Post Woskshop: Inclusion, Creativity and Human Potential

The Third Includ-EU Regional Workshop highlighted regional policies and practices related to labour inclusion

Labour participation is an essential building block for inclusion. It has a direct impact on access to housing, wellbeing and the ability of individuals to contribute.

The Includ-EU workshop “Inclusion, Creativity and Human Potential” on 14-15 June 2022 in Venice highlighted regional policies and practices that support stakeholders to build on their ideas, motivation, competences and experiences.

Speakers included

Rossella Celmi, IOM Italy
Gloria Bondi, The Human Safety Net
Angelique Petrits, DG HOME
Rabab Ahmad, IOM’s Regional Office for the EEA, the European Union and NATO
Alan Barbieri, The Human Safety Net
Helena Castellà Duran, Department of Equality and Feminisms of the Catalan Government
Stefano Rovelli, The Human Safety Net
Mays Kabouch, Singa
Enrica Cornaglia, Ashoka Italy

They shared how they are working to improve access to labour market – or accessed the labour market – the collaborations they implement, and how they learn from their peers to improve practices.

For the European Union, improving access to the labour market for all has deep implications both for the economy and for social cohesion. The challenge of integration and inclusion is particularly relevant for migrants, not only newcomers but sometimes also for EU citizens with a migrant background.

The EU Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion 2021-2027 states that:

Ensuring effective integration and inclusion in the EU of migrants is a social and economic investment that makes European societies more cohesive, resilient and prosperous.”

Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion 2021-2027, COM (2020) 758 final

This workshop therefore specifically focused on the benefits of peer learning for better policies and practices. It actually created a space where meaningful exchanges between peers would occur. At a time when everything is available online, it was important to design an experience that would nurture the network and encourage further collaborations.

Tapping Into Human Potential

In the afternoon, the interactive exhibition at the Home of the Human Safety Net provided participants with an opportunity to explore different dimensions of human potential and their own character strengths: Creativity, Perseverance, Leadership, Team spirit, Hope, Curiosity.

These character strengths were also highlighted in the exchanges with Yousaf Marufkhel, Mohammad Hossaini and Ali Rezai from the Orient Experience, an ethnic catering company founded in 2012 by political refugees and asylum seekers in the city of Venice.

The migrant as an innovator

In fact, the dishes are the result of the migrant’s encounters with other cultures and a personal reinterpretation and adaptation to the place where they are proposed. The Orient Experience makes it possible to transmit new knowledge and live a new sensorial and relational experience, through the conviviality offered by the food, the care of the place of refreshment where this otherness is breathed in.

The Orient Experience highlights the potential offered by the encounter between different cultures, and diversity as a source of innovation and education. It is a testimony of the figure of the migrant as an innovator.

Attendees had dinner at the Orient Experience to actually live the concept.

Collective intelligence to improve practices

  1. improving a professional practice;
  2. learn how to solve complex problems.

Co-construction, collaboration, sharing, individual and collective reflection are at the center of this approach, based on the idea that it is possible to “learn on your practice, by listening and helping colleagues to progress in understanding and improving their own practice”.

This session was the first of a series of sessions to be facilitated in upcoming events of the project. The 6-step co-development methodology helped participants to take advantage of the presence of their peers to unlock challenges and seize opportunities in a very concrete way.

Strategic partnerships for integration

The afternoon session started with a plenary moment, which includes the presentation of:

  • the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policies on their multi-annual integrated programmatic document for work, integration and inclusion 2021-2027;
  • the Fondazione Leone Moressa, a private research institute dedicated to the study of the economics of immigration who will focus on the economic added value of migration.

This Includ-EU workshop was hosted at the premises of the Human Safety Net, a foundation created by Generali, which brings together non-profit organisations and the private sector in Europe, Asia and South America. It was therefore quite natural to look at strategic partnerships to tap into expertise, networks and resources outside government.

The two roundtables gathered the following representatives:

Simona Torre, Fondazione Italiana Accenture
Kenny Clewett, Ashoka, Hello Europe
Paola Cavanna and Dina Ulinici, IOM Italy
Massimiliano Giacomello, Consorzio Comunità Brianza
Carlo Massini, Hogan Lovells
Alice Dalfovo and Stefano Buzzati, Diagrammi Nord – Una casa per l’uomo
Anna Filippucci, MicroLab

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