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  • Coop sur Généreux: The Coop on rue Généreux is a fifteen person housing collective in the heart of Montreal's Plateau. We share space, food, skills and good times.
  • ufaFabrik (BERLIN): Activities of the 30 residents and over 160 co-workers are based on the vision of a meaningful integration of the areas of living and working with culture, creativity and community. New and uncommon ideas have been implemented at the ufaFabrik over the past 28 years, involving ecology and sustainable development, the testing of concepts for producing culture and social and neighborhood work.
  • Locomuna : Die Gemeinsam Leben eG wurde 2000 gegründet und ist eine Genossenschaft mit Sitz in Kassel. Sie will Menschen die Möglichkeit geben, gemeinsam mit anderen zu leben und zu arbeiten. Häuser der Gemeinsam Leben eG werden den ewohnerinnen und Bewohnern in Selbstverwaltung übergeben. Das Eigentum bleibt jedoch bei der Genossenschaft. Dadurch werden die Immobilien dauerhaft jeglicher Spekulation entzogen und bleiben sozial gebundenes Eigentum.

  • Casa Robino (Amsterdam), A self-organised travelers home, or also a nomad base. A real social network of traveling friends that keeps expanding, who comes to their «Amsterdam based house» once in a while, to stay for just a couple of days or for much longer, who comes here to learn and or to contribute. Learn more.
  •  Mawa Hata (Utrecht), a PV-inspired living community started by PV friend Freya.

Berlin based projects:

  • Kubiz - Raoul Wallenberg: Neben kulturellen Projekten, wie einem multifunktionalen Kulturraum mit Theater, Konzerten und Filmvorführungen, soll es dort einen Bildungsbereich mit Theater- und Musikschule sowie politischer Jugend- und Erwachsenenbildung geben. Das alternative Jugendzentrum Bunte Kuh, welches seit vielen Jahren ein beliebter Anlaufpunkt für Jugendliche aus dem Berliner Nordosten ist, bereits im Frührjahr 2007 in die Bernkasteler Straße 78 umgezogen und wird Teil des KuBiZ sein. In offenen Werkstätten wird es Angebote zur Qualifikation und Selbsthilfe geben. Schon jetzt gibt es eine Selbsthilfewerkstatt für Zweiräder. Eine Holz- und  Medienwerkstatt sollen folgen. Ein intergeneratives Wohnprojekt schafft zudem günstigen Wohnraum für soziokulturell engagierte Menschen.

  • BETAHAUS: We are a product of a transformation process that has a strong and sustainable impact on economy, society and politics. Call us flexible knowledge-based highly-skilled  brain workers or simply digital bohemians. Call us social computing consultants or simply the architects of the second century of the information age. Some activities: Stadt Land Plus, Nätkraft - Web-empowerment, MyTellus Community, NGO member database...

  • http://ecofashionjunkies.com/blog/ueber-mich/
    Eco fashion junkies is a team of young social entrepreneurs.

    The idea is to have about 15 people behind eco fashion junkies. Throughout April we’re going to introduce new members.
    Everybody involved is known in the German-speaking eco scene and mostly located in Berlin.

    We’ll keep you informed about everything concerning sustainability. While some might talk about design, others will blog about food. Each member has a different core competency and project. By the end of April you’ll find a passionate and experienced team focused on shaping people’s lifestyle and attitudes.

    The idea is to have a pool of people to form teams for different projects. Companies are now able to get the big picture, ranging from marketing, PR to graphic design and more … in different sectors, such as fashion, design, food, beauty, etc.

Hosting collectives:

  • The Thundera Collective: In all honesty, we're not so much a 'collective' as a collection of people - a small community living and loving in London - 'seeking to carve out extraordinary (or at least fuller) lives'. We don't have a common creed per se, but what we share is a desire to open our door, to offer hospitality, to meet new and past people, to share space with those who pass through. We're not professionals at this, but it touches something in us and that's why we do it.

Non-Profits

  • Forest Café: The Forest is a volunteer-run, self-funded, independent, not-for-profit arts space located in the centre of Edinburgh. It is available to all people and is funded by its vegetarian cafe.

