Much time in the recent months has been spend on a project in the prison of Sittard in the south of the Netherlands. With inmates and prison staff we have been working on a documentary about their life in prison. Co-creation was an important element of this project. It was a very participatory process, everybody involved contributed to. The final result was presented this month during a meeting in Sittard.
A leaflet with photo’s that trigger augmented reality is also part of the result of the project.
Citizens Lab is a very diverse network of changemakers. Journalists, politicians, visual artists, dancers, architects, actors of civil society and others gather in this network to share their ideas and experiences and try to develop new ways of working together. CLab is very much about subjects such as co-creation, participatory leadership, new forms of democracy and culture as a vehicle for social change and cohesion.
As the name says it is a lab, CLab follows a lab approach, things can go wrong, if only lessons are learned. We develop prototypes in diverse Eu countries to work on new models for a different society.
Being part of CLab is a challenging experience the meetings are very motivating and inspiring.
Exodus is an organization that helps ex-offenders on their way back to society. This month we are testing the last games that we developed for the Real Life project, on serious gaming for prisoners. Not only the digital games but also the more traditional games such as a card game that we have developed.
The participants of the PAC workshop in JJI Lelystad have realized a cooking book together. This project is progressing really well, beyond expectations. Young offenders are not a very reliable group to work with, but all of the were present at almost every session, even though some session were early in the morning. (getting up early is not their strongest quality). Everybody was very proud on the final result of the workshop, a cooking book.
8 we had the kick-off meeting in Antwerp of a new project. The PAC project, PAC
stands for Prisoners and Active Citizenship.
At the first sight an unlikely combination, but we’re looking forward to
working on this project.
Two organizations from Belgium will play a leading role in this project “de Rode Antraciet” and “de Vrije Universiteit Brussel” The other partners come from Croatia, the UK and Italy. The next two years the,re will be a lot of pilots that will result in a toolkit, which will be the most important intellectual output of the project.
We spend three exiting and inspiring days filming for a game in Virtual Reality that we are developing with “wemakevr” a company based in Amsterdam http://wemakevr.com Almost 25 professionals are working on this exiting project that will be finished later this year. The ambition is to develop the game “Talk to me” that will help people at the edge of society to develop their soft skills
The year started with some teaching in Italian prisons The final version of the blended learning environment that we have developed for the Real Life project was tested during a very successful pilot in Padua. At the end of the week we visited the female prison in Venice. Boats of the prison police took us to parts of Venice where tourist seldom come.
C&C is very proud to be a member of the European Citizenslab.
Citizenslab is a participatory network of local actors of change from different sectors and context trying to generate systematic change from the root level and not just to tweak symptoms of what is not working. The underlying question is:
‘How can our diverse practices create a more meaningful quality of life in Europe’.
We use a so called Lab Approach to illuminate each other and let a new community intelligence emerge. The key elements of a Lab Approach are:
A shared longer term goal
A core group that co-designs and co-hosts the process and navigates the complexity of the lab
Series of experiments and prototypes where the new system is enacted in real-time
A community of practices for a new system of influence
SWAG (Share ideas, Work together, Act now, Get involved)
Within CitizensLab we work on a prototype to develop new models for education. We want to help children and young people to realise their full potential and to become active citizens. We address education by involving schools in the practices and integrating them in community life. We promote freedom in education and want to strengthen the rights of pupils to take responsibility for their learning processes as well as to advocate democratic participation to become part of decision-making processes in schools. With partners from Budapest, Sofia, Frankfurt, Barcelona and Athens we started preparing a project called SWAG, trying to combine learning and active citizenship.
educatieve programma's met kunst voor kansarmen en mensen die met justitie en strafrecht in aanmerking zijn gekomen.