100 days have passed since our Nordic Safe Cities innovation camp in Asker, Norway, where member cities and organisations from across the Nordics spend two days re-thinking and re-booting their approach to safeguard cities from violent extremism.
We have contacted the Nordic Safe City case leaders who have been working on their concepts since the camp. Below you can read what they have been up to the past 100 days.
Nordic Folk Churches: A New approach to tackle extremism & polarisation in the folk churces
What: The Nordic Folk Churches met in Oslo this May to discuss an action plan for how they could work together against extremism, polarisation, and xenophobia. The material and ideas were presented at the Nordic Bishop meeting in Finland this summer.
How: Each diocese will now investigate what can be done on a local level. During the fall of 2019 more support will be given to local parishes and NGO’s to ensure local action and support for the strategy.
Fredrikstad: Promoting engagement for local democracy through democracy guides
What: Fredrikstad has established a panel of “democracy guides” , a team of youth and young adults who work to promote local democracy.
How: 15 democracy guides aged between 18 and 35 have been enrolled to promote further engagement and participation in the upcoming local election. The set-up is inspired by the cities of Gothenburg and Malmo. The guides currently connect with the city inhabitants, running information and education programs with specific target groups such as minority and youth voters.
Next Steps: Continued engagement with the local population.
Nordic Safe Cities & UNOCT: Nordic change-makers through ALL’IN
What: The UN Counter-Terrorism Center has finalized version one of the All’IN youth network aiming to identify and train 10.000 young safe city changemakers in your Nordic Safe Cities.
How: Further discussions and improvements to the concept will be conducted with the true champions of the concept this fall: Youth from cities around the Nordics.
Next Steps: Secure funding from leading partners in the Nordics and to show you the final concept on the stage in Stockholm in December
Viborg: Creating diverse and safe neighbourhoods
What: Viborg has conducted 2 workshops, inviting people from both municipality and neighborhood to give their inputs on the creation of the new area at Banebyparken.
How: The aim was not only to create awareness of the project but also to ensure broad ownership and a common identity were established from the start. Interviews with local organisations, businesses, and citizens in the area have been conducted
Next Steps: We are working to implement an “annual wheel” of activities in the park and invite citizens and local organisations to contribute with voluntary resources, initiatives, supervision etc.
The Daneage Association: Avoid spreading of fake news online amongst the 50+
What: The Daneage Association has initiated a dialogue with relevant stakeholders and organisations to develop training material on digital literacy.
How: A strategy session with the Nordic Safe Cities team was conducted with participants from the Danish Centre for Prevention of Extremism, Danish Institute for International Studies, The Danish Youth Council, Arken Museum of Modern Art and others.
Volunteers has also been invited in for a session to discuss how the Dane Age Association can develop a concept for digital literacy which engages the volunteers to inform and help citizens.
Next Steps: to ensure ownership in the organisation and from the volunteers, the training will be integrated into the existing training material during 2020.
Larvik: Safe city action plan
What: Based on the inputs from the session, and brainstorms in the city, Larvik has identified the main challenges and actions needed to secure a concrete action plan for safe city.
How: A upcoming meeting with the Nordic Safe City team this September aims to test and develop our strategy further and identify the key actions in the new strategy.
Next Steps: Our goal is to finalize the work and be able to show it to you all at the Stockholm Summit in December.
Nordic Safe Cities & Danish centre for prevention of extremism: 7 guidelines for Nordic Safe City action plan
What: A first version of a tangible action plan template based on the camp result, has been developed and shared with experts.
How: The focused action plan is intended to function as a basis for supporting the individual municipality in the handling of the tasks in the prevention of extremism.
Next Steps: The 7 principles will be tested in Larvik this fall and are scheduled to be presented at a Nordic Safe Cities Political summit.