The Longo maï cooperative network (http://www.prolongomai.ch) was founded in 1973, inspired by the events of the May 1968 student revolutions across Europe. A group of Spartakus students from Austria and Switzerland met in December 1972 in Basel, Switzerland, in an “International Congress for the Education of European Youth” (Internationaler Kongress zur Bildung Europäischer Jugendgemeinschaften). Inspired by the revolt of May 1968 and a general malaise concerning the state of the world, the group of sixteen- to twenty-four-year-old activists managed to acquire derelict agricultural land in Limans and Forcalquier, near Avignon, to found an agrarian cooperative. This was the beginning of a whole network of self-governed cooperative farms and intentional communities, particularly aimed at rural communities in decline. Self-sufficiency, biodiversity, upskilling, interpersonal networks, and the reclaiming of land vulnerable to rural land speculation were its leading principles. Each cooperative, to date established in Switzerland, Germany, France, Austria, the Ukraine,...

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