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Federico Alagna

Political scientist working on migration policies and activist of Cambiamo Messina dal Basso (CMdB), municipalist movement from Messina, Sicily. He has been engaged in a number of political and social activities, mainly connected with anti-mafia, right to the city and migration platforms, in Italy and abroad. He served, in the last two years of the CMdB-led administration (2017-2018), as Deputy Mayor for Culture, Public Education and Youth Policies of the city of Messina.

Kali Akuno

Organizer, educator, and writer for human rights and social justice, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Cooperation Jackson. He served as the Director of Special Projects and External Funding in the Mayoral Administration of the late Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, MS. His focus was supporting cooperative development, sustainability, human rights and international relations. He co-edited “Jackson Rising: the Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, MS”, and the author of numerous articles and pamphlets including the Jackson-Kush Plan: the Struggle for Black Self-Determination and Economic Democracy” and “Until We Win: Black Labor and Liberation in the Disposable Era”.

Alejandra Baciero

Belongs to the political community Madrid129, that works at the service of municipalism. She is a researcher in citizen participation, methodologist and facilitator. She focuses on the combination of digital tools to improve collective processes for deliberation and decision-making from the perspective of technopolitics and sovereignty.

Debbie Bookchin

Award-winning journalist and author, who has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic magazine, the New York Review of Books, and many other outlets. She served as press secretary to Bernie Sanders for three years when he was first elected to Congress in Washington, D.C. Most recently, she coedited The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy, a book of essays by her father, Murray Bookchin.

Iva Čukić

PhD in urban planning. The areas of her research include commons, new models of governance, urban transformation and self-organisation. In 2010 she co-founded one of the first Belgrade-based collective active in the field of urban resource management and issues of urban commons, called Ministry of Space. In 2018 the collective formed the Institute for Urban Politics. She is a member of INURA, European Commons Assembly, CitizensLab, FundAction, and Regional network Kooperativa.

Elisabeth Dau

Is an expert on democratic governance issues and graduated in law and public administration from Grenoble, Montpellier and Sevilla University. She is part of the socio-scientific committee of CommonsPolis, a Spanish think-and-do tank addressing municipalism, commons and transition issues between Spain, France, Europe and Latin-America. She is also part of the French Mouvement Utopia which aims to contribute to a more ecological, fair, united and democratic society.

Elia Gran

Barcelona-based journalist who writes for a number of independent media outlets. Her main points of interest are human rights and social movements. She has worked closely for DemocracyNow.org, The Nation, The Indypendent and El Salto Newspaper, amongst others. She is one of the creators of the Indy Audio podcast and former co-broadcaster of the Indy Radio News on WBAI radio. Elia has strong ties to community-based organizations in New York and frequently works as a cultural bridge between the metropolis of Barcelona and New York. She recently led the communication for the Fearless Cities North America.

Rocío Novello

Happy result of public education and activist at Ciudad Futura, a municipalist platform in Rosario, Argentina. She holds a degree in International Relations from Universidad Nacional de Rosario and teaches at the School of Political Science and International Relations.

Iva Marcetic

She holds a Master degree in Architecture and urban planning from the school of Architecture, University of Zagreb. She is interested in building networks between activists, planners and grassroots initiatives in an effort to democratize the process of planning and shift the narrative produced in schools, institutions and practice of architecture and planning that lead to commercialization of public space and infrastructure and gentrification of cities. Iva works in Right to the city, Zagreb as a community organizer and researcher for housing and urban planning. She is one of the founding members of Zagreb je NAŠ municipal platform. She lives in Zagreb, Croatia.

Laura Roth

Works on municipalism, democracy and feminism, both as an activist and a scholar. She holds a PhD. in Political Philosophy and has recently co-edited a book on Spanish municipalism (Ciudades Democráticas – Icaria Editorial), and written an entry on New Municipalism for the Springer Encyclopedia of Educational Innovation. She has also published on Roar Magazine, Open Democracy, Público, ElDiario.es, Pikara Magazine and other media. She is an activist at Barcelona en Comú and in 2017 co-organized the Fearless Cities Summit in Barcelona.

Vicente Rubio Pueyo

A Spaniard living in the US for more than 13 years now, he has always operated as a sort of political translator of sorts, trying to build understanding between Spanish and European movements and organization and its US counterparts, from Occupy and 15M to Podemos and the municipalist confluences. He is part of the Fearless Cities NYC Organizing Team. He has written frequently about both Spanish and US politics for media outlets on both sides of the Atlantic. He teaches at Fordham University’s Modern Languages Department as an adjunct instructor.

Bertie Russell

Is a Manchester-based postdoctoral researcher in coproduction and the commons at the University of Sheffield’s Urban Institute. His current research and activism is focused on the development of public-commons partnerships as hybrid forms of ownership and governance. He is co-founder of the UK’s Municipalist Action, Research and Advocacy Network, a member of Fundaction, and has written on both municipalism and the commons for Antipode, Common Wealth, Open Democracy, ROAR magazine, Red Pepper, Novara, and CityMetric.

Vitalie Sprinceana

Sociologist, activist and journalist from Moldova. Editor of www.platzforma.md, an on-line magazine for social criticism. Active in topics such as urbanism, urban commons, social justice, labor rights, right-wing movements.

Igor Stokfiszewski

Warsaw, Poland

Joan Subirats

Currently the lieutenant mayor of culture, education, science and community at Barcelona’s City Hall. Joan holds a PHD in economics from the University of Barcelona. Professor in political science and investigator at the Institut of Government and Public Politics (IGOP) in the Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona. He specializes in the topics of governing, public administration, as well as problems in democratic innovation and technology, civil society and multilevel governing. He is the author of a number of books on these matters.

Sixtine van Outryve

Sixtine is a Ph.D. researcher in political theory and sociology of social movements at UCLouvain in Belgium. Her research focuses on the theory and practice of direct democracy at the municipal level, more specifically on social movements struggling for self-government in North America and France. She is a member of several grassroots collectives, mostly engaged in the struggle for social, economic and climate justice, organizing against the far-right, and against police violence.

Yanina Welp

Research associate at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy. Between 2008 and 2018 she was principal researcher at the Centre for Democracy Studies and co-director of the Zurich Latin American Centre (2016-2019), both at the University of Zurich. She is also editorial coordinator at Agenda Pública. Her research focuses on the study of political participation, democratic innovation, digital media and politics, and mechanisms of direct democracy.