A Euro­pean Action for Com­mu­ni­ty Aware­ness

The Inter­net has helped to bring peo­ple togeth­er from all over the world, but it has not helped neigh­bor­hoods or com­mu­ni­ties near­ly as well. The Grass­roots Radio project is pilot­ing solu­tions for com­mu­ni­ty infor­ma­tion plat­forms and media plu­ral­ism, work­ing to:

  • low­er the bar­ri­ers to start and sus­tain a com­mu­ni­ty radio sta­tion
  • cre­ate region­al and Euro­pean-wide net­works of sta­tions that can pool com­mu­ni­ty-lev­el resources
  • co-inno­vate col­lab­o­ra­tive media ser­vices
  • increase the per­me­abil­i­ty and impact of those sta­tions through acom­bi­na­tion of exist­ing dig­i­tal and nondig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies

Grass­roots Radio brings togeth­er engi­neers, social sci­en­tists, artists, design­ers, and com­mu­ni­ties to redesign com­mu­ni­ty radio tech­nol­o­gy from scratch.

  • We are thrilled to see the Grass­roots Radio project fea­tured on the Euro­pean Jour­nal­ism Obser­va­to­ry (EJO), a net­work of 15 inde­pen­dent non-prof­it media research insti­tutes which aims to bridge jour­nal­ism research and prac­tice in Europe, and to fos­ter pro­fes­sion­al­ism and press free­dom. The arti­cle describes the.…..

  • Grass­roots Radio, with the RootIO free/​​open inno­va­tion, has joined the 20th Pixxel­point — Fes­ti­val of Con­tem­po­rary Art Prac­tices 2019, which is tak­ing place in Nova Gor­i­ca (Slove­nia) in these days from 15 to 23 Novem­ber. Pixxel­point is a fes­ti­val focused on the broad field of explo­ration of con­tem­po­rary.…..

  • Last week, Grass­roots Radio has been pre­sent­ed at the Ethno­gra­phies of Col­lab­o­ra­tive Economi(es) Con­fer­ence, which took place in Edin­burgh (UK) on Octo­ber 25, 2019. Mari­acristi­na Scian­nam­blo (AMARC Europe) dis­cussed the paper titled “Co-design­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive care work through ethnog­ra­phy”, co-authored with Rober­to Cib­in (M‑ITI), Petra Žišt (M‑ITI),.…..

  • We are hap­py to share a nice clip intro­duc­ing Radio Civic, the com­mu­ni­ty broad­cast­ing ser­vice devel­oped in Roma­nia thanks to the Grass­roots Radio pro­jec­t’s efforts. Radio Civic broad­casts audio pro­grams ded­i­cat­ed to audi­ences belong­ing to the rur­al com­mu­ni­ties of Sfan­tu Ghe­o­rghe and Vâr­voru de Jos.  .…..

  • On Octo­ber 11, Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Cork (UCC), in con­junc­tion with the West Cork Islands Com­mu­ni­ty Coun­cil, will host a half day think-in event about the future and sus­tain­abil­i­ty of the West Cork Islands and how a com­mu­ni­ty radio plat­form might sup­port this at the local lev­els. Islanders,.…..

  • Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Cork (UCC) kick­start­ed the RootIO imple­men­ta­tion by cre­at­ing a radio pro­gram to broad­cast stu­dent expe­ri­ences on the BA Psy­chol­o­gy and Com­put­ing course at UCC. Psy­chol­o­gy and Com­put­ing is a course in its infan­cy (it’s sec­ond year run­ning!). UCC is using this broad­cast to 1) pro­mote.…..

  • Last week, Grass­roots Radio was pre­sent­ed at the 6th Con­fer­ence of the Radio Research Sec­tion of the Euro­pean Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Research and Edu­ca­tion Asso­ci­a­tion (ECREA). Rober­to Cib­in, on behalf of var­i­ous researchers involved in the project, pre­sent­ed a paper titled “Fos­ter­ing Com­mu­ni­ty Radio: the Grass­roots Radio project”.……

  • On Thurs­day 5th and Fri­day 6th of Sep­tem­ber 2019, the Grass­roots Radio con­sor­tium cel­e­brat­ed the third gen­er­al assem­bly of the project, host­ed in the friend­ly build­ing of 11.11.11. – the coali­tion of NGOs, unions, move­ments and var­i­ous sol­i­dar­i­ty groups in Flan­ders (Dutch speak­ing North­ern part.…..

  • Grass­roots Radio coor­di­na­tor Chris Csik­szent­mi­ha­lyi has been invit­ed as spe­cial guest at the Tran­si­to­ry Muse­um’s Sum­mer week, which takes place between July 25th and August 11th in Trotte Pfyn (Tran­si­torisches Muse­um zu Pfyn). Chris will intro­duce RootIO, the tech­nol­o­gy sup­port­ing Grass­roots Radio, and help the muse­um being.…..

  • Grass­roots Radio part­ner Cere­Proc has launched the world’s first com­mer­cial­ly avail­able Irish lan­guage syn­thet­ic voice as part of the Grass­roots Radio project. CereProc’s Text-to-Speech tech­nol­o­gy will be used by a com­mu­ni­ty radio sta­tion on Bere Island in south-west Cork to gen­er­ate spo­ken con­tent when the sta­tion.…..