Modern local communities as ubiquitous social ecosystems: Disentangling the contribution of social media to community experiences and interactions

Webinar with Flora Gatti, May 12, 2022, 4.30 PM (CET)
Discussant: Alexander P. Schouten

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About the webinar

In modern times, citizens’ experience of their local communities of belonging (that is, neighborhoods and cities) has complexified. On the one hand, such communities have become increasingly spatially and socially closed (Gatti & Procentese, 2020), with consequences in terms of opportunities for citizens to experience their social dimensions. On the other hand, the widespread use of location-based social media as integral parts of everyone’s daily life has made them more complex social ecosystems which include social interactions, dynamics, and opportunities related to both online and physical environments (Tonkiss, 2014).

Thanks to their features, these technologies can make the boundaries between online and offline social dynamics, relationships, and interactions permeable, favoring their integration (Gatti & Procentese, 2020a, 2021; Van De Wiele & Tong, 2014). In this vein, their affordances make them suitable for answering individuals’ social and community-related needs (Gatti & Procentese, 2020b; Van De Wiele & Tong, 2014) and enriching citizens’ local community experience (Gatti & Procentese, 2020a, 2021; Hsiao & Dillahunt, 2017).

Within this framework and by relying on the results from four studies, I will address how modern local community experience is shaped by the interplay of (a) citizens’ self-in-community (Pretty et al., 2003), (b) the physical and social features of their neighborhoods and cities, and (c) their use of ubiquitous, locative, social media with community-related aims. The community-related uses of two mainstream platforms (Instagram and dating People-Nearby Applications) will be deepened as to (a) the needs underlying them and (b) the paths through which they can enhance users’ tie to their local community.

Overall, the complexities related to modern local community experience clearly emerge, suggesting that social media could provide citizens with new opportunities and resources to be activated within the local communities of belonging. Becoming aware of these complexities and of their implications allows opening new perspectives for further research as well as for innovative practices and interventions to be implemented.


About the presenter

Flora Gatti is a post-doc research fellow at the Department of Humanities of the University of Naples Federico II. She achieved her Ph.D. in June 2021 at the University of Naples Federico II. Her research interests revolve around the interplay of online and offline social environments in shaping citizens’ local community experience, the impact of social media use on interpersonal and community relationships, and collaborative social and urban regeneration processes. Currently, she is involved in the development of the Italian local case in the EU-funded project “YouCount – Empowering Youth and Cocreating Social Innovations and Policymaking Through Youth-Focused Citizen Social Science” (Horizon 2020).


About the discussant

Alexander P. Schouten is an associate professor of Business Communication & Digital Media at the Department of Communication and Cognition, Tilburg University. His research and teaching interests include social media use, online collaboration, and online impression management. Within these areas, he is specifically interested in how different media capabilities affect the way in which people and organizations can effectively use new media technologies to communicate, to market, to work together, and to present themselves. Specific topics of study include the social psychology of online communication technology, social and digital media, identity management, social influencers, online dating, IT & organizations, virtual & augmented reality, qualitative and quantitative research methodology.

Applying the capabilities approach to the mental health field: a contribution to the evaluation and innovation of community mental health program

Webinar with Beatrice Sacchetto, 28 April 2022, 18h (CET).

Discussant. Prof. José Ornelas

About the webinar

The capabilities approach emerged as an alternative framework for evaluating quality of life, considering broader dimensions of well-being and pointing out the role of the social and political arena that may hinder or foster individuals’ potential. In this sense, it seems to share the same underlying ecological perspective as community psychology, encompassing an understanding of people as social beings within interpersonal, social, institutional, and political networks. The capabilities account is also consistent with community mental health models based on empowerment, recovery and community integration; in fact, the capabilities focus on individual agency and choice converges with decision-making power, self-determination and social participation.

The capabilities framework is particularly relevant for groups that suffer discrimination and social exclusion, as they may need more institutional and social support than other socially advantaged groups to access social opportunities and achieve their potential. Throughout the history people with mental health problems have suffered social exclusion and lack of power in the mental health system. Moreover, the involvement of people with mental health challenges in research and service evaluation has traditionally been scarce, especially in the construction of outcome measures.

