Local economy and community initiatives have been rare and unpopular in Poland until recently. Over the last few years local initiatives have sprung up in big cities, especially different forms of food cooperatives and Community Supported Agriculture schemes.
The appetite for more participative, localised, people-centred solutions to everyday problems has also reached beyond the food sector. But many legal, political – and social – barriers still complicate the creation of collaborative, citizen-owned projects. In the energy sector for example, only one energy cooperative, Nasz Energia (Our Energy), is being established at the moment.
To sum up, there is still a lot of space for new local economy ideas.
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