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Casa Gallina has operated since 2013 in the territory of Santa María la Ribera, where it has been able to construct a complex web of solid relationships between diverse actors and local agents from the neighborhood. In 2019, Casa Gallina and its team proposed to consolidate their practice by expanding collaborations with other creative platforms with similar interests around the country to strengthen processes of exchange, dialogue, and learning, in which local experiences can transcend the specific territory to amplify their impact networks.
Casa Gallina considers the focus of its work to be reinforcing its leadership role in strengthening community networks related to reflection and action about issues of sustainability, ecological regeneration, conscious consumption, and creativity in everyday life. Through diverse formats of social interaction, dialogue, and learning exchanges, Casa Gallina is being constructed as a community facilitator of learning processes and social collaborations.
community, ecology, culture
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Special Prize Question 1: How does your project or idea make use of local resources, such as materials and knowledge, to tackle its challenge?
Rather than exalting products or results, Casa Gallina is interested in implementing and supporting experiences through medium to long term processes of connection and affective exchange that enable the construction of local networks and provide access to tools for sustainable change, social participation, and resilience.
Casa Gallina consistently carries out educational and creative programs for sociability and exchange led by high level national and international professionals (artists, horticulturalists, scientists, among others) involving creative experiences and processes about sustainability and ecology, in relation to the following thematic profiles:
Environment, sustainability, and ecological regeneration;
Community networks and mutual aid;
Food and consumption;
Resilience and everyday life;
Alternative forms of social and creativity.
Special Prize Question 2: How does your project or idea sustain its activities through the involvement of the local community?
We understand environmental regeneration and ecology as interests that need to be incorporated into daily life, to activate alternative forms of social interaction, consumption, and development, emanating from the creativity of the local community and its capacity for mutual aid.
We take the role of facilitators of methodological instruments that enable community collaboration, always taking into account the latent interests, opportunities, and specific problems of the population of Santa María la Ribera.
We are particularly interested in collaborating with community initiatives concerned with making environmental regeneration into an everyday practice through creative projects that utilize pedagogical, artistic, and social tools that motivate citizen actions at the local scale.
While our daily practice is focused on the neighborhood of Santa María la Ribera in Mexico City, we build working networks with similar projects anchored to other territories in the country that are interested in collaborating in the production of experiences, content, and strategies that can be activated in communities that are geographically separated.
Respecting the intimacy of the everyday is one of our ethical and methodological principles, therefore we are not interested in media coverage, nor in participating in projects that imply the mediatization of our processes.
We are open to sharing and exchanging experiences only with related initiatives and school and academic communities interested in the professional practice of community work.
Special Prize Question 3: How does your project or idea eliminate waste or pollution while regenerating natural resources?
This program activates different forms of exchange related to reflections and actions that connect participants with the environment in a sustainable way. Links between the city and nature are reinforced through diverse events, such as talks, film showings, dialogues, workshops and courses teaching sensibilization and technical training about issues related to ecological regeneration. In this framework, educational processes of planting, growing, and harvesting edible crops in community urban gardens, both in Casa Gallina as well as in locations in the locality such as schools, community spaces, among others, also take place.