Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Amsterdams Kenniscentrum voor Maatschappelijke Innovatie

Bridging groups with pictures and storytelling

Mini-Symposium for students, professionals and researchers

Symposium

In European cities, we frequently notice situations where the living together of segregated groups results in tension. What interventions facilitate these segregated groups to find common ground? We share and discuss the preliminary results of a Pan-European project developing a toolkit of bridging exercises using pictures and storytelling. Are you interested in building bridges between groups that are socialized in a way that puts them opposite of each other?

In the Erasmus+ project Picture your Story youth professionals and action researchers from five European countries are developing exercises which facilitate segregated youth groups to find common ground. The focus is on bridging segregated youth groups between 12-24 years old in Estonia, Spain, North Macedonia, Lithuania and the Netherlands. The project runs till September 2020; at that time the complete toolkit will be online.

We consider the project to be a combination of Arts-Based Research and Arts-Based Social Work. The symposium is interesting both for students, professionals and researchers who are interested in this combination or in one of the topics. Obviously, application of the tools in working with adult groups is possible, with some adjustments that still need to be explored.

Plenary talks

Arjen Barel – Director of the Storytelling Centre, storytelling coach and an international speaker on the possibilities of storytelling for individual empowerment and social impact. Arjen will zoom in on the role toolkit can play in processes of team building, triggering creativity, facilitating awareness and finding common ground.

Edward Jansen – Artistic researcher and interventionist of Buro Ontward, always attempting to seduce people to look different at things than they normally might do. Edward will illustrate how the biggest social media companies influence visual communication strategies of youngsters. They increase digital narcissism and decrease communication skills by tapping into the dopamine thirst of youth in the hunt for likes.

Workshops

In the four parallel workshops the participants can experience some of the exercises. The workshops will be fun, surprising and connecting. They invite participants to uncover and discover themselves, and at the same time empathize with others going through the same process. Together participants tend to find different kinds of common ground.

In addition, participants are introduced in how to select a series of exercises that contribute to a process of teambuilding, triggering creativity, facilitating awareness and finding common ground. In other words, they become acquainted with the way to program an intervention depending on the groups they would like to work with.

You can choose a workshop when you are registering between 12:30 - 13:00.
 
A. Connecting with the other side of the railway (MLH 05A2, 5th floor)
Sonia Carmona Tapia & Paco Vilaplana Villajos - The findings, hopes, barriers and new paths of interventions through the arts and, specifically, through the Picture your Story toolkit in the stigmatized Sevilla´s neighbourhood Poligono Sur (a.k.a. 'Las 3000 Viviendas').  
 
B. Meet the toolkit - Hands on (MLH 03A40, 3rd floor)
Erma van Maris - Experience some of the Picture your Story-exercises while going through the phases of team building, triggering creativity, facilitating awareness and finding common ground. Including how-to-explanation and some good practices from the case studies in Amsterdam.
 
C. Urban and rural students finding common ground (MLH 05A40, 5th floor)
Marjan Naumoski - The case studies in Prilep (North Macedonia) show good examples of Picture your Story-exercises for dealing with feelings of polarization and finding common ground. These examples will be presented and discussed.
 
D. Arts-based research - Why and how? (MLH 05A20, 5th floor)
Nesrien Abu Ghazaleh & Mike de Kreek - About why and how arts-based research methods with pictures and photos are mostly applicable in certain contexts with specific aims. Not only for researchers but also for professionals.
 

Program

12:30-13:00 Walk-in with coffee and tea (Wibautstraat 5a, up the stairs, first floor)

13:00-14:00 Plenary talks in lecture hall (MLH 01A30)

14:10-16:00 Parallel workshops (MLH 03A40, MLH 05A20, MLH 05A24 and MLH 05A40)

16:00-16:15 Wrap up of experiences (second floor)

16:15-17:30 Networking and drinks (second floor)

Finally, participants of the symposium will get insights in some of the contexts in the European cities where case studies were conducted. The stories about these interventions do not only illustrate the unpredictable power of the exercises, but they also show the challenges that are met in local conditions.

Contact: Mike de Kreek, 0621156077 or m.de.kreek@hva.nl.

12:30-13:00 Walk-in with coffee and tea (Wibautstraat 5a, up the stairs, first floor)

13:00-14:00 Plenary talks in lecture hall (MLH 01A30)

14:10-16:00 Parallel workshops (MLH 03A40, MLH 05A20, MLH 05A24 and MLH 05A40)

16:00-16:15 Wrap up of experiences (second floor)

16:15-17:30 Networking and drinks (second floor)

Gepubliceerd door  AKMI 18 november 2019