ICORN is around when the European Commission and the Council of Europe organises their major "Making Diversity work for Cities" conference in Dublin 6-8 February 2013. ICORN director Helge Lunde will present ICORN and take part in a workshop on "Sharing lessons and facing common challenges - city networks working together".
It is The Intercultural Cities that is behind the conference, an Initiative by the European Commission and the Council of Europe to "develop and test a culturally competent approach to integrating diverse communities". At the heart of the approach lies the concept of Diversity Advantage: regarding migrants and minorities as resource for local economic, social and cultural development, and not only as vulnerable groups in need of welfare support and services, or as threat to social cohesion.
The conference in Dublin will discuss the following questions:
- What does diversity advantage mean in practice and how can different kinds of urban policies be shaped through the intercultural lens?
- What intercultural strategies have cities adopted? How have they managed to build broad local partnerships to ensure grassroots involvement, transversality and sustainability? What challenges are they facing and how are they dealing with them?
- How can cities demonstrate the reality of diversity advantage? Is the concept supported by research evidence? How can the results be assessed?
- How are they supporting each other and learning from each other nationally and internationally?
Please see more about the conference here.