Networks

  • Freecycling:It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Berlin Group.
  • Radical Routes (UK): Radical Routes is a network of radical co-ops whose members are committed to working for positive social change. Includes Co-op micro-credit and quarterly meetings.
  • Diggers & Dreamers (UK):  The guide to communal living in Britain.
  • Intentional Communities: Intentional Community is an inclusive term for ecovillages, cohousing, residential land trusts, communes, student co-ops, urban housing cooperatives, alternative communities, and other projects where people strive together with a common vision. This web site serves the growing communities' movement, providing resources for finding a community home and creating more community in your life.
  • Social Centres Stories (UK):A self produced book that can be found online presenting the story of several UK autonomous social centres and articles about social centres in general.

Squats

  • Can Masdeu: Around Barcelona, in Catalunya. Experience Rural-Urban, including a social center and activism. A CouchSurfer (Brian Rusell) is very involved there.

Art Communities and Residences

  • The Art Monastery Project: The Art Monastery Project, an Italian non-profit association, was founded to convert an historic Italian building into an international art production center in a mutually beneficial exchange with the community that hosts it.  The Art Monastery's pilot site is in the cherished former Ursuline convent in Calvi dell'Umbria, a charming Umbrian town only 45 minutes NorthEast of Rome. 
  • Rochester Folk Art Guild: The Rochester Folk Art Guild is a community of people sharing the aim of working practically toward a deeper understanding of themselves and their purpose, based on the teaching of G.I. Gurdjieff. Their crafts and community life provide ways to cultivate a special quality of attention amidst the activities of daily life.  There are individual dwellings and dormitory style residences. Non-resident members come regularly throughout the week and on weekends to participate in the whole range of Guild activities. Cooking and coming together for meals help to connect the craftsmen and those working outdoors in the farm and garden.
  • Kastanienallee 77 (BERLIN): Zur Zeit wohnen 21 Erwachsene und 5 Kinder gemeinschaftich in der Kastanienallee 77. Der Wohnbereich besteht aus einem denkmalgeschützten, 150 Jahre alten Vorderhaus, einem Seitenflügel und einem Hinterhaus. Dahinter liegt eine dreigeschossige Fabrik, in der sich die Kulturprojekte befinden.

Ecovillages, ecovillas, ecolodges and related networks

  • Global Ecovillages Network: The Global Ecovillage Network is a global confederation of people and communities that meet and share their ideas, exchange technologies, develop cultural and educational exchanges, directories and newsletters, and are dedicated to restoring the land and living "sustainable plus" lives by putting more back into the environment than we take out.
  • Ecoliving Portugal: Supports and promotes sustainable living projects, courses and events in Central Portugal through networking, advertising, and fundraising.

Inspiration for activities

  • Improv Everywhere: Improv Everywhere causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 70 missions involving thousands of undercover agents. The group is based in New York City.

  • Guerrilla Gardening: Guerrilla gardening is political gardening, a form of nonviolent direct action, primarily practiced by environmentalists. Activists take over ("squat") an abandoned piece of land which they do not own to grow crops or plants. Some guerrilla gardeners carry out their actions at night, in relative secrecy, to sow and tend a new vegetable patch or flower garden. Others work more openly, seeking to engage with members of the local community, as illustrated in the examples that follow. It has grown into a form of proactive activism or pro-activism. SEE THE BERLIN BOARD
  • Local currencycurrency not backed by a national government (and not necessarily legal tender), and intended to trade only in a small area.
  • LETSLocal Exchange Trading Systems (LETS) also known as LETSystems are local, non-profit exchange networks in which goods and services can be traded without the need for printed currency.
  • Creative Activism: When Acting for Change Becomes an Art Form
  • Celebrating Clown Company:Wir sind eine Clown Company die sich in politische Taten unangenehm aufdringlich Einmischt. Als Clowns verkleidet machen wir verschidenste Aktionen.
  • Wächterhäuse Programme - Leipzig; Saxony, Germany -  Negotiates a contract between building owners who cannot afford to renovate or find occupants and 'users' with the city as a sponsor.  The users are responsible for maintaining the property and have free reign to develop it and use it for creative/personal purposes over a contracted period.  This often involves use of the building, free of charge.  Also, the agreements involve some subsidy or support for structural repairs.

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