Tag Archives: Social

What’s up Webdoc : la prochaine fois qu’on se voit, à quoi tu veux que je ressemble?

11 Jun

pictures from Phil http://pictures-in-oblivion.blogspot.be/2008_05_01_archive.html

C’est sous ce titre intriguant que Julien a tweeté et pitché notre projet de webdocumentaire au dernier XO DOX à Gand.

Crises sociales, règles du marché, concurrence, le principe de non-lucratif qui s’étiole, … à quoi ressembleront les services sociaux en Europe dans les prochaines années ? Quel pouvoir de solidarité restera-t-il encore aux citoyens d’aujourd’hui et de demain ?

Pour illustrer cela, nous vous emmenons à la découverte de tranches de vies, d’une plongée dans le réel de Suzette, Markus, Ivan, Giorgio…ils ont chacun quelque chose à nous dire.  Ces portraits seront couplés à des thématiques de services sociaux : le remboursement des soins de santé, l’économie sociale, le logement, la pension, l’aide à la formation, etc. Dire que tous ces services, piliers de notre modèle social sont aujourd’hui sous pression est un euphémisme. Est-ce la concurrence qui en devient le principe de fonctionnement ? Quelle place reste-t-il pour la solidarité ? Continue reading

Hot topic : studying social services at EU level

30 Apr

Social services have been screened by a multidisciplinary team of researchers on the request and on behalf of the European Commission.

“STUDY ON SOCIAL SERVICES OF GENERAL INTEREST”

The title of the study took into account the notion of “Social services of general interest”, which is a euro-terminology to designate social security schemes and social services directly provided to the persons.

The aim of this study on social services of general interest is to describe the status quo of four types of social services (long-term care, childcare, social housing and employment services) as regards three main aspects: the applicable regulatory framework for service provision and financing, the types of service providers, and the main quality tools and frameworks. It also looks how these four types of social services have been affected by the current global economic downturn.” Continue reading

Hot topic : Where is the Solidar Power ?

4 Mar

More or less, Social services in Europe are characterised by solidarity.

One of the issue concerning Solidarity is that its nature is often related to a dichotomy between warm and cold solidarities.

Warm solidarity – always considered as « fun » – is related to the personal and direct engagement of the person and is implemented in direct actions : a donation, tutoring, … This solidarity could be considered as charity. Warm solidarity would be related to individual action. The warm solidarity is always considered as nice, a « free » engagement enabling creativity.

The cold solidarity is related to structural mechanisms put in place by the law and public authorities, such as social security and social assistance schemes. This kind of solidarity, where the action of people is less essential and where contributions are mandatory, is more often questioned because of a certain idea of freedom.

However at the very beginning, instruments of cold solidarity have been put in place thanks to free and historical choices, or in other words by warm solidarities.

One added value of the Webdoc would be to question the warm/cold dichotomy and why not to measure (but how…) the level of Solidarity everyone is confronted to because of interconnections between persons at a time when Mario Draghi announces the end of the European social model.

In Durkheim’s view on Mechanical and organic solidarity, the intensity and content of the conscience collective is also an important part of the nature of solidarity.

Imagine a web application calculating your Solidar Power and your knowledge of collective consciousness…

Hot topic : Belgians like fries and beer… but also their Welfare-State

17 Feb

It may be no surprise but citizens of Belgium still appear convinced by a social State. Social Security or Health Care for instance remain core values for Belgian citizens, scoring as high as 82% for Social Security and  90% for Health care.

That – and more – is suggested by a survey from European values Study. “Autre temps, Autres moeurs” was conducted by scholars VOYE, DOBBELAERE and ABTS with the support of the King Baudouin Foundation.

We hope you’ll get the chance to read the extensive article by Ricardo Guttiérrez in the print edition of Le Soir 02/16 2012 (Belgian French speaking newspaper) or a shorter web version here.

Do you think this reflects the situation in your own country ? What does it mean for you ?

What’s up Webdoc ? (2) : 10 social stories

24 Jan

We identified 9 issues on social services. These 9 issues will be the video-clips or capsula on wich we will focus for the stories in the movies. We don’t pretend to be exhaustive of course. Selection will be hard.

(1) Social Housing (2) Social Economy

(3) Health Care insurances (4) Public Assistance

(5) Pensions (6) Child care (7) Disability

(8) Job placement (9) Long-term care

(10) ?

The objective is to examine these social services notably in the context of the profit-non for profit divide in different countries and the impact for the citizens of the crisis and to what extent there is or not a “european echo” to this issue. For each capsula, we will try to find a different country.

Each capsula will be realised in a Workshop where the scenario and ideas will be drafted.

You would like to feed us in one issue ? Are you an organisation representative of one of this theme ? Don’t hesitate to contact us !

More info soon. And… yes still work in progress

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