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 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

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 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

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 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

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 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

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

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