Newsletter N° 11 - July 2010

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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 first national network of Intercultural Cities

Cities operate within widely varying national and local jurisdictions and institutional systems. National cultural and legal frameworks contribute to determine to what extent cities are able to re-think their local policies in an intercultural way. A flexible coordination and exchange tool that takes into account national specificities is therefore needed in order to help support a broader range of cities in their intercultural endeavours.

A meeting organised by Reggio Emilia with the support of the Intercultural cities programme on May 22 marked a significant step in this direction and laid the foundations for the creation of the first national intercultural cities network.

Six Deputy Mayors for integration policies or social cohesion representing the following Italian cities took part in the meeting: Genova, Torino, Savignano sul Rubicone, Lodi, Senigallia and Reggio Emilia. They declared strong interest in sharing their experiences in relation to the management of cultural diversity and discussing such issues with the institutions on other levels of governance. (more...)

Pilot cities

Berlin Neukölln (Germany)

Izhevsk (Russian Federation)

Lublin (Poland)

Lyon (France)

Melitopol (Ukraine)

Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

Oslo (Norway)

Patras (Greece)

Reggio Emilia (Italy)

Subotica (Serbia)

Tilburg (Netherlands)

The Intercultural City Index

The Intercultural Cities Index and benchmarking tool, which has been prepared with the support of BAK Basel Economics, consists of a number of indicators which allow to:

illustrate what intercultural integration means in practice and how it is implemented in specific cities,

assess where the city stands in the different policy and governance areas and assess progress over time

enable city-to-city learning by matching good practice and learning needs in specific areas

test different hypotheses about the relationship between intercultural policy and specific policy outcomes such as economic performance and safety (more...)


Designing an Intercultural Park. Results of the International Master Class, Stadslab Melitopol 2010

In April of this year an international team consisting of eleven architects, landscape architects, planners and designers travelled to Melitopol, Ukraine, for a Master Class on Park Design, organized by Stadslab European Urban Design Laboratory. Stadslab is an international think tank and design laboratory for urban design in today’s European cities. Located in Tilburg, we organize Master Class programs to bring design expertise to cities and regions in Europe in order to create coherent, sustainable and successful urban environments. Participants of our Master Classes are mostly young professionals with a degree and several years of experience in architecture, town planning or landscape architecture. The programs are supervised by internationally renowned experts in the field. Although we stress the necessity of local participants in the team, what we offer can best be characterized as an "outsiders view". (more...)


From multicultural perspectives to intercultural dialogue: A workshop for combing media production methods in Ukraine

To produce innovatory, differentiated information on intercultural issues and problems of discrimination or minorities, to combine the multiple approaches adopted by the mainstream and ethnic & diversity media in Ukraine to the aforementioned subjects, and lastly, to help establish a network of mainstream and ethnic & diversity journalists geared to combating discrimination and promoting intercultural dialogue in Ukraine: these were the aims of a workshop held in Odessa from 18 to 21 May 2010, in partnership with the NGO Democracy through Culture. (more...)

Intercultural Consultation and Participation: Ignore at your own peril!

The intercultural approach is founded on the belief that modern cities should be seen less as places of distinct communities, but rather as local public spheres with multidimensional connections, which overlap and may conflict. Policy makers and planners may ignore the following implications at their own peril. They must ensure that consultation cannot be a one-off standardized exercise but a continuous process of informal discussion and engagement. (more...)

Intercultural Family Residential Model Brunnenhof

Living together with others – in one city, one neighbourhood or one house – is not always the easiest. Especially when thinking about the different ethnic, cultural or religious backgrounds people have. In times of very heterogeneous societies it is becoming more and more important to learn about each others cultural (living) habits. (more...)

International Cities of Migrants Conference - The Hague, 3-4 October 2010

Cities of Migration is a web platform that showcases good practice in the integration of urban migrants and promotes innovative ideas that create equity, social cohesion and urban prosperity. Mostly active on a virtual basis, providing showcases of effective integration of cities all over the world, as they call it good ideas, this platform aims at fostering the exchange of international city leaders, migrant experts and local practitioners. (more...)

ELAC - European Local Authorities Competition on Good Practices on the Support for Migrant Elders’ Initiatives

The growing percentage of migrant elders all around Europe is a matter of fact. The last few decades have seen a rapid demographic change in the ethnic and cultural diversity of many European states; according to statistical data, the number of elders aged 65-79 will increase throughout the European Union over the next 20 years whereas the number of younger people will decrease significantly. (more...)

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