Yiorgos Psychas, Greece

Yiorgos co-hosted the Erasmus+ project Sustrares organised by Iliosporoi Network and the Stagones Collective in Vlahia, on the Greek island of Euboea. The experience taught him about resilience and self-sufficiency, community building and organising, and through it, he helped to create a network to share good practices. Today he works on 2 projects: AccessToLand, which provides tools and support for people who want to work in land and agriculture; and the Forum-Synergies’ 2017 ERSG international gathering, which responds to the European rural crisis by presenting positive examples of initiatives that promote sustainability and locality.

 

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Aykut Subaşi, Turkey

Aykut Subaşi, Turkey

Aykut lives, breathes and works in nature. He has been the driving force behind ‘Let's Build a Youth Village’, a rural, Erasmus+ supported development project for young people who live and want to work in sustainable agriculture in the Turkish mountains. Through the programme, he and his team have established an association that works in rural development and social entrepreneurship, and provides advice to institutions and free support to youth groups.