The Repair Cafés are places where gatherings are held (usually) once a month that bring together people with a broken item and people with experience repairing things. People can have their products repaired for free with the help of experts working voluntarily. By taking your broken item to this meeting you can also learn how to repair and better maintain your product. The Repair Café has the tools required and you can have a coffee or tea in the meantime. You can go without anything to repair, just to watch and learn and be inspired.
Transition case study database
There are many case studies on local and regional transitions. Until now, an overview of such case studies was missing. This database allows for sharing information of previously done European case studies in order to foster reuse of the knowledge gained in previous studies. Everybody is welcome to add existing case studies to the database. This can be done very simply, just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions (you will need a password).Displaying 31 - 40 of 66
The initiative “Rosa Rose’’ is one of the community garden projects in Berlin. The initiative started in 2004, when a group of neighbours in the Berlin district of Friedrichshain began turning a 2000m² brownfield into a garden to create their own little oasis. The idea was to grow vegetables, some fruits and herbs and create a green space and dog area that would also be open to passers-by. But unfortunately the oasis had to be abandoned a few years later, due to a planned construction.
Oktoberdruck is an example of a small printing company in Berlin which bridges the gap between the grass-root movement and business. Oktoberdruck was founded in 1973 by three students as a self-governing printing company. It is based on three fundamental ideas: Environmental compatibility, fair working conditions with a collective organization and product quality. The initiative is working towards a steady reduction of electricity, water and the use of chemicals and ecologically harmful substances and CO2 emissions.
In 2009, several bicycle couriers in Berlin joined forces and founded the first self-owned and managed bicycle courier service. Just like other courier services, Fahrwerk Kurierkollektiv delivers small items such as letters, documents or keys and larger items like furniture across the city. In contrast to their competitors, the collective only uses bikes, freight bikes and electric cars for the deliveries, and strives to simultaneously improve the couriers’ working conditions and to foster sustainable transport in the city of Berlin.
Eno energy co-operative is a community-based enterprise located in North Karelia, Finland which has been established in 1999. It is one of 310 heat enterprises in Finland of which the first ones were established in 1992 – before this such a model for heat production run by entrepreneurs and based on forest chips did not exist in Finland. The co-operative is owned by local forest owners. The co-operative aims at producing inexpensive district heat for the local community with locally sourced energy wood, a part of which comes from its members.
The idea that the world can be more sustainable is lived in a demonstrative way in Rome’s Citta dell’Utopia. Its users believe in a shared, communal philosophy and give physical space to many other local cultural and social associations. Members contribute to meeting a demand that they see unfilled in the city – Italian language courses are taught by volunteers, physical fitness and sports activities as well as social programs for psychological support are offered.
The Centre of Sustainable Development in Oulu, Northern Finland, offers mainly rehabilitative work, work trials, and wage subsidy jobs for youths (btw. 18-28 years old). Once employed by the Centre one can try out various jobs and gain experience in several areas. The work is combined with practical training and courses, which take place mostly in the Centre’s own workshops and services (such as commercial waste collection, recycling points’ construction, bicycle and sewing workshop, and light machinery and auto repair shops). Annually some 200 people are employed.
In the north-east of Rome there is an old country side building where more then 20 years ago a bunch of willing and motivated people decided to take up an abandoned area to develop an entire microcosm of activities.
JAPA ry is a non-profit, politically independent association that was founded in 2001 in Jyväskylä, Finland. The association’s title JAPA comes from the Finnish words meaning “The Local Agenda of the citizens of Jyväskylä”. Their main aim is to contribute to sustainability in various ways based on the local peoples’ everyday needs. Their activities include planning and implementation of various sustainable development-related projects and events. The association was founded by the many residents’ associations of the Jyväskylä area.
Gruppi di Acquisto Solidale’ (G.A.S.) or Solidarity Purchase Groups, are collective purchasing organisations that form alternative food networks managed by a group of citizens (known as ‘gasisti’) who come together to buy food and other goods at wholesale prices and/or from small local producers, to be redistribution between members. There are about 75 GASs in Rome and its surrounding province.