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How can we better enable inclusion of everyone?

How can we better enable the inclusion of those who are at risk of exclusion from our communities? Those most disadvantaged are frequently most likely to be locked out of the principal decision making forums involved in forming, shaping and evolving our communities.

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As our global society becomes more economically, politically and socially entwined, local communities are increasingly at risk of becoming torn and fragmented. Those most vulnerable are more at risk of being pushed to the edge in the choice-making you, or I, are involved in. Solutions to global challenges are often sought at a top-down strategic level. Too often this leads to tokenistic brush stroke problem solving. We need to adopt a bottom-up approach to seeking out better ways to include everyone in determining global priorities and bringing about meaningful change.

Evaluation results

6 evaluations so far

1. Does this concept deserve a place on the i20 agenda?

Yes – it's definitely a significant global issue requiring innovation - 33.3%

Maybe – it's important but there are other issues which deserve more attention - 50%

No – it's interesting but not of global significance - 16.7%

2. Does this concept point to innovation opportunities that i20 leaders can discuss?

It points to a range of opportunities - 66.7%

It points to a single opportunity - 16.7%

It's indeed a challenge but doesn't point to opportunities - 16.7%

3. Is this concept well framed?

Yes – it relevantly covers the issue to promote onwards discussion - 66.7%

Somewhat – though the scope is either too narrow or too wide - 16.7%

Not really – interesting issue but this concept doesn't really invite conversation - 16.7%

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I very much do agree that even in 2013 this challenge is still very actual. Social inclusion is on the agenda of UN agencies and many countries in the world. Indicators have been set in order to measure the results of social inclusion policies ranging from education to employment. However, even policy indicators do not properly measure actual improvements or lack of. We still have not reached a balance between qualitative and quantitative indicators, developmental and more traditional impact evaluations. targeting the real socially excluded remains a very strong challenge in a lot of development projects around the world. Often, the assumptions embedded in innovations and solutions proposed in development to achieve social inclusion are actually very much culture-bound/specific and characterized by stereotypes towards socially excluded specific groups we are targeting. I believe that by highthening cultural/diversity competence in planning, designing, implementing and monitoring and evaluating phases of inclusion solutions and projects would enhance the quality of results

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