This issue deals with the territories “beyond the North”: at one extreme the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, China), the Islamic countries of the Mediterranean and Middle East and the Latin American countries; numerous countries, on the other extreme, in which all parameters, from GDP to the most up-to-date indices of human development and well-being, correspond to widespread and extreme poverty accentuated by the effects of pervasive globalization. A poverty that ranges from the megalopolises of the slums to the endless areas of subsistence agriculture, in progressive abandonment, and is worsening everywhere on the planet, even in the North. At the same time human and physical resources materialize, giving signs of a reversal of trend, thanks to the active involvement of the inhabitants with participatory paths that generate virtuous transformations of the context. This monographic issue of Contexts is dedicated to experiences that go in this direction. The contributions presented constitute an opportunity to reflect in theoretical, methodological and operational terms on significant examples of what emerges in places of life of very different contexts.