The project COmmunity ENgagement for Social Inclusion (COMENSI) aims to answer two fundamental questions hindering true social inclusion: 1) Why do the most disadvantaged members of the adult population rarely participate in formal consultations on issues that impact them; 2) What tools and strategies can we develop to increase engagement and facilitate pro-active participation to help marginalised adults have their say in shaping their society.
Although the call for civic participation is clear within the strategies for community empowerment of deprived neighbourhoods, in reality, the intended beneficiaries rarely contribute. If policymakers could understand the needs and ideas of the most disadvantaged adults it could help to reduce their risk of social exclusion and provide benefit for the whole community. However, without their contribution to the process, policies are defined based on an incomplete picture, often to the detriment of the most marginalised communities.
We hope to build social cohesion among 50 disadvantaged adults by reinforcing their role as residents and citizens and by promoting their active participation in the local communities. Our target group for this project is disadvantaged adults (age 18-59) from different status and backgrounds (migrants, people with a low income, a low educational level, unemployed, ethnic minorities, etc.) living in disadvantaged urban areas. The five Comensi partners have experience of working within and with disadvantaged communities in Berlin, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London and Palermo and will use this as a base for the project, providing a strong international dimension.
The aims of COMENSI will be achieved by:
1. Creating a network of experienced practitioners, researchers and civic servants and engaging with local communities to frame the challenge and share knowledge.
2. Developing an online platform explicitly designed for generic and low skilled users to assess the needs, identities and proposals by residents of the deprived neighbourhoods.
3. Integrating the use of digital resources and social media with the definition of physical spaces acting as neighbourhood hubs.
Tesserae will work in Südliche Friedrichtadt Berlin continuing the activities started in 2015-2015 with the EULER project and will will be in charge of coordinating the implementation of the online platform prototype (Intellectual Ouptut 2)
Capo - Palermo