Futurama: students in Erice and Palma di Montechiaro Explore Civic Technologies for Active Citizenship

Futurama: students in Erice and Palma di Montechiaro Explore Civic Technologies for Active Citizenship

As part of the Futurama project, in February, the first edition of two pathways dedicated to exploring civic technologies for active citizenship began for students in Erice (TP) and Palma di Montechiaro (AG). The students were guided by trainers from the University of Turin and the Community Foundation of Agrigento and Trapani.

Futurama is a project selected by Con i Bambini within the framework of the Fund to Combat Child Educational Poverty and co-financed by Fondazione Cassa Depositi e Prestiti.

What is meant by active citizenship?

When we talk about active citizenship, we must think about the citizens of tomorrow, namely young people who, although often underrepresented, play a fundamental role in reflecting on and redesigning the future of communities, their ways of living, and relating to a constantly changing geographical and social context. For this reason, the multidisciplinary research group Territori e Comunità Digitali of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Turin has developed educational paths over the years that, starting from FirstLife and CommonsHood (the two digital civic technologies developed to improve citizen participation in issues and processes of public utility), stimulate reflections and trigger transformation processes in young people and their reference communities.

 

Community Mappings and Blockchain

The paths designed for Futurama are divided into two main strands: the first is linked to the application of FirstLife, the civic social network used to build community mappings from the grassroots to highlight the needs, potential, and critical issues of the territories; the second is instead dedicated to getting a close look at Blockchain technology, which, through the CommonsHood wallet app, allows for reasoning about small-scale circular economies. Blockchain is like a digital ledger that records and verifies transactions securely and transparently without the need for a central authority.

FirstLife and CommonsHood have been proposed to young students participating in the Futurama project as Paths for Transversal Skills and Orientation (PCTO) and are implemented at the Sciascia and Bufalino Secondary Education Institute in Erice (TP) and the Odierna Higher Education Institute in Palma di Montechiaro (AG).

Students at Work!

The paths alternate between theoretical sessions and practical sessions using technologies and understanding and analyzing the contexts of communities. With FirstLife, girls and boys are encouraged to reflect on the needs of their community and the response of the territory in terms of opportunities or shortcomings, as well as being introduced to topics such as ethical and safe use of social media and active citizenship; with CommonsHood, instead, the reflection focuses on the concept of value understood as exchange and relationship. Through gaming and co-design sessions, classes design a circular micro-economy to be experimented with within the school for the exchange and reuse of objects, stimulated and supported by blockchain functionalities.

The students are showing great interest and are giving voice to a community of young people firmly anchored in the context of belonging but with a very curious eye toward the future.

To continue following the activities of the Futurama project, you can consult the project card (here’s the link), visit the project blog (here’s the link), and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. To participate or for further information, contact Daniela Avanzato at d.avanzato@fcagrigentotrapani.it.

The Futurama project has been selected by Con i Bambini within the framework of the Fund to Combat Child Educational Poverty and co-financed by Fondazione Cassa Depositi e Prestiti. The Fund stems from an agreement between banking foundations represented by Acri, the National Third Sector Forum, and the Government. It supports interventions aimed at removing economic, social, and cultural obstacles that prevent minors from fully enjoying educational processes. To implement the programs of the Fund, Con i Bambini was founded in June 2016, a non-profit social enterprise wholly owned by the CON IL SUD Foundation. www.conibambini.org

 

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