How far are we willing to go?

RECAP SESSION 3 – Across the world, the spread of right-wing nationalism has caught a lot of people off guard. This has been particularly obvious in the reaction of liberals and neoliberals who have lost at the ballot box, but also, just as importantly, those us on the broad left. If one issue epitomises the […]

HOPE, New Narratives for Europe / 10 Dec 2018

We own it! Recap session 2

Ownership is a concept to be reconsidered. The capitalistic system changes the meaning and the ways of owning public goods (institutions, infrastructure, water, land, etc). Taking the means of production from people, from workers, makes it very easy to create a form of living that isn’t focused on people’s needs, but rather on making profit […]

HOPE, New Narratives for Europe / 06 Dec 2018

Right to the city?

It was Henry Lefebvre who, in 1968, first wrote about the concept in his book Le droit a la ville. He problematized the way in which cities, in his case Paris, were being re-engineered in the 60s and 70s. For Lefebvre, the Right to the City was both a cry and a demand for a […]

HOPE, New Narratives for Europe / 09 Nov 2018

Recap of the opening night

This summit is not about party politics and the usual, 24-hour news cycle. It’s about radical change. It is not just an opportunity to complain collectively – therapeutic as this might be – but to develop principles of public intervention that can touch the hearts and minds of people far beyond the rooms we are […]

HOPE, New Narratives for Europe / 09 Nov 2018

Interview with Tony Fegan

Tony Fegan of Tallaght Community Arts (Ireland), one of the organising partners of TAOH, has extensive experience in participatory arts projects with young people (often with very diverse cultural backgrounds) and people with disabilities. The TAOH Newsroom joined in on a video interview that was recorded with Tony, and jotted down some of his thoughts […]

HOPE, New Narratives for Europe / 09 Nov 2018

You have to combine ideological discussions with practical solutions

INTERVIEW WITH IVA CUKIC (Ministry of Space). Iva Cukic is a member of the Serbian urban development organisation Ministry of Space. Ministry of Space revitalises abandoned or neglected spaces by rearranging them as workplaces, housing or alternative art galleries, starting from the concept of everyone’s right to the city (ref. the essay of sociologist Henry Lefebvre). […]

HOPE, New Narratives for Europe / 02 Nov 2018

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 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 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 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

Q&A with Marisa Matias from CES

Marisa Matias has a PhD from the School of Economics at the University of Coimbra and is a sociological researcher at the Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES). She made an academic and a political journey that allows her to create a well-founded vision about all the dimensions of problems like homophobia, misogyny and racism. Matias […]

Portugal, Research / 19 Mar 2018

Political critique by Agnieszka Wiśniewska from

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 Igor Stokfiszewski of Political Critique

Igor Stokfiszewski is a literary and theatre critic specialising in politically engaged art. Since 2006 he has been a member of the Polish left-wing movement Political Critique, where he works as activist, editor and journalist. He was a member of the team overseeing the seventh Berlin Biennale (2012). He is author of the book Zwrot […]

Poland, Research / 19 Mar 2018

Interview with Maria Montavez Sanchez and Fransico Garrido Torres from Cerro Libertad

Cerro Libertad is an occupation of a country estate of 75 hectares and 1500 olive trees in the Spanish Andalusia. This finca is property of the bank BBVA who has done nothing to stop the deterioration of the land and the farm in five years time. On April the 1st of last year, activists started their […]

Research, Spain / 18 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 Andrew Dey from War Resisters' International

We met Andrew Dey from War Resisters’ International during one of their actions: they protested the London Arms Fair by blocking the import roads for the military equipment with the Stop The Arms Fair organisation. In a peaceful way they barricaded the entrances, chained themselves to trucks and had a party in the middle of […]

Research, United Kingdom / 09 Mar 2018

Article about the workshop 'How to protest against a government?' from Skills for Action

During our visit to Berlin in October 2017 we got in touch with an organisation that provides workshops and training sessions for acts and actions of ‘civil disobedience’. Meaning: protest actions for which you might be arrested as a participant. Since there was going to be another big manifestation a few days later to raise media […]

Germany, 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

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