Open Heritage Participatory Platform

Organizing, Promoting and Enabling Heritage Re-use through Inclusion, Technology, Access, Governance and Empowerment

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  • New proposal at Partners engagement strategy
    Introduction
    Who are we? We are a collaboration between multiple organizations, actors, and communities across the European Union through the project OpenHeritage. We share the collective aim of creating urban reuse processes through greater inclusion, access to technology, and more just collaborative governance. Our work takes place in six different communities and neighborhoods in PrĂ€dikow, Berlin; PĂłmaz, Budapest; Centocelle, Rome; Sunderland, London; Praga, Warsaw; and MarquĂȘs de Abrantes, Lisbon. Though our contexts are different and unique, we have come together to collaborate and co-create to create strong practices around heritage and the communities that inhabit and surround it. Why are we writing this? Within Open Heritage our learning has been invaluable because of the practices co created within our neighborhoods and the diversity of our contexts. We live in polarising political times where there is serious doubt about the power of the everyday citizen and the inclusiveness and transparency of democratic processes. So at this juncture in our journey, we have made a collective effort to reflect and celebrate the important lessons and principles within our work within heritage, our neighborhoods, and our wider EU community. How are we writing this? Within OpenHeritage the title of our project is Organizing, Promoting and Enabling Heritage Reuse through Inclusion, Technology, Access, Governance and Empowerment and we wanted to begin from this text to give the terms greater meaning and connection to our collective project and context. As a result the idea is that each partner would write an statement about a term within the title that connects to their values as an organization within OpenHeritage or within their lab. While there are fewer terms than partners, we resolved the decision of who would write each section through the sortition feature on Decidim. The text itself is being written through the participatory text feature that records each amendment and is open to commentary from those who want to constructively contribute.
  • New proposal at Partners engagement strategy
    Empowerment takes attention and effort
    Empowerment takes close attention and lots of effort. Agency among citizens and communities, awareness of their heritage values, and support in of becoming integral actors of spatial change – is the most powerful when fueled by local dynamics, initiatives, needs and engagement. Connectivity and alignment with other actors in spatial change is crucial, but empowerment starts from within communities, and is strongest when it is and remains self-driven.
  • New proposal at Partners engagement strategy
    Inclusion -------
    Based on an analysis of structural inequalities, inclusion requires affirmative action to improve "the ability, opportunity, and dignity of people, disadvantaged on the basis of their identity, to take part in society" (World Bank). Don't talk about the disadvantaged, talk with the disadvantaged! Inclusion promotes their leadership to develop strategies to overcome barriers to full participation. Inclusion also makes people accountable for using privileges for a more equal society.
  • New proposal at Partners engagement strategy
    Technology within heritage sites
    For internal processes "Hof PrÀdikow" CHL uses several tools (e.g. slack, trello, email) to discuss, decide, exchange informations and files. But the conversation with the neighbours needs face-to-face, decisions by handshake or a telephone call. The area provides almost no jobs, so people have to develop sources of income. It seems that the first generation, moving urban to rural, with jobs that require computers and internet connections. That means fast internet is a precondition.

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