Newsletter N° 17 - October 2011

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Can cities learn to perceive cultural diversity not as a threat but as an opportunity? How can they make diversity work to their advantage? Can the city become the focus of collective identity bridging ethnic and religious identities? In the context of the Intercultural Cities programme several pilot cities will review their policies through the "intercultural lens" and develop intercultural strategies in order to meet the challenges of a world in motion.

The biggest web page in the world – Lyon says yes to diversity

ISCPA, school of journalism and communication in Lyon is creating THE LARGEST WEB PAGE IN THE WORLD TO SAY YES TO DIVERSITY:

The web page will be on line in October 2011 and will include the photos of all those who would like to support diversity. The principle is simple: you need to upload your photo from a file, a webcam, a smart phone, a tablet or a facility which will travel around the 9 Lyon boroughs. It is also possible to upload text, drawings, videos etc.

In order to enlarge the campaign’s impact, and beyond the creation of the web page which will be declared to the Guinness book of records, posters will be shown in Lyon’s metro from 6 October, a street marketing operation will take place, and a Facebook page will be created and managed by the students. Sun Radio (Group Espace) is also a partner of the campaign and will support it with publicity spots on all of the group's radio stations (Radio Espace, Sun Radio, Virage FM,…), as well as through banners on its web and Facebook pages. (more...)

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The Contribution of Outsiders to Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Cities

In a case study looking at the positive benefits that cultural and ethnic diversity brings to economic growth and innovation, Lia Ghilardi finds that the entrepreneurs studied, are advantaged by their diverse backgrounds. With almost one in four businesses in London (22.6%) being categorised as an ethnic minority business (according to a report by the Competitive Advantage of Diversity initiative), it seems that culture can contribute to the success of business activity. The intercultural abilities of an ethnic minority allow them to access and utilise aspects of different cultures. For instance, ethnic minority businesses may increase their competitive businesses by exploiting their diaspora networks, as is the case with the outsourcing of software development from the Silicon Valley to Bangalore. Ghilardi looks at successful ‘global’ and ‘local’ entrepreneurs, pinpointing the cultural factors that have contributed to their success. (more...)

Expert visit and study visit to the city of Izhevsk 2011: Overview

In 2008 Izhevsk along with eleven European cities, became a member of the joint programme of the Council of Europe and the European Commission "Intercultural cities". During this period, many events took place in the city putting an emphasis on its multiethnic and intercultural identity: exhibitions and forums, interethnic festivals, trade fairs, creative actions, national traditional holidays' celebrations (Maslenitsa, Sabantui), sport competitions.


In order to share its experience and critically assess its achievements, Izhevsk hosted two international visits in August-September: the visit of Intercultural cities expert Anja Gunjak a study visit of representatives of ICC member cities. (more...

Sharing radio programmes about migration

Radio 1812 is an initiative by December 18, the International Resource Centre on the Human Rights of Migrant Workers. It is a global initiative that brings together migrant groups and radios from around the world to produce, broadcast and share programmes celebrating the achievements and highlighting the concerns of migrants on the occasion of the International day of Migrants 18 December. Last year, 243 radio stations from 50 countries in 4 continents participated, ranging from community radio stations to national and international public broadcasters. During the week of the 18th of December, the Radio 1812 team gathers the audio material from its partners and put it on their website where visitors will be able to listen to and download the programmes for re-broadcasting. Audio material is available in English, French, Spanish and other languages.


To listen to broadcasts and contribute your own content visit the Radio 1812 website.

Cohen-Emerique M. (2011) - Pour une approche interculturelle en travail social, Théories et pratiques, Rennes, Presses de l’EHESP


In this work, Margalit Cohen-Emerique, after many years of experience in research and education, studies the major difficulties of various origins encountered by social workers working with migrants and their children in France, in several other European countries and in Quebec. To overcome these difficulties, she devised the "culture shock" (or "critical incident") methodology, a combination of a research method and a teaching tool. (more...)

Social Entrepreneurship as a Space for Intercultural Communication and Innovation

In a study conducted on intercultural social entrepreneurs in 2006, Lise Bisballe asserts that they create social value, bearing a positive effect on society. The Intercultural cities initiative purports that a city can improve itself by tapping into diverse cultures as a resource. Bisballe asserts that social entrepreneurs provide a way in which to do this, through their intercultural methods and initiatives. Looking at 5 cases from different cultural settings, and discussing the intercultural, social, economic and innovative benefits, she concludes that it is worthwhile for cities to invest in the work of social entrepreneurs. (more....)

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