The Symbiosis Research Collective

Cool people’s movements

The Symbiosis Research Collective
| 24th September 2018
As the toll of climate change rises, as the summers become hotter, we have the opportunity to link struggles for cooler cities with other progressive demands. From the SYMBIOSIS RESEARCH COLLECTIVE

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Saul Alinsky

Rethinking community organising

The Symbiosis Research Collective
| 10th July 2018
Building a just, sustainable future will require transcending traditional community organising models. Working through existing institutions within the current system is not good enough. The latest from the SYMBIOSIS RESEARCH COLLECTIVE

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A white child protests desegregation of her elementary school in New Orleans, 1960 - "We Want To Keep Our School White"

'Dark municipalism' - the dangers of local politics

The Symbiosis Research Collective
| 26th June 2018
What is to be done about reactionary localism? How can we keep fascism out of local politics? We need to foreground democracy and interdependence over local autonomy. The latest on our series on radical municipalism from the SYMBIOSIS RESEARCH COLLECTIVE

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Municipalism

How radical municipalism can go beyond the local

The Symbiosis Research Collective
| 8th June 2018
Climate change, global finance, the neoliberal state: today’s crises require action on a big scale. And yet fighting for local democracy is - perhaps counter-intuitively - the best chance we've got. The next part in our series from the SYMBIOSIS RESEARCH COLLECTIVE

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The promise of radical municipalism today

The Symbiosis Research Collective
| 25th May 2018
Loneliness, capitalist urbanisation, and ecological crisis. In this world, politics should be about bringing people together and taking control of the spaces where we live. The latest instalment from the SYMBIOSIS RESEARCH COLLECTIVE

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Ada Colau

What's it like for a social movement to take control of a city?

The Symbiosis Research Collective
Aaron Vansintjan
| 11th May 2018
Ada Colau surprised many when she won the election to become mayor of Barcelona. The housing rights activist was part of a deep social movement aiming for participatory democracy. But this latest article from the SYMBIOSIS RESEARCH COLLECTIVE examines how winning the election was just the first step

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How to build a new world in the shell of the old

The Symbiosis Research Collective
| 23rd April 2018
Every city has its graveyard of nonprofits, cooperatives, social clubs, and community centers. Without a strategic vision, local projects cannot possibly amount to a systemic alternative to capitalism. The latest contribution from the SYMBIOSIS RESEARCH COLLECTIVE

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Ursula Le Guin

How to navigate the disorientation of a seismic world

The Symbiosis Research Collective
| 23rd March 2018
Our situation may seem hopeless, but we have a rich inheritance of ideas and practices from which we can draw. Monarchies have been overthrown, dictators pulled down. We can take inspiration from past revolutions to build a new framework for the future.

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