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  1. The first step to stop corporations from profiting from incarceration in the United States

    Louisa Valentin
    30 March 2021
    Article

    Over the past decades, private corporations have increased their control over prison services in the United States and around the world. Despite enormous lobbying efforts by the private players, citizens have started to reject this agenda of profiting from the criminal justice system, and instead demand to return prison management to public authorities. Biden has announced an end to renewing federal private prison contracts, which should be the starting point for wider changes.

  2. Municipalist cities are key players in the corona crisis and the European Green Deal

    Satoko Kishimoto, Nada Baraka
    23 November 2020
    Article

    The second ‘Municipalize Europe’ conference was held on 5 November online, while two years ago we organised the first edition in the European parliament. In that interval, municipalism, a new political movement, has been growing in Europe and beyond. It is a new way of doing local politics putting social rights and citizen engagements at the center. Municipalize Europe is an attempt to look at European politics through a municipalist lens and to build pressure for change of the top-down European politics.

  3. The right to housing is now more important than ever

    Josephine Valeske
    23 November 2020
    Article

    Since the outbreak of COVID-19, ‘staying at home’ has become the main strategy to minimize the spread of the pandemic. Consequently, affordable housing with adequate living conditions has become a matter of life and death, which demonstrates why it is essential to prioritize the right to housing. What have cities done to secure adequate living conditions before and after COVID-19, and what should the EU do to help cities achieve a breakthrough in terms of affordable housing? Those were the questions guiding the Housing panel during the Municipalize Europe conference on November 05, 2020.

  4. Making the European Green Deal Work for Municipalities

    Lavinia Steinfort
    23 November 2020
    Article

    On November 5th, the last session of the online Municipalize Europe! event brought together a variety of municipalists who power and practise progressive policies on the local and system-wide level in the fight against the climate crisis. They discussed which municipal actions the EU should support for a European Green Deal (EGD) to have justice, democracy and regeneration at its heart.

  5. Courtesy of Cloughjordan Ecovillage

    The future is now at Ireland’s Cloughjordan ecovillage

    Laura Roddy
    12 November 2020
    Article

    The Cloughjordan Ecovillage models the transition to a low-carbon society and shares its learning through various educational activities. With 55 low-carbon homes, a carbon-neutral district heating system, a community farm, green enterprise centre, a planned reed-bed treatment plant and Ireland’s lowest ecological footprint, the ecovillage is demonstrating different ways to achieve ecological, economic and social sustainability.

  6. Wakeup call for the European Commission in its failed power grab over local services

    Olivier Hoedeman
    04 November 2020
    Article

    An outcry from city governments has helped shelve the European Commission’s power grab over services. The Commission has failed to install a Services Notification Procedure, which would have given it advance veto power over new laws by regional and local governments, and could have further limited local democratic initiatives in areas as varied as affordable housing, energy supply and waste management. The Commission should learn its lesson and support municipalities to enact social and environmental measures, respect their democratic right to regulate, and roll back obstacles that prioritise corporate interests over local residents.

  7. Vote for the Transformative Cities People's Choice Award 2020

    28 October 2020
    Article

    TNI is excited to announce that the People's Vote for the Transformative Cities Award 2020 is now open! Vote for you favourite initiatives in the following categories: food, water, housing, and energy. You can cast your vote until 16 November, by doing so you help to promote transformative practices around the world that deserve more global attention. You will help to highlight the interventions that show us how access to basic rights can be guaranteed even during the times of COVID-19.

  8. What COVID-19 is trying to tell us

    John Feffer
    27 October 2020
    Article

    “COVID-19’s message is clear: we need to move forward, quickly, into a very different future.”

  9. The Public is Back

    Wouter van de Klippe
    23 September 2020
    Article

    The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the necessity of robust public services for the protection of the vulnerable and the needs of the many. On 20 May 2020, the Transnational Institute, along with Public Services International (PSI), Focus on the Global South, and the Alternative Information and Development Centre (South Africa), brought together four speakers to discuss how to rebuild post crisis to create a more democratic and just economy.

  10. Transformative Cities presents the 2nd edition of the Atlas of Utopias

    23 July 2019
    Article

    This month the 2019 edition of the Atlas of Utopias has been launched. An initiative by Transformative Cities, the atlas is a unique collection of community-led transformations of water, energy, food and housing systems, featuring 33 stories from 24 countries.

