Sevi talks to alterNation about the Pagaki (Pagkaki) Café in Athens. An important video that talks about workers rights, alternative business structures, with a very nice comment on media practices and their efforts to in_corporate genuine independent initiatives into the system.
David tells us about Lehmhausen, a project of a community outside of Berlin. They have regular meetings and are looking for a location to either start building their houses or renovating existing structures to establish a co-housing complex for 100 to 150 people from a wide range of different backgrounds.
Berliner Energietisch was born out of the wish of a small group of people of 10 people from 3 different organisations to take back the electricity grid of the city of Berlin into the public hands. The idea was quickly accepted by the population, who took part in their activities and campaigns, and grew into one of the biggest citizen-based movements in the last years.
Bushwick Food Coop is a member-owned food cooperative, which started out of the necessity of a group of people who wanted to build up a buying club for good quality and affordable food. The members invest their time in the cooperative with labor and meetings where they decide how to proceed in certain matters.
Paul Glover’s, “Health Democracy: Liberating Americans from Medical Insurance” is well timed for the type of issues the majority of us face as part of our daily reality, and describes how one grassroots group addressed medical coverage needs in their community for low to moderate income people.
Ideenwerkstatt Freudenberg Areal is an initiative born out of a citizen based association (Travekiez-Ostkreuz), which faced with a mega construction plan from an investor, decided to launch a project for neighbors to get involved, gather and discuss ideas on how the potential of such a huge space, could be optimized and used in favor of the inhabitants of the neighborhood.
The tenant-housing syndicate Germany is putting houses off the free market and facilitates alternative residential situations for groups who are looking into buying their own building or house. The idea is that the buildings acquired belong to the people who live in them, through which real estate speculation and gentrification would be avoided.
Directly at the edge of the river Spree, where the Berlin Party crowd used to dance until early morning hours to the sound of wild electronic beats, the housing project Spreefeld Berlin (SFB) has been established.
SFB is a building and housing association of currently 60 members, which builds three housing complexes with collaborative living areas at Köpenicker Straße 48/49.
Santropol Roulant is a non-profit co-working space, started by two friends who used to work at a neighboring cafe called Santropol. The initiative develops various projects, including a roof-top garden where they grow their food, an open bike workshop and Meals on Wheels, which is a meal delivery service for people in difficult financial and/or physical situations.
RathauStern Lichtenberg is an initiative started by different groups of friends, who want to purchase the old premises of a police station in Berlin. Apart from a co-housing project, the intention is to create co-working spaces, a kindergarten, space to grow their own food and a neighborhood cafe.