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    Brief 5: Leverage the potential of refugees

    What Design Can Do to leverage the potential of refugees?

    • Syr - Food that tastes good and does good

      by Martijn van de Zuidwind on 07/25/2016 07:30 AM BST

      At Syr you will experience fantastic Syrian hospitality and delicious tastes and smells. The kitchen and service staff consists of people who arrived in the Netherlands as refugees not that long ago. The profit the restaurant makes will benefit education and career opportunities for an even bigger group of refugees.

      At the restaurant you will eat delicious dishes from Syria, prepared with a European twist and as many local and organic products as possible. Syr will also regularly host events to strengthen the bonds between old and new inhabitants of Utrecht (the Netherlands) from a diverse range of cultures. The crowdfunding of Syr has started 5 days ago. You can follow the process here:

      We're working with a group of about 25 volunteers in collaboration with refugees who have a working permit to get this project of the ground.

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    • leverage the potential of refugees with Cooperation

      by amine arbi on 07/25/2016 07:30 AM BST

      My idea is leverage the potential of refugees with Cooperation

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    • Avenues of Opportunity

      by John Cameron on 07/25/2016 07:30 AM BST

      This is a proposal for a website where refugees can post their skills and potential employers can offer employment. An NGO in the refugee’s location and a (possibly different) NGO in the employer’s location verify the good faith of both employer and potential employee. They also assist the refugee with their application, and relocation and resettlement as needed.

      The website is accessible to refugees located in refugee camps.

      The employer pays a commission on job placement. That commission goes to the NGOs involved.

      The website itself is completely automated and takes no commission or payment of any kind.

      See attached proposal PDF for details.

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    • Eat and Talk - Motivates learning and highlights competence

      by Kajsa Davidsson on 07/25/2016 07:30 AM BST

      How can the process of learning a second language be better adapted to immigrants’ needs and become more of a step towards inclusion in the society?

      Eat and Talk - is developed in co-creation with participants and teachers in Swedish language education, with the aim to encourage a more motivating and inclusive way to learn Swedish. It answers to the challenge, identified in the project, of 2nd language learners, with little or no former education or pre-existing reading or writing skills, being expected to study second language in a traditional theoretic manor. This leads to a loss in motivation and self-esteem, slowing down the learning and integration process.

      The service Eat and Talk consists of a digital tool, a digital community plattform and a yearly event, that enables language learners to lift their practical skills, competences and interests into the learning. The service initiates a social and motivating way to learn Swedish and highlights competence and cultural diversity. It also presents an entertaining and social way for Swedish speakers, companies and other actors to get involved, meet new people, learn new things and contribute to an inclusive society.

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    • Second home

      by Jeroen Eijkemans on 07/25/2016 07:30 AM BST

      Het concept Second home is bedoeld om de huisvesting en integratie voor vergunninghouders te verbeteren. Door het plaatsen van modulaire duurzame containervormige woonunits is het relatief eenvoudig, goedkoop en snel om nieuwe woonruimte te creëren.  1 Modulen is +- 25m2 groot en is bedoeld voor 1 persoon. Door modulen te verbinden ontstaat woonruimte voor meerpersoonshuishoudens. De containervorm zorgt ervoor dat modulen te stapelen zijn. Hierdoor ontstaan een flexibele wooncomplex dat kan groeien en krimpen in omvang. 

      De ideale verhouding voor het wooncomplex is 50-50 vergunninghouders en Nederlanders. Bij plaatsing van de vergunninghouders wordt gekeken naar opleiding en werkervaring om z.s.m. aansluiting op de arbeidsmarkt te vinden. Bewoners in het wooncomplex zullen meedoen in een buddyproject. Vergunninghouders en Nederlander worden gekoppeld, leren elkaar kennen, en er wordt samen gezocht naar een coach in het werkveld. Een coach die aansluit bij werk een opleiding van de vergunninghouder zodat deze z.s.m. kan integreren en participeren in de maatschappij.   

      Belangrijk is dat er gemeenschappelijke ruimten zijn bij het wooncomplex zoals bijvoorbeeld een restaurant, café, activiteitenruimten, bibliotheek of openbare tuin. Vergunninghouder en Nederlander kunnen hier op laagdrempelige manier elkaar ontmoeten en zichzelf ontwikkelen. 

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      by Will van der Merwe on 07/25/2016 07:30 AM BST

      Aim: By taking the focus away from giving charity to asylees we show the people of Europe that asylees are not a charity case, but a potential colleague

      Insight: Asylees want to be seen as human again. They want to belong, work and have purpose. 

      Solution: We start a grassroots movement transcending cultural, language and geographical boundaries. acompany me is a call to action for you to nominate your medium - large size company to hire an asylee as an addition to your diverse workforce. A medium – large company is one with 100+ employees in an office.

      A landing page provides you with downloadable content, facts for your HR department like what positions can be created or how much positive brand awareness can be attained from an audience of 20 million + people, now and within future generations. 
      You will find material to take the campaign into your own hands and advocate it on social. The campaign will also roll out on social, including a powerful case study video relating back to the website.

