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Case Description

Web in the Hood

Written by Martijn Hartog on woensdag 27 oktober 2010 10:39
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Trust between inhabitants in a neighbourhood is not something that is naturally anymore.
People in the neighbourhood know each other less, move more often, have different
backgrounds and spend more time in places other then the neighbourhood. Yet,
everyone wants to live in an comfortable environment. But: Who takes care of our
houses if we are on vacation? Who checks if everything is ok? These are common matters that were we need trust for between people. The question is how we can support
this trust in a neighbourhood.
This trust depends on what we know from the neighbourhood and its inhabitants, what
we do together and what we share. This trust we can build by information and social cohesion and cultural activities. And this is what Web in the hood is all about: Use internet
as a tool to create more trust in the neighbourhood.

Characteristics

Country Netherlands
Coverage local
Number of users 501-1000
Project website http://www.webindewijk.nl
Status pilot
ISCED Educational Level(s) 4: Post-secondary non-tertiary education
Context & focus E-skills training and community building initiative for adults in deprived communities in the Netherlands funded by the Commissie dag indeling, Oranje Fonds, EQUAL-ESF
Issue & target group addressed Strengthening deprived communities through e-skilling and community-focused activities of adults; promote integrative social processes in the neighbourhood
Web 2.0 supported intervention and intended impact Blended approach with physical meeting places for socialising and training, and presence and activities of community members on the Web aimed to stimulate people caring for each other; “animators” connect the people behind the websites
Web 2.0 technologies used Web toolbox with which people can create their own website in 4 clicks and then enrich the profile, use a logbook, add content, etc.; there is also a module for starting an activity and inviting people to join
Main problems encountered Social community workers are not necessarily interested in ICT for their clients; also the approach to address all (not only marginalised people) and stimulate people caring for each other was much harder to implement than the initiators thought.
Lessons learned / advice The core of the initiative is the „blended“ approach with physical meeting places for socialising and exchanging ideas and the web presence and activity of community members. The idea that the participants could organise Web in the Hood all by themselves did not work out yet. A professional “animator” is still very important to drive participation.

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