Young people from Greece and Spain visit Berlin to be trained in natural cooling and heating

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4 young people from Greece and 4 young people from Spain visit Berlin for 15 days to study good examples of energy saving in buildings and to be trained in natural cooling and heating techniques as well as applying renewable energy in buildings

The visit to Berlin took place in the framework of the program “YESClima: Youth work for the climate protection and energy saving”, 17/08/2019 to 31/08/2019 with the aim of educating the young people from Greece and Spain on energy and saving issues. The Greek team started the “energy” trip to Berlin where it had the ability to attend at seminars in combination with visits and return back to Athens with full of knowledge for the next months in order to be able to work for climate protection as well as for energy efficiency and renewable energy in buildings. 


About the project YESClima

The objective of our project YESClima is to train young energy experts to carry out energy audits in primary schools, providing advice to the municipalities involved in the project. With their practice and additional training, our goal is to increase their chances of working.

Project Partners:
University of Cádiz
/ Universidad de Cádiz (UCA) (leader), Anemos Ananeosis / Wind of Renewal, Energía y Sostenibilidad Provincia de Cádiz – Energy Agency of Cadiz (APEC), Fundación Medio Ambiente, Sekretariat für Zukunftsstudien Berlin an der Freien Universität Berlin – Secretariat for future studies Berlin at the Free University Berlin (SFZ).

The project has the following goals:

1. to improve the indoor climate and thermal comfort for teachers and pupils.

2. to provide energy savings in the heating and cooling of buildings, and thus also economic savings for the local authorities that manage the schools, thereby reducing CO2 emissions from the schools.

3. to increase awareness among the communities involved, especially in the schools themselves, of the urgent need to save energy and to generate it in a more environmentally friendly way.

4. to step up efforts to train unemployed young people and provide secure jobs working on the transformation towards a climate-friendly energy system.They will be trained in comprehensive energy audits, including economic aspects and, in particular, how to design, size and evaluate passive conditioning techniques in schools.

This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.


2d study visit to Berlin

The Greek team started the “energy” trip to Berlin where it had the ability to attend at seminars in combination with visits and return back to Athens with full of knowledge for the next months. 

At the first day, took place a meeting with Mr. Hartwig Berger who presented to the team the climate crisis of today and that it is urgent to act now for climate protection. They talked about the global warming and the global temperature that is rising. At 2 degrees Celsius it will be inevitable to affect climate crisis. After that, they spoke about the “energy communities” and their role in our societies, as an example schools could produce more energy than they need so they could be the energy producers of a whole neighborhood.

  • The first visit consisted of a talk about natural techniques of cooling at the building of the Institute of Physics in Berlin/Adlershof. The growing issue of draught as forests are getting dryer as well as lakes and rivers are losing their water amounts was pointed out. The existence of low quality water was also pinpointed. The team was informed about the fact that 80% of precipitation is converted to evaporation. One important point was that almost all rain comes from the small water cycle. Specifically, at the Institute of Physics it was mentioned that 5cm water is needed at the roof top bottom. Each building is surrounded by 947 plants useful both for cooling and shading. Another way of building cooling systems mentioned was evaporative rainwater-based exhaust air cooling. It was suggested also to reuse all types of water, such as rainwater and greywater. But attention should be put on legionella in these types of water and probably use of UV radiation to avoid possible infections.


  •  Visit at a nursery in renovation which will be cooled without any emission by combining natural techniques of ventilation with intelligent shading. There was a glass roof, while also 14 ventilators were used for air exchange.

  • Visit at Peetzig village, 2 hours outside Berlin. There was a house where some operations were taking place for insulation of the outside of the building with natural materials such as straw and loam. Help was offered to them to build the insulation system. Afterwards, there was a visit to the farm of the property where there were some ecological practices such as composting, use of the outside toilet without using water but straw etc.

  • Visit to the nonprofit organization Ufa Fabrik, which is a multifaceted area offering infrastructure for many activities, like hostel, restaurants, cafes and bakeries. The most important is that there is a place with many eco-friendly functions. Specifically, it uses photovoltaics to save energy in combination with green roofs for the natural cooling of buildings. In addition, it collects the rainwater for minor uses, such as flash toilet.

  • Visit at the Parliament of Berlin where a lecture was held by Stefan Taschner, a member of the Green Party, on the policies pursued to save energy and especially on the management of electricity and the strategies for phase out of lignite by 2020, carbon by 2030 and zero emmissions of CO2 by 2050.


  • A visit to the building of the german newspaper TAZ. It’s a good example of how to heat and cool a new building only using the energy produced from the inside. Specifically, it has an adiabatic cooling system, an energy recovery system for heating and a green roof. Meanwhile, the offices have sound insulation and also there is control of the quality of air. It’s worthwhile to note that there is only use of tap water and not rainwater because of the bacteria Legionella.


  • The MärkischeScholle is a cooperative apartment association where tenants have shares of the association as long as they rent apartments. There is a heating system for every 4 buildings, heating is stored under 3 layers and there is insulation on tops and laterals of the buildings. Solar panels are used for heating water and storaging the heat. Adiabatic heating is used. The apartments have simple independent built-in air regulation system. Energy is used from both solar panels and Berlin grid. 80% of the energy for heating is provided by solar and geothermal systems.