The current webinar will present a research with the main aim of contributing to the evaluation and innovation of community mental health programs, presenting a new measure – the Achieved Capabilities Questionnaire for Community Mental Health (ACQ-CMH) – based on the capabilities framework and developed through collaboration with people with lived experience of mental illness.

It will also be highlighted a) the innovation of the theoretical capabilities approach, considering the historical and current background of the mental health field; b) the linkages with community psychology models and values; c) the relevance of the collaborative approach in research and evaluation in the mental health field; d) the main research results and its implications for transformative change.


About the presenter

Dr. Beatrice Sacchetto completed her PhD in Community Psychology in 2021, at the ISPA-University Institute of Lisbon. She is actually an Integrated Researcher of the Applied Psychology Research Center Capabilities & Inclusion – APPsyCI, and the coordinator of the community center of the Association for the Study and Psychosocial Rehabilitation (AEIPS), an NGO in Lisbon that provides support services for people with experience of mental illness.

She recently coordinated an EEA Grants project on leadership, capabilities and empowerment in mental health, and previously worked in an IC&DT FCT project on community integration and capabilities of people with mental health challenges. Dr. Sacchetto has a large experience in both research and intervention in mental health towards a community psychology perspective, applying collaborative approaches to promote community-centered and empowering processes and results. Particularly, she has widely investigated and published about the adaption of Nussbaum’s capabilities framework to the community mental health field, in order to provide an innovative evaluative framework for community mental health programs.


About the discussant

Prof. José Ornelas is a Clinical and Community Psychologist, specialized in community intervention and integration of people in extremely vulnerable situations. Completed his first doctoral degree in the Boston University (USA) – 1979-1984; and a second doctoral degree in the University of Oporto (1999). He completed his aggregation in the University of the Azores (2009). From 2016 to 2019 Ornelas was the principal investigator of the Horizon 2020 HOME_EU Reversing Homelessness in Europe, GA/726997, and is currently the coordinator of the EEAGRANTS Project (OC4-B11 | ISPA) PEER NETWORK: Gender Violence and Empowerment. He is the scientific adviser of a community-based program on the promotion of educational achievement in 5 Portuguese national counties, in parallel with teaching and research supervision of Master’s and Doctoral theses on Psychology.

General Assembly

The General Assembly will take place online on November 30, at 4 PM (CET time) during the Community Psychology Conference in Slovakia. During the G.A. the election of the President for the next mandate (22-23) and the President-Elect for the following mandate (24-25) will be elected. To join the General Assembly please use the following Teams link

The Agenda will be the following

  1. Welcome
  2. Approval of the last GA minutes
  3. Report of the activities
  4. Elections
  5. future plans

The General Assembly is open. Notice however those only members who paid membership fees can vote.

Conference Community Psychology in Slovakia

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The conference is scheduled online for the 29 and the 30 November 2021.

Use the following link to attend the conference: join us on teams

See the program here

And do not forget that on November, 30 from 4pm to 6pm (CET time) we will have the General Assembly of European Community Psychology Association (ECPA) 

“PEER NETWORK”: A Community-Based Advocacy Program to contrast Gender Violence

Webinar with Maria Vargas Moniz, on the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25, 2021)

