Public-Civil-Partnerships for a Better City

Public-Civil-Partnerships for a Better City

Imagine: an urban politician wants to impose that some streets become car-free during summer. Even if reasons are good – better air quality, kids get room to play – the result is quite predictable. The residents of the streets would revolt, for different reasons. Some...
A new social contract for the 21st century

A new social contract for the 21st century

From the gilet jaunes to young climate marchers around the world, a new surge of protestors is voicing discontent and demanding a change of course to ensure a sustainable future that is fair to citizens and environment. Dirk Holemans gives his take on striking a new...

Een sociaal-ecologisch contract voor de 21ste eeuw

Wie zijn oud huis afgooit om het ecologisch terug op te bouwen, krijgt daar een subsidie voor. Want dat is efficiënter dan je oude huis te renoveren. Jammer genoeg hebben we als samenleving die luxe niet. Nochtans is ons maatschappelijk huis ook uitgeleefd. We zitten...
The city taking the commons to heart

The city taking the commons to heart

The Belgian city of Ghent plays host to a broad range of projects and initiatives around the commons. But it has yet to adopt a model which really places a commons-focused approach and logic at the core of its institutions and processes. Recent work undertaken by...