  • At the Free University of Berlin, since 2002 exists a “Unit for Sustainability and Energy Management” and the goal for the university is to become climate neutral by 2025. Furthermore, energy management will be maintained by permanent staff and volunteer users. A non-destructive intrusion to the current energy provision system is decided. A ‘green’ IT program for the monitoring of the energy consumption is also introduced at FU as well as a “bonus system” for the departments. Specifically, the data from the university show:

         a) 26% energy consumption decrease within the decade 2001-2011,

        b) 99% reduction in heating oil usage (affecting total heat consumption),

      c) 81% reduction of CO2 emissions in electricity (due to ‘inhouse’ energy production due to photovoltaics; which affects the total CO2 emissions).

  • Visit at Low energy primary schoolHohenneudorfNiederheide. It is a green school, with smart shade and ventilation systems, green facades and solar panels at the roof. Every classroom had its own room for wardrobe and bathroom where the ventilation was taking place through air pipes from the classrooms.

  • The last 3 days of the program included a workshop by FIAP e.V. Introduction to the design and management of educational and professional biographies. Interviews between the Greek and Spanish teams also took place. Creating responsible ‘green’ entrepreneurship has been proposed and developed. On the last day, mixed Greek-Spanish teams presented 2 business proposals using the business model ‘canvas’ to compost restaurants’ waste and to exploit rainwater to generate electricity.


About the team

The second greek team of 4 young people who are being trained in energy saving issues, being Iro Maria Antoniou (Physicist and MSc Microelectronic Engineer), Marianna Basoulou (Graduated from the department of Forestry and Management of Environment and Natural Recourses DUTH (Integrated Master)), Antonios Papadopoulos (Mechanical Engineer & MSc Environmentalist), Zacharoula Piralisvili (Philosophy and Social Studies, M.A. International and European Studies). 

During the implementation of the project energy audits will be carried out in schools – that have been selected – jointly with students and teachers on the basis of a participatory methodology developed under the EUKI “Climate Schools Be.Ath project, in which Wind of Renewal is a partner. The energy audits will be carried out by the four trainees in collaboration with the educational communities of the schools. Following the audits, low, medium and high cost proposals for the energy upgrade of schools, will be drafted.

Wind of Renewal cooperates with the MUnicipalities of Agios Dimitrios, Kaisariani and Vrilissia where the energy audits and the proposals will be implemented with the goal of  Zero Emissions Buildings (schools)



73 Climate Schools present their work for climate protection in Athens

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The art and environemntal works of 73 primary and secondary school students were presented during the second open event of the “OPEN SOCIETIES AND SCHOOLS IN CLIMATE PROTECTION AND ENERGY TRANSITION (CLIMATE SCHOOL Be.At)” project on 16-17 of May, 2019, at “Technopolis” of the Municipality of Athens. The project was implemented jointly by the Municipality of Athens and the Social Co-operative “Wind of Renewal“, the German citizens’ initiative “Respect for Greece” (RfG) and the German “Independent Institute of Environmental Issues” (UfU).


The event was inaugurated by the Mayor of the City of Athens, Giorgos Broulias. The mayor referred to the project and other related actions of the Municipality for climate change.


Maria Iliopoulou vice-Mayor for the child, presented the actions implemented in the schools. Maria Iliopoulou mentioned that the program is part of the general action of the City of Athens in the framework of its commitment to adapt to climate change and save energy in school buildings. Furthermore, an extended research project was carried out under the authority of the Institute for Educational Policy and until the finalisation of the project a comprehensive action plan for climate protection and energy saving for the school buildings of the municipality will be delivered to the new munic-ipal authority of the city of Athens.

The vice-Mayor responsible for the environment Eleni Myrivili stressed the fact that cities are playing a crucial role in climate change and can be pioneers in this effort.

The regional director of education in Attica, Giorgos Kosivas, noted that climate change is one of the major threats humanity faces and must be tackled now and not sometime in the future. We must take action and protect the environment with the cooperation of citizens, governments and other organisations.

The director of primary education of Athens, Anastasis Papageorgiou was represented by Maria Dimopoulou, responsible for environmental education, who underlined the importance of implementing energy saving programs in all schools, not only
those of the municipality of Athens.

The director of secondary education Ioanna Psina, was represented by Kostis Kontogiannis. Ioanna Psina expressed her belief that students, through their participation have realised in a great extent the importance of climate protection.

Hilde Schramm, on behalf of the German citizens’ initiative “Respect for Greece” (RfG), partner of the project, referred- among other issues- to RfG’s contribution in conceiving the idea of the project and promoting the cooperation between Greece
and Germany in climate protection issues.

Nikos Chrysogelos, on behalf of the Social Cooperative “Wind of Renewal” instead of greeting, called a group of children and together loudly said a slogan in favor of climate protection.

Later, Kostis Kontogiannis, the academic responsible of the program, discussed about the importance of the program and presented the implemented steps of the project.

The next part of the event included a short presentation of the implemented training of teachers, from the coordinators of Education for Sustainability, Achileas Mandrikas and Christina Papazisi.

