Spanish cities have become laboratories for democracy that hold lessons for grass-roots organizers and politicians worldwide, writes journalist Bernardo Gutiérrez. He describes how the technology-based participatory strategies developed by hackers from the 15-M Movement, which served as a precursor to Occupy Wall Street, have spread to urban centers across Spain. After electoral wins in Barcelona, Madrid, A Coruña, and elsewhere, former activists have ushered in changes to the business of governance that offer a credible and compelling alternative to neoliberalism.

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