Alternative mobility: How to use a crisis as an opportunity for change


Main theme for altmob project

The COVID-19 pandemic has put societies to test and revealed fragilities in many different but interconnected systems. There is a growing mismatch between the complex nature of the challenges (e.g., health, environment, migration) that we face and the response that we can collectively mount.

While political and economic leaders are stressing the need for quick recovery, systemic crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic are opportunity for desirable change. These changes are not limited to health but extend to other sectors such as the economy, the environment, and the social.

The overall goal of this alternate students exchange programme is to reflect on the transformation of society at a time of crisis and explore the path for a potentially substantial change. The objectives are to: (1) identify and analyse an important global challenge and (2)design actionable solutions that will help build more sustainable, resilient, and inclusive societies.

This challenge is taken up by 38 students from 5 universities (University of Geneva, University of Montreal, Pompeu Fabra University, University of Exeter and University of Hamburg) grouped into 10 teams. Their projects deal with various subjects such as the environment, health, the information crisis and the reflection on the implementation of innovative local governance tools.

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Approach and main steps for the development of the Altmob project

The Altmob teams

Team 1 : Green.Healthy.Geneva (GREENHEVA) 

GREENHEVA (Green.Healthy.Geneva) a comme projet de constituer une Mosaïque  végétale pour soutenir le verdissement de Genève. Cette démarche vise à promouvoir l'intégration d'environnements naturels en ville afin d'impacter positivement le milieu de vie et la santé mentale des citadins.  

Long, Audrey (UdeM), Ottavia Cabrini (UNIGE), Eva Lusivotto (UNIGE), Deliah Klauser (UNIGE)

Team 2 : The Clean News Project

Association à but non-lucratif, ayant pour objectif de lutter à la désinformation générée par les réseaux sociaux chez les jeunes.

Yanis Amirat (UNIGE), Hanna Della Casa (UNIGE) and Laetitia Colucci (UNIGE)

Team 3 : MoreTransparencyforTrust(MTT) 

We’ve been working since the start of the year to come up with a solution that addressed the extreme lack of trusts we have in our governments today. We are excited to present to you our trust building platform, in which you can monitor your government’s progress in cultivating transparency and trustworthiness.

Clémence Landry (UdeM), Claire Mérilhou (Global StudiesInstitute, UNIGE), Zora Schoner (University of Pompeu Fabra), Cem Sirmen (Global StudiesInstitute, UNIGE)

Team 4 : Citizen Consultative Network (CCN)

Our association wishes to guarantee citizen’s consultation in time of crisis, allowing you to give your opinion on the Federal Council’s upcoming crisis measures. Through the creation of an online community, we are positioning ourselves as a new, faster and inclusive tool, for gathering citizen’s opinion, open to all residents of the Canton of Geneva.” It’s time to make yourself heard, join the Network !

Célia Perret (UNIGE), Lauréanne Y Chân Lam (UNIGE), Maksym Kutsenko (UNIGE), Aurélien Fabrègue (UdeM)

Team 5 : Glocal Income Community Group

In order to build reslient communities able to overcome international crises, we propose to give a basic universal income (UBI) partly in local currency (LC) supplemented by a voluntary community work system (VW)

Simon Dünnenberger (UNIGE), Camille Royer (UNIGE), AnderZabala-Gómez (University of Pompeu Fabra)

Team 6 : Global UpData Initiative

An accessible platform to understand the role of Data Science

Nada METWALY (UNIGE), Marcella PASTERNAK (University Pompeu Fabra), Robin POLIAKOV (UdeM), Bleona REXHA (UNIGE)

Team 7: Voice on Income Insecurity (VII)

Our project aims to create a tool to measure income insecurity in municipalities in order to better identify those affected and, ultimately, to provide appropriate solutions.


Rachel Attinger (UNIGE), Laure Bacchiocchi (UNIGE), Gerard Bruguera (University Pompeu Fabra), Yasmineand Moftizadeh (UNIGE), Daniel Rowson (University of Exeter)

Team 8: University Advocacy for Defense of Assisted Psychedelic Treatment (U.Adapt)

The aim of our project is to build primarily a digital presence that could have an impact on the way people (especially university students) perceive psychedelics drugs and their potential for psychotherapy. We want to become a source of knowledge and a reference in the psychedelic world by delivering the latest research, news and financial advice to our subscribers. We also want to build a physical presence in universities by organizing workshop and conferences. By doing so, we wish to influence the next generation of researchers and decision makers to advance the cause of psychedelics legalization. We want our project to appear as a revolutionary path forward for mental health, well being and more.

Samuel Courtois (UdeM) ,Camille Deagostini (UNIGE), Estelle Gruaz (UNIGE), Yovahn Guery (UNIGE)

Team 9: International Student Community for Climate Justice (ISCCJ)

Our goal is to bring the topic of migration induced by climate change on the agenda of the COP26 in November. Therefor we provide low-threshold access to information on the high level debate and the voice of affected people for everyone to engage.  

Johanna Heinrich (University of Hamburg), Guillaume Boucher-Provost (UdeM), Tatiana Goundiaeva (UNIGE), Anja Betschart (UNIGE)

Team 10 : Youth and Urban Solidarity and Community (YUSCO)

Our participatory platform YUSCO aims to help young people, aged 16 to 30, coming from all walks of life, who want to capture the essence of Geneva and to connect with local initiatives such as job deals, food baskets, assistance for which they are eligible, housing opportunities, and much more."

Nina Carnal (UNIGE), Zoé Newton (UNIGE), Greg Rabian (UdeM)