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Please Just Talk to Me
by Ivan March

Tech Meets Political Activism in Catalonia Meet PARLEM. PARLEM, ‘Let’s Talk’ in Catalan, is an app. But unlike tremendously useful and popular apps like CandyCrush and AngryBirds, PARLEM is one of those pesky online platforms that is trying to bring about societal cohesion. At a time when functions like superimposing dog features onto your face, […]

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Guerrilla Grantees – Closed Call Autumn 2017
by Ivan March

This decision-making process was grueling. No, we’re not just saying that, it was extremely difficult to decide amongst incredibly capable, driven & audacious activist initiatives. The eclectic group of Guerrilla Grantees of the Autumnal Closed Call of 2017 are all on display below. We had a stronger focus on the Movement area during this call, since we had more Backbone grants […]

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Activist Acupuncture
by Antonis Schwarz & Ivan Juric

The only thing more alarming than the election of Trump and the manifestation of Brexit, is how many similar political fiascos are being tacked onto these two oft-quoted events. The rise of Marine Le Pen, the entrance of the far-right AfD party into the German parliament, the police brutality in Catalonia, Theresa May reminiscing about running […]

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Why We Do What We Do
by Ivan March

INSERT-GENERIC-BUT-GOOD-SOUNDING-SOCIETAL-OBJECTIVE-HERE Vision. Mission. Strategy. Five-year plan. Ten-year plan. Theory of change. All terms that outline a way to achieve one or more goals under conditions of uncertainty. There are currently thousands of philanthropic foundations around the world. Thousands of visions, thousands of missions, thousands of strategies, thousands of plans. After a while, most of these […]

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The Birth of a Translocal Movement
by Romy Krämer

New Municipalism and the Fearless Cities Conference Exactly three years ago, Barcelona en Comú, a citizen platform, emerges from the Spanish anti-austerity 15M movement, and a year later they win the 2015 municipal election of Barcelona, becoming the ruling political party. Two years after that, they’re hosting the Fearless Cities Summit promoting a radically different […]

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‘Unlikely Allies’ or How To Make Friends & Alienate Nobody
by Ivan March

Strange bedfellows. Montagues & Capulets. Odd couples. The history of mankind is peppered with unexpected alliances and unforeseen collaborations that by the very nature of their unpredictability have captured imaginations since man. Arnold Schwarzenegger & Danny DeVito in Twins, Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh in Lethal Weapon, Harold and Maude in Harold and Maude – […]

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