By Viviana Asara.
Barcelona's Can Batlló platform is a radical social innovation enacting a democratized public ownership and management of public services. By blending confrontational repertoires of action with a radical politics of autonomy, movement activists and citizens intervene and decide on the planning and delivery of public services, governing them as commons, while struggling against austerity policies.
By Rita Calvário, Annette Aurélie Desmarais and Joseba Azkarraga-Etxagibel.
In Spain, the specter of right-wing populism is also haunting rural areas. In the Basque Country, a politics of food sovereignty based on "solidarity from below" is helping to cultivate a wide-spread, rural and urban left-wing politics that thwarts the growth of exclusionary spaces of politics and forms of identities so central to right-wing populism.