The event concluded with a round table discussion of students and teachers, who presented their experience. In the round-table participated the students: Ilias Mathioudakis, Aggelos Asimakopoulos, Rafail Papoulias and Rania Stavrelopoulou and the teachers: Panagiotis Lazos and Vasiliki Ioakimidou.

On Friday 17th May 2019 approximately 1300 students and teachers, together with the Vice Mayor for the Child, Maria Iliopoulou and members from Respect for Greece, participated with great enthusiasm in a march for climate at the Dionysiou Aeropagitou pedestrian street, as part of the “OPEN SOCIETIES AND SCHOOLS IN CLIMATE PROTECTION AND ENERGY TRANSITION (CLIMATE SCHOOL Be.At)” project. The march, accompanied by the Municipality of the City of Athens band, ended at “Technopolis” complex of the Municipality of Athens where the students were devided according to their school class and read out loud their resolutions, which were afterwards handed to the Municipal authorities.

All participants were awarded by the vice-Mayor for the child, Maria Iliopoulou and the Mayor of the City of Athens, Giorgos Broulias. The 54th and 130th primary schools of Athens presented songs they had prepared. After the award ceremony, students and teachers visited the exhibition of the student works related to the climate initiative, while a delegation of students, accompanied by two teachers talked about their experience and the need for raising awareness at the “Dames Spathi” radio show of the Municipality of Athens radio station, Athina 984fm.


The project participants:
The Municipality of Athens and the Social Cooperative Company “Wind of Renewal”, the German citizens’ initiative “Respect for Greece, RFG and the German “Independent Institute of Environmental Issues” UFU.

The program is implemented under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and aims at saving energy in school buildings and raising awareness of students on climate change.

73 schools and 200 teachers of Athens Municipality schools participated in the project.

This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.’


The opinions put forward are the sole responsibility of the author (s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

The events were implemented with the cooperation of the Athens Municipal Radio Athens 9.84 & Arcoiris.

The events were hosted by Technopolis of the Municipality of Athens


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This article is published by the organisation “Cooperative City”. Thank you for including WELCOMMON Hostel in the list of “tourism with a positive impact”.


The extractive nature of mass tourism is made possible by tourist behaviour, missing regulations and lacking alternatives. There has been very little work done to make tourism more responsible, sustainable and enriching for local communities. While there is a growing number of emerging NGOs, cooperatives and social enterprises to channel tourism revenues into socially meaningful initiatives, they are often isolated and do not constitute a coherent tissue of services that could help tourists spend their budget in a thoroughly responsible way, with the most positive footprint possible. Our selection of interviews and articles aims at mapping and bringing together these initiatives, understanding their functioning, strengthening the ecosystem that feeds them and helping municipalities in adopting their tourism strategies to accommodate more responsible ways of traveling.

Summer is Europe’s high season for traveling. In July or August, depending on local school regimes and temperatures, many Europeans leave their homes to find refreshment at lakesides, rivers or seacoasts, or to discover new cities, new sights, new tastes. While on the road, more than at home, we’re traveling blind: at the mercy of travel agencies, tourism brochures, or accommodation platforms, we’re exposed to competing information channels to provide us information about where to go, where to stay, what to do – what to spend our money on. Like at home, our choices of consumption have a strong impact on local economy and the environment. But unlike at home, we don’t perceive the changes our choices provoked: the housing crisis generated by short-term rental platforms, the transformation of local commerce, the pressure on public spaces and transportation infrastructures or the environmental crisis remain unnoticed for most of us: busy with maximising pleasure and minimising cost, we are ignorant of the consequences of our behaviour.

Anti-touristification sign in Madrid. Photo (cc) Eutropian

Tourism had been an important resource for many cities in Europe that were struggling with the economic crisis, the impoverishment of various social groups as well as growing unemployment. In recent years, however, many cities have been facing growing discontent with mass tourism perceived as creating environmental and social damage and pushing housing prices to unaffordable levels. In numerous European cities, with the arrival of low-fare airlines, many urban areas turned into clusters of services addressing solely tourists: stag parties, pub crawls and the mushrooming of new venues for eating and drinking have made former residential neighbourhoods unrecognisable, eliminating their social tissues. While these new services have undeniably created new jobs in the nightlife industry, these jobs are mostly precarious, and profit is extracted from local economies, with very little reinvestment in the neighbourhoods where they are generated. In other cities – like in Venice, the prototype city of touristification – pressure on public spaces and green areas has been increasing with new, speculative hotel development projects, as you can read in our article about protests against the privatisation of Venice’s Poveglia island. The increasingly negative impact of tourism brought to life many initiatives and networks to empower critical voices, like SET in Southern Europe. However, tourism is not likely to go away soon: while supporting regulations to control tourism and mitigate its damages, we also need to develop alternatives that help tourists make choices in more responsible manners.

The association Poveglia per Tutti has been fighting to reclaim Poveglia, one of the many islands scattered across the Venetian lagoon, and make it a public place for the Venetian community to enjoy rather than yet another tourist resort. istorically, resident Venetians have always seen the southern lagoon as some sort of an urban park. In the past 15-20 years, at least 5 of the 6 islands forming the small archipelago lying behind Giudecca have been privatised. Step by step, public spaces started to disappear. The last one is Poveglia, which is why there is so much local attention towards it. Read our article here.

