Friday, January 22, 2016

Open call: Funding the Cooperative City

Please find below our call for innovative cases of Community-Led Urban Development. With the call we collect good practices of community-led real estate development, new economic models of building, renovating or running community spaces and maintaining the commons. The selected initiatives will be part of our upcoming book and will be invited to workshops held this Spring in Budapest, Madrid, Rome and Rotterdam, to engage in a Europe-wide exchange around civic economy and spatial development.

We would be happy if you could spread the call among your colleagues and the initiatives in (and beyond) for whom it could be interesting. Please find here a link to the call:

We are looking for stories about the economic organisation of community spaces (including social centers, cooperative businesses, co-working spaces, cultural venues in storefronts, buildings or open areas) developed and run by citizens with a social-cultural impact on their neighbourhood. Send us your story, describing the economic and organisation model, funding and human resources and development process of your space. Join us at our upcoming workshops and help other initiatives to learn from you!

Selected initiatives will take part in:

WORKSHOPS in Budapest (April 7-9), Madrid (April 21-23), Rome (May 5-7) and Rotterdam (May 28) to meet your fellow practitioners from across Europe, share your experience and learn how to develop your project further.

THE BOOK collecting emerging models of community-led real estate development for the first time in Europe.

Tell us your story by sending to by 15th February 2016.

More details at

“Funding the Cooperative City” explores, promotes and assists experiments in community-led real estate development in European cities. Through workshops (Rotterdam, Berlin and Paris in 2014 and Budapest, Madrid, Rome and Rotterdam in 2016) as well as investigative reports, video portraits and a publication, the project brings together protagonists from various cities to help shaping a new European culture of urban development based on community-driven initiatives, civic economic models and cooperative ownership.

For more info about the Funding the Cooperative City series, please visit

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