Emancipation in the neoliberal era

Emancipation in the Neoliberal Era: Rethinking Transition with Karl Polanyi The economic historian Karl Polanyi charted the development of market society. Moving beyond a simple opposition between the state and the market, his seminal The Great Transformation...
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...
When citizens take matters into their own hands

When citizens take matters into their own hands

A closer look at citizen collectives established in 2015 and 2016 In order to find responses to current societal challenges, citizens increasingly take control, including in the form of citizen collectives that produce goods or services themselves, usually as a quest...