The extractive nature of mass tourism is made possible by tourist behaviour, missing regulations and lacking alternatives. While many European cities have been investing a lot of energy into attracting an increasing number of tourists, there has been very little work done to make tourism more responsible, sustainable and enriching for local communities. Similarly, while there is a growing number of emerging NGOs, cooperatives and social enterprises to channel tourism revenues into socially meaningful initiatives, they are often isolated and do not constitute a coherent tissue of services that could help tourists spend their budget in a thoroughly responsible way, with the most positive footprint possible. Cooperative City has been for years engaged in exploring and introducing such initiatives across Europe. Our selection of interviews and articles aims at mapping and bringing together these initiatives, understanding their functioning, strengthening the ecosystem that feeds them and helping municipalities in adopting their tourism strategies to accommodate more responsible ways of traveling.

The Welcommon Hostel is a former refugee shelter turned into a hub for social inclusion and environmental education in Athens. Run by the social cooperative Anemos Ananeosis, Welcommon uses tourism revenues to invest in social activities. The highest floors of the building are used as a hostel while the lower floors have a lot of space available for workshops, conferences and events. Welcommon promotes social innovation, greenovation and circular economy, supporting the social inclusion of refugees, news distribution, and climate protection. Read our article here.

Our impact on the cities we visit is manifold. Our choice for accommodation can have an impact on the local housing and labour market – and can unsuspectingly support authoritarian regimes by spending in their economic hinterland. In the past years, we have witnessed a new genre of hotels and hotels that use tourism and a means to create local jobs, train vulnerable people or create social welfare services or cultural events, while not stressing the local housing market. Largo Residencias in Lisbon is a cooperative hotel and hostel that employs people who come from chronic poverty and serves as a reference point for cultural events and the discussion about the future of the Intendente neighbourhood.

Largo Residencias is a hotel, hostel and artist-in-residence and café in Lisbon’s fast-changing Intendente neighbourhood. Run by a cooperative, Largo aims at connecting the area’s past and future: it serves as a community hub for many of the area’s residents and initiatives, and develops projects to support the cultural and social inclusion of the neighbourhood’s precarious inhabitants. The organisation also employs people who come from chronic poverty and serves as a reference point for cultural events and the discussion about the future of the Intendente neighbourhood. Read our article here.

Welcommon Hostel in Athens is a former refugee shelter turned into a hub for social inclusion and environmental education. Magdas Hotel in Vienna trains refugees to find jobs in the tourism industry. Besides hosting tourists, Casa Netural in Matera (European Capital of Culture 2019) also functions as a co-working space and an incubator for innovative and experimental projects in the fields of agriculture, design and culture. Atlas Hostel in Gran Canaria acts as a hub for neighbourhood activities and events. Zazie Hotel in Paris helps in the reinsertion of long-time unemployed people into the labour market. In an experimental phase, the Fairbnb platform is getting ready to connect hosts and guests across Europe in a non-extractive network that channels a part of its revenues into local social projects.

Besides where we stay, the choice of where we eat or consume other goods also have an impact on the cities we visit. Even in the most touristified cities, visitors and their spending are concentrated in a few circumscribed areas, while other neighbourhoods lack resources and jobs. By concentrating too much attention on a few areas and services, like a famous bookshop in Porto, we might turn them into tourist reserves. While some cities like London try to use zoning to move tourism from central areas to more resource-hungry boroughs, in other cities, bottom-up initiatives work on distributing tourism to neighbourhoods where additional revenues are most needed. In Rome, a city with high inequality between central and peripheral areas, Ecomuseo Casilino highlights the archaeological heritage and contemporary cultures of the Pigneto and Torpignattara neighbourhoods of Eastern Rome, attracting visitors and helping local businesses. In the North-western part of the city, the agricultural cooperative Cobragor caters to tourists interested in resourced food and responsible accommodation.

Ecomuseo Casilino is an open-air, community-conceived museum in Eastern Rome, operating beyond the standard notion of an walled institution. The Associazione Culturale Ecomuseo Casilino Ad Duas Lauros is committed to collect cultural resources, based on what local communities consider as such. The Ecomuseum’s work consists of mapping, gathering information and storytelling: besides all the historical, archaeological and artistic heritage, the association also explores objects of cultural value that local residents consider vital for the community. Read our article here.

Our means of traveling also adds to our travel impact. With over … people flying around the world, the aviaion industry’s ecological footprint has been reaching 2% of the global amount of CO2 emitted. As an alternative, Europe’s night train network, growing again after years of disinvestment and decline, makes it possible to travel long distances without flying. In cities, tourists pretending to be locals often paralyse local means of transport to the extent of preventing locals from using them like in the case of Lisbon’s famous tram no. 28.

Paying more attention to how we travel, where we stay and how we spend our money are important means of being more responsible tourists. While some cities have actively developing regulations to make tourism less damaging and more beneficial, and many local initiatives have been working on channelling tourism revenues into positive social impact, there is still little public understanding of responsible alternatives. In order to make these alternatives more visible, Cooperative City has been building a map exploring new, responsible ways of traveling.

