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Barbara Abspoel 3380149 Magnus Vøllo 3916987 Joost Weeda 4027418. Content. Defining the actor: Jeugdraad Feijenoord Slide nr. 3 – 5 The area: Deelgemeente Feijenoord Slide nr. 6 – 10 Socio-economic status Ethnical diversity Social index Safety index
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members and is in a continuous
process of recruiting new members
The Youth Council of Feijenoordstruggles daily with finding an answer to the following strategic questions:
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Whether Feijenoord develops into a more segregated or integrated area will have consequences for the area. We argue that…
…will have an important impact on key factors in society such as crime, sense of belonging, safety, participation. Hence, the development of segregation is important to map as we believe that it is linked to some of the core determinants of the everyday life.
The state of the economy affects several important factors in the everyday life in Feijenoord:
Depending on the development of these measures we argue that other key factors such as crime, health, and safety either increase or decrease. This illustrates the importance of the trend, as Feijenoord will look very different in many aspects, depending on the development of these factors.
Based on our understanding of how the trends impact the life within the area of Feijenoord, we created the following four scenarios
“Hand in Hand Kameraden”
“A New Feijenoord”
“Survival of the Fittest”
This is a scenario in which low segregation and economic decline occurs. This gives a society in which people help each other out when they need something. There is some sense of belonging to a group. People may trade furniture, cook together, and solve problems together. Due to the economic decline little jobs are available, there is high unemployment, but also a high level of social- and voluntary work. A booming civil society is the result of strong social ties and relative poverty. People take care of each other and streets are safe.
Urban renewal draws more business and money to the area, increasing its diversity. More local jobs result in lower unemployment. Both the physical environment as well as the average income rises. With renewed vigor, the inhabitants of Feijenoord engage in an active civil society. Problems such as crime and unsafetydo not disappear entirely, but do diminish strongly and are tackled in unison by the various groups in society.
Economic decline lowers the amount of jobs available in the area.Unemployment rises, especially under young people. For lack of things to do, more young people hang around in the streets, which creates nuisance and feelings of unsafetyin the neighborhood. Crime levels rise. In these uncertain times, people are drawn to what they know and become suspicious of those they identify as different. Segregation between higher and lower income groups and between groups of different ethnic background increases.
Feijenoord is developing into an important economical center of the city, new businesses with skyscraper offices and trendy stores attract wealthy citizens’ to come and live in gentrified enclaves of the town. Those not affected by these positive changes however, remain segmented in challenging social situations. They feel left behind, lose confidence in political institutions, crimerates are rising.
In each of these 4 scenarios, the Youth Council of Feijenoord should have their strategic questions in mind:
Although the council should keep all strategic questions in mind when analyzing their future strategic choices, some questions will be more relevant then others depending on what the scenarios looks like.
In the following slides we have therefore tried to highlight the main challenges and possibilities for the youth council within each scenario.
In this scenario the high level of integration is a possibility that can be taken advantage of. Being a youth council in this world entails that representation can be achieved by facilitating young people to do volunteer work and become active for the youth council. Further, they should create strong networks with community and politics by emphasizing the shared area identity.
The economic decline is a problem, and hence the council should focus on basic needs in the community and explore possibilities that stimulate economic growth. This is important in order to stay relevant and legitimate among the young people.
This scenario includes the possibilities stemming from a strong civil society. This means that the youth council should mobilize young people to do volunteer work and become active for the youth council.
A potential challenge may be that politicians and youth don’t see the need for a council in this new and better world. In order to remain legitimate and avoid being seen as obsolete the council should focus on own initiatives (advice and activities). These initiatives can be related to‘lighter’ topics such as culture, education, environment, sports. They must prove that the council is still needed by being professional, active and visible.
Even though both trends are taking the negative direction in this scenario, we see a possibility for the council in that they can take the role as a bridge between different groups. When traditional policies are perceived as failing, a window opens up for innovative initiatives (advice and activities) from the council.
In order to bring together different groups of young people in a positive way, they should be an independent actor facilitating interaction between groups.
The segregation is a challenge that forces the council to consider equal representation of different groups. They should also be aware of how sensitive topics can make or break you. The focus should be on basic needs in the community, and the council should aim for consensus on these topics.
The challenge for the youth council in this scenario is that although the economy are booming, certain groups are left behind. Therefore it is important to represent all youth, but with a focus on the underprivileged. This can be achieved by focusing on topics that empower underprivileged youth, making sure these are represented in the youth council and by connect privileged and underprivileged.
The council should try to take advantage of the economic growth by advocating that this should also benefit the underprivileged.
Hand in Hand Kameraden
A New Feijenoord
Survival of the Fittest