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 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

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

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 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

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