Under the chestnut tree
young voices to be heard
Imagine children and decision makers discussing the future of the community under a chestnut tree. Adults are listening, using eyes and ears more than mouth and instructions. The future is mostly for the young people. They are stuck with many of the decisions made today, bad or good, wrong or right. They still will live with it.
25 participated in the webinar organized by ICN 20th January 2021. 3 key note speakers presented and shared experiences and concepts about childrens´ rights, methods for good dialogue and place making, related to the planning system. Prof. Cliff Hague was chairing the workshop.
Ms. Helena Edvinsson is an ombudsman for children and youths in Strängnäs municipality in Sweden. She is working with the Globetree (Globträdet) http://globetree.info
Edvinsson has worked with partners in Kenya and Tanzania for community dialogue and empowerment of children and young people.
Dr. Jenny Wood, Research Associate at the Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, completed her PhD in 2016 on children’s human rights and the Scottish Planning system. Jenny also writes about the spatial implications of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. She has delivered a range of community engagement sessions with children; training to policy-makers and practitioners; and presented an international keynote presentation. She is also Co-founder and Co-director of Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation ‘A Place in Childhood’ (APiC).
Ms. Petra Biberbach, Chief Executive of PAS, Scotland. Pas has worked extensively with youths and children, and hosted ICN International Youth Camps. PAS is following in the footsteps of Patrick Geddes, putting people first. Community planning is about PLACE, WORK and FOLK.
Without FOLK there is no community. Without children there is no future. Place making is about bringing in the young voices, including “dangerous ideas”. The Innovation Circle Network will keep working on projects and workshops focusing on these incredible important issues. Anyone who will team up and bring on initiatives may feel free to contact our board members or secretariat.