Our European map of Responsible Tourism is still in the making: write us to and help us with suggestions, reports and interviews to develop further this map!

Intercultural and inclusive courses in WELCOMMON HOSTEL open to all: locals, tourists, refugees, volunteers

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Anemos Ananeosis / Wind of Renewal reorganised and started new volunteering projects in our innovative WELCOMMON HOSTEL, which are more inclusive and offer intercultural courses for all: refugees, locals, migrants, volunteers, tourists. “Learn and teach”, is our new moto. The summer schedule started on 4/7/2019 and will be finished by the end of September 2019. The projects are realized with the participation and contribution of many volunteers from all over the world and are in partnership with Humantity Crew, AIESEC as well as with many individuals. Since 2016, Anemos Ananeosis has collaborated with more than 300 volunteers, 30 NGOs and many universities. Be a teacher and at the same time a pupil. We learn from each other.


We are offering a great selection of educational courses: language lessons (English, French, Chinese, Turkish etc), painting, photography, drama, music etc and we offer the opportunity to volunteers and our guests/visitors to organize in collaboration with Anemos Ananeosis / Wind of Renewal and the WELCOMMON HOSTEL many intercultural events “knowing better each other like (Greek, USA, Italian, Indian, Ukraine, Pakistan, Scandinavian, Chinese, French… Nights). There are people from all over the world they would like to know better other cultures. Let’s do it together. WELCOMMON HOSTEL means WELCOME in COMMON.

Please have a look at the reception’s board


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or send an email to


Stay tuned, Anemos Ananeosis / Wind of Renewal will announce soon the official beginning of its European Solidarity Corps‘ project “Green and Social Innovation for youth” (17.8.2019 until 2021)

Stay connected because there are many events and intercultural nights scheduled throughout the summer in our innovative WELCOMMON HOSTEL

Would you like to support our social and ecological projects?

Although we are very active and try to make our social cooperative and our WELCOMMON Hostel financial sustainable, in order to be able to support our social and ecological projects, we are still in a very difficult financial situation and therefore we are looking for donations and support. Maybe you could contribute to our campaigns. If you like what we are doing, then please:

  • Donate 10, 50, 100, 200, 500 euro (here is our fund raising campaign
  • Become a supporter and backer and invite your networks and friends to do the same. If they can donate even a small amount, it is great but most important is  – in order to succeed in our campaign – many persons to support it and become backers. Have a look here how one can do it

Our schedule for the summer



Beginner’s French: an introductory French class that teaches the very basics, from greetings to creating simple sentences

Mondays, 12.00-14.00

Tuesdays, 12.00-14.00

Wednesday 10.00-12.00


Advanced English: an English class that teaches the more complicated aspects of grammar. It is themed towards the professional world, simulating things like job applications and interviews

Beginner’s English: an English class that teaches the very basics of English, like how to form ideas while speaking and writing.


Tuesdays, 16.00-18.00

Thursdays, 16.00-18.00

Basic level class for beginners, about both culture and language. It will be useful for those that wish to only have a taste of it, but also for limited and short conversations, especially for tourism


Tuesdays 12.00-14.00

Thursdays 12.00-14.00

NEWS and HISTORY A class that combines recent events in the news with historical events in the past to analyze the connection of events that still affect our world.

HISTORY OF HUMAN RIGHTS: Mondays, 10.00-12.00. An interactive class, created with the goal of giving students a better understanding of what Human Rights are, through discovering their history, finding out how they are today, and relating such with the students own experiences.

HISTORY & NEWSA class for those who wish to know more about news, both by understanding why we talk about certain facts in a certain way and how to discern real news and reliable news outlets, all of this with discussion and sharing of opinions as a vehicle

CREATIVE WRITINGThis class is a mixture, it will both involve the development of writing abilities in the most expressive and free way, and it will also help by giving starting tips on how to write for journalism, how to quote, or do interviews.

STORYTELLING   Mondays, 22/07-05/08: 13.00-14.00

PHOTOGRAPHY  Thursdays, 14.00-16.00

MUSIC 15/07 -05/08, Mondays: 12.00-13.00

DRAMA (4-25/7)

Tuesdays, 10.00-12.00, and 14.00-16.00

Wednesdays, 12.00-14.00

Fridays, 16.00 – 18.00


4-25/7 Wednesdays, 14.00-16.00

12/08 until 30/10, Every day 12.00-14.00

@Photos Nikos Chrysogelos, Bailey Marshall
 Photo of the first page by @JetterHalle

The importance of  the ethical and alternative banks for funding the social and ecological transition

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Funding the social and ecological transition  

The importance of  the ethical and alternative banks for funding the social and ecological transition – experiences and good examples in Europe

Discussion with Bernard Horenbeek, general manager of the network LA NEF

societe cooperative de finances solidaires

When: 30th of May, 2019, on 18.00

Where: WELCOMMON HOSTEL, Kapodistriou str No 4, 10682 Athens

We will discuss different financial tools and investments with impact; ways citizen initiatives, cooperatives, non-profit companies and cooperative-ethical banks arrange new mechanisms to access, purchase, and fund projects for communities, social and ecological transition.

