Boundary transgressing dialogue culture

Boundary transgressing dialogue culture project is a method and material development project for the third and public sector to improve approaches on integration, equality work and digitalization in educational and other fostering functions. The project goal is to thematize these issues in a journalistically progressive and democratizing way.

Our approaches are target group sensitive and dialogical, however, it does not leave sensitive and challenging issues unelaborated on.

Our methodology is guided by principles of:

  • Democratic values: freedom, equality and the right to participate socially 
  • The Finnish constitution
  • The principles of the union for journalists in Finland
  • The principles of the national core curriculum regarding the aims for democracy education
  • Act on equality between men and women 

The project is a 6-month pilot that starts from the beginning of April and lasts to the end of September. We will, however, start-up some of the processes already before March, and aim to arrange funding to extend the project until January 2022 in order to process our material production and methodology thoroughly to secure their quality and ease of use in different learning environments.

For the 6 month pilot period, the target group is 17-29-year-olds, with particular sensitivity to youth with different backgrounds.

In the larger project of 2 years, the target group will also include primary school pupils in the methodology and material development processes.

The initial funding for the 6 month pilot period has been granted by OKM/AVI.

For further information about the project, please contact project manager Nana Blomqvist

The core team also consists of:

  • Johanna Liipola (expert in international cooperations) 
  • Juhani Koivuviita (coach) 
  • Thierry Francis Mbabane (journalist)
    Rewan Kakl (photographer) 
  • Juho Vainio (product developer)

We have a large network of cooperation partners however and will expand them during the project period.

The Methods and materials will be published easily accessible online here and will be presented at relevant fairs such as Educa-fair. They can be used for journalistic and educational purposes and can be utilized by the public and third sector.

The working process of the project during this 6 month pilot period

  1. Conducting a series of interactive workshops in senior high schools and youth organizations where the aim is to thematize gender equality through interactive workshops.
  2. Developing five dialogue workshop concepts to be held at the HUB Turku venue on the  following themes:
    1. Different cultural notions or habits one has reacted to when encountering cultural traits that one is unfamiliar with from before.
    2. The benefits and harms of digitalization and the new pressures it puts on adults raising children in the contemporary world.
    3. Benefits can be the ways digitalization functions as tools, and harms can be for example addictions.
    4. Cosmopolitanism and multicultural society – painful moments in integration.
    5. Contemporary world and the professions of the future.
    6. Media
  3. Produce journalistically relevant podcasts and artistic materials relating to the discussed topics in cooperation with the participants of the workshops conducted at the HUB Turku venue.
  4. Produce a short movie about the young people’s encounter with pornography and orientation in the sexual script in real life.

The materials will then be developed and published as part of the bank for methods and materials to:

  • counteract polarisation in the society
  • create new models for equality development, also considering the needs in minority communities
  • counteract the ethnic segregation regarding the labour market and other societal agency
  • thematize crucial and possibly inflamed issues of integration and to develop new models for this work
  • develop tools and strategies to respond to the new challenges digitalization puts on adults raising children and adolescents.

Even though our primary target group is young adults and adolescents, this project concerns and will include the older fostering and parenting generations as well.

Steering group

  • Nina Pietikäinen – Turun tyttöjen talon johtaja 
  • Essi Hillgren – Turun AMK. MESH – Verkostot ja mentorointi maahanmuuttajien työllistymisen tukena 
  • Afrah Al Bayaty – Maahanmuuttajien kotoutumisen ja työllistymisen asiantuntija ja Vigor seksuaaliterveysmentori 
  • Katri Arnivaaraa, Turun kaupunki,asiakkuudet ja osallisuus

Cooperation partners:

  • Tyttöjen Talo
  • Startup Refugees
  • Daisy Young Club
  • Pink Orbit Production
  • Several schools in the Turku region

We are also in open dialogue with Rauhanliitto and cooperating with Mohammed Yousif, Liban Abdi. In the process, we will also develop and expand our cooperative networks.

We are also internationally connected to various Nordic organizations that work on these issues.