City Mine(d) gathers about 30 initiatives 13 from European cities in an Urban Platform
For 5 years City Mine(d) has been connecting urban gardeners to cyclists, DIY-ers to urban planners, and kitchen chefs to IT-ers through projects in public space. What these people have in common is the use of their creativity to make daily life in cities more fun and more fair.
Small initiatives, big challenges
These initiatives don't exist to make money or to gain power, but they emerge according to desires or in response to local and urgent needs. At their level, they involve people removed from party politics, ethical consumption or the environment, as well as activists and militants in all those fields. For the first time City Mine(d) gathered 13 initiatives in Brussels during the Urban Platform, which took place in Flagey and the European neighbourhood of the city from the 19th to the 21st of November 2010. The aim was:
- to exchange experience and information;
- to show the relationship to big local challenges in their environment;
- to present their approach;
- and above all to inspire people into action with their own good practices.
Workshops, bazaar of proposals and discussion panels to exchange information
The 3 day event consisted of workshops, Meeting opinionmakers and decisionmakers, movers and shakers to cross fertilise, exchange experiences and forge lasting alliances, and a big, hands-on Bazaar of proposals, opinions and activities. The panel at the Urban Platform City Mine(d) consisted of:
- Janet Nkubana, Kigali, Rwanda, Gahaya links
Janet Nkubana is the founder and president of Gahaya Links, a Rwandan handicrafts organization that empowers local rural women to achieve economic stability. These women include victims of genocide, both Hutu and Tutsi widows, women with HIV, and women with husbands in prison – all weaving together as a chance for reconciliation as they work side-by-side utilizing the same solution to rid their communities of poverty. Hence the name: peace baskets.
- Jon Cruddas London, UK, Labour Party MP Daggenham
Was re-elected in 2010 to the marginal seat of Daggenham and Rainham, where he successfully fought both the Conservative Party and the extreme right British Nationalist Party. Jon holds an M.A. and later a Ph.D. in Philosophy of the University of Warwick. He became the deputy political secretary to the new Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and as the link between the Prime Minister and the trade unions, he worked heavily on the introduction of the National Minimum Wage. Jon ran for the Deputy Leadership of the Labour Party in 2007. He was the only backbencher to enter the contest and campaigned around rebuilding the relationship between the leadership and working people.
- Michel Genet Brussels, Belgium, Greenpeace Belgium
Michel Genet has been director of Greenpeace Belgium for 2 years, where he helped prepare the NGO's position for the Copenhagen Climate Summit, campaigns for the phasing out of
nuclear energy, involves the organisation in the economic debate and works on the links between environment and social justice, by supporting the opening of offices in Africa.
Greenpeace Belgium is an non-profit organisation that has 50 members of staff, involves about 150 volunteers and activists, and has about 100,000 members. To guarantee its independence from government or enterprise, it is funded solely through gifts from the public. Greenpeace builds its lobbying campaigns on non-violent direct action.