The discussion will be in English and Greek and is part of “Green and Social Innovation”, a series of public events organised by Wind of Renewal in cooperation with Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Greece

Registration: (name, last name, email, organization)

Refugees, challenges for social inclusion, positive refugee work and problems in the USA and Europe

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Anemos Ananeosis organizes a public event – open discussion about “Refugees, challenges for social inclusion, positive refugee work and problems in the USA and Europe”
– “Problems created by the Trump administration and positive civil society initiatives in the US”, Robert Neustadt, professor at Northern Arizona University

– “Critical issues when you work with teenagers”, Vibha Pomani, Jasmeet Kaur and Alice, psychologists, volunteers in the “Days of WELCOMMON”

– “Experiences of refugees in Greece”, Ali Issa, voluntering with Greek Forum of Migrants and Anemos Ananeosis / Wind of Renewal

– “Empowerment of refugees and the experience of the former WELCOMMON center for refugees as well as of the “Days of WELCOMMON” project, Nikos Chrysogelos, chair of Anemos Ananeosis / Wind of Renewal and project manager of WELCOMMON HOSTEL

When: Saturday, June 1st, 18.30
Where: WELCOMMON HOSTEL, kapodistriou 4, Athens

The discussion will be in English and is part of “Green and Social Innovation”, a series of public events organised by Wind of Renewal in cooperation with Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Greece

Registration: (name, last name, email, organization)

After the discussion, will follow a concert by Robert Neustadt and other musicians.

Our WELCOMMON HOSTEL with social impact needs your support

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Dear friends
We need your urgent support. Most of you know the WELCOMMON HOSTEL and the former projecWELCOMMON housing and social inclusion center for refugees, two projects of the social cooperative ANEMOS ANANEOSIS / WIND OF RENEWAL since you participated as a volunteer, an intern, a visitor, a friend, a supporter…

Our previous work

In our innovative community center for refugees, WELCOMMON, we have hosted, empowered and supported with non-formal education, art therapy activities, tutoring lessons, social and psychological services more than 600 vulnerable refugees for 1,5 year (9/2016-2/2018). 

Our current work

When the funding for the refugees center stopped suddenly, we decided to open an innovative hostel with social impact. Until today in our new innovative project Welcommon Hostel we combined social issues like sustainable tourism, green & climate action and empowerment – social integration of refugees. Our main purpose is also to empower the people of our program in the day-to-day challenges that they face. The most valuable result of our Welcommon Hostel project is the strong bond that formed between our international volunteers, the staff members of the project, the participating refugees/migrants of the program, the neighborhood and other social actors.

Our ongoing cooperation with volunteering services with global organizations such as Respect for Greece, Vanderbuilt University or EVS is creating a space for connecting and learning from each other. Our goals for the future are to make our network even stronger and build bridges, not only between the countries, but also to build a strong network to support integration in society and the labor market. A further aim is to expand our initiative and include activities with a greater level of focus on topics such as women’s empowerment by better informing and train them on professional opportunities.

Since the funding for our social project ended in February 2018, we had to find ways of supporting ourselves financially entirely on our own! With a lot of effort, but without capiital or access to loans, we rebuilt the accommodation, so
– the five upper floors are an innovative Hostel focused on responsible, sustainable tourism
– on two floors, there is space for non-formal education with refugee children and language lessons for teenagers and adults, painting, dancing, etc

Now we have more than 25 children in school age, 60 teenagers and adult  (a total of 120 refugees this period) Welcommon_Infographic_electronic version. Please see our daily work in 

This initiative of our social cooperative Anemos Ananeosis/ Wind of Renewal – the WELCOMMON Hostel – is an example how we can create a world of co-existence, as the Hostel is a place of interreligious encounter for symposia, seminars and workshops in Athens, a base for delegates and travellers from all over the world, an island of peace in a world of wars, (because of its location in a poor quarter of Athens) a place of social understanding, a place of cultural encounter to promote respect and solidarity, a bridge connecting local communities with new comers, asocial experiment for the smooth integration of refugees from different cultural and religious backgrounds in Europe.

The WELCOMMON Hostel is also a center for social and green innovation.


Why we need your urgent support

As the social project has no income and the costs for the additional expenses for the social activities, the use of the rooms and the accommodation of our volunteers, bills and use of infrastructure cost around 8.000-10.000 Euro per month, the Hostel is not able yet to cover all the costs. Due to restrictions on bank funding in Greece it is essential for the existence of this project to find alternative resources until the hostel can finance the social project on its own!

Because of the very strict laws in Greece, the owner of the building is forcing us to pay at least three rents in advance by the end of May. Otherwise, he will evict us and we have to stop all our programs we are carrying out the last months and all the planned future objectives!!!

We are in a seriously urgent situation for the future of our existing social project and the WELCOMMON HOSTEL as such. We have only 20 days to find the way to pay the ammount of 70.000 euros. A donor will contribute with 20.000 euros if we are able to find 30.000 and we will contribute with own resources with 20.000. Every form of support is needed to find the amount of  70.000 euro by 26th of May so we will be able to continue our work, which is so necessary for the situation of the refugees and local society in Greece, as the asylum policies are getting stricter and the integration of people harder.

