We are a diverse group of researchers and practitioners including, in alphabetical order, a computer scientist and engineer (Panayotis Antoniadis, ETH Zurich), an architect and urban planner (Ileana Apostol, ETH Zurich), an interdisciplinary scientist (Paolo Dini, London School of Economics), a political theorist (Alexandros Kioupkiolis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), a geographer and artist (Philipp Klaus, INURA), and an activist and entrepreneur (Giuseppe Littera, SARDEX). From our different perspectives, we explore the concept of self-organization through observations, comparisons and reflections on real case studies in Greece, Italy, and Switzerland. Our key objective is to draw lessons for the design of tools and local institutions that build on social values, in order to invent and facilitate alternative urban lifestyles.

The project COMPARE titled “Interdisciplinary explorations of self-organization in practice”,  is partially funded by the Network of Excellence on Internet Science, EINS, EU FP7 grant 288021.