The "A Város Mindenkié (AVM)" (The City is for All) group was founded in the August of 2009 by homeless people and their allies who wanted to work for a society based on equality and justice. The members of the group are homeless people, people who experienced homelessness and live in housing poverty, and their allies who have secure access to housing.
The goal of Artemisszió Foundation is aiding and boosting the dialogue and connections between ethnic and social groups, helping mutual understanding between them, the support of social integration for disadvantaged groups of society, strengthening international cultural and academic relations, and also the improvement and dissemination of intercultural training programs, materials and methods.
Helyzet Műhely (Situation/Position Workshop) is a workshop of social sciences, which was founded to analyze contemporary Hungarian society from a critical leftist perspective, somehting that's not prevalent in current Hungarian social scientific discourse. This means that the approach of Helyzet Műhely can be defined by the following:
It goes beyond the separation of questions of the political and public sphere and the economic sphere. It regards economic relations as part of social relations, thus a political topic.
It goes beyond the analytic frame of the Hungarian situation that describes the Hungarian conditions in comparison (similarities and dissimilarities) with the idealized model of western modernization. Instead of interpreting the situation of post-socialist transition as a temporal lag behind, it views it as a dialectic relationship during which the region gets embedded in contemporary global power relations.
This approach is understood by Helyzet Műhely as a project of emancipation.
Our goal is to show by example that it is possible to live in the city differently, that a city rehabilitation area can have a different face, that empty plots can function as something other than a parking lot, that we can show our children that carrots don't grow on a folpack and polyethylene tray.
Our Critical Urban Research Workshop is a self-organizing professional community. Our members have a diverse disciplinary backgrounds, they come from academic, public policy-making and different activist milieus. Our initiative in its baby age was an urban research workshop founded in 2008 in the Social Theory College of the Corvinus University of Budapest, it has been accepting members outside of the College since 2011. Among our main goals are the understanding and alteration of (urban) processes that create social and spacial inequality and exclusion. In order to do this, we thrive in our workshop to create active transfer of knowledge between academic, public policy-making spheres and social movements, to link theory with practice tightly, and to do research work based on interdisciplinarity.
Menedék (Shelter) Association Helping Migrants has been working on helping the social integration of migrants living in Hungary for the past two decades through cultural and education programs. We make these goals a reality as an activity for the common benefit, without trying to achieve profits or accumulate wealth, as a non-governmental association. Our association is helped by many volunteers.
Mérei Ferenc College was founded during the spring of 2011 in the Institute for Art Theory and Media Research of the Faculty of Humanities of Eötvös Lóránd University by about twenty students of aesthetics, film and media studies, and teachers Péter György and Zsolt Horváth K. The goal of the initiatives is to create and maintain a college community that deals with the complexity of questions of art critique and social critique.
SzOSzöv tries to incite the formation of autonomous, sustainable and solidary communities operated on cooperative principles. It represents Social Cooperatives and helps the rational economic operation of these collectives, and also the cooperation between them, working towards a self-organised network and becoming a force capable of transforming society.
The Angelusz Róbert College of Social Sciences is open to the students who are interested in the social issues since 2004. Its goal is to create an inspirational, permanent forum which is suitable for scientific dialogue and helps to make the members prepared, educated, informed, foreign languages speaking, open-minded social sciences professionals.
Heti Betevő is a group of volunteers who cook for those in need every Sunday at two venues in Budapest. How can you help? With volunteering, bringing cookies, fruits or with money. You can find their donation boxes at different venues all around the city.
The Alliance of Young Writers was created in 1998 with the following goal: to take on a significant role in the Hungarian literary public life represented by the young Hungarian writers. The trans-border, artistic, professional organization became a representative literary association, a progressive community which is open to every talented young creator.
Workfare Movement For The Future is a non-partisan civil community group made of volunteers who are workfare workers themselves. Their goal is to represent the interests of the workfare workers of Budapest (called public workers in Hungarian). Every workfare worker can apply to this open-minded community which has some free courses as well - so they can act together for a better employment system.
The School of Public Life is a community-based training, research and development center that develops democratic culture in Hungary by improving the citizenship skills of people living in social exclusion, supporting social movements and groups that fight for social justice, pursuing participatory and community-based research about social exclusion and democracy, and supporting the active public participation of disadvantaged individuals.
Technika is the first open DIY wood worshop in Budapest, available for university students, carpenters, children and enthusiastic beginners. It was founded by the Hello Wood educational platform and design studio and the Politechnical Secondary School to provide a space for everyone to learn more about the exciting and increasingly popular world of tinkering and wood-based DIY.
"Deviszont" is a new initiative in Kispest (a district of Budapest), which provides an alternative for vocational school students to learn, be together and spend their pasttime. The founders of Deviszont are young social workers, pedagogues and social scientists. Everyone should have an equal chance to access to the accumulated knowledge of humanity and to develop the ability necessary for social emergence - this is the goal they're working for.
The Gagarin is a collectively run cafe/restaurant in Vienna. It provides food and drinks and space for interaction. Currently it holds also room for offices and meetings in the same buildung. Events like concerts, readings, dj nights, films and discussions are happening at irregular intervals. The Gagarin is involved in projects building up a network to enforce and enlarge collective structures.