Of course, you can support us

– with a direct amount with 100, 500, 1000 or more euro in our bank account (you will receive an invoice for your donation)

– you could organize an event with our great social purpose like a brunch, a dinner or a party.

you could find friends who would like to visit Athens and book immediately rooms in our WELCOMMON HOSTEL in May and pay their accommodation through our website (

Please share your ideas with us in order to organize it together! But this must be done quick.

Please share this call for support with your communities, universities, friends or other organizations and Institutions.

Donations for our social activities:


Piraeus Bank
IBAN: GR83 0172 0180 0050 1807 7868 253

Piraeus’s BIC code is PIRBGRAA

Meeting of greek organisations participating in 7 EUKI Climate action projects

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Meeting for the collaboration between Greek organizations participating in EUKI climate programs

The social enterprise Anemos Ananeosis / Wind Renewal and the program Graeducation co-orgnanised on 7th of February in the WELCOMMON HOSTEL a meeting of representatives of Greek organizations participating in EUKI (European Climate Initiative) projects.

The main aims of the meeting were:

strengthening collaboration and exchange of knowledge and experience between the participating organisations, universities, NGOs, research centers.

– promotion of synergies and common initiatives for climate protection, just energy transition, training and creation of new jobs in renewable energy and energy saving

The meeting was an opportunity for the representatives of seven EUKI projects to know each other better and exchange their experiences from climate actions, programs and activities in cooperation with their european partners.

  • The social cooperative Anemos Ananeosis/Wind of Renewal, which was the hosting organisation of the meeting, was represented by Nikos Chrysogelos. WoR participates in two EUKI projects: Climate Schools Be.Ath and YESClima “Young Experts for Climate-friendly Schools in Mediterranean countries”. Four young experts of the YESClima project participated also in the meeting: Mr Ioannis Kotsalos, Technician of Heating, Cooling and Electrical Systems, Ms Dimitra Apostolopoulou, Engineer of Renovation and Restoration, Ms Agapi – Evaggelia Tsampazi, Civil Engineer Msc and Ms Sofia Papadopoulou, Energy Engineer Msc.

  • The project Graeducation Research, Development and Testing of Education Services with main aim the improvement of the education of “Green Professions” in Greece was represented by Ms Silke Steinberg and Stamatia Aidonidou, who cooperate with FIAP e.V. (Institute for innovative and preventive job design) and Mr Wolfgang Jung and Rall Engelbrecht-Schreiner from Technological Park in Gelsenkirchen.

  • The project ENCREMENCO, ΕΝhancing the Capacity of Regions & Municipalities to participate in EΝergy CΟmmunities, was represented by Mrs Papamikraki and Mrs Korna from Center For Renewable Energy Sources and Saving.

  • The project BEACON, Bridging European and Local Climate Action was represented by Ms Tzanakaki Evi from Center For Renewable Energy Sources and Saving.

  • The project CYCLEURBAN was represented by Mr Thanos Vlastos, professor of National Technical University of Athens.

  • The project Just Transition Eastern and Southern Europe, was represented by Mr Stavros Mayrogenis from WWF Greece.

Olga Drossou, director of the Heinrich Boell Foundation in Greece participated in the meeting as an observer.

The European Climate Initiative is a financing instrument of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). The overarching goal of EUKI is to foster climate cooperation within the European Union in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. It does so through strengthening cross-border dialogue and cooperation as well as exchange of knowledge and experience.


The project is being implemented by ‘Wind of Renewal, University of Cádiz at Spain, Secretariat for Future Studies of Free University of Berlin(Sekretariat für Zukunftsstudien Berlin an der Freien Universität Berlin), and the (APEC -Provincial Energy Agency of Cadiz), Andalusia.  

The aims of the project are:

– Climate protection and energy saving
– Reduction of energy consumption and the ecological footprint of schools
– Education and training of young people in order to work in energy saving issues, natural heating and cooling systems.
– To familiarize young people with scientific – technical issues, economic issues, entrepreneurship and legislation on climate protection, and more specifically energy saving and energy inspections and interventions.

During the project “YESclima – Young experts for climate friendly schools in Mediteranian countries” 11 young people from Greece and 11 from Spain, organized in three groups, will have 6months theoritical and practical education so they can work in the energy saving sector and natural heating and cooling techniques in buildings.

The program is based on the results of the EUKI project ZEWklima, research and study program completed in the spring of 2018, coordinated by the Hoheschule Technic and Wirtschaft (Berlin School of Applied Science, Technology and Economics), the Berlin Free University, the University of Cádiz and Anemos Ananeosis / Wind Renewal, about the reforms needed in education so that young people can work professionally in areas that promote energy saving and renewable energy.

Climate Schools Be.Ath

Climate Schools Berlin-Athens is a 28-month project aiming to augment the awareness of climate change and energy consumption in the school communities of the Municipality of Athens (MoA).

It consists of 4 axes:

  • Training of trainers, training of teachers, implementation of educational activities in 73 pilot schools, dissemination events. All these, in parallel with ongoing field research at the pilot schools, with the participation of the teachers who are involved to the project.

  • Climate protection awareness campaign and creation of a network with the participation of the pilot schools.

