What do we want?
We want a new economy:
ecological, social and democratic.
Today’s economic model, based on profit maximisation and growth at all costs, does not serve us well. Instead of enabling everyone to have a decent life within the means of our planet, it concentrates wealth in the hands of a handful of privileged and generates increasingly abysmal social inequalities. It is destroying the ecological basis of human life on the Earth, and by pillaging natural wealth, it only further exacerbates existing inequities. It also undermines democracy, cementing inequalities of power that make it impossible for the vast majority of people to participate effectively in determining the conditions of their life.
We therefore support a socio-ecological transformation towards a new economic model. One that will be based on cooperation rather than competition, care rather than exploitation and democratic forms of ownership and control. We know that no one can plan such a process from behind the table. Being convinced that systemic change cannot happen without a broad participation and social pressure from below, we support social movements and initiatives striving for diverse betterments in all spheres of life.
Together, we are exploring ways towards a good life for all.
What do we do?
We think through and popularize concepts for a social, ecological and democratic economy. We investigate the causes of social and environmental problems and look for solutions.
We network actors who want to participate in a socio-ecological transformation of the economy. We support the sharing of information and experience among social movements, academia and the general public.
We support people’s initiatives and work with social movements that strive for a good life for all in different areas. We help people organize and promote their interests together.
How do we work?
We aim to practice the principles we advocate for also in our own work. We organize ourselves according to methods of grassroots democracy and aim to reach a consensus of all involved in decision-making processes. When distributing funds, we also take into account the needs and social situation of each of us. We refuse to accept money from private enterprises that participate in unecological, socially unjust or undemocratic forms of economic activity.
Global heating caused by two centuries of economic growth based on ever-increasing consumption of fossil energy causes escalating disruptions to our climate which endanger both human welfare and the long-term habitability of our planet. We are in the middle of a climate crisis — manifesting itself also in the current European droughts — which weighs heaviest on socially disadvantaged groups of people and thus deepens the already gross social inequalities. This is true both within the Czech republic, and throughout the world, where the changing climate has the worst impact on the poor countries of the Global South.
If we want to stop climate disruption, we need to rapidly make major changes in the whole economy. That is why we are devising and promoting solutions which would combine fast reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and landscape restoration with the correcting of social inequities and support movements and initiatives pushing for a transition towards sustainable, renewable and democratically controlled energy systems.
Right to the city
The quality of the city as an environment and the availability of housing are crucial issues that affect the everyday lives of most people on this planet. Today, cities are adapted more towards the goal of profit-making, then for the quality of people’s lives. The financialization of housing — the transformation of homes into commodities and opportunities for investment — exacerbates the unavailability of housing, which is a global phenomenon rooted in the functioning of the global economy.
We start from the conviction that the city environment and housing conditions should be determined by democratic self-government reflecting the needs of local inhabitants — not by the logic of maximizing profits for the largest actors on the market. We support local communities, neighborhood associations and tenant unions striving for a better life in the city and available housing by connecting research, education and grassroots organizing.
Through our educational projects, we foster a debate on the causes of social and ecological crises and develop capacities necessary to solve them. We use the methods of non-formal learning to overcome the traditional opposition between “teachers and students” and develop learning from each other and critical thinking.
We support social and ecological movements in networking, reaching out to the public and forging new alliances. We combine the learning process with practical efforts for concrete political changes and help people organize. We don’t want to be “experts”, teaching people from above, but rather help them to jointly seek pathways towards improving the lives of themselves and the whole society.
School of Just Transition
In collaboration with the climate movement, we will work to create a positive vision for the regions impacted by coal mining. In three participatory workshops in the regions, we will map the needs of local actors, which will then be complemented by practical training developing the capacities of movements struggling for a just solution to the climate crisis and online panel debates. The final result of the project will be a website on the topic of just transition, complemented by the outcomes of the regional workshops.
Sokolov (14. 8. 2020)
Ústí nad Labem (21. 8. 2020)
Just transition in the coal heartland of Europe (FB event)
14. 10. 2020, 19:00, ZOOM
Green New Deal
for the Czech Republic
Our society is facing multiple crises: climate disruption and ecological devastation, social inequality, economic instability and the crisis of democracy. The project — inspired partly by the work of the pan-european “Green New Deal for Europe” initiative — opens the debate on solutions, which would connect the transition to a sustainable economy based on renewable energy sources with reducing inequalities, improving the quality of life and democratizing society. In a series of round-tables, we are creating a participatory process through which people from different walks of life — from ecological movements through trade unions to initiatives for available housing — can join the discussion. We are searching for a common answer to the contemporary crises — and alliances to make it a reality.