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 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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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

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

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 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