About the webinar

It is broadly acknowledged that over the past three decades, communities and countries have intensively worked to increase the capacity to respond to violence against women, yet many women still do not receive the services they prioritize and need to end the violence they are experiencing (Sullivan and Bybee, 1999; Cardoso and Ornelas, 2021). The webinar addresses the conceptualization of Community-Based Advocacy and System-Based Advocacy through the experience of the project titled PEER NETWORK: Gender Violence and Empowerment (EEAGRANTS), being held in Portugal, with transnational partners and consultants in Iceland, and the USA. We are developing an innovative pilot-intervention to promote civic empowerment and engagement of women who are or have been targeted by gender-based violence, domestic violence, discrimination and harassment. Due to the COVID 19 Pandemics, the project has been launched with regular online meetings from all the national Portuguese territory, including women who are migrants, and from rural areas. The project is focused also on awareness actions for: 1) the younger generations, 2) future health professionals, and 3) professionals working on organizations for women who have been affected by gendered violence and discrimination. The challenge of building a network of activists including self-representants. The peer network is focused on survivors supported by professionals bringing about the need for a whole series of renovated professional and personal competencies to support and intervene in the field. Based on the work developed by the Peer Network four main topics have emerged aimed at discussing the policy and practice in the field of gendered violence and discrimination, that are: a) The Experiential Knowledge and Expertise of the Survivors, b) System’s Effectiveness, c) Services Articulation and d) Violence and Discrimination Prevention.

About the speaker

Doctor in Psychology, specialized in Community Psychology Research at the APPsyCI (Applied Psychology Research Center Capabilities and Inclusion)/ISPA – Instituto Universitário. Is the Executive Coordinator of the EEAGRANT-CIG Project “PEER-NETWORK: Gender Violence and Empowerment. Has research interests on women and homelessness and since the 90s is a member of a national PT Civic Organization Women’s Association Against Violence. Integrates the European Community Psychology Association Board (Past-President 2017-2019); integrates the PT National Strategy on Homelessness, and the European Observatory on Service Learning Higher Education.

ECPA Virtual café

November 5, 2021, 5 PM CET | Join us here

Have you recently joined ECPA as a member and want to know more about our activities and plans? Are you a lifelong member that wants to share your experience and ideas? 

New and existing members are invited to pop in to our Virtual Cafe and chat with board members. If you have not yet joined ECPA as a member but you would like to know more about us, you are also welcome!

ECPA virtual café is an informal meeting with ECPA members. Bring your cup of coffee/tea and prepare to meet our community.

A Social Capital Approach to Understanding Community Resilience during the Covid-19 Pandemic – CROP#6

Friday, November 12, 2021, 5 PM (GMT)

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Discussion of a paper by community psychologist Suzanne Wilson (UCLan, UK) highly relevant for community resilience in global crises.

About the event

As the world begins to take stock of the impact of Covid-19 on communities, this paper provides a critical review of the role of mutual aid groups in the community response in the UK. Drawing on a narrative review of available literature, interviews with community members and selective case studies we consider what forms of social capital impact on access to mutual aid support in the community response to Covid-19. The three case studies will identify enablers to participation in community resilience responses to Covid-19. The research found that communities with social capital have been among the most organised in providing mutual aid, and sometimes this has extended to supporting the more marginalised and disadvantaged sectors. The phenomena of collective resilience in the pandemic, and in particular the activities of mutual aid groups as described in this paper, testify to the relevance of key concepts in social and community psychology. Without psychological ‘groupness’ – the sense of being a part of and identifying with a community, and the motivations and commitments that come from that – there would be no adaptive community response.

Previous research in community resilience explored responses to the multiple culture traumas of floods and a mass shooting. Suzanne is currently researching the impact the COVID-19 crisis is having on families who were already experiencing poverty and published a rapid response paper on this topic.

About the presenter

Suzanne Wilson is a Research Fellow in Social Inclusion and Community Engagement at The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). The research agenda, which is in partnership with the Samuel Lindow Foundation and The Centre for Citizenship and Community, is to work with communities to identify effective and sustainable means of increasing community capital. This expanding portfolio of research focuses on working-class, coastal communities, often regarded as being ‘left-behind’ and recently won a Golden Apple Award for ‘Best Community Initiative’.

The innovative format of the CROP Workshops/Salons follow the principles of writers workshops which are used by the pattern community. Please be informed about the rules by reading the CROP Workshop Agenda Rules and/or Writers Workshops as a Scientific Method

Please make sure to read Suzanne’s full paper before the event. Once you register you will receive the paper by November 5.

