The Present is Pregnant with a New Future

Written by Olli Tammilehto A key focus in social ecology has been the bringing about of profound societal change. This has been thought to mean a period of groundwork after which there would be a rapid revolutionary transition. Social movements, especially in cities, are seen as agents of change to a decisively more democratic and […]

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May 8, 2021

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Paris Commune 150: From the 1871 Commune to Contemporary Communalism

The Paris Commune of 1871 was the biggest urban uprising and experience of self-organization of modern history. For those engaged in social and political change, this historic experience stands as the first example of the exercise of social and political power by the working class and underclass. To this day, it remains a vibrant and […]

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April 24, 2021

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Cities beyond bureaucracy: Exploring commons-based strategies

Urban researcher Nikos Vrantsis interviews Yavor Tarinski, author of Common Futures: Social Transformation and Political Ecology [co-authored with Alexandros Schismenos] (Black Rose Books, 2021), on the current bureaucratic state of cities and the democratic perspectives offered by autonomous urban movements.  Nikos Vrantsis: Day by day, state oppression turns into the new normal. Governmemts invested in […]

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1921-2021: 100 years with and without Kropotkin

We publish below the call for papers of the upcoming conference “1921-2021: 100 years with and without Kropotkin”. Kropotkin has left an important imprint on the theoretical body of Social Ecology and because of this we strongly support every effort at researching and examining his legacy today. Piotr Alekseevich Kropotkin (1842-1921) was one of the […]

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March 27, 2021

Healing Common Spaces: Psychodrama in Gavdos

Written by Nikolaos-Ioannis Kanavaris, architect, MSc “design, space, culture” NTUA Psychodrama in Gavdos is a workshop that takes place almost 15 years in which over 100 people participate. The target of this seminar, as it is expressed by the coordinator Mr A. Liodakis, is to create a therapeutic com­munity based on solidarity and empathy. This […]

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March 21, 2021

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All Power to the Neighborhoods: Greece Rises Against Police Barbarity

Written by Yavor Tarinski With cities, it is as with dreams: everything imaginable can be dreamed, but even the most unexpected dream is a rebus that conceals a desire or, its reverse, a fear. ~Italo Calvino[1] In early March a group of motorized policemen reaches a public square in the Athenian neighborhood of Nea Smyrni. […]

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