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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 Juric

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 Juric

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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Fostering Fearlessness
by Romy Krämer

Why We Support the New Municipalist Movement & Why You Should Too For most English speakers, the word municipality is an awkward, administrative word that usually rings hollow, and it is hard to imagine that it is a much more exciting word to native speakers of other languages. It is defined as ‘a single urban […]

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A journey towards participatory grantmaking – Part 2
by Romy Krämer

Following up on our first report, here is the promised update about where we stand with our participatory grantmaking efforts. Where are we? During the first large gathering in Seville in December last year, the nearly forty contributing activists and foundation representatives converged on a few important points: The need for an urgent response fund […]

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