Examples of present-day collective initiatives

The Netherlands

Region Noord-Brabant
Description In the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant, local citizens solve the problem of the lack of balance between youngsters and elderly in fairly remote villages by creating collectivities that provide medical care, foor supply, and recreation, with the co-operation (a.o. via investment) by the lederly themselves.

> http://www.kcwz.nl

Other sources For more examples, see also the special issue of the journal De Groene Amsterdammer (in Dutch; available in PDF > click here )

  The Netherlands

Region Utrecht
Description In the province of Utrecht, child care cooperatives - run by parents - offer a solution to the lack of affordable and high-quality private child care centers.

> http://www.ouderparticipatiecreche.nl

> http://www.kdvdekrakeling.nl



Region Basque Country
Description The Mondragon cooperatives in the Basque Country have witnessed a steep increase in their vistors, since they were able to demonstrate the resilience of their management systemt during the current economic crisis.
Weblinks > http://www.mondragon-corporation.com/ENG.aspx


Region Entire country
Description In particular from the time the current economical crisis hit Greece, a large number of new initiatives in a very large variety has emerged.
Weblinks For an extensive list of civil initiatives (in PDF-format), click here.