Groups in the City

‘Groups in the City’ is a new innovation where meeting places will be arranged in Malmö outside the congress venue. Different Malmö-based organizations, network members and other interested are welcomed and offered the possibility of meeting and working together with congress participants. The meetings will use a combination of group approaches based on Reflective Citizens’ (Mojovic et.al.), a way of working that has recently been further developed by a number of IAGP members around the world including Serbia, Brazil, Mozambique and the UK. Reflective Citizens seeks to enable reconciliation, support through opening up of dialogue between social groups that are distant from one another, often caught in mistrust and tension resulting in either open conflict and/or manifest violence.

 

IAGP Welcomes you to the seminar
Groups-In-the-City
Friday 3 August at 19:00
Venue Malmö City’s Meeting place and Library: GARAGET, Lönngatan 30.

 


Basis for the Seminar
Social cohesion, wellbeing and development of the society depend, to a major extent, on sufficient solidarity and dialogue between its inhabitants and their surrounding structures and organizations, in Malmö City as well as elsewhere.  The town has through its long history in many ways benefitted greatly from good dialogue between its people and their communal context, interacting with its trade, industry, socio-economic and cultural development. Yet, problems and complications, resulting in conflict and violence, have also appeared during its history, in different periods and town areas, through various social, cultural and economic citizen strata. Thus, social unrest has appeared, later been looked upon as done away with, in order, sometimes, to reappear again, similarly to what has happened in other comparable, modern, post-industrial societies.

If and when dialogue fail, temporarily or for longer time, then rioting, and risks for manifest violence and open fights arise and increase. This is, sadly, everyday experience in too many societies and regions, in Western Europe as well as in all other areas of the Globe.  There are no easy remedies, or quick fixes, available against failures in social dialogues. Only more long-term-rooted and stable networking, creating improved dialogues over contended barriers, will have chances to help. In this direction there has in fact, in recent years, been made interesting development work internationally. This refers to social projects, conducted by group researchers, group therapists and sociologically experienced organizational consultants, especially among IAGP members, who have been engaged in problem areas in different places, as contents of this XX IAGP Congress will show, here in Malmö.

Groups-in-the-City, Examples from Two Projects
In Serbia and its neighbour states, formed after the dissolution of Yugoslavia - which gave rise to cruel wars during the 1990´s - group work methods in regularly arranged median- or large group network approaches, are used building up and maintaining dialogues around post-war wounds and conflicts, which have not so far been worked-through. Such series of meetings in Belgrade and other places are now established since a decade, using verbal methods with slow but obvious progress.

In Brazil major socio-economic and ethnic conflicts in mega-cities, due to major class and ethnic differences and rivalries, are approached by regular large group meetings over conflict barriers using verbal and Sociodramatic methods with slow but promising results.

This Seminar
We will work in a learning-by-doing group structure. The overall size of the seminar will be around 50 participants including 5-6 staff members.  The structure will contain large group reflections and exchanges, alternating with small group dialogue.  There will be no formal lectures but reflections will contain perspectives upon Groups-in-the-City projects also elsewhere.  The seminar language is English.  There is no pre-arranged translation, only spontaneous ones may occur between those sitting next to each other.

Participation in this seminar will hardly offer any long-lasting solutions to present day social problems, but it can offer knowledge and, maybe, some hope about, what group process knowledge and group research contributions are able to offer, when socio-political dialogue is threatened.

Interested inhabitants and citizens of Malmö are warmly welcome so are participants of the XX IAGP Congress.  We, who are arranging the seminar, especially invite participation from Malmö City, its welfare and culture departments, police and law departments, also from Malmö University, its relevant research and education departments and faculties; and from trade and factory HR departments.  Warmly welcome are, as well, persons involved in organizations and networks working with social integration, religion, ethnicity, gender and migration in all different aspects.

No entrance fee to the seminar

Welcome to register to the Congress bureau www.iagpcongress.org before 20 July!

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