Join Cargonomia, be a volunteer, intern with us, propose a new collaboration…!
What is Cargonomia :
Cargonomia, is an open community space which supports the promotion of sustainable bicycle based logistics and increasing access to healthy, locally produced food products in Budapest. Our organization was established by citizen volunteers. In 2015 we helped renovate a formerly abandoned space in the VIIth district of Budapest which now serves as a community center, bike sharing space and local food box distribution point. While the cooperation supports the activities of various collaborating partners, a cargo-bike messenger service, a bicycle-building cooperative and open bike kitchen, a family-scale organic vegetable farm and citizen volunteers, it maintains itself as a non-profit, self-organized collective.
In the past three years we have organized more than 30 public bike repair and cargo bike try-out workshops.
We have also regularly partnered with local community organizations and educational institutions in organizing workshops which bring civic actors and local decision makers together to discuss citizen initiated sustainable transition in Budapest. Our members also were organizers of the 5th International Degrowth Conference held in Budapest in 2016.
We propose the opportunity for students and researchers to join Cargonomia to participate in one or several of the following projects. Trainees and Cargonomia team members could put together a detailed workplan at the onset of the cooperation period:
Cargonomia’s various research focus areas include: Degrowth in practice, sustainable agriculture and alternative economic models, sustainable transport logistics and low-tech, solidarity and social economic models; political ecology, well-being, conviviality, and pathways for peaceful sustainable transition. In addition to these topics through our research and activities we also work to advocate locally for the benefits of urban and rural partnerships for supporting transparent and short distance production and trade systems.
-> Student team members : would first be invited to consult a number of introductory articles on these issues which will be provided to them and continue to collaborate in a current project or develop new related research. The tasks could consist of writing articles, conducting data collection and analysis, facilitating interviews, and organizing and facilitating participatory workshops, etc.
Throughout Cargonomia’s existence we have been lacking in time resources required to regularly communicate our activities on social networks, websites and also mailing lists. We seek assistance in developing a streamlined communication strategy for published work, upcoming events, and current activities. We also specifically would like to develop a database of local and international partner organizations with whom we’ve collaborated with in the past.
-> Student Team Members : following a period of assimilation and analysis of our activities, develop and implement a communication strategy for Cargonomia.
Cargonomia regularly pursues relevant local and international applications for projects and funding support opportunities.
-> Student Team Members : based on Cargonomia’s experience and networks, develop a fundraising strategy, investigate for new fundraising and projects opportunities, and assist in completing applications.
4) Project development and Research in support of current projects:
Cargonomia is involved in several projects dealing with sustainable agriculture and transportation logistics, and alternative economic systems. Some of the projects would be supported with a process analysis aimed at highlighting inefficiencies or uncapitalized opportunities within the systems. We also seek assistance in collecting information about partners, customers and collaborators in our current network (i.e. vegetable box subscribers, cargobike borrowers, project partners) Projects include: weekly organic vegetable box delivery, community cargobike and trailer system, marketing of cargobike messenger and pedestrian delivery systems.
-> Student Team Members : through participating in our activities and learning more about process management, the students would be invited to reflect on where we could improve our organizational efficiency and impact of project. Candidates would also be invited to propose new projects as well.
Methodology and Cooperation Principles:
Cargonomia is experimenting and practicing self-organisation. We work with horizontal management principles with a diverse team developing a wide set of knowledge, experience, expertise, activities and extended networks. It is a demanding organization for newcomers requiring the capacity to adapt and absorb a large amount of information and inherent “local” knowledge quickly, in order to be able to adapt to a responsible, proactive, flexible, and autonomous behavior.
Nevertheless Cargonomia is experienced in welcoming and working with students and/or trainees and suggest for the newcomers a bridging program based on readings, participation in team meetings and allowing enough time for candidates to develop a knowledge of our working methods before pursuing their individual tasks.
The student / trainee projects are co-built together based on the skills, expectations and opportunities.
Timeline and Preparation:
As our team is located and active in Budapest, we are happy to meet with potential candidates anytime or by skype.
Ideally, we welcome trainees with an Erasmus scholarship. We can not offer accomodation directly during host periods but can assist in finding affordable solutions for potential trainees.