budapest, hungary: aurora
Aurora is a community space that gathers eight NGO's to enable them to collaborate and activate change. Aurora provides not only a physical space but also resources (network, funding, etc) to work together. The groups span across a variety of topics- from Jewish culture to LGBT rights to education and more.
Aron explained to me a great example of these groups working together despite their different concentrations. Two years ago at the height of the refugee crisis, a group in Hungary published isolating and hate-filled billboards around the city in regards to immigration. All eight groups came together to march for refugee rights. They also took it a step further and even had neighbors come try refugee's cooking and learn more about the culture to bring more facts and human nature to the situation. So amazing! The groups can also hold and attend events and workshops throughout the year to enhance their projects. These NGO's are doing so much good! More info :) http://auroraonline.hu/aboutus/?lang=en
Similar to my experience at Lumen, Aron explained to me the challenges of working in this space in Hungary. For one, the ability to raise funds in a place with less disposable income. And second, the willingness of activism given the political environment. I shared with him my experiences with the Women's March in the US and it was so interesting to learn how activism is conducted and perceived same, same but different in other places.
So appreciative of Aron and his time spent meeting and talking with me.