All the initiatives
Here you can find all the initiatives related to sustainable world that we visited or that are part of Permact Network, along with their related analysis. You can visit them according to their geographic location via the following map where you can view each individual project. They are shown in different colors according to the main topic on which they focus. Below the map you can see a list of all the projects that have been examined: click on the image each initiative view its content.
Translated by Giulia Scapin
As a result of a government programme that incentivised the community to start developing sustainable practices in the city, this non-profit organisation was formed.
After returning from various trips, they decided to found their own charitable organization with the objective of helping deforested regions replant trees.
In a house that functioned with passive solar, a system of capturing solar radiation to heat the house.
The place where we were is the demonstration area, where they offer activities for both schools and groups of people interested in learning about various fields of sustainability.
En el barrio de Vallcarca de la ciudad de Barcelona, encontramos el Col·lectiu Volta, una colectivo de arquitectos, con una perspectiva de su profesión distinta a la concepción tradicional del oficio.
Norwich, a city located in the east of England. Dave introduced me to this initiative and told me “come on, try it and see how you like it!”
IBC was created as an alternative to help the preservation of the El Cerrado biome, since apart from the individual areas of construction (which represent one fourth of the total size of the land), the permaculture design anticipated an area of permanent conservation, planting areas, and community spaces with various purposes.
For the past seven years, they had been working to renew the cultural and artistic heritage of the community that had been suppressed throughout more than a century of exploitation. Its aim is to integrate the four generations within the community, including health, educational and security professionals, along with government officials.
Group of nine women, aged between 55 and 70, who managed their own work.
Green Towers is a small-scale social business initiative. It is composed of a multidisciplinary team of students from state colleges in the United States. It all began when a student from the University of Pennsylvania, with an interest in agriculture, thought that aquaponic agriculture, a model already tested in other sites, would also serve as a good model for urban agriculture.
The initiative was launched in 2008 by Pamela Warhurst, a Todmorden resident. Pamela was determined to improve the town by creating a friendlier atmosphere and helping its residents improve their lives, based on one simple idea: cooperation between neighbors.
One of my last visits was to San Cristobal de las Casas (Chiapas) to a school in the middle of a forest, called Pequeño Sol (Little Sun). This school was founded 20 years ago by 5 families who were looking for something different for their children.
Som Energia is a green energy cooperative. As a cooperative, the associates are members of the company and the assembly makes the decisions.
Toni joined a summer course organized by The Farming Institute. This institute was created by Kate, Susan and Dick. 17 years ago, Susan began farming organically for her community. At that time few people were interested in this type of agriculture, but starting with a few clients she was able, at her peak, to provide organic vegetables for some 300 families.
En en cantón de Sinincay, Cuenca, Ecuador, circularon durante un tiempo los UDIS, una moneda local en billetes. Miles de persona tuvieron su primer contacto con una moneda complementaria y muchas más aprendieron que otro dinero es posible.
L’estoc is a cooperative that produces its own designer furniture made from recyclable materials and obsolete furniture.
New Leaf quiere ayudar a resolver estos problemas mediante la creación de un espacio donde diversos miembros de la comunidad pueden acceder y compartir ideas para promover un futuro sostenible para State College.
The HUB is a global network of local, independent spaces that share the same brand and identity. Its founders think that there is abundance of good ideas for the creation of a more sustainable world but there is a lack of resources and sites where these can develop or turn into small businesses or NGOs.
WWOOF es una red internacional de granjas agroecológicas y de personas interesadas aprender de ellas. Los voluntarios trabajan en las granjas y los granjeros les dan comida y cama. Buscamos por internet una granja para hacer wwoofing en Zambia y así conocimos a Sebas. Un personaje fuera de lo común, con una opción de vida fuertemente determinada por sus principios e ideología.
En la localidad de Navarro, a unas tres horas en coche desde Buenos Aires – Capital Federal, encontramos la “Ecovilla GAIA”, un asentamiento humano basado en los principios de la permacultura.
