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Degrowth and Christiania – I saw how Copenhagen’s collective living experiment can work (The Conversation)

Dr Helen Jarvis reveals how communities such as Christiania pursue “degrowth” by prioritising human relations over market relations; maximising sharing, togetherness, social justice and the health of the planet.

Since the first squatters arrived in 1971, the self-proclaimed Freetown of Christiania has inspired radical thinking and social experimentation. Affectionately described as “loser’s paradise”, the squat became a haven for young people unable to access affordable housing in Copenhagen, and activist pioneers from all over the world. 

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published on: 3 July 2018