To participate, please click here | Meeting ID: 836 1200 3686 | Code: 043398

Call for mentees| Rural NEET Youth Network

Dear all,

The Rural NEET Youth Network has just opened a call for mentees for two 12-month mentoring programs for PhD students and Early Career Investigators (ECI).

The mentees will receive training and support to develop their own national/international research projects.

One of the programs is dedicated to NEETs and Public Employment Services. The other program is dedicated to Rural Youth Participation. Community psychologists will be welcome in both programmes.

Check out the full information in this link.

Call for papers “The Faro Convention Implementation. Heritage Communities as Commons: Relationships, Participation, and Well-being in a Shared Multidisciplinary Perspective

The Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (Faro Convention) brings the debate on the theme of cultural heritage as a common good in its various material and immaterial dimensions and linked it to the identity of places and communities up to date. The Convention affirms that all forms of cultural heritage in Europe that together constitute a shared source of legacy, understanding, identity, cohesion, and creativity are part of cultural heritage.

This broad definition, which also refers to the role and function of citizens’ participation, opens the door to a multitude of possible intercultural and interinstitutional collaborations and innovative ways of promoting the development of cultural sites, communities and heritage.

Cultural heritage provides communities with tangible and intangible experiences that favour the perception of common past and traditions, creating connections between citizens and places and between citizens and the community, favouring a focus on local dimensions, enhancing resources and natural, environmental, cultural and social heritage, improving the quality of life.

They offer opportunities for discussion and debate on issues affecting the entire community, as well as to expand their social network, impacting the ties within and with the community through their physical and social characteristics and through the social and cultural environment that they host as part of “The Faro Convention Implementation. Heritage Communities as Commons: Relationships, Participation, and Well-being in a Shared Multidisciplinary Perspective” conference.

The Community Psychology Lab (Humanities Department) of the University Federico II and IRISS (Institute for Research on Innovation and Development Services) of the National Research Council of Italy and the Venice Office of the Council of Europe, with SiPCO (Italian Society of Community Psychology), ANIAI (National Association of Italian Engineers and Architects), AIP (Associazione Italiana di Psicologia), PSI-COM APS (Associazione di Promozione Sociale), invite scholars and professionals of human relations and habitat: psychologists, sociologists, architects, economists, lawyers, social and cultural managers to participate in the conference and to submit an abstract.

The deadline to submit abstract proposals is October 20, 2021

The conference will be held both live in Naples (Complesso del SS. Marcellino e Festus Ateneo Federico II) and with online sessions, on 16 and 17 December 2021.

Abstract
Abstract (max 250 words) in Italian or English must be sent, according to the following format, to the Organizing Secretariat (email:naplesfaroconvention2021@gmail.com) no later than 20.10.2021.

The communication of the acceptance will be sent, within 25.10.2021, to the e-mail address indicated in the abstract. It is also planned a special issue to which participants will be able to contribute.

Scholars, belonging to different disciplinary fields, are called to investigate and discuss, in the perspective of the Faro Convention, the following issues aimed at the development of Heritage Communities:
1. Places, participation, values and connections
2. Individual and collective rights in the participatory management of heritage
3. Cultural commons, valorization of cultural heritage and urban regeneration
4. Collaborative governance, management and business development
5. Identity of places, attachment, belonging and sense of community
6. Coexistence, ties, and memory

Abstract Format
Title
Authors, afferent, email
Corresponding author
Abstract (max 250 words)
Keywords (max 5)
Thematic area of reference

Promoting Committee
Caterina Arcidiacono (DSU UNINA), Alessandro Castagnaro (ANIAI), Maria Cerreta (DIARC UNINA), Massimo Clemente (IRISS CNR), Gaia Daldanise (IRISS CNR), Immacolata Di Napoli (DSU UNINA), Eleonora Giovene di Girasole (IRISS CNR), Luisella Pavan-Woolfe (Consiglio d’Europa Ufficio di Venezia), Fortuna Procentese (SIPCO)


Scientific and organizational team
Stefania Carnevale, Emanuele Esempio, Benedetta Ettorre, Flora Gatti, Simona Stella

Info: naplesfaroconvention2021@gmail.com

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