Shared Planet is a student association that operates within the University of Aberdeen. It’s an umbrella for three food projects; “Shared Planet Café” (which sells ethically sourced, volunteer-made meals 5 days a week); the “veg bag” (vegetables bought from a local organic farm and wholesaler, bagged and sold at cost price.) and “The Corner” (ethically-sourced food from a wholesaler in Glasgow sold at cost price).
Transition Black Isle’s aim is to bring people together to face up to the challenges of climate change and resource depletion and to take practical local action now, rather than wait for top-down government action. Founded in 2009, TBI was inspired by nearby Transition Town Forres and is closely linked to the global Transition Network. They have around 140 members across the dispersed population of 10,000 spread across the small towns and villages of the Black Isle. Transition Black Isle has initiated a number of projects covering food, energy and transport.
In 2006, nearly three quarters of the 1800 residents of Comrie, in rural Perthshire, turned out to vote for the purchase of nearby Cultybraggan Army Camp, and form a Development Trust (CDT) to manage its affairs for the benefit of the community. The Trust was formed and within a year £350k (€450k) was raised through loan finance.
LaCol is a cooperative of young architects founded in 2009. They operate mainly in Barcelona, particularly in the neighborhood where they are located, Sants, a working-class neighborhood with a strong cooperativism tradition. The architects provide technical services in the field of architecture and urbanism and they also organize participatory processes to integrate citizens in the projects. LaCol believes in the use of architecture for social transformation, using it as a tool for developing critical interventions in the local environment.
The Calafou collective defines itself as an industrial post-capitalist colony. It spreads over 28 thousand square meters of an abandoned textile colony. The project is an off-spring of the Cooperativa Integral Catalana, an autonomous alternative economic formation uniting hundreds of people for conducting economic exchanges and reciprocal actions and using its own currency. Calafou is located just outside the village of Valbona, Catalunya, and is a place for social, technological and political innovation and production, based on responsibility, cooperation, feminism and non-violence.
The community gardens of Can Masdeu (CMD) are located on the footsteps of Corserolla Natural Park, the low mountain range surrounding Barcelona. These are managed by a mixed group of elderly people living in the local neighbourhood and the residents of CMD. The implications of CMD go beyond their physical existence and mode of operation. Resource wise, this implies living within nature’s limits – using dry toilets, recycling materials, producing more than 30% of fruit and vegetables annually consumed, harvesting water and treatment of grey waters, using principles of ecological building amo
Som Energia (We are Energy) is a renewable energy consumers’ cooperative founded in 2011 in Barcelona, Catalonia that has engaged 20,000 members in less than 5 years – in the State of Catalonia and throughout Spain. Even though the founders designed Som Energia as a local organization, many groups in Spain contacted them early on in order to learn about possible replication of the cooperative in their regions.
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.
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 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.