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Go Green’s approach to social and economic inclusion of informal waste pickers

Go Green’s approach to social and economic inclusion of informal waste pickers
Up to 90% of the recycled paper, plastic and metal is collected by the informal waste pickers in North Macedonia. The entire waste management system relies on these invisible worker bees. When we say invisible, it is actually seen from the eyes of the system. There is no formal trace of a transaction and everything goes in cash. But for the regular citizen, everyone can witness thousands of waste pickers, mostly from the Roma community, that are putting their hands and heads in the containers every day, looking for plastic bottles or other valuable resources. This has been their professional occupation for decades.
Go Green has started working on the issue of green jobs in 2017. It started with the green jobs potential in the energy sector and the lack of workers in the construction sector (which is also a huge social and economic challenge), but it ended up in exploring and finding solutions for integratio…
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Peer Survey: What do young people swap among each other?

For our Bremen partnership meeting three pupils from Gymnasium Nordhorn prepared a survey among their comrades about exchange and swapping habits. It shows that ideas of Exchange Economy are quite present among the age group and that the young people have strong ideas what to change and what not.
The presentation pictures are presented here.
The three students made interviews with 177 young persons







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We regret very much that - due to the Corona travel restrictions - we could not hold our meeting. Tim, Rudel and Tom, the authors of the survey, were prepared to present and discuss their work at one of the sessions and to assist in various other ways during our meeting procedures. The school were they study had organized a special "Week of Challenges" where the pupils were asked to look for some project activity to join and to report about. They had chosen the contribution to our partnership work and we thank them very much for this initative and courage!
Good luck to you, Tim…

Exchange corner

OnMarch 12 apart from the planting workshop, we also created an exchange corner.

We chose a small coffee table, located near the entrance of our office space as the perfect spot to set up an exchange corner.  We put up a colorful sign, so that everyone who walks in can notice it.

We had previously informed the users about the exchange corner and how it works, so that day everybody brought in an item they no longer used and put it on the coffee table.
Then the exchanging started and everyone got to pick which item they would take home.
Here are some pictures of our exchange corner during that day: 










 We really enjoyed setting up the exchange corner and our users loved the idea. We will continue encouraging them to keep the corner alive. - Go Green <3



Transforming something old into something new: Upcycled flower-pots workshop part 2.0

Following the workshop we had on March 5, when we up-cycled old tin containers and turned them into plant pots, we organized another workshop on March 12.


The aim of this workshop was to plant special made greeting cards made from recycled paper and plant seeds with some soil and water in the previously made plant pots.
The users had the chance to learn more about planting and making cards from recycled paper.
Here are some pictures of the process:
First, we put some moist soil in the plant pots:
Then we cut up some greeting cards which are made from recycled paper and plant seeds and put them in the soil:

Finally, we finished by adding another layer of soil and pouring some water:
Here are the finished products:


We put the plant pots on our window shelves so they will be able to soak up all the sunlight


- Go Green <3



Transforming something old into something new: Upcycled flower-pots workshop

On 5 March 2020, our association Go Green collaborated with the association Solem to organize an exciting creative upcycling workshop. 



We noticed that people often choose to buy new products instead of using what they already have to make the same product themselves. Making something from scratch is not only good for the environment, but is great for the creator. The creator gets to use their crafting skills as well es their creativity and imagination to create a one of a kind useful object.



During this workshop the disabled users had the chance to work together with young eco activists from different high schools in Skopje. These volunteers were able to collaborate with the users to create colorful plant pots.

Everyone brought different tools and at home materials that they don’t use like : cans, plastic bottles, newspaper, twine, rubber bands, ribbon. 


We gathered everything we had into a big pile, we played loud music, rolled up our sleeves and started working.


To customize the plant p…

Disability in Portugal and the active contribution of Centro Social Paroquial Santos Martires

Disability can be viewed in different ways, each with different emancipation potentials for people with disabilities. In Portuguese society, disability has been reduced to the in-capacities of the bodies and to a fatalistic narrative of personal tragedy. According to this understanding model, therestrictionsandobstaclesexperiencedbypeoplewithdisabilitiesresultdirectlyfromtheirsupposedfunctionallimitations. Suchconceptionshavevalidatedtheconstructionoftheimageofpeoplewithdisabilities as passive and dependent subjects, the silencing of their voices and fed oppressive and excluding social policies of people with disabilities in Portugal. This essay aims to open a reflection on this reality, in order to contribute to a cultural and socio-political questioning of the phenomena of minorization, oppression, poverty and social exclusion experienced by people with disabilities in Portuguese society and for the construction of new emancipatory paths. The full inclusion of citizens with disabilit…

Perspective of collaborative economy in Romania and Fundatia Crestina Diakonia

The concept of ‘collaborative economy’, named also as ‘sharing’ or ‘crowd-based economy’ can be defined as an ‘economic opportunity for individuals to trade their underutilized assets with other individuals through intermediaries that match supply and demand in an efficient way’.[1] Romania is far from being a progressive player in the platform of collaborative economy, demonstrated by the statistics (52% of the surveyed Romanians have never heard of collaborative platforms).[2] However, according to researchers, it is something that will develop over the years, due to the fact, that in Romania ‘there is hyper-consumption based on the idea of owning things, things that are not needed and which people probably will not use too often. The collaborative economy can correct this’.[3]
It is evident that the influence of Western countries is noticeable. AirBnb, the example of peer-to-peer economyis already popular across Romania, Uber and Blablacar are widely used car sharing platforms and t…