Labor Café – Sustainable Society

Nominated 2020

Country: Hungary

Region: Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg

Sector: Civil Society / Social Economy

Fields of action: Adult education, Leisure education, Community development

Project owner: Tabulapláza Alapítvány

Responsible person: Fekete Éva

Website: Weblink


The traditional economic system based on growth and consumption has proven to be unsustainable. The foundation of a sustainable economy and society is a community of solidarity and cooperation. Our real, functioning communities have collapsed and our relationships have become trapped in online spaces.


Labor Café is a donation-only café and open community space run by a local community cooperation of volunteers, which helps others understand the power and impact of individual responsibility and collaboration. It is a place for you and with you. The motto of the charity café is: "Take your share, add your own!"


Our target group is the local community, especially high school students. The local community is an integral part of the project; it helps with donations and participation. The solidarity in the space and its community motivates the local community to contribute their own ideas.


Through the project, we have created a local network of hundreds of people who are involved in local initiatives or created new ones. The Café is a local community space and an opportunity for self-organizing.


From the project, we have developed a social franchise model which is successfully implemented in several locations in our region. Our goal is to create a network of Labor Cafés with new self-organized, sustainable community spaces and communities both in Hungary and internationally.