in 2014 as a reaction on the austerity agenda of the Irish government, enforced by the EU. The Irish government decided to privatise the water supply by installing the company Irish Water. Motivated by the unions, inspired by the […]

Ireland, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Jane Trowell from Platform

Since 1991, Jane Trowell is part of Platform, a London based organisation that is involved in arts, activism, education and research. They tackle a variety of social and environmental issues, ranging from neglected water supplies, field poverty and climate justice to xenophobia and their ambitious objective to shut the fossil fuel industry down. As far […]

Research, United Kingdom / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with an organising member of Calafou

Since 2011, the so-called ‘Colonia ecoindustrial postcapitalista’ – in short: Calafou – is located in the ruins of an abandoned textile factory. We interviewed one of the members (who would like to stay anonymous) of this post-capitalist community, situated near the tiny Catalan town of Valbona, 65 kilometres from Barcelona. The community encompasses among other things a […]

Catalonia, Research, Spain / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Andri Ibrahimi from Tirana Ekspres

Tirana Ekspres,the alternative art space of Albania’s capital, was founded in 2011 by its current coordinator Andri Ibrahimi. Nowadays, the centre is not only active in the area of art, but also in that of environmental issues and ecotourism. However, in 2011 it all started with the aim to break the state monopoly on art, […]

Albania, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with artist Milica Ružičić

Milica Ruzicic is a visual artist working and living in Belgrade. Political and critical art are her main interests. She teaches art in an art college, which is how she pays the bills and which also gives her a bit the sovereignty to create art in the rest of her time.   “I graduated from […]

Research, Serbia / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Vedran Horvat from the Institute of Political Ecology

“My name is Vedran Horvat. I’m sociologist by background and work as a managing director of the Institute of Political Ecology since a few years. We are a fairly new organisation that has the primary aim to show in which way environmental risks and benefits are distributed in society according to gender, class or any […]

Croatia, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Zinka Mujkić from Okus Doma

With delicious and various food as a tool for social inclusion Okus Doma (Taste of Home) is putting itself on the map of Croatia. Its director is Zinka Mujkić. She once started as a volunteer at the organisation, which is a catering business as well as the organiser of all sorts of cultural activities related […]

Croatia, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Article about Exarcheia and the self-management of public space in Athens

Exarcheia is famous even outside the borders of Greece for being the home of anarchists and anti-fascists. Other leftists, artists, academics and activists tend to flock together here as well. The whole district wears recognisable anti-establishment, anti-capitalist and anti-fascist graffiti, and riots and fights with the police are not uncommon here. Banks and cars are […]

Greece, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Spyros Skouras from VioMe

The self-managed factory VioMe in Thessaloniki is one the most successful workers’ experiments in Greece. It has become a symbol and source of inspiration for self-management for workers internationally. We talked to Spyros Skouras, VioMe’s spokesperson.   “I’m Spyros Skouras and I’m a member and worker of the VioMe Cooperative. The history of VioMe is one of […]

Greece, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Marko Miletić from Mašina

Marko Miletić is one of the journalists running the alternative left-wing media platform Mašina. Production of Social Critique. Their main goal is to form a broad left front, which is currently not existing in Serbia because of the damage done by nationalism, the demonisation of the socialist past of the country and most of all by […]

Research, Serbia / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Drazen Simlesa from ZMAG

ZMAG (Green Network of Activist Groups) is an association established in 2002 in Croatia which unites organic gardeners and food producers, practitioners of sustainable technology and engineering, permaculture designers, economic justice model researchers and participative forms of organising. ZMAG deals with the promotion, education and application of permaculture ethics and establishing a foundation for sustainability which […]

Croatia, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Article on how the liberal establishment sees the future of democracy at the Athens Democracy Forum 2017

Only last year the rich and powerful of the Athens Democracy Forum of the New York Times were shivering from fear. They needed to prioritise listening to the losers of globalisation and quickly, before it would all go to ruin. But hardly a year later they lull each other to sleep again during the ‘Davos […]

Greece, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Katie Finnegan-Clarke from Countering Colston, Colston Collective Liberation and The Collective Liberation Project

Katie Coutering is one of the driving forces behind the Countering Colston campaign in the English city Bristol. Edward Colston was one of the most powerful and  prominent slave traders of the 17th century, yet his person and legacy are still being celebrated publicly, as he brought great wealth to the city. He even has […]

