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1 Some comments on the WP reports and the discussions at this conference

2 About me Name: Jakob Andersen, 36 years, live in CPH A FH beginner (about 4-5 months) Member of Bookend FH CPH. University student since 2001 Currently doing my thesis in socialpsychology at Roskilde University (30 km west of CPH)

3 Subjects The relation between society, FH values and learning by participation. 1. Social integration in contemporary society 2. 2 ways to look at this 3. FH model, values and society 4. ELECT and Learning through participation 5.Future

4 1. Social integration in contemporary society What is the integrating force in society? The fast changing society. (Or the semantics of) - No simple way to explain this - very complex mechanisms But… To points: 1. By work And/or 2. Participation

5 2 over-simplified ways of trying to explain. 2. Principles 1. Principle is Hierarchy: Society is structered by economic and cultural power (the first is the most important) ”The have” and ”the have not” Work and education give economic and cultural power (and mental illnes tend to serius disrupt that) Work is the only real way of social integration Marx (class), Bourdieu (symbolic power)

6 2. continued 2. principle is differensation (Durkheim, Luhmann). Society is functional differentiated in all sorts of ways: state, government, private business, organisations, work, family, networks and by our everyday activities etc.(work, shopping, driving our kids to school and so on). Participation i all these activities from voting to shopping define how well we are integrated in society. And again mental illnes can disrupt our capability to participate…

7 3. FH model, values and soceity In my opinion FHs core value is all about inclussion of peoble whose ability to participate in ”the real world” has been disrupted. The FH model is about designing and facilitating some everyday meaningfull activities which members can participate in, and which might even strengthen members ability to participate ”in the real world”

8 4. ELECT and Learning through participation ”Learning through participation” is a concept that stresses the focus on the dynamics between society, peobles capabilities and the experiences they obtain by participating in everyday activities. I see ELECT as an activity where you have gained a lot of valuable knowlegde about how to facilitate learning by participation, and the reports are not at all telling the full story…

9 5.Future A very good idea to keep on developping and discribing methods that can strenghthen peobles ability to participate. The Fountain Houses should on organizational level try to work out ways to a) share and develop methods and b) think about how this knowlegde can be benifitial to rest of society Be carefull with a to narrow focus on ability to work as a success criteria. (the problem of evaluation and politics)


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