“Our Social Europe through local civic participation” - Programme Europe for Citizens
The project aims at increasing the civic engagement of citizens in disadvantaged areas with local level decision to deepen the EU agenda (“Europe 2020”) on “Community Led Local Development” (Structural Fund Regulations) and will link to the European Knowledge agenda through the development of “Public Participation Networks” to empower a process of active participative democracy.
It will target disadvantage groups of citizens who are less likely to engage in participative processes.
The policy impact of the local level engagement processes on actual local authority planning will be achieved in each partner city will be compared through peer review.
Project term: January 2015 - June 2016
- A methodology to engage civic participation from disadvantaged areas of cities to influence local authorities
- Public Participation Networks in each country and a Citizens Portal- a ‘Virtual Town Hall’.
- Recommendations at EU level to strengthen mechanisms for civic participation
- 10 events have been carried out: view here!
Discover the video of the final conference held in Dublin !
PARTNERSHIP MEETING, FOURTH LOCAL SEMINAR & FINAL CONFERENCE, JUNE, 15 & 16 & 17, 2016, DUBLIN, IRELAND
From 15th to 17th of June, ENSIE's members met in Dublin, Ireland, for the General Assembly Meeting and the partnership meeting and final conference of the OSE project.
On the first day, Patrizia Bussi moderated the 4th local seminar of the OSE project, presenting innovative ways of dialogue among citizens, organisations and local institutions.
The morning of the second day was dedicated to the final conference of the project with presentations from ENSIE, Consorzio Social Abele Lavoro, Alaturi de Voi and Ballymun Job Center, members of the network and partners in the project. Different working groups enabled all the participants to discuss about participation in dialogue and making-decision processes of the most disadvantaged people.
THIRD LOCAL SEMINAR, MARCH, 10, 2016, LIEGE, BELGIUM
The central aims of the third local seminar were to discuss workers’ participation practices in the Terre group, a group of work integration social enterprises active in the Walloon region. Furthermore, the first version of the OSE online portal was presented to get feedback for its further development.
Participants came from the Terre group and the RES- the Walloon Network of Work Integration Social Enterprises.
The morning started with the presentation of the "Guide to Participatory Government" by Xavier Roberti, Groupe Terre, and served as a great basis from which to develop the discussion on participative practices. The term "participatory government" refers to the workers' democratic participation, pointing towards the complexity of participatory processes: Participation does not only mean the workers' participation in managerial and strategical company decisions but also to ensure full information transparency and accessability to all meetings.
The discussion then turned to the question of the main challenges of workers’ participation. It turned out that the lack of interest in participation and non-participation are the main challenges at the Terre group. Still, a change in attitude towards a greater interest in participation can be observed in many cases on the long run which shows the importance of a continuous effort. Last but not least, opinions on how participation and civic engagement are related were shared. According to the participants, it is the notion of empowerment through continuous training on participation that connects participation in an organisation or work integration social enterprise to civic engagement.
ENSIE then provided an introduction to the OSE project, its objectives, methodology and so far undertaken and planned activities. The introduction was followed by the presentation of the preliminary version of the OSE web portal in order to collect the participants' feedback and comments for the portal's further improvement, using the online questionnaire.
The outcomes of local seminar 3 will feed into the further development and improvement of the OSE web portal as well as into the recommendations for the enhancement of citizen participation.
THIRD TRANSNATIONAL PARTNER MEETING, NOVEMBER 9-10, 2015, LIEGE, BELGIUM
ENSIE hosted the OSE partnership meeting which took place in Milmort, Belgium, at ENSIE's operational office.
The first meeting day began with the partners' presentation of the content and issues of the second round of local seminars (which have been held in Dublin, Turin, and Iasi). The partners then split up into two groups to discuss more specific questions on the local seminars such as: To what extent could you meet the objectives of the second round local seminars in your city? What methodology and methods did you apply? How will you proceed to keep engaging people in the project's Public Participatory Networks? Each group's answers were shared and discussed in the plenum.
After a short sandwich lunch (sandwiches were supplied by the local WISE "Au Treize"), Salvatore Vetro, working at Groupe Terre since its beginnings and now in charge of the lobbying work, joined the group to go together on the local study visit. In the afternoon, the partners visited several workshops of the social enterprises of the Groupe Terre group.