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    Call for essays on the Corporation for State of Power 2020

    10 June 2019
    Article

    The Transnational Institute (TNI) in the Netherlands is issuing an open call for essays, accessible papers, infographics and artistic collaborations for its forthcoming State of Power report launched in late January 2020 to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos. The focus for our ninth annual edition is on 'The Corporation'.

  12. Spanish municipal elections

    Sol Trumbo Vila
    05 June 2019
    Article

    With the results still playing out, the survival of parties like Barcelona en Comú will depend on their ability to bring together the ‘three souls’ of the movement.

  13. Towards a comprehensive analysis of South Africa’s electricity sector, the necessary energy transition, and the role of a radically reformed public utility

    14 May 2019
    Article

    TNI is working with the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC), Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED), and South Africa's National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA) and National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in developing a road map to establish a new public electricity system based on a progressive restructuring of Eskom, the country’s state-owned power company. To this end, a Reference Group has been set up with researchers from these organisations.

  14. Soulardarity's Utility Justice Action Team

    Organising for energy democracy in the face of austerity

    Jackson Koeppel
    12 April 2019
    Article

    In 2012, citizens from Highland Park, Michigan came together to form Soulardarity in response to the repossession of over 1,000 streetlights from their city. Their goal is to organise for community-owned solar street lights, energy production and equitable development. Since its formation, Soulardarity has installed seven solar streetlights and deployed over US$ 30,000 worth of solar technology in Highland Park and the surrounding communities through the PowerUP bulk purchasing programme. The group has also organised advocacy at the city and state levels for regulation, policy and local political leadership to support community ownership, transparency and environmental responsibility.

    Soulardarity also advocates for a Community Ownership Power Administration (COPA) as part of the growing call in the United States for a Green New Deal to tackle climate change, economic inequality and racial injustice.

  15. The Latent, Unused Power of Citizens

    Ann Pettifor
    15 January 2019
    Article

    It was just a montage of words uttered over a video in the summer of 2018. Soon the words went viral. They helped unseat a Wall St-friendly Democrat – one primed to be the next Congressional leader. They were uttered by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

  16. The Power of Public Finance for the Future we Want

    Lavinia Steinfort
    15 January 2019
    Article

    It may not be a new idea, but the speed with which the Green New Deal has gained traction in the US is remarkable. Potential presidential candidates are already embracing the call and it’s firmly on the agenda for the new Congress, with 40 Democratic members demanding a firm plan be drawn up.

  17. GoiEner cooperative, Basque County

    A renewable energy model based on participation, collective ownership and gender equity

    17 December 2018
    Article

    The GoiEner Cooperative was founded in 2012 in the Basque Country as a response to both the energy oligopoly and the rise of the anti-austerity movement connected to the economic crisis. Over the past six years, this cooperative for renewable energy generation and consumption has grown to include nearly 9,000 members, and has become an inspiring model for the transition to a new energy model.

    Key attributes of GoiEner's approach include the alleviation of energy poverty, democratic and participatory involvement, and equal representation of men and women. GoiEner also supports the creation of new renewables cooperatives in other regions of Spain in order to increase local, democratic and renewable energy resilience.

    GoiEner cooperative, Basque County
    GoiEner cooperative, Basque County

  18. sustainable agro-business, Uruguay

    Energy democracy and public ownership

    Daniel Chavez
    04 December 2018
    Article

    Uruguay and Costa Rica are world leaders in clean, public, democratically accountable energy. Their success owes much to state-owned companies with the power to drive systemic change.

  19. A beginner’s guide to the core of UK Labour party politics today

    Satoko Kishimoto
    03 October 2018
    Article

    The UK's labour party is inspiring grassroots and workers mobilisation and showing increasingly credible leadership. Its recent annual conference and the concurrently run World Transformed Festival give hope.

  20. International Women's Day 2017 march in Mardrid

    Ecofeminism: fueling the journey to energy democracy

    Lavinia Steinfort
    12 September 2018
    Article

    The growing call for the feminisation of politics – and energy politics for that matter – is about much more than merely increasing the representation of women in decision-making positions. We need to question the ways energy politics are shaped. We need to ask, energy for whom and energy for what?

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