Leaving the bubble: Safe spaces for difficult conversations

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Coordinator SÖDRA MEDBORGARPRESS I STHLM AB - DirektPress Södra Sidan
Funding from Vinnova SEK 300 000
Project duration May 2019 - January 2020
Status Ongoing
Venture Social innovation - development and testing
Call Test and develop a social innovation – step 1 2019

Purpose and goal

We aim to develop and test a new kind of social meeting-place, built within the framework of a large newspaper chain in greater Stockholm, which through innovative, communicative techniques can stimulate residents of diverse backgrounds to interact trustingly across social and ethnic borders. The aim is to strengthen mutual understanding and trust, in order to counter polarization and segregation within Stockholm.

Expected results and effects

We hope to establish an atmosphere among our users that it is meaningful and attractive to communicate across social borders and to try to solve problems together with people outside the own bubble. We think we can highlight new, possible remedies for the general absence of over-bridging meeting places within our cities and strengthen the public’s trust in democratic dialogue. We also believe there is a potential for media organisations, by using this kind of new tools, to strengthen user engagement and to broaden the participation in journalistically moderated forums.

Planned approach and implementation

The project-hub will be a website related to the newspaper chain DirektPress, through which we initiate and coordinate the project activities. We will conduct matching experiments where people of opposing views will be stimulated to meet and talk. We will supply the bases of discussion through articles, podcasts and videos that help to shape the picture of obstacles and possible solutions. In co-laboration with civil society we will develop frameworks of discussion based on the idea of ’safe spaces’, that will strengthen the chances for social over-bridging and conflict management.

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Last updated 29 April 2019

Reference number 2019-01688

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