A Hive of Actions

Every city, neighbourhood, place, has the potential to be improved and regenerated. Regenerating places involves funding decisions, public provision, democratic processes, communication and deliberation. Improving cities involves competing interests, creative opposition and alternative propositions.

Building conditions for alternatives means addressing civic rights and resources, unearthing dreams, skills and talents for creativity, participation and solidarity. ‘Mapping’ and pulling together such resources can build capacities for community representation and enhance people’s power to influence change.

During 10 days in October 2014, Giota Alevizou and members of the research team came to Athens to talk to grass roots groups and civil society initiatives. We discussed challenges and aspirations, and learned from diverse activities and achievements. The video presents some aspects of the project as it was captured in a networking workshop and debate in Kypseli Cultural Centre on 4 October 2014.