Category Archives: Europe

Berlin nurtures sustainable, life-affirming, people-friendly change.

The road to Berlin was a train track paved with flat fields, little towns and German countryside. The trip there involved a few train glitches and was tiring but the anticipation of seeing Thea again and being able to stay … Continue reading

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Promoting and Protecting the Spirit of Co-operatives

The rendezvous was Café Toronto in Crellestrasse, an area well known to many as the district where Marlene Deitrich partied and entertained her fans and where the first gay bar in Germany was established. Now an upmarket part of Berlin, … Continue reading

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Cohousing in Herne, near Bochum, Germany … The WiG Community

Heading out to Wohnen in Gemeinschaft (WIG) community, we catch the metro to Herne and Micha describes the local area. A small village just out from Bochum, Herne was where the coal-drilling hammers were once made and the street where … Continue reading

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Anoteiesbree Seniors Cooperative Cohousing, Amsterdam

How wonderful to discover that the lovely guest room overlooking church spires and rooftops across old Amsterdam was actually part of a co-operative community called ANOTEIESBREE. Located within a narrow, terra cotta red, six floor apartment building of maybe thirty … Continue reading

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Vrijburcht Community, Steigereiland, Amsterdam

Hein de Haan came to the front door that led from the street down a hallway into his office where the conversation began. The Front Door would be a topic of discussion when talking about the cohousing community here but … Continue reading

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Lismortel Co-housing Community in The Netherlands

But first Amsterdam Coming in from Copenhagen, heading straight for the Central area of old Amsterdam, it was a delight and a relief to be met by Lidewij’s lovely mum, Elise. Having connected with Lidewij in Leeds at the LICAC … Continue reading

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Bakken Cohousing in northern Denmark

One things leads to another and meeting up with Birgitte also created a lovely connection to Bakken Cohousing Community. Birgitte and Hendrick lived for many years in this well-established cohousing community in Northern Denmark and they organised a visit to … Continue reading

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Liveability: Does this word help or hinder Sustainability?

The day with Birgitte Hoffman touring Copenhagen and visiting Christiana was a lovely sunny Spring day and warm for Copenhagen. It was also a Sunday and people were out everywhere. Cafes overflowing. Bikes on every road. Bridges are built just … Continue reading

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Freetown Christiana …. Copenhagen, Denmark

Meeting up with Birgitte Hoffmann on a sunny Sunday morning, picking up bikes from her place, she started a thirty-five kilometer tour that led through delicious back streets of Copenhagen via Christiana and back home for a lovely meal with … Continue reading

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MUNKSØGÅRD – A Model village …. a Village of different models ….

Finding Munksøgård Ecovillage was no mean feat. It was situated only about half an hour from Lange Eng Community, 25 km west of Copenhagen on the country outskirts of Roskilde, but entailed hiring a car and driving from Albertslund, listening … Continue reading

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