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Are Smart Villages the Answer to Rejuvenating Rural Life in Europe?

Are Smart Villages the Answer to Rejuvenating Rural Life in Europe?

In a small village in Swedish Lapland, the snow still lies thick on the ground in late April and a nearby lake remains covered by a thin layer of ice. But two of Vuollerim’s residents

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Young, Green, and Female: Kim van Sparrentak Wants to Go Digital with Dignity

Young, Green, and Female: Kim van Sparrentak Wants to Go Digital with Dignity

When she was 17, Kim van Sparrentak became involved in nationwide student protests in her hometown of Middleburg, the Netherlands. The response from the police was unexpectedly harsh. The students, some as young as 12,

Governance
Michelle Maher Teaches Rural Irish Women How to Get Elected

Michelle Maher Teaches Rural Irish Women How to Get Elected

Women are underrepresented in European politics, with their numbers sitting at around 30%, according to a 2019 report from the European Institute for Gender Equality. In the last decade there has been slight improvement. The

Governance
Founding A Political Party and Driving Change in Europe

Founding A Political Party and Driving Change in Europe

“Politics is basically how we as a society decide to set the rules and solve our biggest issues,” says Damian Boeselager, a 33-year-old member of the European parliament (MEP) who has represented pan-European party Volt

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The People vs. Shell for Climate Change

The People vs. Shell for Climate Change

  [caption id="attachment_8794" align="alignleft" width="355"] Foto Bart Hoogveld[/caption] What does it take to tackle climate change – really? Make the biggest polluters, mainly multinationals such as Shell, accountable and get the full support of ordinary

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Dr Mayra Eduardoff’s quest to find the world’s missing people.

Dr Mayra Eduardoff’s quest to find the world’s missing people.

Armed conflicts, civil wars, human rights abuses, forced migration, and other disasters cause millions of people across the globe to go missing each year. How do governments find these people? Forensic geneticist, Dr. Mayra Eduardoff,

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Commons Governance for the Common Good in Amsterdam

Commons Governance for the Common Good in Amsterdam

The problem of the commons is an old one. As far back as the Middle Ages, societies have been faced with the challenge of how to best manage public goods such as common land, fresh

Governance
Pirates of the European Union: How a Young MP Is Charting New Waters

Pirates of the European Union: How a Young MP Is Charting New Waters

  Markéta Gregorová, a 28-year-old MEP (Member of the European Parliament) representing the European Pirate Party, became a Pirate in her teens. She says she has always been an activist at heart and remembers listening

Food
From Land to Sea: Are Floating Farms the Answer to Food Security?

From Land to Sea: Are Floating Farms the Answer to Food Security?

On a bright, breezy autumn day, I make my way past road works and round-abouts to the shining waters of Rotterdam harbor. It is a mere 10-minute walk from the station. I find myself staring

Citizenship & Rights
These Trailblazers Are Taking Action to Make Gender Equality Real

These Trailblazers Are Taking Action to Make Gender Equality Real

What are the biggest obstacles to gender equality? Female leaders, entrepreneurs, and activists tackled these and other vital questions at the SDG Action Zone on Gender. Kicking off with the prime minister of the first

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