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Biorrek

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-27 15:37 -
Consumption

The Association of social promotion Bio-rekk is a GAS group in Padua, Italy that undertakes both educational and economic activities to raise awareness of ethical/environmentally responsible consumption and provide a practical means for local consumers to purchase ethical/responsible products.

MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses)

Author: Louise Hain - Published At: 2013-05-27 14:10 -

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are free non-degree online courses with open unlimited global enrollment to anyone who desires to learn, and regardless of their current educational level.

Spotted by locals

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-27 14:05 -

Spotted by Locals is a series of blogs, mobile (iPhone, Android) and PDF city guides with up-to-date insider tips by city-loving locals.

Free walking tours

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-27 12:57 -

Based on the notion that when regular tour-guides get paid regardless of their performance, they might not deliver a top quality tour, free walking tours are purely based on the local’s love for his or her city and the interest in sharing knowledge with visitors.

Social centres

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-27 10:45 -

Self-managed spaces whereby people can come together to create, communicate and offer a more collective and alternative way of living.

Civil Society Organisations

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-27 10:28 -

Many Civil Society Organisations (CSO) help in facilitating access to health and medical treatment for people-in-need, low-income families or individuals, and for emergency situations.

Social clinics

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-27 10:17 -

These are self-managed clinics that have appeared in different cities all over Europe, and have been created as a direct response to many people being unable to afford healthcare for a number of reasons.

Sharing a place to stay

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-27 09:16 -

Worldwide, a variety of on-line platforms have been developed to facilitate the hosting of persons.

Sharing means of transportation

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-27 08:30 -

All over Europe, citizens practice different ways of sharing means of transportation (cars, bikes, etc.) that facilitate access to mobility for everyone.

FoodCycle

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-24 15:57 -
Consumption

FoodCycle combines volunteers, surplus food and a free kitchen space to create nutritious meals for people affected by food poverty in th UK and positive social change in the community.

Foodsharing.de

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-24 14:09 -
Consumption

Foodsharing is a new eco-friendly platform dedicated to reducing the wastage of food in Germany.

Food [re]distribution

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-23 15:57 -

Food retailers and consumers throw out millions of tons of edible food every year, for numerous reasons. At the same time as this mass waste, food poverty is spreading across the European continent and affecting more and more people daily. This therefore makes initiatives that focus on the redistribution of food critical to the well-being of society.

Freeganism

Author: Lorna Muddiman/Louise Hain - Published At: 2013-05-23 15:44 -

Freegans practice environmentalism that actively promotes "reclaiming, recovering, repairing and recycling."

Alternative currencies

Author: Lorna Muddiman/ Louise Hain - Published At: 2013-05-23 15:38 -

When markets are shaken, as happened in Cyprus for example, traditional money can become scarce, leading people to search for other ways to pay bills or carry out everyday activities. Time banks, LETS or electronic currencies are all examples of the alternative ways in which people can live their daily lives more easily and more economically.

Freeshops

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-23 15:36 -

Freeshops, Giveaway Shops, Umsonstladen, Weggeef Winkel etc. are stores where all goods are free. They propose new ways of accessing goods that are based on the sharing of resources and avoiding waste.

Online sharing communities

Author: Lorna Muddiman/ Louise Hain - Published At: 2013-05-23 14:39 -

Online sharing communities are emerging all over the world to create links between people. The different platforms and groups offer alternative forms of consumption, where people are renting, lending and even sharing goods instead of buying them. It is not only material products that are being exchanged; people are also offering their knowledge, skills and time.

DIY and GIY movements

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-23 09:41 -

As people in Europe become more conscious about issues relating to waste, the environment, job security or financial insecurity, the DIY ("do it yourself") or GIY ("grow it yourself") movements have come to offer an alternative to modern consumer culture's emphasis on having to rely on others (industrial bodies, for instance) to satisfy needs.

LETS

Author: Lorna - Published At: 2013-05-23 09:14 -

Local Exchange Trading Systems

Time Banks

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-23 09:05 -

Time banking is a means of exchange in a community, where time, not money, is the principal currency.

The Greeters

Author: Louise Hain - Published At: 2013-05-22 20:53 -
French greeters coordination team

The Greeters is a worldwide movement born in New York in 1992. Greeters are volunteers who propose to show their city to visitors through their own eyes. As inhabitant of the city, they tell their own story and share special places that mean something in their lives. This alternative to classic tourism fosters multicultural exchanges and fulfilment for the visitor and the locals.