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Empty/abandoned buildings

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-22 16:07 -

Since the economic crisis in Europe first began, the numbers of empty/abandoned buildings have multiplied. It is not uncommon to see vacant shops and other properties displaying "to let" signs in many towns and cities across the continent; processes of dereliction and ghettoisation are occuring as a result. This in turn affects the morale and well-being of local populations, possibly leading to anti-social behaviour, vandalism, etc. This particular section considers some solutions or "remedies" to alleviate the present situation.


Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-22 15:32 -

Societal progress towards well-being of all

Housing co-operatives

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-22 15:14 -

A housing co-operative refers to a group of people and the means they use to collectively control and manage their housing. It can buy and own property and enter into contracts. In brief, housing co-ops are essentially housing associations governed by the tenants/ members and give grassroots control over housing.

Food/Consumer co-ops

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-22 14:15 -

A food co-operative or food co-op is a food distribution outlet organised as a co-operative. Food co-operatives are usually consumers' co-operatives where the decisions regarding the production and distribution of its food is chosen by its members.

Co-working spaces

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-22 13:26 -

Co-working spaces possess a huge potential to support environmental sustainability due to their inherently sharing-oriented constitution. At its foundations, co-working supports the sharing of space, supplies and other resources, thereby cutting down on basic wastefulness.

Learning to Do It Yourself

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-22 13:00 -

Workshops are being develop in order to learn how to build yourself mechanisms to create renewable energy

Energy Robin Hoods

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-22 10:17 -

Energy Robin Hoods are activists from associations, trade unions and citizens who practice civil disobedience. Their interventions are designed to maintain the gas or electricity, avoiding cuts, and in some cases to reassure the provision of these energies.

Creative Limerick - Connect to the Grid

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-22 10:03 -

Creative Limerick - Connect to the Grid, is coordinated by the Economic Development Department (at Limerick City Council) in partnership with the third level colleges, creative industries, commercial property owners and their agents operating in Limerick City. This project seeks to enhance vibrancy and active frontages in Limerick City Centre and to provide active uses for vacant properties while promoting the work of the Creative Industries in our region.


Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-22 07:44 -

NOPPES, based in Amsterdam, is a 20 years old LETS (Local Exchange and Trading System). NOPPES's goal is to contribute to a more prosperous (social and economic) life of its members, who exchange talents, services and goods for ‘noppes’, a symbolic currency (noppes means ‘nothing’, no money).

SCUP (sport e cultura popolare)

Author: alessandra sciurba - Published At: 2013-05-21 11:10 -

A centre of sporting and cultural services and a solidarity economy, created in an abandoned public space to be later occupied by the people involved in the project.

Bălți, Republica Moldova - 27-28 Mai, 2013

Published At: 2013-05-21 09:04 - Expires At: 2014-07-01 09:04 -
Meeting with citizens

Întâlnirea „Să acționăm împreună! – Implicarea cetățenilor împotriva excluziunii” este organizată de către Consiliul Europei și este prevăzută pentru data de 27-28 mai a.c., conform programului atașat. Întâlnirea va avea loc în incinta Hotelului Bălti, strada Mihail Sadoveanu, nr. 1

La întrunire vom explora posibilitatea inițierii procesului de construire a localității d-stra ca teritoriu de coresponsabilitate, demers care să permită implicarea cetățenilor în exprimarea dimensiunilor de bunăstare importante pentru viața lor, dar și în dezvoltarea unor răspunsuri concrete, prin punerea în comun a așteptărilor, ideilor și resurselor fiecăruia. Metodologia folosită în acest sens a fost dezvoltată de către Consiliul Europei, Divizia de Coeziune Socială (wikispiral.org).

În timp ce explorează abordări noi/experimentale în cadrul unui proiect axat pe combaterea sărăciei, Consiliul Europei invită cetăţenii şi reprezentanții administrației publice locale la o întrunire cu scopul de a îmbina ideile, expertiza şi resursele în mod colaborativ şi co-responsabil şi a le aplica în acţiuni concrete pe plan local.

În speranța că ne veți putea da curs invitației, vă rugăm să ne confirmați participarea la întâlnire la adresa de email – andrei.trubceac at coe.int Mai multe detalii despre eveniment găsiți în atașamentele de mai jos.

Occupy Movements

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-21 08:35 -

Citizens' protest movements against social and economic inequalities; demanding as well a "re-democratisation" of democracy.

Rushey Green Time Bank

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-21 08:15 -
Picture courtesy of Rushey Green Time Bank

Time Banking is a community development tool and works by facilitating the exchange of skills and experience within a community. The Rushey Green Time Bank's vision is to achieve a cohesive community in the Rushey Green area, where neighbours know neighbours and can rely on each other for help and support. Where people of different ages, cultures, backgrounds and abilities interact with each other on an equal footing and with mutual respect and understanding.

Campaign work

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-17 13:46 -

Groups from civil society are campaigning and raising awareness on different issues so that people experiencing poverty are not discriminated and excluded from public spaces.

Homelessness & the Arts

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-17 13:30 -

An awareness-raising campaign that is trying to change the stereotypes surrounding homeless people in the UK through a combination of artwork, literature, film and media, and corporate presentations.

Awareness campaigns

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-17 13:25 -

Awareness is the state or ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of events, objects and other goings-on that might be affecting you, either directly or indirectly.

Active citizenship

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-17 12:50 -

Active citizenship is about being involved in your community, having your say and taking part in decisions that affect you. Above all, it’s about people making things happen. This often means taking the opportunity to be actively involved in tackling the things that need to change around you. As a result you will be able to improve the quality of life in your local community as well as inspire others, locally or further afield, to take action and make change a reality.

Interactive workshops

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-17 09:45 -

Interactive workshops, in the context of creating awareness around certain topics (poverty, homosexuality, race), are extremely important for people of all ages, especially younger persons, since it helps to deepen understanding and knowledge as well as broaden people's minds by breaking down stereotypes and challenging issues considered "taboo" or "the norm".

Community gardens

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-17 09:21 -

Community gardens provide fresh produce and plants as well as satisfying labour, neighbourhood improvement, sense of community and connection to the environment. They are publicly functioning in terms of ownership, access, and management, as well as typically owned in trust by local governments or not-for-profit associations.