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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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