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Author: Lorna Muddiman/Louise Hain - Published At: 2013-05-23 15:44 -

Freegans practice environmentalism that actively promotes "reclaiming, recovering, repairing and recycling."

Alternative currencies

Author: Lorna Muddiman/ Louise Hain - Published At: 2013-05-23 15:38 -

When markets are shaken, as happened in Cyprus for example, traditional money can become scarce, leading people to search for other ways to pay bills or carry out everyday activities. Time banks, LETS or electronic currencies are all examples of the alternative ways in which people can live their daily lives more easily and more economically.


Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-23 15:36 -

Freeshops, Giveaway Shops, Umsonstladen, Weggeef Winkel etc. are stores where all goods are free. They propose new ways of accessing goods that are based on the sharing of resources and avoiding waste.

Online sharing communities

Author: Lorna Muddiman/ Louise Hain - Published At: 2013-05-23 14:39 -

Online sharing communities are emerging all over the world to create links between people. The different platforms and groups offer alternative forms of consumption, where people are renting, lending and even sharing goods instead of buying them. It is not only material products that are being exchanged; people are also offering their knowledge, skills and time.

DIY and GIY movements

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-23 09:41 -

As people in Europe become more conscious about issues relating to waste, the environment, job security or financial insecurity, the DIY ("do it yourself") or GIY ("grow it yourself") movements have come to offer an alternative to modern consumer culture's emphasis on having to rely on others (industrial bodies, for instance) to satisfy needs.


Author: Lorna - Published At: 2013-05-23 09:14 -

Local Exchange Trading Systems

Time Banks

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-23 09:05 -

Time banking is a means of exchange in a community, where time, not money, is the principal currency.

The Greeters

Author: Louise Hain - Published At: 2013-05-22 20:53 -
French greeters coordination team

The Greeters is a worldwide movement born in New York in 1992. Greeters are volunteers who propose to show their city to visitors through their own eyes. As inhabitant of the city, they tell their own story and share special places that mean something in their lives. This alternative to classic tourism fosters multicultural exchanges and fulfilment for the visitor and the locals.

Empty/abandoned buildings

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-22 16:07 -

Since the economic crisis in Europe first began, the numbers of empty/abandoned buildings have multiplied. It is not uncommon to see vacant shops and other properties displaying "to let" signs in many towns and cities across the continent; processes of dereliction and ghettoisation are occuring as a result. This in turn affects the morale and well-being of local populations, possibly leading to anti-social behaviour, vandalism, etc. This particular section considers some solutions or "remedies" to alleviate the present situation.

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