      Asylees get integrated into companies through a working culture, learning the language and making friends the way an expat would in a new country.

      Companies benefit from great PR generated by the acompany me award given out each year to companies who decided to be truly multi-cultural and make a difference. 

      acompany me: changing countries, through companies, one hire at a time.



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    • Urban Barnyard Project

      by Andrea Sonntag on 07/25/2016 07:30 AM BST

      Based on a successful project by IRC in Utah that donated goats to muslim refugees, I propose using unproductive urban land to raise barnyard animals.

      As per IRC: The vision of the Goat Project is to empower refugee communities to generate income through successful management of a Boer goat herd. The income from selling goat meat and renting the herd for weed management will be used to fund youth scholarships for higher education in the communities. The herd will also be a source of culturally-important goat meat for community members, as well as providing career development and volunteer opportunities for individuals interested in animal husbandry, range management, and business.

      In this city, the barnyard animals are located just a few minutes from downtown, where refugees live (they settle downtown so they can be near jobs and support centers and use public transportation).

      There are many empty lots in european and American urban areas. The project aims to provide self-sufficiency to refugees by letting them tend to the growing herds and benefit from byproducts such as: meat, wool, eggs, milk, etc.

      They can also get integrated with local society by selling fresh products at farmer's markets and including volunteers in the tending of the animals.

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    • The front door to a new country (beta)

      by Vitali Poluzhnikov on 07/25/2016 07:30 AM BST

      A community of refugees, locals and professionals who connect and do projects together.

      Newcomers makes life easier for those arriving into a new country. The platform connects people and makes it easy to do basic business.

      In the summer of 2015 we created the I'm not a refugee project. As a group of friends, we wanted refugees to claim their identities.

      We soon realised that awareness is not enough, so we decided to take the concept to the next level. This is how Newcomers started.

      One step at a time, this is where it all begins:

      1. Marketing Yourself
      Newcomers has an educational approach to profile creation and allows people to define their qualifications. With the focus on design, we want to make it easy for people to market their skills and interest.

      2. Connecting with others
      Social integration begins with connections. The platform is about easy discovery and openness. People can begin a chat, which can lead to a friendship, mentorship or a job. 

      3. Starting Projects
      The key innovation lies in the creation of tools for micro-entrepreneurship. We aim to create the easiest way for people to sell their services locally, with local rates. This will be done in close collaboration with innovative startups in finance and accounting, one country at a time. It's not easy to open a bank account or start a company and that needs to change.

      Newcomers is in an open beta and more updates will be out this summer.

      Thank you!

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    • Bridging the Skills Gap - a qualification coaching app

      by Christina Zimmer on 07/25/2016 07:30 AM BST

      The biggest hurdle that refugees face when looking for a new job in their new home country is the recognition of their qualifications, or skill shortage & largely inadequate language skills. "workUp" is a coaching app that is designed to facilitate the integration of refugees into the labor market in a new home country. The app provides navigation & practical assistance for refugees to get fit-for-labour market in their new home country.

      The user gives a primarily career choice as a goal, then his/her skills & previous work experience will be registered to determine the current fit-for-market status. Where there are discrepancies between the current state and goal, he/she receives individual guidance on how to resolve the deficit. To bridge the gap between the current situation and the demand of the host labour market the app user has to complete a set of “workups”: the approval of a degree, internships, vocational training, or language courses.
      Each completed task will bring the user closer to an ideal profile. For the successful completion of a “workup” the user receives points, which complete his profile. Whoever fills the blanks in the resume can degrade the training efforts and thus read his/her progress on the road to the new job on his/her profile. The status of a continuous progress should additionally motivate the user to continue to qualify for the market.

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    • Shelter window

      by Matteo Marzi on 07/25/2016 07:30 AM BST

      The concept grows from an architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: The Avery Coonley Playhouse, in particular, its glasses, as metaphor of an invisible division, in which the inside and the outside don’t represent a real barrier, but only a small protection.

      In particular, the project interprets the glass drawing as a minimal and harmonious element with an absolute formal balance thanks to the relationships established between the lines (almost orthogonal), colors, surfaces and geometric shapes.

      The project’s development is centered on the “structuralization” of the glass itself, following the mentioned metaphor.

      Since the structure must respond to critical situations, it is necessary a boundary that effectively divides the external aspects from the internal ones, ensuring a degree of privacy to its users.

      The other main spaces are interpreted as relational spaces: a corridor involves all these private spaces; the center, characterized by its extreme functional versatility, is the spaces for working, and for education. 

      The other spaces are differentiated: three classrooms (two of which deviate from their typical form to become “interpretative” classrooms), two greenhouses, some tanks (designed with the same hight of a chair, responding to a double function of public space and of space of cultivation), a canteen (useful both for workers and for students) and a market area in the entrance area which, thanks to its extreme communicability with the exterior, allows direct trade of commodities.

      The open spaces that make up the rest of the complex are dedicated to the relationship, the sharing, and the participation of common life.

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