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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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

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 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 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