Almedalen, the annual meeting arena for political parties, governmental agencies, media, NGOs and many grassroot initiatives provided us at Inicio with many new contacts, deeper knowledge and new perspectives. One of the highlights was discussing and contributing to the roadmap for the national agenda for digitalisation of schools in Sweden.
The Teachers union (Lärarförbundet) underlined that even if all the 40,000 visitors to Almedalen decided to become teachers, it would still not be enough. The demand for more resources in schools was a major topic, the segregation and lack of equal quality in schools was another. Inicio organised a seminar with representatives of the non-profit organization Unga Forskare and Sollentuna municipality. We shared ideas on how external players can contribute to schools with mentors and more open platforms for both pupils and teachers to learn and connect with society and business.
Mentorship is central to both Inicio’s and Unga Forskares activities, but with some difference in application. We both work with providing young people the opportunity to explore an interest and increase their understanding or ability without the need for competition or focus on achievement. While Unga Forskare inspire young people to learn about natural sciences, Inicio support schools and communities to learn about new technologies in combination with different applications e.g. health, urban planning, music or sustainable energy.
This summer, eighty students from Fryshuset Summer School in Stockholm have already been in a full-time workshop with Inicio in Kista Mentorspace to work on global sustainability goals. Inicio supports with mentors who coach and share knowledge on how technologies can be used for different solutions. In Almedalen, Fryshuset members spoke about the importance of being listened to by adults and how they hope the hashtag #talamedinteom can help to improve better inclusion in society.
More social innovations and initiatives that increase social sustainability and reduce segregation are positive signs of an on-going change. After a short summer break we will follow up on exiting new projects such as the knowledge quarter Vercity in Nacka and developing Learning Analytics.
But first we have our own summer school on technology, music in Kista and Grönlandsparken. Young people from the area of Kista, Rinkeby, Tensta and Järva will explore what to do with sensors and programming for controlling the fountains in the park using sounds or music. Our favourite 3D printer Huxley, will be busy printing specially designed components for fitting the fountains’ valves. Please let us know if you want to visit the summer school during 7-18 August.
If you follow @SthlmScicity the Stockholm Science City Instagram account, Inicio is the guest editor August 6-10 reporting on our summer school