Academy of Arts for Inclusive Democracy
Homelessness is one of the most complex social challenges of modern cities. The Greater Manchester Mayor's Office wants to put in place a co-developed 10-year homelessness reduction and prevention strategy. But involving homeless people in this collaborative policy making project is challenging. We will set up the Academy of Arts for Inclusive Democracy, whose main goal is to involve homeless people in the co-design of new policies to fight rough sleeping through the use of arts.
The Greater Manchester Area.
Co-developed policy making enhances the ability of regulators to achieve social goals, as it has been recognised by the World Bank. But successfully engaging with disadvantaged groups to develop high quality and stable regulation is a challenge. This project will innovate in this area.
The 10-year homelessness reduction and prevention strategy of the Greater Manchester Mayor's Office will be co-designed by citizens, experts and politicians. If we are successful with this project, people experiencing homelessness will also be involved in the process through the use of arts.
The Academy of Arts for Inclusive Democracy will support people experiencing homelessness to express their ideas and feelings through the use of arts. This will help the citizens, experts and politicians currently involved in the co-design of the 10-year homelessness reduction and prevention strategy to empathize and come up with better policy proposals. The main innovation in this project is the use of arts to involve vulnerable groups in collaborative policy making processes.
We support local governments in the design of on- and offline collaborative policy making processes. But usually we don't have the resources to involve vulnerable groups in these projects. We would love to do it in Manchester because it is the city that embraced us as an organization years ago.
In the past we have collaborated with NGOs and universities in five European countries to foster participation of young disadvantages people in local politics. This time we will collaborate with a local NGO (Street Support) and we'll try to involve the Greater Manchester Mayor's Office.
We would like to know more about other organizations using arts to involve disadvantaged people in collaborative policy making processes. Where did they succeed and fail?