Research, United Kingdom / 09 Mar 2018

Article about the three organisations running Les Grands Voisins

From 2015 until the end of 2017 Les Grands Voisins occupied the area of the old hospital of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, in the heart of Paris. This project was all about sharing the values of hospitality and generosity, creating a spot for exchange and sociability. The project originated from the struggle against social exclusion and the idea was […]

France, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Andrew Dey from War Resisters' International

We met Andrew Dey from War Resisters’ International during one of their actions: they protested the London Arms Fair by blocking the import roads for the military equipment with the Stop The Arms Fair organisation. In a peaceful way they barricaded the entrances, chained themselves to trucks and had a party in the middle of […]

Research, United Kingdom / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Fanin Toth from Aurora

In Budapest we met Fanin Toth. She is currently coordinator of Aurora, a café, community centre and hub for political activists in the 8th district. Toth tells us about the gentrification the residents of Budapest are suffering from and analyses the transition from communist dictatorship to the so-called ‘democracy’ of Viktor Orban, who’s scapegoating NGOs […]

Hungary, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Luka Tomac from Friends of the Earth

“My name is Luka Tomac. I come from Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. During the last ten years I’ve been involved in a mix of environmental, cultural and climate activism. I work on national and international campaigns against the fossil fuel industry as well as on positive campaigns that promote renewable resources, community driven energy […]

Croatia, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with C. of Ende Gelände

The setting: a terrace in Berlin, surrounded by trees in gold and brown. It’s autumn, the end of October, 2017. Within a few days, there will be a UN Climate Change conference in Bonn. From the 6th to the 17th of November, a couple of hundred diplomats will attend the COP23 summit to talk and […]

Germany, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Presentation on La ZAD by Isa Fremeaux and John Jordan

Le Zone à Défendre (ZAD) is a large-scale protest movement against the building of a new airport close to the French city Nantes. It all began in 2007. Isa Fremeaux was teaching Media and Cultural Studies at the Birkbeck University in London, but she quit the job to escape from the academic world to look […]

France, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Jovica Lončar from Organization for Workers’ Initiative and Democratization

Jovica Lončar from the Organization for Workers’ Initiative and Democratization lives in Zagreb, Croatia. For the last eight years he has been involved in workers rights, activism and also ecology. He has never been a member of a political party and studied technology, philosophy and literature.   “Croatia used to be more or less a […]

Croatia, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Aleksander Matković from the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory

Aleksandar Matković is currently a PhD student and a research trainee at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory in Belgrade, dealing mainly with contemporary Marxism, theories of biopolitics and political economy. He is a member of the Association pour l’autogestion and the Group for Social Engagement Studies at the Institute for Philosophy and Social […]

Research, Serbia / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Jo Hiley from Hope Not Hate

It’s Jo Hiley’s job at Hope Not Hate to try and talk to people about racism, discrimination, homophobia and other unpleasant subjects. Hope Not Hate’s approach to the recently popular right-wing rhetorics is to take people with these views seriously and try to win them over to a more accepting point-of-view by just conversing with […]

Research, United Kingdom / 09 Mar 2018

A reflection on visiting the remnants of the Grenfell Tower

Please do not walk here; we are trying to grow our garden again. After attending the Defend Council Housing meeting and witnessing citizens organise to make housing in London ethical and affordable again, we decided to go and visit remnants of the Grenfell tower. The route to the place of the tragedy – the place […]

Research, United Kingdom / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Gábor Bernáth from the Roma Press Center

The Roma Press Center (RPC) is the first Roma news agency in Hungary with the goal of reducing prejudice against the Roma. Their profile has been changed throughout the years, since the technological developments of the media and the political and economic changes of the country challenged their way of effectiveness. Until recently, the RPC […]

Hungary, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Robert Fai and Branislav Markus Zrejanin from Left Summit of Serbia

Robert Fai and Branislav Markus are both ex-workers of a Serbian pharmaceutical factory that went bankrupt in 2012 and were engaged in the strikes of 2004 and 2005. “That was the most important strike over here. It happened in other companies as well. All these strikes were caused by the privatisation of the factories. Since […]

Research, Serbia / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Iva Cukic from Ministry of Space

In Serbia’s capital Belgrade we met Iva Cukic, who is a member of the urban development organisation Ministry of Space. They often squat urban spaces that are abandoned or neglected, even after the spaces are privatised. Ministry of Space revitalises these spaces by rearranging them as workplaces, housing or alternative art galleries, starting from the […]

