Urban Alternatives is launched by a collaboration of different actors which are united in their efforts to create a more democratic, just and sustainable world. This map seeks to highlight initiatives that work towards this goal. Proposal for initiatives not listed yet can be made directly on the website. This process is open to new collaborations.

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Citizen Participation Mechanism

What challenges did this initiative look to address?

Perhaps the best known examples are the struggles against the devastation of public space in the Zagreb city centre (We Won’t Give Away Varsavska Street campaign), as well as the campaign against the dismantling of the Kamensko textile factory in the centre of Zagreb, but also the support we provided to a local referendum campaign against golf resorts in Dubrovnik (Srđ is ours) or collaboration with the initiatives Volim Pulu (I love Pula) concerned with preventing the commercialization of the city’s coastline.

Furthermore, during the last four years they have been a part of local and national campaigns against privatization of public services and public infrastructure. In 2014, together with trade unions and other civil society organization, they launched a country-wide petition for a referendum campaign against the privatization of Croatian Highways (We Won’t Give Our Highways Away). These campaigns are considered to have been some of the most successful and visible civil society activities in Croatia in recent years. In terms of the city of Zagreb, Right to the city extensively works on establishing relationships and building organizational capacities of grassroots initiatives in the city that fight for public and common resources in their surroundings.

What has changed?

The initiative was successful in creating a multidisciplinary coalition of civil society actors (culture, environment,and youth) and a broad network of contacts with citizens and volunteers ready to invest their time and energy in the campaign. Furthermore, Right to the City and Green Action have introduced an innovative approach to civil society campaigning, based on continuous public presence and tactical actions against the closed media environment of capital-dominated and populist politics.

How did it happen?

Further developing previous work, the platform will continue to respond to new waves of privatization of public goods by strengthening broad coalitions, creating tactical platforms and including citizens in our public actions. However, they also plan to advance their work by not only reacting to new attempts of privatizations but also by advocating new models of participatory management of public goods, such that would promote transparency and involve citizens in decision-making processes related to management of their strategic resources.

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