Magazyn Miasta: Cities Magazine vol.3 #ONLINE

How and what will we share in the cities of Central Europe? Get the third issue of the Magazyn Miasta: Cities Magazin to find out more. You can download it now!

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You will undoubtedly recall our introduction of the love affair between the idea of sharing and the Central European cities. But just to be sure, a quick reminder. In the first issue of the Magazyn Miasta: Cities Magazine, we presented the history and locally created rites of sharing in the post-Soviet cities of Central Europe. In the second issue, we described the present manifestations in the region of this enduring tradition, its current mechanisms, its response to the rapidly expanding economy of sharing in the world, and its local variations and effects.

In the current issue, we look to the future. How and what will we share in the cities of Central Europe? In today’s fast changing world writing with any certainty about the future is risky – they say that the multiplied effect of a butterfly flapping its wings in China may soon be felt through the whole world. We can also meet some black swan all at once. Still, through the views and ideas of our authors, we attempt in this issue to predict the directions our future will take. Please join us in this valuable exercise because in times of climate crisis and environmental and shrinking resources all forms of sharing are and will be the weight of gold. Their popularity in cities enhances the development of the sharing economy, which grows in the face of various forms of economic crisis and glass ceilings. The demand for sharing in all its forms originates with people trying to save money, emotions and resources. Earn a little by renting your apartment for the weekend, or to find a cheaper, faster and greener way to get from place to place. Do not get saddled with a bank credit. Avoid mistakes and bad decisions by sharing knowledge and experience. Join other people to avoid “the single supplement” – the common higher cost of doing it alone. These decisions are increasingly accompanied by a growing  unwillingness to own things. The culture of abundance has created among many a growing resistance to consumerism as a way of life, and today’s version of “have it all” is not to buy a drill, but to borrow it. The children of the generations killing themselves with work for more possessions are increasingly willing to have less and fewer things, especially if these things may harm them and the Earth in the long run.

In this third issue of the Magazine we are presenting some heroes of the modern way of life in cities of Central Europe and their practices. We describe how they invent new forms of sharing housing, create a common solar energy sources, and promote a healthier mobility culture. We explain how they see cooperation between academic units and knowledge exchange in the era of climate threats. How they experiment with urban democracy and how far they are involved to get effects. How they take over land and places in cities and transform their forms of ownership – from the strictly capitalist to cooperative, shared. How they fight to nationalize urban resources, because the right to the city is a fundamental value for them. And their work brings effects! But what are the chances that it will stay that way? Meet them with us – it’s worth it, because the actions of this issue heroes shape and will continue shaping the new urban reality of Central Europe!

Happy reading!

Marta ŻakowskaEditor-in-chief


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