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Co-working spaces

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-17 08:54 -

There are many financial, social and business-related reasons to join a co-working space. First, it is a means to promote flexibility and lower operating costs. Second, being surrounded by other independent workers with different skill-sets, networks and creative projects incubates creativity, innovation and meaningful business and social relationships. Third, it can decrease feelings of isolation often experienced by freelancers/small business owners as well as increase a sense of community and trust amongst peers.

Sustainable transport - bicycles

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-16 15:45 -

Cycling is increasingly recognised as a clean, sustainable mode of transport and an essential part of an inter-modal plan for sustainable urban travel. In the Netherlands and Denmark, the bicycle is one of the principal means of travel in the cities. Cycling can have many advantages as a short-distance means of travel in urban areas: it is environmentally friendly – without emissions and noise nuisance; provides cost-effective mobility, and offers an opportunity for health and physical fitness by regular exercise.

Use of abandoned buildings

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-16 15:31 -

The approach of using derelict land and widely abandoned buildings for new, sustainable growth in Europe has numerous advantages for all parts of society, including for the environment. Empty buildings are everywhere, making it important to push users to reuse existing resources, avoiding the construction of new buildings, land consumption or landscape pollution, and creating space for a more social, environmentally-friendly renewal and regeneration of a community.

Allotment and community gardens

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-16 15:16 -

Community gardens showcase how a community, with sufficient will, knowledge and other resources, can come together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, thus changing the narrative of food in the surrounding areas as well as promoting healthier and more communal environments.

Allotment gardens are different as every gardener has his individual plot and the sites are created on leased land or land put at the disposal of the associations. Agreements/contracts regulate the relations with the landowner. Very often there exist allotment garden zones in the urban planning scheme.

Collaborative consumption

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-16 14:55 -

Collaborative consumption, or “the sharing economy”, describes the shift in consumer values from ownership to access. Together, entire communities and cities around the world are using network technologies to do more with less by renting, lending, swapping, bartering, gifting and sharing products on a scale that can range from local to global.


Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-16 14:20 -

Improving conditions of care and domestic workers

Introducing a basic income

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-16 14:15 -

The introduction of a basic income – now demanded by numerous movements in Europe – consists in a regular income paid by a political community to each of its members on an individual basis and unconditionally.

DIY ("do it yourself")

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-16 13:45 -

With the predominance of mass consumerism and industrial production, the DIY or GIY (grow it yourself) movement demonstrates an encouraging shift in the symbolism and status of post-materialistic values and lifestyles. It also shows a genuine concern for the environment as people begin to think about using more natural/organic products and avoiding waste.


Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-16 13:19 -

A walking school bus

Swedish national youth policy

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-16 09:11 -

Swedish national youth policy is cross-sectoral and encompasses all policy areas of relevance to youth.

YSI (Young Social Innovators)

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-16 09:02 -

Young Social Innovator's mission is to raise social awareness in Ireland by providing social awareness education through action and platforms for young people and those guiding them.

UK Youth Parliament (UKYP)

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-16 08:57 -

Run by young people for young people, UKYP provides opportunities for young persons to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change. It has over 600 representatives, 369 seats for elected MYPs (Members of Youth Parliament) and over 230 Deputy MYPs, all aged 11-18 years.

AYUDH – Youth in Action

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-16 08:50 -

A global movement of young people, made up of regional/national networks, who want to lead a life based on spiritual values: “starting with ourselves, we want to help in generating a future of hope, peace and social engagement while maintaining an awareness of universal spiritual principles”.

Intergenerational solidarity housing

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-15 13:54 -

Intergenerational solidarity housing initiatives enable young students to be hosted cheaply by seniors in exchange of a small presence and services that can in no way however be a substitute for professional care services.

Community Land Trusts

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-15 13:37 -

Community Land Trusts (CLT) combine 'access to housing' with the principle of 'democratic management' in everyday living.