Michel Renard

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"I have been working part time as a teacher in an architectural school (semiology of architecture, public spaces, signification of progress), and also in housing programs in a municipality, and also sometimes writing papers.

Now I am retired, I am involved in a local citizen movement in Saint-Gilles (municipality of Brussels Region). With a lot of people we made resistance against inappropriate political decisions about public spaces. And we won! We made a short movie about it. Some people showed interest for a citizen movement and several transition initiatives. So the group started with a local money project, and a reflexion about public spaces, to be considered as a Common. We are also working on a tree charter.

One of our projects is presentation of books concerning transition into the public library of Saint-Gilles, to initiate a basic reflexion about transition and Commons." (Commonswatch mailing list, November 2016)