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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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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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Meet the New Guerrilla Grantees
by The Guerrilla Gang

We could not be more proud of the company we keep. The eclectic group of Guerrilla Grantees from the Spring Closed Call of 2017 are all on display below. In order to give you a better grasp on what exactly it is we’re funding for these organisations, we have outlined some ‘project’ basics for each one. We encourage […]

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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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Why the beginning of the year left us hopeful, not dejected
by Romy Krämer

What if we told you that we did not succumb to depression, frustration, or dejection in the past several weeks? Despite ubiquitous reports about the misdeeds of President Trump and his European counterparts, we are still hopeful. Why? Just look at what two of our grantee organisations pulled off this January and you might agree that […]

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