Ridiculed, Radical, Reality

May Day Podcasts go in search of a new reality

Coronavirus may have thrown a spanner in the works for our annual May Days debates, but that did not stop BOZAR and Are We Europe thinking about the future of Europe. This contemplation resulted in the May Day Magazine & Podcast, with four podcasts about ideas that were once dismissed as ridiculous, but have since become a fundamental part of our society. Listen now on Spotify!

© Eddie Stok
© Eddie Stok

Basic income: building resilience

Could basic income help us survive the next crisis? In this episode, we speak to Guy Standing, co-founder of the Basic income Earth Network, who has been advocating for basic income since the eighties. Sharing insights from the ground is Angeline Matereke from Save the Children, who oversees cash transfers in impoverished neighbourhoods in Zimbabwe.

© Emma Krone
© Emma Krone

Decolonisation: power and the public space

How should our streets, statues and monuments reflect the world we live in? Stella Nyanchama Okemwa, from the Belgian NGO ‘Hand in Hand against Racism’, is clear: we need to radically rethink how we celebrate power. In this episode, we take inspiration from South Africa, where #RhodesMust has created a space for unofficial rolling artwork, where anyone can take the stage. Writer and artist Kim Gurney, who has examined the case up close, shares her experiences with us.

The end of meat: the new climate action

What can we, as ordinary citizens and consumers, do to fight the environmental disaster? Roanne van Voorst, a so-called “anthropologist of the future,” imagines a world already moving away from one of the biggest polluters on the planet: the meat industry. Bridging nature and technology in this podcast is Koert van Mensvoort from Next Nature Network, who talks about language, gadgets and the next new arrival on our plates: in-vitro meat.

The commons building collaborative cities

Covid-19 unearthing hidden urban inequities around the world begs the question: what happened to the times when we al share common spaces? Architect and activist Stavros Stavrides takes us on a journey through time in search of the commons: publicly-owned resources belonging to a whole community. Armed with insights from collaborative projects, and even interactive wristbands, Paty Rios from Happy Cities helps us understand the importance of social connectedness in the places we live.

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