  • Increase of energy efficiency in the pilot schools (at least 5% reduction of energy consumption per school)

  • Development of the MoA action plan for all the schools of the Municipality, aiming at the augmentation of the ecological awareness in school communities and the reduction of Energy consumption in the schools.

Experience is gained through the collaboration between Greece and Germany on both educational and technical issues, such as energy efficiency and refurbishment of schools or involvement of teachers, pupils and parents, as well as through the cooperation between partners from the two cities: Municipality of Athens and Anemos Ananeosis/ Wind of Renewal from Athens and Respekt für Griechenland e.V. and Unabhängiges Institut für Umweltfragen, from Berlin.


The program emphasizes in the dual education of professional education and job training in Greece which could lead to a cooperative dialogue between companies and educational institutes, something which is really important for the Greek market. Given the today’s challenges, the transfer of knowledge between Germany and Greece can contribute to the development of the professional training in those two countries. In the same time, it is important to develop the idea of professional training in those two countries, since it is not very commonly held. 

Just Transition Eastern and Southern Europe

The goal of this project is to develop tailor-made transition strategies for the economic transformation of specific regions in Bulgaria (Southwest Bulgaria), Greece (Western Macedonia), and Poland (Silesia) away from coal and towards sustainable economic activities. Each transition plan will form the basis for advocating Just Transition pathways and region-specific options at national and EU level.


Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON) is a project promoting climate action and facilitating an exchange between national governments as well as municipalities and schools in Europe. The aim of the project is to strengthen bi- and multilateral cooperation and create common ambition to realize the Paris Agreement.

ENCREMENCO, ΕΝhancing the Capacity of Regions & Municipalities to participate in EΝergy CΟmmunities

The project is about exchanging experiences, knowledge and practices between Greece and Germany concerning practices and good examples of Energy Communities.

CYCLEURBAN, Cycling as an Element of Urban Climate Mitigation Policy

The project „Cycling as an element of urban climate mitigation policy“ (Cyclurban) will advance cycling as a measure for sustainable urban mobility and climate mitigation on a local level. In particular, the project will look at the current situation and develop measures to strengthen cycling mobility in the areas infrastructure, policy and planning, services and promotion, also taking into account new developments such as e-bikes and cargo bikes. It will demonstrate how to integrate cycling into municipal strategies in one city in each of our five target countries: Tartu (Estonia), Riga (Latvia), Warsaw (Poland), Velika Gorica (Croatia) and Vrilissia (part of Athens, Greece). Each city will develop own specific strategies to advance urban cycling mobility. In a second step, the project will also provide recommendations on how cycling can be supported on the national level. In seminars and with the help of lessons learned publications, it will disseminate experiences to reach more municipalities and decision makers.

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A series of public events on Green and Social Innovation and climate policies

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A series of public events (discussions, workshops, round tables) are organised by Anemos Ananeosis / Wind of Renewal (social cooperative) in cooperation with Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Office Thessaloniki, Greece on four thematic axes that contribute to an informed and visionary dialogue on social green innovation and climate policies and how best to integrate them in Greece with a view to transforming the current economic and social model. In addition, efforts will be made to provide space and opportunities for reflection on crucial issues in view of the European elections (end of May).

Changing the productive and economic model

  1. Circular / green economy the basis for a new productive – economic model for Greece and Europe

  2. Climate change, a challenge to change the economic – productive and consumer model and create new economic activities and new jobs

  3. Energy cooperatives, a tool for changing the energy model and promoting investment by citizens – European experience, good examples, new tools created at European level, producing energy in the city and the neighborhoods

  4. Social and solidarity economy and how it is understood in society and institutionally in Europe and the US

Science and technology

  1. From chemistry of hazardous materials and components and heavy industry, to green chemistry, green design and green products

  2. From gray to green infrastructure at the time of climate change

  3. Digital technology and economy – how they will work for the benefit of society, the environment and sustainable prosperity

A new social policy based on social and green innovation as well as social investment
1. The housing crisis, red loans and possible role / prospects of social housing – the European experience of housing and social housing

   2. Alternative financial tools to promote smaller or larger projects with a social impact and benefit.

    3. The crisis of health systems and the need for a holistic approach to health

    4. The social pillar and European integration in the era of nationalism and inequality

    5. How will social security and protection systems be in the future?

The future of cities in times of climate change, risk and mass movement of populations

     1. How does climate change happen in the city? What changes are required for cities to be resilient?

    2. How are cities shaped by new models in tourism, such as AirBnB and mass tourism? Are there other tourism models? Can there be phenomena that exclude citizens from their city?

    3. What models of housing and social inclusion of vulnerable groups can empower the neighborhoods and the cohesion of the city?

    4. How will policy on energy poverty be based on social and green innovation?

The events are realized on a weekly basis, starting February until the end of June at the premises of the Welcommon Hostel, run by the Wind of Renewal.

The hostel itself is a demonstration of green social innovation that started its life in September 2016, as an innovative center for hosting and supporting the social inclusion of refugees that has been awarded for its community model approach for the protection and inclusion of refugees, migrants and Greeks. In spring 2018 was refurbished and turned to an innovative hostel which combines models of sustainable tourism with social inclusion, green and social innovation, cultural and energy transition activities.