Interview with Edi. A. Klobučar

Meet Edi A. Klobučar, a 22 years old student in Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. Edi is involved in a number of projects dealing with the complexity of identity and is a transgender activist. He is most inspired by people and passes that inspiration on effortlessly.   “The [LGBT] […]

Research, Slovenia / 04 Apr 2018

Interview with Carlos Mossoró from A Velha Capital, and Renan Inquérito

Carlos ‘Mossoró’ Guerra Junior and Renan Inquérito are two Brazilian born academics, activists and rappers, related to the University of Coimbra and in particular to its renowned professor of sociology Boaventura de Sousa Santos. Mossoró is conducting research on how to unite the diverse breeding grounds of political activism (concerning for example the civil rights […]

Albania, Brazil, Mozambique, Portugal, Research / 04 Apr 2018

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 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 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 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 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 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 Katie Finnegan-Clarke from Countering Colston, Colston Collective Liberation and The Collective Liberation Project

Katie Coutering is one of the driving forces behind the Countering Colston campaign in the English city Bristol. Edward Colston was one of the most powerful and  prominent slave traders of the 17th century, yet his person and legacy are still being celebrated publicly, as he brought great wealth to the city. He even has […]

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 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 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 Gábor Bernáth from the Roma Press Center

The Roma Press Center (RPC) is the first Roma news agency in Hungary with the goal of reducing prejudice against the Roma. Their profile has been changed throughout the years, since the technological developments of the media and the political and economic changes of the country challenged their way of effectiveness. Until recently, the RPC […]

Hungary, 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

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 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