LaFabrika detodalavida – Revitalising a rural area

From cooperativecity: When the organisation LaFabrika detodalavida set itself to refurbish an abandoned industrial space in Spain’s disadvantaged Extremadura region, they launched a crowdfunding campaign with the help of the Goteo platform. The campaign reached the target of 6.000 euros, of which 2.630 euros were co-financed by the Regional Government of Extremadura through an agreement… Continue reading

A Toolkit for Community Shared Power

This post by Ashley Taylor was originally published on Medium.com The centralized energy grid of today is moving towards a more decentralized architecture that distributes decision making to the grid edge, both technically and democratically. In the current system, physical power is centralized in power plants where energy is produced far away from where it… Continue reading

Essay of the Day: Libre-Currency for Sustainable Social Change

An article by Sybille Saint Girons and Carole Fabre, presented at the “IV International Conference on Social and Complementary Currencies: Money, Consciousness and Values ​​for Social Change” in Barcelona. The article was originally published at Regles de Jeux. Abstract “Libre-currency proposes a self-issuance, or co-creation of units by the people of the monetary system for… Continue reading

Wikitoki – Sharing non-monetary resources

From cooperativecity.org: Wikitoki is a laboratory of co-creation and collaborative practices in Bilbao. Wikitoki experiments with new models of production and organisation giving an important role to non-monetary kinds of capital, such as time, knowledge, networks or contacts.    

Make Medicines for People Not for Profit

This post was originally published on Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (uaem.wufoo.com) Towards an Agreement on Biomedical Research and Development for the Public Benefit: Academia’s Urgent Call to Action As members of the international academic and scientific community, we call upon the member states of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to negotiate a much overdue… Continue reading

Homes by people

A public service broadcast by WikiHouseUK on Britain’s housing crisis, offering one key idea for reinventing our housing systems in the 21st century. WikiHouse Foundation is a non-profit registered in the UK, please donate to support us at http://www.wikihouse.cc/support/ @WikiHouseUK Supported by Wikihouse Foundation http://www.wikihouse.cc Production by Dynamichrome http://www.dynamichrome.com

The Age of We Need Each Other

Fifteen years ago when I began writing books, I had high hopes that someday I would be “discovered” and that “my message” would thereby reach millions of people and change the world for the better. That ambition began to disintegrate soon after, when after years of labor The Ascent of Humanity found no takers in… Continue reading

Fearless Cities: A Dispatch from Barcelona

Continuing our series covering the #FearlessCities event, this post by Sophie Gonick was originally published on Urban Democracy Lab. On the second weekend in June, hundreds of people flocked to Barcelona to discuss the idea of municipalism and radical democracy, broadly under the banner of “Fearless Cities.” This event also served to commemorate two years… Continue reading