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Greener Kemnay: Building Collective Confidence

Greener Kemnay is an environmental group in the rural village in Aberdeenshire. The village has nearly 4,000 residents and is located about 20km west of Aberdeen. It was started in 2012 by a handful of village residents who wanted to find ways to reduce energy usage, energy costs and carbon footprint for the whole village. Since 2012 Greener Kemnay has grown to around 12 people who meet regularly once a month to plan projects and discuss how to take the group forward.

Shared Planet

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

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.

Comrie Development Trust

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.

La Col – Social Architects with an Environmental Conscience

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 in Catalonia

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.

Can Masdeu community gardens

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

Suceava Pedaleaza

The Suceava Pedaleaza (Suceava pedals) initiative promotes cycling, and organizes events for people who like to cycle. The club organizes weekly events where cyclists can participate. The organizations also has a representative role, in the sense that they promote the rights of cyclists (they organized some protests against the local authorities because of the poor state of the cycling lanes). They also organize specific events that promote cycling, and they try to get more and more people to cycle. Some members would describe the club as a community of cyclists that support its members.

Solidarity purchasing group Gasquilino

Gasquilino is a solidarity purchasing group settled in one of the most central neighbourhoods in Rome, but it is also one of the key activities of a much more complex and highly inspiring grassroots initiative. In 2011, a group of 10 families created Gasquilino, engaging some local suppliers to purchase organic food products. Today, after only 5 years, 60 households are involved and the group’s services reach around 150 people among families and friends.

Orti Urbani Garbatella – saving the green, enjoying the food

Orti Urbani Garbatella is an urban gardening initiative born in 2008 in a southern neighbourhood of Rome, emerged on the premise and need of requalification of an abandoned park. Over the last years its activities contributed to a progressive increase of the aesthetic value of the area and to a regeneration of the local community, thanks to the new space available for working together and sharing time and ideas.