Europe

Economy

The Therapeutic Potential Of Libraries

Storytelling has the ability to change our emotional and social behavior; the project “Libraries on Prescription” in Greece explores its healing power

ATHENS, GREECE

Economy

The Knife Grinders Of Madrid And Barcelona

Knife grinders withstand the disappearance of traditional workshops in Madrid and Barcelona — but craftsmanship could benefit cities and the planet.

BARCELONA, SPAIN

Economy

A Museum’s Stance On The Nazi Legacy Of Its Grounds

The Museum of Egyptian Art was built where a monumental building for the Nazi Party was supposed to stand in Munich. In this city, dealing with the past in public spaces is controversial but the museum hewed to its principle.

MUNICH, GERMANY

Economy

A Healthy Barter In Cities: Affordable Good Food For Time

Three hours of our time a month in a grocery store would reduce labour costs to charge lower prices. Food cooperatives called it a ‘virtuous cycle’. This is not volunteering, pure noble business, the in-kind pay is health.

MADRID, SPAIN

Economy

Reinventing Affordable Housing In Cities

Creative non-profit housing projects, which focus on cohesive societies, benefit the long-term health of neighbourhoods while offering affordable housing for future generations.

MUNICH, GERMANY

Economy

‘So Lonely’: Opening Up Eases Loneliness In Cities

‘So lonely’ is a compendium of artistic interventions in public spaces, which intends to listen to how citizens go about loneliness in Munich. All leads to a closing participatory theater to advance action against social isolation.

MUNICH, GERMANY

Economy

Bookstore’s Business Is Culture Towards A More Democratic City

The Tucholsky bookstore in Berlin sells more than just books. Over the years, its owner, Jörg Braunsdorf, has created a community around culture for neighbours and regular customers who meet at the bookstore periodically. Culture has energized a collective force with the civil courage to face up to the far right in their neighbourhood towards ...

BERLIN, GERMANY

Economy

A Diverse Local Community Finds A Consensus To Assert Power

The K-Buurt or K-neighbourhood is located around Amsterdam-Zuidoost’s Kraaiennest subway station. This community in the suburbs of Amsterdam has demanded recognition from the city since they founded Hart voor de K-Buurt (Heart for the K-Neighbourhood), a local multicultural community network of neighbours who are finding consensus language to assert power over the future of its ...

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

Economy

Ask A Muslim, A Jew Or A Christian: Answers At Public Space

A group of students with different faiths have come together on the streets of Munich. They have seduced passersby with free hummus ice cream to start an open conversation and answer questions about their faiths at public space. There are three tables with signs, which read: ask a Muslim, a Jew or a Christian. The ...

MUNICH, GERMANY

US

Economy

Poetry Finds A Home In South LA

Award-winning poet Chisara Asomugha on the creation of the first library of poetry in Los Angeles and how poetry spaces humanize us

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA

Economy

A Running Club Fights Addiction In Boston

No longer feeling lost for being sober. Why joining the Boston Bulldogs Running Club can be a lifesaving decision in the drug addiction crisis.

BOSTON, MA, USA

Economy

Artist Lee Mingwei Creates Moments Of Change In Cities

Lee Mingwei has transgressed the walls of museums. His participatory art provokes human connectedness among strangers. These moments of change are evidence of how museums could embrace new approaches to advance social value.

NEW YORK, NY, USA

Economy

It’s Deeper Than Tomatoes: Peacemaking In New York’s Urban Gardens

Peacebuilders Skye Roper-Moses and Michelle V. Jackson recognized the unique position that community gardens have to flourish deeply rooted urban conflicts in neighbourhoods. They support community gardener efforts by using their training in conflict resolution.

NEW YORK, NY, USA

Economy

Housing Los Angelenos Is A Human Right And Can Fight Climate Change

Decades of housing shortage has submerged Los Angeles in a humanitarian and sustainability crisis in the midst of extreme weather. But a growing group of volunteer Angelenos are building the movement to house LA and reverse climate change.

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA

Economy

Racial Trauma: Unchaining Ancestors’ Stories To Heal Cities

The struggle of Afro-Americans venting their stories in the white context of cities keeps feeding their trauma. The initiative “Witness to History” restores untold stories of slavery in its town as a precondition for healing.

GUILFORD, CT, USA

Economy

Saving Jazz To Save The City. From New York To The World

Mitchell Borden, founder of legendary Smalls and Fat Cat clubs, and his wife, jazz musician Rie Yamaguchi-Borden, hold on to the unifying power of music to revive the jazz community and local businesses of New York.

NEW YORK, NY, USA

Economy

Monumental Women In Cities. Untapped Women’s History

The first statue of real women at Central Park has been installed after 167 years of the park's history thanks to female activists. Another historical moment into untapped women’s history.

NEW YORK, NY, USA

The Thrilling Rest of the World

Economy

“Virgin Whores” Voices Domestic Violence

The misuse of religion is central to the practice of Claudia Barbera that is both artwork and a ritual against domestic violence in her city and beyond

VALPARAíSO, CHILE

Economy

Super Chefs Step In For Working Women In Cairo

Super Chefs are a group of women in Cairo, whose passion for cooking has found a way to stay employed while saving time for other working mothers. The idea is here to stay.

CAIRO, EGYPT

Economy

A Jazz Corner To Find The Beat In Havana

Over the years the jazz dancers of Santa Amalia have forged a dancing community in their neighbourhood that has become a philosophy of life in Havana.

HAVANA, CUBA

Economy

Yallah Cairo Girls! A Women’s Empowerment Cycle Is Set In Motion

A group of bold and strong women called the Cycling Geckos are on their bikes through Cairo to break social barriers, which prevent other women from achieving their full potential. They fight for a cultural change to redesign Cairo’s human landscape towards women.

CAIRO, EGYPT

Economy

Street Artists Spearhead A Cultural Transition In Muscat

Abdulmalik Sultan Al Maskari, one of Oman’s most recognisable graffiti artist, has been finding legal ways to pursue his passion for street art, which has always been prohibited in public spaces in Muscat. By painting in legal spaces like old busses and old houses he and other street artists are slowly unleashing the street art ...

MUSCAT, OMAN

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