Stephan Kampelmann, Swen Ore and Sabri Besbes have been friends for many years. Living in Brussels, this multicultural city where there is plenty of space for creativity, they all come from different places. Stephan is German, Swen French and Sabri was born in Tunisia, but moved to Brussels when he was two. They also come from different backgrounds when it comes to field of interest. Stephan completed his PhD in economics, Swen’s background is in art and cultural administration, and Sabri studied education, psychology and pedagogy. The three of, them along with a group of people, worked together on several projects, trying to answer questions on how to facilitate change; how to get to a more collaborative and ecologically structured city. At one point, rather than researching, analysing and theorising, they decided to take action and to start experimenting. This is how the Urban Ecology Centre was started.
Everybody agrees that it doesn't make sense the way organic waste, for example, is transported to a waste facility and incinerated creating pollution. It's just the current systems that happen to be this way and not sufficient mobilisation against that. We think that it takes motivated people who are determined to turn these ideas and talk into reality”
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