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September 3, 2014
September 3, 2014

Greece: Festival for Solidarity & Cooperative Economy

Source: Festival4sce  Category: On the crisis
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Greece: Festival for Solidarity & Cooperative Economy

by Festival4sce

Press Release #Festival4sce. Athens, September 3rd 2014.

Members of various solidarity networks, cooperative initiatives and grassroots innovation structures in Greece organise, for the third consecutive year in Athens, the Festival for Solidarity & Cooperative Economy, which will be held between October from 10th to 12th, 2014.

This year groups from different European countries are invited to exchange experiences, knowledge and struggles under the slogan “Another world is here, be part of it!”

Round 200 initiatives from over Greece participated in the previous festivals and hundreds of volunteers helped organise them. Participants varied from social clinics and solidarity pharmacies to time banks, social kitchens, traditional seed banks, eco-communities, cooperatives or social solidarity and exchange networks, including initiatives like the worker’s self-managed factory of Vio.Me, the Kinisi 136 water movement, the Spithari eco-community project, the collective of Kafeneio Akadimias or Athens Time Bank, amongst others.

The Festival4sce differs from others similar events because it is entirely organized by grassroots initiatives. It is based on horizontality, collective decision making, direct democracy processes, reciprocity, solidarity, participatory leadership and collective intelligence.

There are no sponsors, no funding from organisations, nor arbitrage. Year after year, the Festival4sce is a meeting point for exchanging knowledge and also offers visitors an alternative and effective way out of the crisis. Discussions, presentations and workshops will debate round: the commons, de-growth, exchange networks, alternative currencies, labour collectives, eco-communities, waste management, resource allocation, sustainability and social participation.

For the first time, this year the Festival4sce is calling upon groups from around Europe in order to create links between countries and initiatives, with the objective of transforming the festival into an event of interest across Europe. In order to cover travel costs of participants, a crowdfunding campaign has been launched, inviting people across Europe to collaborate and be part of this open and participative funding initiative: http://www.kapipal.com/festival4sce2014

The Festival4sce promotes a world that fosters communication, mutual exchange and the transition
to a society based on participation and cooperation; which aims at self-management, solidarity, sustainability, self-sufficiency and at respecting man and nature alike.

Next press release will cover details of place, time, program and confirmed participants.

Press contact: festival.economicsolidarity@gmail.com
Christina Papadopoulou: 0030-6932377700
Fotis Petratos: 0030-6985982871
Website: http://www.festival4sce.org/en/
Twitter: @athensfest4sce

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