Migration Hub Network (Thomas L.)
Not yet public - a network that aims to empower anyone to be involved in entrepreneurial activities with the main target group being displaced people and anyone viewed as a financial burden to social welfare states. It is mostly active in Finland with international members and branching activities.
tbc - a buddy matching organisation between locals and newcomers Germany
We cannot yet share the names of all our partners in the first stage. The fourth one is one of our media partners, a German wide movement highlighting especially initiatives who foster integration of newcomers and locals. I additionally have committed event partners in Beirut and Amman.
Online our users, newcomers and locals, meet on the basis of shared interests and skills, shown in a concise profile.
Bazaar hosts regular events that 1) function as a safe place for users to meet 2) spread the word and repeatedly use events as a proof of concepts, 3) identify the right partner organisations for networking and collaboration, and 4) recognise active multiplicators who can facilitate workshops in other areas where they reach new audiences and are renumerated for their work.
Many see refugees as an economic burden or as someone needing only help. While it is important to help, e.g. at first arrival, with housing and healthcare, it is also important to see newcomers as people with potential, with their own resources, with the ability to contribute to Europe’s development. Unlocking this potential through empowerment is key.
Doing this is a challenge as people are struggling with a preconceived bias of immigrants. This is what we are tackling.
Fatuma Musa from Somalia recently said: “Today I have a problem and you're there for me. Tomorrow you may have a problem and I'm there for you. It should be vice versa." We could not have said it better ourselves.
Bazaar facilitates direct skillsharing between newcomers and locals so they feel empowered when they just taught a language, played music, or cooked together.
The goal is to create a different ethos through sharing, and reach true integration and inclusion in people’s everyday lives.
Where are we now?
- A functioning web platform
- 40 test users
- 2 successful events (50% newcomers) with >120 guests
- 200 Facebook likes
- A committed team and strong network
What happens next?
1) Redesign community page and onboarding process of the web platform for a usable and convenient interface on desktop by 09/2016 and mobile by 03/2017
2) European and beyond roll-out of events to promote the online activities starting 07/2016 till 03/2017 (Munich, Passau, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Zurich, Helsinki, Beirut/Amman)
3) Train active users to become multiplicators and workshop hosts in various locations starting 07/2016 till 03/2017
4) Start workshop bookings at schools and conferences starting 08/2016
5) Present at gatherings and disseminate results to broad audience
Many people have started to help. Many people also still have inhibitions about intercultural encounters.
Refugees often feel lost navigating their new homes and meeting people. They also dislike being stuck in the helpless position.
Bazaar helps out both sides. We push informal meetings empowering all and move them out of a one-sided, top down helping mechanism.
We also emphasise effective collaboration, knowing that refugee initiatives should at some point go for quality over quantity.
We are not separating refugees from other users and hence avoiding marginalisation. We allow everyone to define and present themselves as they choose. We facilitate and informal exchange of knowledge and skills, hence lowering the burden on the state and the many volunteers.
We design using ICT and a co-creation process, aiming for easy use, low barriers of entry and room for input.
Approaching the challenge both offline and online, we work in a systemic manner.
We live by empathy and respect.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Project Management: -2 project managers working part-time -Minimal promotion material -Minimal roaming costs when abroad Website: -Server costs -Renumeration for programmer, graphic and interaction designer -Basic marketing & SEO Events: -Travel and accommodation costs in German and European locations -Room rental, basic catering (donations to surplus food NGOs) -Donations to refugee musicians -Video production at selected events -Fees for our supporting Syrian/Afghan newcomers
We are always curious to connect with the right kinds of people, hoping to not create redundancy but optimise our work and the work of others. Please also reach out if you want to be involved as a volunteer or care to host an upcoming event in your area! Have some insights on how we can improve our skillsharing service or who could host our multiplicators at a facilitated workshop? Let us know. We are always excited to connect, learn and share!