Event Name: First local seminar Belgium

Location of Event: Barcelona, Spain, 4 June 2015

Names of main organisations that attended:

FAEDEI, Federation of Association Representing Social Integration Enterprises, Spain
GIZATEA, Association of Social Integration Enterprises in the Basque Country, Spain
FEICAT, Association of Social Integration Enterprises in Catalunya, Spain
CIS (Centros de Inserción), Work Social Integration Centres Navarra, Spain
Josenea Work Integration Social Enterprise, Navarra, Spain
Adeipa, Work Integration Social Enterprise, Asturias, Spain
Avanza, Work Integration Social Enterprise, Sevilla, Spain
FECLEI, Encouragement of Work Integration Social Enterprises in the Castilla and Leon provinces, Spain
ANDEIS, Association of Work Integration Social Enterprises Andalucia, Spain
ADEICAN, Association of Work Integration Social Enterprises Canaries Islands, Spain

Number of participants: 21

Aim of the Event

The main objective was to learn about the participants’ knowledge on PPNs (Public Participation Networks), to learn about the activities and programmes enhancing the social integration of disadvantaged citizens in their regions/cities. Another objective was to learn about the participants’ knowledge and ideas on

how to promote structured dialogues between disadvantaged social groups and public institutions / authorities (and any good practices on this).

Guest Speakers/Facilitators:

Apart from ENSIE’s project officer and facilitator Camilla Palazzini, ENSIE’ director Patrizia Bussi attended the event (she also gave the opening remarks).

Agenda for the Event

BARCELONA 04-06-2015
The seminar will be conducted in English (Time will be allotted after each topic for questions and answers)
16:00 a.m. Registration of participants
16:15 a.m. Opening remarks Patrizia Bussi, Director at ENSIE a.s.b.l.
16:25 a.m. Introduction and general overview of project objectives, timeframe and activities Camilla Palazzini, Project Officer at ENSIE a.s.b.l.
16:35 a.m. First session: Introduction of participants and their organizations/expectations from the seminar Facilitator: Camilla Palazzini, Project Officer at ENSIE a.s.b.l.
17:00 a.m. Second session: Assessment of Best Practices and strategies adopted on the field Facilitator: Camilla Palazzini, Project Officer at ENSIE a.s.b.l.
17:30 a.m. Short break Facilitator: Camilla Palazzini, Project Officer at ENSIE a.s.b.l.
17:35 a.m. Open Space on How to engage with Local Authorities Facilitator: Patrizia Bussi, Director at ENSIE a.s.b.l.
18.00 a.m Evaluation Facilitator: Camilla Palazzini, Project Officer at ENSIE a.s.b.l.


General Summary
Please see below for a brief summary of the event:

All participants work for associations of Work Integrations Social Enterprises (WISEs) in different Spanish regions and provinces as well as for Spanish WISEs themselves.

Consequently, the participants’ experiences in terms of working with disadvantaged groups comes to a very large extent from the work integration context, from providing support for long term unemployed people, disadvantaged young people, and women at risk of social exclusion (these are the target groups named by the participants).

According to the participants, effective participative strategies for civic engagement (for the disadvantaged) are: First, the creation of places where interaction can take place (more concretely, creating places explicitly dedicated to discussion, as well as developing a coordinated system of round tables for engaged organizations). Second, the organization of public consultations and third developing a social or community economy (such as co-housing, coworking etc.). Furthermore, the participants stressed the importance of efficient education systems as a fundamental basis of any successful participation mechanism.

In terms of good practices of activities enhancing citizenship participation (of the disadvantaged but also in more general terms), the participants named the “Council for the Encouragement of the Work Integration Social Economy” (“Consejo para el Fomento de la Economia Social de Empleo”), the “Incusion Network“ of the Spanish Ministry of Social Affairs, and the adoption of a “Charter for Transparency and Good Governance” which has been adopted by the municipality of Logrono.

Good practices in terms of a less institutionalized organisations or collectivities are the “Colectivo 15M” (“15-M Movement”, the anti-austerity movement in Spain, also called the “Indignants Movement”) as well as local development groups and neighbors associations (as “good practice models” for participatory structures). The event ended with an evaluation.

We did not use any PowerPoint presentations.
Below, you can see the questionnaire which was used to assess the participants’ knowledge on PPNs, social integration of disadvantaged citizens, structured dialogues with public institutions, and on participative democracy.

QUESTIONNAIRE (used within first local seminar, organized by ENSIE)

1. Have you ever heard of “Public Participation Networks” (PPNs)? If YES, could you briefly describe your experience and provide a general comment on that.
2. Which is your experience with social integration of disadvantaged groups of citizens?
3. Do you have experience in engaging a structured dialogue with a local authority? If YES, which strategy did you use? Was it effective? Do you think it is applicable to all topics? Please briefly describe it below.
4. How can you develop a process of active participative democracy at a local level in your country? Could you suggest any strategies/techniques?
5. How do you think is possible to interact with the local authorities? Can you please mention 3 practical ways to engage with them?
6. How is possible to enable the public to have an active formal role in the policy making? Can you mention 3 practical examples?
7. Can you mention 3 best practices of participative democracy organizations in your country? Why did you choose them?