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Co-designing a collaborative platform to improve families work-life balance. Balancing work and family life has become increasingly challenging in the last decade in Europe. In many cities, the public offering of childcare services is insufficient, putting families with children under significant pressure. 

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Families_Share aims to offer a bottom-up solution to work/life balance by supporting families with childcare, parenting advice and after-school activities—with a particular focus on low-income families. To achieve this objective the project will borrow and integrate concepts from the Time Banks and Social Streets models, and seek to harness the potential of ICT networks and mobile technologies to increase the effectiveness of participatory innovation in the sense of self-organizing neighborhoods. 

The project will be developed in 7 Pilot Cities in 5 countries and will involve parents of children aged 3–11 that live in the same neighborhoods in the 7 Pilot cities (Bologna, Budapest, Kortrijk, Hamburg, Thessaloniki, Trento, Venice). Though, they often already participate in parents’ groups, parents often fail to formulate organized motivated communities that share knowledge and services. The Families_Share project will enable them to meet locally and co-design internationally the Families_Share Share Platform that will allow them to post challenges, share learning sources, meet up, match their needs and profiles and agree on timesharing schemes for mutual support in childcare and after-school activities to improve their work/life balance and increase the quality of learning opportunities for their kids.
Saturday, 6 January, 2018
January 2018 - November 2020

Coordinated by the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics at Ca’ Foscari with the support of the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage, Families_Share belongs to an interdisciplinary research involving the design of an online platform strongly influenced by the relational and social dynamics that will occur on the ground between the participants; the experience will be organized as a ‘sociotechnical system’ and will stimulate social change towards de-commodification of reproductive and care work and redistribution of it between men and women beyond the boundaries of the family’s context.

The project will have 34 months to develop the digital-social innovation potential to test an ‘alternative economy’ model applied to care work and how it is shared, promoting social sustainability and a city model and intelligent and inclusive community thanks to the participation of citizens.

The consortium guided by Ca’ Foscari includes such research institutes such as the Foundation Bruno Kessler and the IMEC (InterUniversity Micro Electronic Research Centre), small companies active in the promotion of social and technological innovation (ViLabs, Smart Venice), NGOs lead by and for women (Ergani) and parents’ associations that started working in a mutual support perspective through technologies (De Stuyverij).


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