“Breaking the Silence” Community Reporting in Stockholm Sweden

“I  believe that we need more thinking to create sustainable communities, and the right to describe their own reality is one of them” Simon Safari  chair of the Tenants’ Association  Botkyrka Stockholm.

I have just come back from the “Breaking the Silence” conference  in Stockholm where I was speaking about Community Reporting and using social media as a community engagement tool.

Gary speaking at the Breaking the Silence conferenceThe  conference on the 19th February 2011  was organised by DIN Lokaltidning  (Your Voice) an online newspaper based in Sollentuna along with Tenants Associations in Botkyrka and Sollentuna in Stockholm.  The conference explored  how communities can  break the silence and engage with public agencies in more meaningful ways.

Over 60 people attended the event  and included people from  the Swedish public services,  newspapers, TV and NGOs and took place at the Xenta Centre in Tumba.

I also talked  about how Community Reporters can be used to develop neighborhood  Social Media communication hubs  and how reporters produce a variety of  high quality, interesting  and relevant local content about their communities.  There was interest from participants about this and on how content from communities  can appear on Swedish TV.  Apart from the fact that it was -22 outside the presentation  seemed to be warmly received!Gary speaking to people

Other presenters  included the  Botkyrka Community Theatre an innovative dance project that used dance and drama to produce local guides using  local residents. Megaphone ,a youth project  which worked with people on a local estate to get there voice heard. Rouzbeh Djalaie also described  “Your Local Newspaper ” that works in Stockholm and distributes 37 000 copies of Järvafältet.  The conference  had a  Skype presentation from the MEM project, an  EU-Project for Civil Rights and citizenship operating  throughout europe and coordinated  by MIRA Media in Holland. This project emphasised the importance of creating  a sustainable living contact with the local community.

For more information on the event look at the report  on the Din web site which is unfortunately in Swedish but can be translated using google translate.

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