When is the time to act if not now?!

2,000 Euro Prize 2017

Country: Hungary

Region: throughout Hungary

Sector: Civil Society / Social Economy

Fields of action: Adult education, Community development, Poverty

Project owner: Közélet Iskolája

Responsible person: Udvarhelyi Éva Tessza

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What is it about?

The Time to act participatory action research was realized by 9 people living in housing poverty and two trained reseachers to explore the history and achivements of housing struggles to support current housing movements. The results of the research were presented to the public through a traveling exhibition and several workshops, which will be followed up by an exhibition in the Kassák Museum.

Appreciation of the Jury

Expert knowledge need not happen far from real life. “When is the time to act if not now?!” shows this in an innovative way. Based on a carefully developed research design, the project engages people without a shelter, without a home, or in precarious living conditions. They explore how people in the olden days mobilised for their own rights and those of others. The focus is on the right of everyone to good and affordable housing; and how this right can be fought for. The resulting “collection of best practices” is to inspire today’s and tomorrow’s struggles. At issue is also a sort of “historical emancipation”: because history is made – the question is by whom.