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Alternative economies

Last night in Coín’s Casa de Cultura a lively meeting was held exploring alternatives to help regenerate the town’s economy. Viva Coin, who organised the meeting, invited 3 key speakers to offer their insights into possible solutions, including Jose Martin of Coin in Transition, Guillhermo Alvarez of Ciudano por Coin and Andres Pacheco of the Young business people’s association. Jose Martin put forward an arguement following the principles of the global transition movement that we need to develop more local resilience by focusing on our … Continue reading

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Alternative Malaga – Málaga Comun

After the concept of ‘descrecimiento’ (downturn in growth) burst onto the political and social scene in 2002, many of the experts at a UNESCO organized conference in Paris called ‘undo development, remake the world’, agreed that unlimited growth was neither desirable nor in fact possible,

Nowadays activists no longer look to promote alternative development, but rather focus on offering alternatives TO development. To achieve this it is often necessary to take a look behind us in history and retrieve old ideas, or develop new ones, … Continue reading

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Alternative Malaga: Eco-Union

We waved farewell to 2011 with precious little ambition from UN Summit on Climate Change in Durban. Although it was decided to extend the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012 and to set a roadmap for reducing greenhouse gases, the minimal agreements shed little light on the struggle against this global phenomenon that will affect everyone. Last year, and probably this one, will also pass down in the annals of history as the year of public outrage against the depersonalization and globalisation of our systems. Informed citizens … Continue reading

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Feb 9 & 10: Official Transition Town’s course

Objetivos del curso
-Introducir el movimiento de transición y trabajar su modelo.
– Proporcionar herramientas y contenidos que fortalezcan las iniciativas
– Fomentar la creación de nuevas iniciativas.
– Trabajar tanto los aspectos externos como los internos de la
– Promover en sentido amplio la transición hacia un futuro más
– Trabajar la creatividad y las relaciones de grupo.

Qué aprenderás
– Que es una iniciativa de transición y cuáles son sus principios y
– Diferentes conceptos como: resiliencia, comunidad, relocalización,
sistemas complejos, pico del petróleo o cambio climático, entre otros.
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Coín farmers’ market launches

A letter from the organisers:

Dear friends and local producers of Coin,
We would like to thank everyone for their interest in the village for this project. The meeting held on Wednesday at the old Convent in town was packed and plenty of ideas, opinons and suggestions were collected that will help guide us in creating a local farmers’ market. Over the next few days we will start to work with the growers and producers who have expressed an interest to create a ‘growers association’ in Coín, … Continue reading

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Málaga Alternativa – Huerto El Caminito

Urban vegetable gardens are starting to appear in cities allowing people to be close to the land and grow their own food. Some city councils and associations have started these vegetable garden projects recently so that the elderly can put their knowledge into something productive that brings a breath of fresh air to the cities; and for young people to learn where food comes from. The projects come in many different forms. Some have decided to divide land or deserted plots into small, single units … Continue reading

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Oct 11 – 14: Curso de permacultura en acción

Un curso diseñado para proporcionarte herramientas prácticas y teóricas que te ayuden a vivir de manera sustentable y pacífica con la naturaleza, sus recursos y la gente.
En Caña Dulce experimentamos y disfrutamos de los beneficios de esta ciencia multidisciplinar desde el año 2001, en una finca abandonada desde hacía 13 años y que hemos ido creando desde cero.

+ Introducción a la permacultura.
+ Principios, filosofía y ética de la pc.
+ Zonas, sectores, pendientes.
+ Suelos, acolchados, compost.
+ Diferentes sistemas de cultivo: … Continue reading

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15M – Real Democracy now

Democracia Real Ya

The ‘indignados’, so-called “indignants” (or outraged) have been on everyone’s lips for weeks, but there is still a lot of people who don’t know who they are, what they are asking for, and why are they demonstrating… Welcome to the Spanish Revolution! Everything began to take shape on May 15, when demonstrations were held in more than 50 Spanish cities and towns. The Arab spring, the protests in Iceland and the publication of the book ‘Time for outrage!’ by Stéphane Hessel, were some of the … Continue reading

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July 28 & 29: Arte Sano IV: A healing arts festival on the beach

Arte Sano 2011

Following the success of previous editions of Arte Sano the organisers are now planning another festival on San Pedro’s beautiful Paseo Maritimo. “We were last here in 2009 and had a great weekend full of music and activities,” explained Monica Bereuther, co-organiser of the event. “This year we are planning to bring the colourful world of alternative Andalucía to life for another fun weekend for all the family.” The weekend will include a diverse mix of classes, workshops and talks on subjects related to personal … Continue reading

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La Chispa web relaunch

La Chispa mandala

This month sees the launch of the new la Chispa web site, overhauled recently to bring us up to date, easier to access and more interactive. Building on the success of previous versions of lachispa.net, the new site retains its high quality content and comprehensive online resource directory, southern Spain’s alternative Yellow Pages, as well as exhaustive events guide to classes, courses, concerts and festivals.

The resource directory now has over 2,000 entries – www.lachispa.net/resourcedirectory, so whatever you are looking for – yoga teachers, acupuncturists, … Continue reading

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