Hope is an invitation to work together, to develop alternatives

Interview with Ana Cecilia Dinerstein

HOPE, New Narratives for Europe / 31 Oct 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 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 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

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 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 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 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

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

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 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 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