SCWF 2016

This year the 6th Social Capital World Forum was hosted in the form of three consecutive International Learning Villages. The Learning Villages, developed by our international hosting team and delivered in real communities in Glasgow (Scotland), Gothenburg (Sweden) and Dornbirn (Austria) bringing together the public sector and civil society (community members as well as third sector) throughout 2016;

  • Glasgow :          8th-9th April '16
  • Gothenburg:      16th-17th September '16 and
  • Dornbirn:           25th -26th November '16


The three Learning Villages are part of the EU for Citizens Funded Projects. Find a

  • short summary of the three events here >>
  • or the full report here >>


Developing a Model Learning Village :

2016 - SCWF - LV Group foto - with Netherton CC sign - edited

The  first Learning Village was hosted at the Netherton Community Centre in Glasgow bringing together 76 people from the local community, third and public sector as well as from the international Learning Village community. Find out more about the Glasgow Learning Village >>

One of the outcomes from the Netherton Learning Village in Glasgow, Scotland, was the production of a mini-documentary, which was produced thanks to support from the Scottish Government's Equalities Division. 

The 2nd Learning Village took place in Norra Hisigen city district of Gothenburg, a neighborhood struggling with social problems and social inequality. The district is going through urban transformation the local centre, Selma Lagerlof's Square, is to be enlarged with 1,500 new apartments, a new plaza. Gothenburg city will build a new city district hall in the local area in 2017, with venues for public sector offices, but also a common ground and venues for public meetings and local culture.

Two pressing issues connected to the city district hall project were; How can the new city district hall be everyone's house? and How can the new city district hall with venues for culture, be filled with local life? The Learning Village in Northern Hisingen offered a forum where the participants had the opportunity to get to know each other and build relationships, learn from real life stories and listen to others' experiences to develop common understanding, initiatives that could help to realise ideas that could develop and strengthen the local community.

SCWF 2016 - LV close-up spurtle and N

The last of the International Learning Villages was hosted in Dornbirn, Austria in November 2016. The focus of the Learning Village was to create conditions for a vibrant abundant neighborhood where people enjoy, meet and create a good local livelihood together. The calling question was formulated by the local working group; How can we create a safe and vibrant local community?

The overarching aim of the three Learning Villages was to explore new ways of bridging the gap and ‘connecting city and citizens’ in Europe in more participatory and collaborative ways based on a social capital culture.  We wanted to bring together our experiences, learn together and produce a model on how to host local and International Learning Villages in any community.

Additionally, during each Learning Village we wanted to provide the space for at least 10 community projects and ideas to be further explored helping them to be ‘put into practice’. See for example the SCWF16 Netherton Learning Village Summary where 15 real life projects were brought forward by the local community.

We are pleased to post this Report of the process that was undertaken at across the 3 Learning Villages and hope that it might serve as an inspiration and guide to others who would like to run their own Learning Village to build bridges within their communities and their future prosperity as abundant, competent communities. 

If you have any further questions regarding the 6th Social Capital World Forum and the Learning Villages please get in touch with us:

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 *SPURTLE: - is a Scottish, wooden kitchen tool for stirring porridge. In this case the 'learning Village' spurtle is of symbolic value and has the three flags of Scotland, Sweden and Austria as well as the writing SCWF 2016 International Learning Villages on it.


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