Boundary transgressing dialogue culture

We deploy and develop interactive workshop methods within the field of equality, integration and digitalisation. We provide particular expertise and knowledge for the third and public sector to improve approaches and to create a strategy to systematise the work in integration, and equality work in educational and other fostering functions. The project goal is to thematise these issues in a journalistically and pedagogically progressive and democratising way.

For further information about the project, please contact project manager Nana Blomqvist  nana(a)

The core team also consists of:

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

The project has an initial funding from the Regional State Administrative Agencies.

The aim of the project is to counteract segregation and polarisation and to facilitate equal societal agency regardless of gender or ethnicity. In this project we combine educational, fostering and media production work where the young target groups themselves play active parts, in order to stay in tune with the lived experiences of the target groups.

If further funding is granted, for two years to follow the activity will be:

  1. Interactive workshops in schools thematising equality and human rights
  2. Cooperation with two research projects
  3. A journalistic campaign where we collect stories of experienced racism to be published digitally and in print.
  4. Based on the three activities listed above, outlining a strategy plan on how to systematise project natured third sector integration and equality work in the public sector

The research projects

1. An investigation of the network of secure adults and its connection to how well integration and attachment to society develops. This is a cooperation with the Migration Institute and the department of Psychology and speech therapy at Åbo Akademi University.

2.Development of impact measurement tools to receive indicators of the impacts of equality work. This is conducted in cooperation with two researchers from Arden University.

The working process of the project during this 6 month pilot period that lasts until the end of October 2020

  1. Conducting a series of interactive workshops in senior high schools and youth organisations where the aim is to thematise gender equality and digitalisation 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 (e.g. efficient tools) and harms (e.g. addictions) of digitalisation and the new pressures it puts on adults raising children in the contemporary world.
    3. Cosmopolitanism and multicultural society – painful moments in integration.
    4. Contemporary world and the professions of the future.
    5. Media
  3. Produce journalistically relevant podcasts with the target groups and people who work in this field.
  4. Initiate the development and piloting research based impact measurement tools suited for this kind of work.
  5. We have also initiated a campaign named We Deserve Better, where we collect stories about racism. The initiation event that collected about 500 viewers through the live stream can be watched here We Deserve Better

To participate in the campaign We Deserve Better with a story of racism of your own, send the story to: in either written form or as a recording. We will then create a digital plattform where the stories will be published, however in an anonymized form.

Our work is guided by the goal to

  • counteract polarisation in the society
  • Deploy models for equality development, also considering the needs in minority communities
  • counteract the ethnic segregation regarding the labour market and other societal agency
  • thematise crucial and possibly inflamed issues of integration both journalistically and in the fieldwork.
  • develop educational packages to respond to the new challenges digitalisation puts on adults raising children and adolescents.

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

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

Steering group

  • Nina Pietikäinen – Director of the Girls’ House, Turku 
  • Essi Hillgren – Turun Univerisity of Applied Science. MESH –  Networks and mentoring to support immigrants’ employment
  • Afrah Al Bayaty – Advisor in Integration and immigrants’ employment, Vigor, mento in sexual health
  • Katri Arnivaaraa, Turun kaupunki,asiakkuudet ja osallisuus
  • Hannu-Pekka Huttunen – Senior integration service specialist

Cooperation partners:

  • Tyttöjen Talo
  • Startup Refugees
  • HangFlow
  • Pink Orbit Production
  • Several schools in the Turku region

Cooperation with researchers and research institutions

  • Matthew Hall (Arden University)
  • James Bartlett (Arden Univeristy)
  • Department for psychology and speech therapy/Åbo Akademi University
  • Pekka Kettunen (Migration Institute)

Other advisors and cooperation partners

  • Rauhanliitto
  • Sopu työ
  • HangFlow
  • Hannaneh Mahmoudian
  • Tyttöjen Talo
  • Liban Abdi/Vigor
  • RFSU/Sweden
  • Kolbrún Hrund Sigurgeirsdóttir (Univeristy of Iceland)
  • Christian Mogensen (Center for Digital Pædagogik)
  • Þórður Kristinsson (University of Iceland)
  • Marco Vega/ Män för jämställdhet

    Listen to an initial discussion we have recorded on thoughts of two parents raising kids in the current digital era



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