2015


In 2014, Pakhuis de Zwijger (cultural organization in the city of Amsterdam) came up with the idea of Metropolitan Field Trips. Cities are constantly in change, new initiatives arise and try to answer to several question on how to become city-owners and how to participate in their evolution. During the Field Trips, on the biggest european cities, the participants learn about diverse approaches on base initiative and about the relation between bottom-up city makers, planning agents, local government and other institutions. Field Trips have, therefore, as a goal a better understanding of the whole process of transition and they are an opportunity to exchange knowledge between partners in Europe. The program started at 4 p.m on the 8th, with the meeting point for the welcoming at Holzmarkt. Holzmarkt is located in an old abandoned area at the Spree waterfront. It was destined to be sold as part of the project […]

The Citizenship Academy in a transitional Berlin


For the second year we were at Citizenship European Days, organized by the organizations’ platform European Civic Forum (ECF), in which Citizenship Academy is part of the direction. On the 10th anniversary of the ECF platform, the event took place at the same place where the platform was born, the Council of Europe, responsable institution for ensuring the respect of Human Rights, formed by all the countries of the continent (including those who are not members of the European Union).   Video of the opening session: For two days, partnership strategies where debated and developed to make european ONG’s work more efficient in the main themes that affect European Union. We were able to hear, in first hand, the testimony of three syrian refugees, explaining us what they expected from Europe and our action as an organized civil society, both to welcome them to stay as to focus the pression […]

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The Citizenship Academy was in Hungary, from 16 to 17 november, in a reunion between hungarian and international organizations from civil society, and it got to know more about the recent atacks and threats done by the nacionalist right-wing government of Budapest. We are creating ties and common strategies to fight against this atack (which includes unfounded accusations to NGO’s, police searches without a warrant at their headquarters, constant defamation in the press and trying to block international funds to get to the associations working for the defense of democracy, refugee rights, LGBT people, Roma and other minorities) and to learn how to avoid similar acts in our countries. A lot of these acquirements will be transmitted in workshops that will be held in severous highschools in Portugal, and they aim to empower youngsters to fight for their civic rights.   This meeting and workshops are part of the project Citizen-Rights of international partnership. Veronika […]

We were in Hungary (learning to) defending Democracy


In a context of economic crisis and social emergency present in more and more regions of the European Union, it is important to think about solutions that, more than helping people in trouble to overcome their financial problems, solutions that help to create innovative forms of social organization , alternatives to the ones that capitalist system provide us. At the Congress of Solidarity Economics, the SOLIKON 2015, which took place in Berlin from 10 to 13 september, it was intended to share and discuss different approaches, visions and pratics about new ways of economic activity, based on solidarity and sustainability. The Citizenship Academy was there! Click here to read the rest of the article.

SOLIKON, creating alternatives from Lisbon to Berlin



After organizing in Lisbon the activists meeting CREAT-REACT COMMUNITY, the Citizenship Academy is present in Warsaw for the meeting dedicated to the Culture theme. Together we are sharing sustainable alternatives to austerity and with respect for the european citizenship, as well as for the human rights. Solutions that, through culture and civic empowerment, take into account people, animals and nature, instead of regarding only markets and big financial interests. More informations here. Supporting action to old workers of the big and historic factory of Ursus tractors, that saw their workplace dismantled progressively and that today ask for the creation of a museum.  

Create-React Culture in Warsaw. We were there!


  Grassroots movements, cooperatives, ecovillages, NGOs, collectives and individuals are showing worldwide, with their own lives, that it is possible, practical and efficient to avoid capitalist crisis circles. By cooperating. In urban areas as in the countryside, it is possible to live, produce our own energy and food respecting the planet, the animals and people.   After the first edition’s success, Citizenship Academy organises once again the experience-sharing debate “Living in another World” between community based, social and ecological projects. Together with first edition’s guests there will be people from town based communities that share with the rural ones the same goals, ways of doing and thinking.   This event is part of CREATE-REACT from the CITIZEN-RIGHTS partnership project. Learn more about the whole event about Community in Lisbon here .   Free entrance 11th July, Saturday, 21h, in Casa da Cultura de Sacavém, Lisboa, Portugal   Guests (confirmed): Centro […]

Living in another World 2 – International Meeting – 11th ...



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  Movimentos sociais, cooperativas ecoaldeias, colectivos e indivíduos de todo o mundo mostram dia a dia que já existem alternativas práticas e viáveis às cíclicas crises do capitalismo, através da cooperação comunitária. Na cidade, como no campo, é possível viver, produzir a própria energia e alimentação respeitando o Planeta, os animais e as pessoas.   Depois do sucesso da primeira edição, a Academia Cidadã volta a organizar o debate de troca de experiências entre projectos comunitários de sustentabilidade ecológica e social “Viver num outro Mundo”.   Para além dos convidados na primeira edição, estarão presentes representantes de comunidades urbanas que partilham com as de âmbito rural os mesmos objectivos, formas de estar e de actuar. Além disso, contaremos pela primeira vez com vários activistas internacionais, visto que o evento estará inserido na formação “Reage Cria: Comunidade”, de que a Academia Cidadã é parceira, pelo que a língua do debate será o […]

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O Enrique Flores, para além de um grande amigo, é também uma das figuras centrais do Movimento 15M, em Espanha. Através do trabalho de ilustração política que tem realizado, sobretudo no registo das muitas iniciativas desenvolvidas por esse movimento, desde 2011, o Enrique oferece-nos novas perspetivas acerca da realidade, num olhar lúcido, crítico e bem disposto, através de uma linguagem muito pessoal, mas, ao mesmo tempo, universal. Tivemos a sorte de o ter tido connosco durante a Primavera Cidadã – Semana da Cidadania 2015, e que ele tenha trazido, na sua mala, um caderno e alguns pincéis!    

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Hoje podes ajudar um projecto que alertará para os perigos da austeridade, da xenofobia e do populismo de extrema-direita através de várias formações, dinâmicas e conferências que serão oferecidas a escolas e a outras organizações locais e internacionais. Basta entrar aqui e apoiar (clicar em SUPPORT, registar-te no site, confirmar o registo no teu email e voltar a clicar de novo em SUPPORT) o projecto “Playing an Alternative Europe: The State of Beyond”, de que a Academia Cidadã é parceira, promovido pela European Alternatives. Quanto mais votos, maior a probabilidade de sermos seleccionados, por isso, aproveita também para partilhar esta mensagem usando as caixas que aparecem do lado direito. Não há inevitabilidades! Uma Europa alternativa é possível!

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  PROGRAMA: (clicar em cada dia para mais informações)      “Se não puder dançar, não é a minha revolução” – Emma Goldman (evento no facebook)  Uma festa, toda a gente! (evento no facebook)     O sonho comanda a vida quando a falar é que a gente se entende! (evento no facebook) A PRIMAVERA CIDADÃ 2015 tem também atividades para cerca de duas dezenas de ativistas estrangeiros. Vêm de vários países europeus para conhecer projetos que dão alma à região de Lisboa e a tornam mais viva, justa, solidária e sustentável. As organizações que abrem as suas portas são: Pendão em Movimento (Queluz), Moinho da Juventude (Cova da Moura), Salamandra Dourada (Ameixoeira), Renovar a Mouraria, Chapitô (Alfama), A Música portuguesa a gostar dela própria (Alcântara), Rés do Chão (Santa Catarina), Horta da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon Sustainable Tourism e Cozinha Popular da Mouraria.

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