Young Urban Homesteaders is an organization composed of two people who grow food in their garden to be self-sufficient and to be a model for their community. Their goal is that everyone can have a vegetable garden at their house.
La cooperativa estudiantil de Berkeley es una cooperativa sinánimo de lucro que proporciona viviendas asequibles y comida a los estudiantes de la UC Berkeley y otras universidades de la conocida como la zona de Bay Area, en el oeste de los EEUU.
Barricada TV is a free television station that broadcasts from the recovered IMPA (Argentine Metallurgical & Plastic Industries) factory, in Buenos Aires. It is a building with four floors, an entire block.
Los arquitectos, los que diseñan y construyen casas de tierra, reivindican: las casas de paredes de tierra, las técnicas de construcción propias de cada zona de Colombia, son el resultado de un proceso milenario de prueba-error.
The various groups of RISEP (Solidarity Exchange and Ecological Network of Petén), livestock keepers, and the people of IMAP (Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute) who I met on the shores of Lake Atitlán, are all motivated by the same idea.
IMPA employees occupied the factory in 1998, when it became clear that the assets were being stripped. This is a situation that has been replicated numerous times. The employers want to sell all the machines and furniture – they would sometimes buy them themselves via a shell company — in order to then bankrupt the company.
RISEP (Petén Solidary and Ecological Exchange Network), whose objective is to advance food security. First, through commercialization without middlemen, known here as coyotes, who buy from the farmers in every community and town at low prices and later sell to distributors.
The small communities that lived on the edge of misery at the beck and call of a landowner 40 years ago, today make up a business framework that extends from the processing of their cows’ milk to a travel agency. All this within a complex structure that combines cooperativism, external cooperation and business focus.
In the Mexican capital, there are two major water problems. First, the capital suffers from shortages; second, it rains too much and there are flooding problems. Why not capture rainwater?
The Integrated Savings and Credit Cooperative (integrated cooperative from now on) is a traditional savings and credit union. A classic alternative to the conventional private bank, with limited transformational capacity and with some interesting elements.
We want to talk about the Zapatista movement, while leaving aside the stereotypical image of a native with a rifle, which you will not find on this page. We want to talk about a society spread out across a large part of the Chiapas territory, and whose members sought a way to organize themselves socially.
The Peasant Movement of Santiago del Estero (MOCASE, for its initials in Spanish; Movimiento Campesino de Santiago del Estero), was founded in Argentina in 1990 as a response to attacks on peasant farmers in this area from people and businesses claiming the land where peasants had lived in, worked, and fed over the course of several generations.
Argentina vivió un cambio de siglo complicado. La crisis económica, con el corralito como punto álgido, criaba parados sin parar. La gente no tenía dinero. La clase más humilde y la clase media empobrecida estaban en situación desesperada.
Y en ese contexto empezaron a multiplicarse a lo largo y ancho del país las experiencias de trueque.
The Montessori method is an alternative educational system that is taught throughout the world. It was started by Maria Montessori at the end of the XIX century. Buscant Llavors had the opportunity to spend time at one of these schools, the Oak Farm Montessori School, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Soil for Life, that devotes itself to teaching, to everyone who is interested, like how to grow food in an ecological way in their homes and even how to make compost and use their own seeds.
En un barrio a las afueras de Dar es Salam ha arrancado hace pocas semanas el proyecto health and clean (salud y limpieza). Una asociación de mujeres viudas, Chawamo, ha conseguido la concesión de las autoridades locales para encargarse de la recogida de basuras de su zona.
Suubi es un centro de desarrollo comunitario, en Lubanda, en el sudoeste de Uganda. Más que un proyecto, es un mosaico de proyectos aparentemente independientes.
“The Community Exchange System (CES) is an exchange system that provides ways for users to exchange their goods and services, both at the local and international level. It’s a complementary global trade network that functions without money”
Se habla de ellos cuanto menos mejor, pero existen, por supuesto, mecanismos de ahorro y financiación fuera del sistema bancario y fuera también del asistencialismo. Experiencias colectivas y comunitarias para el ahorro, el crédito y la ayuda mutua. Un ejemplo africano son las tontines.