Research, Serbia / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Apostolos Dimopoulos from Sifnos Island Cooperative

On the Cycladic isle of Sifnos we talked to Apostolos Dimopoulos, the president of the Sifnos Island Cooperative. The cooperative aims at making the island completely self-managed and self-sustained by means of the generation of water and wind energy as well as by high quality local production.   “Our main goal is to become a […]

Greece, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Article about the practical philosophy driving Termokiss

Termokiss philosophy just warming up SOCIAL CONCEPT HAS PEOPLE — NOT PROFIT — AT ITS HEART. On the outskirts of Prishtina is a large construction with expansive flat surroundings containing nothing but grass. Belonging partially to the Municipality of Prishtina and partially to the public heating company Termokos, it has stood vacant for years. The […]

Kosovo, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Article about the workshop 'How to protest against a government?' from Skills for Action

During our visit to Berlin in October 2017 we got in touch with an organisation that provides workshops and training sessions for acts and actions of ‘civil disobedience’. Meaning: protest actions for which you might be arrested as a participant. Since there was going to be another big manifestation a few days later to raise media […]

Germany, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Article about the workshop ‘How to protest against a government?’ from Skills for Action

During our visit to Berlin in October 2017 we got in touch with an organisation that provides workshops and training sessions for acts and actions of ‘civil disobedience’. Meaning: protest actions for which you might be arrested as a participant. Since there was going to be another big manifestation a few days later to raise media […]

Germany, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Lampros Moustakis from Shedia

Shedia is a street paper sold by homeless people in Athens and Thessaloniki. Shedia offers the vendors a dignified way to earn some money to cover their basic needs, as 50% of the selling price goes directly to them. But the most important thing about Shedia is the process of social integration, since social exclusion […]

Greece, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Bora Mema from Organizata Politike

Bora Mema is member of Organizata Politike, a left-wing student movement based in Tirana. The movement fights against the corruption and nepotism within the Albanian political system, which has far-reaching ramifications in business, civil society and education. As well as against repression and human rights violations, which according to the movement are inherent to neo-liberal […]

Albania, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Article about U.Lab Scotland

In Scotland’s capital Edinburgh we met Nick Wilding, who’s been working for the Scottish government nearly three years now. He is working in a team that facilitates the transformation of the relationship between the Scottish citizens and the state. The team is called ‘Ingage’, with an ‘i’, which is a bit strange, but it’s an old […]

Research, Schotland, United Kingdom / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Tassos Morfis from Athens Live

Athens Live is an independent, non-profit media outlet born out of the Greek crisis. The founders of Athens Live believed that international coverage of this crisis was lacking, so they decided to do it themselves. They consider their social mission as more important than their product. Therefore, they disseminate the news for free. We talked with […]

Greece, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Lazar Petkovic from the student movement in Novi Sad

Lazar Petkovic is a student in Philosophy and part of a student movement in Novi Sad, the second largest city of  Serbia. He makes a broad analysis of the today’s social and political landscape in Serbia, of the capitalist and political undercurrent influencing major systems, such as the educational system, and of how social media […]

Research, Serbia / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with actrice and activist Ursa Raukar

With the help of Vedran Horvat from the Institute of Political Ecology, we were able to interview Ursa Raukar. She is a renowned actress in Croatia, connected to the youth theatre of Zagreb, as well as an erudite and enthusiastic political activist.   “Yugoslavia’s communism was not a free system. It was better than Russia’s, […]

Croatia, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with ÇETA Art Collective

In the spring of 2016, a group of students, artists and activists began to discuss the formation of a collective to oppose the hegemonic structures of capitalist, neo-liberal politics and economics in contemporary Albania. From these discussions, a group of street artists — individually anonymous but known collectively as ÇETA — emerged. The group is […]

Albania, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Asad Rehman from War on Want

Where do people find hope to continue in their struggles? It is a question we asked over and over again during our interviews in the UK. Here is what Asad Rehman, executive director of War on Want, had to say about hope. “Hope is in the history of humanity. All change has come because of resistance. […]

Research, United Kingdom / 03 Feb 2018

Interview with Sara Araújo from CES

In the Portuguese university city of Coimbra, we had an in-depth interview with Sara Araújo. She is a researcher of CES, the Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra, as well as one of the coordinators of the Popular University of Social Movements (PUSM). Araújo told us everything about this transformative social and […]

Portugal, Research / 02 Feb 2018