The region “Zuid West is part of the beautiful city of The Hague, seat of the Dutch government. The " Zuid West" region is multicultural; home to 160 different nationalities. Like many urban areas Zuid-West faces socio-economic multi-issues, characterized by (long-term)
unemployment, poverty, health problems and growing disadvantaged young people in a socially weak environment.
Social cohesion is low. Many residents regularly feel unsafe in their own neighborhood. Almost half of the residents have difficulty affording basic costs of living.
Like in many cities and countries there is a trust gap, especially between youngsters and authorities. The city of the Hague and other stakeholders are aware of this and therefore invite youngsters to become active citizens, co-creators of their own future.
The Doughnut Economy Methodology resonates with the city’s ambition; to be the place to be, a thriving city that embraces social inclusion within the boundaries of the planet. We strongly believe that this approach is an urgent need. Governments cannot handle this alone. All citizens, business, educators and CSO’s are needed. On the local level the transformation takes the entire ecosystem, from ideation to implementation.
With the support of MasterPeace Foundation the local authorities aim to downscale the methodology ready to be used by youngsters, teachers and youth workers. They are the proud frontrunners downscaling the methodology to youngsters and implementing a multistakeholder approach in collaboration with partner countries in the EU in Germany (Wiesbaden); Romania (Ploiesti); Slovakia (Secovce) ; Poland (Ruda Kozielska)
Our target groups:
Our theory of change/ transformation approach
The approach with youngsters in the lead is based on a three phased approach (in line with the MasterPeace approach which is in lie with youth strategy developed by the EU in 2021;
The aim is to work towards a “thriving” city, driving a transformation that impacts people's values and behaviors . This also requires changes in the governance, the systems and procedures that are in place in our society. Focal point in the approach is the model invented by Ken Wilber:
I. Engage young people by using arts, sports and play to get their interest into the topic.
Topics: Sustainable Development Goals, Talents, Values
This covers the challenges the neighborhoods face, how they relate to the broader perspective of the Sustainable Development Goals and what residents, in particular the youngsters can do about it. The youngsters self esteem grows.
Tools: Kahoot! Quiz/ gamification, Core Values Game, Arts for Social Change like visualisation via StreetArt and storytelling via rap
Results: I am, I matter 2) I am a European 3) I am I learn
Topic: Sustainable Development Goals
II. Connect young people with other stakeholders in their community to widen their view.
Topics: Dialogue, Fake News, Team Diversity
Tools: Inclusive Dialogue, Storytelling
Results: 1) We are dreaming our city, 2) We are connected
Topic: Fake News
Topic: Team Diversity
III. Empower young people to provide them with the tools to take action and make a positive change
Topics: Doughnut Economy, City Portrait, System Thinking, Social Entrepreneurship
Tools: Personal Doughnut Scan, Doughnut Puzzle, Social Business Model Canvas
Results: 1) WE act and campaign, 2) we act and implement, 3) we act and co create
Topic: Doughnut Economy
Topic: City Portrait & System Thinking
Topic: Social entrepreneurship
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