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  1. Vote for 2018 Transformative Cities Peoples´ Choice Award

    09 May 2018
    Article

    Around the world people are developing radical local solutions to global problems. In 2017, TNI launched the Transformative Cities Initiative to find examples of effective people-led initiatives on water, energy and housing. We now want you to tell us which one inspires you to act.

  2. Alliance against Energy Poverty, Cataluña

    Monica Guiteras
    25 April 2018
    Article

    In Spain, energy poverty is a very real and punitive phenomenon, affecting around 5.1 million people or some 11% of the total population. 

  3. The municipalist drive for a fair and participatory energy transition

    Alba del Campo
    25 April 2018
    Article

    In May 2015, the party Por Cádiz Sí Se Puede (the local version of Podemos) took over the government of Cádiz, inheriting a situation of massive debt, widespread energy waste, severe unemployment, energy poverty, and a lack of public awareness around energy issues. In just a few years, however, Cádiz has celebrated a number of concrete results.

  4. The unstoppable rise of remunicipalisation

    Satoko Kishimoto
    23 April 2018
    Article

    The debate on alternatives to privatised ownership models for public services is back on the academic and political agenda. What's driving remuncipalisation and why is it a better alternative than private provision?

  5. The future for democratic public water: resistance and alternatives

    Satoko Kishimoto, Leandro Bonecini
    05 April 2018
    Article

    The Alternative World Water Forum - FAMA, held from March 17th to 22nd in Brasilia attracted 7,000 people from almost every state in Brazil. FAMA sent a clear message that it would not engage with the opaque 8th World Water Forum, hosted by the private think-tank World Water Council and its corporate partners. The World Water Council has fostered pro-privatisation policy debates for decades.

  6. Resistance and defence of water and territories in Brazil

    Leandro Bonecini, Satoko Kishimoto
    04 April 2018
    Article

    Nearly 7,000 people from more than 30 countries, and from almost every Brazilian state, gathered at the Alternative World Water Forum (FAMA) from 17 to 22 March 2018. The purpose of this mobilisation was to challenge the legitimacy of the World Water Forum, which is organised every three years by the private think-tank World Water Council together with its corporate partners.

  7. Building energy democracy one straw at a time

    Alexa Botar, Laszlo Zalatnay
    26 January 2018
    Article

    More than two thirds of the homes in Hungary are insufficiently insulated. As a result millions of people are living in energy poverty. Straw bale insulation and construction offer a simple, inexpensive, environmentally sustainable and socially just housing solution.

  8. The solution to implementing the SDGs? Not thinking in terms of solutions

    Katerina Gladkova
    24 January 2018
    Article

    The solution approach may catalyze debate and galvanize everyone involved in the SDGs into action, but it eclipses opportunities that stretch beyond the problem-solution discourse.

  9. turbine transport

    Combatting Energy Poverty in El Cua, Nicaragua

    M’Lisa Colbert
    24 January 2018
    Article

    Community members banded together in a show of solidarity, committing to collective ownership and equity, transparency, and direct participation in the development and management of their energy infrastructure. This impressive collective commitment has transformed a once-rural village of just over 3,000 residents in the 1980s into a thriving urban metropolis of more than 40,000 residents today.

  10. Turin: The long march towards water remunicipalisation

    Mariangela Rosolen
    24 January 2018
    Article

    On 9 October 2017, the Turin City Council turned back privatisation and took another step towards the remunicipalisation of its metropolitan water system. And so the city entered the next phase of its long march towards water sovereignty, begun in the aftermath of the Second World War on the ruins of a town half-destroyed by allied bombing and by Nazi/Fascist retaliations against the democratic popular resistance.

  11. A New Wave of Water Privatisation in Indonesia

    Irfan Zamzami
    22 December 2017
    Article

    The central government of Indonesia has repeatedly announced its intention to universalise access to clean water by 2019.  To achieve this, an estimated 27 million new connections are needed, with a major investment gap of IDR 274.8 trillion (US$20.8 billion). 

  12. Anti-austerity protest

    New model activism: Putting Labour in office and the people in power

    Hilary Wainwright
    04 December 2017
    Article

    The ‘new politics’ needs to be about both winning electoral power and building transformative power.

  13. A democratic alternative to the Spanish energy oligopoly

    Susanne Hirschmann
    28 November 2017
    Article
  14. View of Shanghai Pearl Tower

    From Japanese bubble to Chinese time bomb

    Walden Bello
    16 October 2017
    Article

    Asia’s financial crisis came a decade before the global crisis, but it has had a lasting influence and left a legacy that could sow the seeds for the next global crisis.

  15. Water is a right protest in US

    The power of a transformative city

    Sol Trumbo Vila, Nick Buxton
    10 October 2017
    Article

    The local was where democracy was born; it is now where we will recover it

  16. Costa Rica’s Banco Popular

    Costa Rica’s Banco Popular shows how banks can be democratic, green – and financially sustainable

    Thomas Marois
    14 September 2017
    Article

    A decade on from the 2007-08 global financial crisis, the majority of private banks have changed very little. Most remain solely concerned with maximising their returns, while sustainable or social goals remain subservient to this. For conventional economists, anything else remains an impossible or distant dream.

  17. Keep your coins, I want change (Grafitti by Banksy)

    Call for Papers: State of Power 2018

    19 June 2017
    Article

    The Transnational Institute (TNI) in the Netherlands is issuing an open call for essays/short papers and artistic collaborations for its forthcoming report on the issue of counter-power. Abstract deadline extension: 17 September

  18. Europe's Faustian Bargain with Big Finance

    Walden Bello
    24 May 2017
    Article

    Europe's social democrats played a central role in unleashing the financial sector that created the European economic crisis that continues to today.

  19. Court ruling on Zuma's nuclear deal is a marker of South Africa's political health

    David Fig
    02 May 2017
    Article

    The South African government’s plan to bulldoze through a nuclear energy deal has been dealt what might be a fatal blow by the Cape Town High court which has declared the plan invalid. It found that the government had not followed due process in making the decision to pursue a nuclear power option, as well as in other critical areas.

  20. From Terrassa to Barcelona: cities and citizens reclaim public water and other essential services

    Lavinia Steinfort, Satoko Kishimoto
    04 April 2017
    Article

    Barcelona, March 22, World Water Day – Confronted with the failings of water privatisation, cities and citizens of Terrassa and Barcelona, in Catalonia, have moved to return water services to public and democratic control, improving their quality and accessibility.

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