Thanks to Salvatore's detailed explanations, the partners could gain a great insight into the activities of the local social enterprises which are involved, among other activities, in clothes sorting, recycling, and reselling, paper recycling and the production of high-quality insulation materials (e.g. for music studios).
The first meeting day ended with a questions & answers session with our "guide" Salvatore Vetro.
The second meeting day started with a brief outline of the Ballymun Jobcenter, the project's promotor, on decisions to make in view of the online citizens' portal, one central output of the project.
In the following, the partners split into two groups, one group dedicated to the portal's content, the other one to its design. The results where shared among all partners, also giving space to discuss difficulties and challenges for the portal's implementation due to specific local contexts. The next steps to take in order to put the portal in place were agreed on too.
After lunch, the promotor presented the so far accomplished project tasks and objectives as well as the goals still to meet. The partners also agreed on the deadlines for organizing the next two local seminars.
Furthermore, Dublin Metropolisnet gave a presentation on the summary desk research report which sums up the national desk reports on Public Participatory Networks and relevant good practices, introducing a comparative perspective.
SECOND LOCAL SEMINAR, OCTOBER, 21, 2015, DUBLIN, IRELAND
ENSIE participated in the international training on Public Participation Networks (PPNs) in Dublin, Ireland, organized by our Irish project partners Ballymun Job Center and Dublin Metropolisnet. Around 25 persons, mostly working in community and social aid organisations, took part in the one-day seminar.
The workshop's main objective was to familiarize the participants with tools that facilitate the creation of Public Participatory Networks. The seminar started with drafting a so-called "community map" in which all facilities, be it private or public, social help institutions, cultural centers and residential areas of a specific neighborhood or city district are graphically represented.
Starting from the community map, the participants went into a stakeholders analysis, identifying the most powerful decision makers, be it in terms of taking specific decisions or in terms of giving "voice" to the residents (i.e. by giving them the opportunity to raise their opinions and make themselves heard).
All four community maps were presented in the big plenum. The participants agreed that several characteristics make a community map a very useful and powerful tool: Having a very informative and clear graphic output in (comparatively) short time which contains comprehensive information and actively engages the involved persons (by making them discuss and share their information and individual points of view).
In the following, based on their respective community map, the participants identified their target groups (i.e. the precise social groups they are working with) and what issues those are confronted with. In general, poverty, unemployment and social exclusion predominated, as well as related issues such as health (especially mental health and drug use), educational issues (e.g. school drop-out), anti-social behaviour, and lack of social accompaniment.
The outcomes of all second round local seminars that have taken place in the project countries will be discussed during the next transnational meeting in Liège, Belgium, 9-10 November 2015.
Representatives from all partner organisations gathered for a 2-day meeting in Iasi, in the Moldovian region of Romania.
ENSIE FIRST LOCAL SEMINAR, JUNE, 4, 2015, BARCELONA, SPAIN
Local stakeholder seminar on PPN took place during the months of May-June in the selected partner countries.
Depending on the local background, different techniques were used such as interviews, submission of a survey, facilitation of a working groups. However, all partners agreed that local seminars will be different in each country as every setting may need different approaches in order to achieve the same outcomes.
On June, 4th, ENSIE organised a working group in order to analyse the Public Participation Network desk research carried out.
The attendees were all coming from different realities of the cooperative and social economy sector in Catalunya and were members of FAEDEI, the Federation of Association Representing Social Integration Entreprises. All shared their experiences in influencing and advocating in order to built a local participative mechanism able to have an impact on the decision making process.
A questionnaire was submitted and the analysis of the results are still ongoing and will be officially presented during the next Transnational Meeting in Iasi in July 2015.
KICK OFF MEETING, FEBRUARY, 25-26, 2015, TURIN, ITALY
All partners gather in Turin on February 25-26, 2015 for the Kick Off Meeting.
The group agreed on the Financial and Compliance Aspectsas stated in the E4C Guidelines and on the main working steps such as a definition of the targeted group of disadvantage citizens anda research on Civic Engagement in the different countries
The meeting was a geat chance to carry out a study visit to one of Turin Best Practice – RE Social Club