Een G1000 gun je iedereen: Participatiebevordering in Kruiskamp, Amersfoort

Peer Smets, M. Vlind

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Abstract

A G1000 is meant for everybody: Participation in Kruiskamp, Amersfoort, the
Netherlands
In the Netherlands, citizens’ summits are employed to provide citizens a
space within the present democratic system. By using a micro lens to study
processes at a G1000 in a neighbourhood in the Dutch city of Amersfoort, we
have gained insights into the course of the programme of the summit. We
analysed how deliberation, group dynamics and (differing) mind-sets affect
communication, the creation of a common ground, and the activation of
citizens. We found that a safe space is required to enable participants to
think out of the box during deliberation. Facilitation by skilled moderators as
well as transparency during the program are seen as preconditions for a
powerful operation. We also found that interference by representatives of
the system world – like (local) government officials – can disturb the group
process based on everyday life principles. Finally, this paper shows that
diversity among participants is not easily reached, if at all. While the aim is to
welcome everyone, there are some implicit values that especially attract the
white middleclass. This makes inclusivity of different social classes, ethnic
backgrounds, religions, and age a challenge that is still difficult to accomplish.
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)93-118
Number of pages26
JournalMens en Maatschappij
Volume92
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Cite this

@article{244a58b257724deda65fdb8fd247305b,
title = "Een G1000 gun je iedereen: Participatiebevordering in Kruiskamp, Amersfoort",
abstract = "A G1000 is meant for everybody: Participation in Kruiskamp, Amersfoort, theNetherlandsIn the Netherlands, citizens’ summits are employed to provide citizens aspace within the present democratic system. By using a micro lens to studyprocesses at a G1000 in a neighbourhood in the Dutch city of Amersfoort, wehave gained insights into the course of the programme of the summit. Weanalysed how deliberation, group dynamics and (differing) mind-sets affectcommunication, the creation of a common ground, and the activation ofcitizens. We found that a safe space is required to enable participants tothink out of the box during deliberation. Facilitation by skilled moderators aswell as transparency during the program are seen as preconditions for apowerful operation. We also found that interference by representatives ofthe system world – like (local) government officials – can disturb the groupprocess based on everyday life principles. Finally, this paper shows thatdiversity among participants is not easily reached, if at all. While the aim is towelcome everyone, there are some implicit values that especially attract thewhite middleclass. This makes inclusivity of different social classes, ethnicbackgrounds, religions, and age a challenge that is still difficult to accomplish.",
author = "Peer Smets and M. Vlind",
year = "2017",
doi = "10.5117/MEM2017.1.SMET",
language = "Dutch",
volume = "92",
pages = "93--118",
journal = "Mens en Maatschappij",
issn = "0025-9454",
publisher = "Amsterdam University Press",
number = "1",

}

Een G1000 gun je iedereen : Participatiebevordering in Kruiskamp, Amersfoort. / Smets, Peer; Vlind, M.

In: Mens en Maatschappij, Vol. 92, No. 1, 2017, p. 93-118.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - Een G1000 gun je iedereen

T2 - Participatiebevordering in Kruiskamp, Amersfoort

AU - Smets, Peer

AU - Vlind, M.

PY - 2017

Y1 - 2017

N2 - A G1000 is meant for everybody: Participation in Kruiskamp, Amersfoort, theNetherlandsIn the Netherlands, citizens’ summits are employed to provide citizens aspace within the present democratic system. By using a micro lens to studyprocesses at a G1000 in a neighbourhood in the Dutch city of Amersfoort, wehave gained insights into the course of the programme of the summit. Weanalysed how deliberation, group dynamics and (differing) mind-sets affectcommunication, the creation of a common ground, and the activation ofcitizens. We found that a safe space is required to enable participants tothink out of the box during deliberation. Facilitation by skilled moderators aswell as transparency during the program are seen as preconditions for apowerful operation. We also found that interference by representatives ofthe system world – like (local) government officials – can disturb the groupprocess based on everyday life principles. Finally, this paper shows thatdiversity among participants is not easily reached, if at all. While the aim is towelcome everyone, there are some implicit values that especially attract thewhite middleclass. This makes inclusivity of different social classes, ethnicbackgrounds, religions, and age a challenge that is still difficult to accomplish.

AB - A G1000 is meant for everybody: Participation in Kruiskamp, Amersfoort, theNetherlandsIn the Netherlands, citizens’ summits are employed to provide citizens aspace within the present democratic system. By using a micro lens to studyprocesses at a G1000 in a neighbourhood in the Dutch city of Amersfoort, wehave gained insights into the course of the programme of the summit. Weanalysed how deliberation, group dynamics and (differing) mind-sets affectcommunication, the creation of a common ground, and the activation ofcitizens. We found that a safe space is required to enable participants tothink out of the box during deliberation. Facilitation by skilled moderators aswell as transparency during the program are seen as preconditions for apowerful operation. We also found that interference by representatives ofthe system world – like (local) government officials – can disturb the groupprocess based on everyday life principles. Finally, this paper shows thatdiversity among participants is not easily reached, if at all. While the aim is towelcome everyone, there are some implicit values that especially attract thewhite middleclass. This makes inclusivity of different social classes, ethnicbackgrounds, religions, and age a challenge that is still difficult to accomplish.

U2 - 10.5117/MEM2017.1.SMET

DO - 10.5117/MEM2017.1.SMET

M3 - Article

VL - 92

SP - 93

EP - 118

JO - Mens en Maatschappij

JF - Mens en Maatschappij

SN - 0025-9454

IS - 1

ER -