Several associations in Strasbourg work in the field of the Social and Solidarity Economy (ESS). Behind this, and often ambiguous, term hides the people of Strasbourg and Strasbourg who are working to better prepare the world of tomorrow. To help better understand SSE, but above all to discover the actors and actresses, we went to meet with different associations in Strasbourg. The first: CyberGrange, which is the third center for digital inclusion, located in the Neuhof district.
During our visit to the CyberGrange premises, students work on their projects at FabLab 3rd place. It must be said that with dozens of 3D printers, professional equipment, thermoforming machine, laser cutting, and digital embroiders, there is a way to create beautiful things.
Among the student projects, there are T-shirts, in the spirit of soccer jerseys, with “CyberGrange” written in French, Arabic, Russian and Turkish, to represent the different communities in Neuhof. There are also lovely cookie cutters, which tell the history of the neighborhood through the centuries, as well as a puzzle/building game so kids can get to know their neighborhood better, with the added bonus of 3D printed figurines for schools and little LED lights for learning to code.
“We have provided a collective response to a need in the neighborhood that everyone has identified”
In CyberGrange it is indeed impossible to think of one’s projects without a strong connection to the Neuhof region. As Virginie Manina, who is responsible for coordinating the project, explains: It has been observed that an entire generation of Neuhof has not used digital in their lives. They used it for network problems but not to find a job or access their rights. Digital is not a resource On this note, in 2019, the director of Solignac College and a dozen representatives of union life in Neuhof wished to unite their means and knowledge, So that CyberGrange can change the lives of people in the neighborhood, by turning digital into a resource that serves them on a daily basis.
So the start of 2020 is about deciding on a program of work. Except in March, confinement arrives. And in the Neuhof district, where it was so poorly equipped with computers while everything was done remotely, CyberGrange will show the full scope of his profession. The third center equips 270 families with training in the use of digital technology. It is also creating a homework delivery service, as well as a digital portal that lists neighborhood mutual aid offerings.. As Virginie Manina summed it up: These are simple things that show everyday inking in the neighborhood. We gave a collective response to a neighborhood need that everyone identified “.
Support residents in the digital transformation of society
Now more organized, CyberGrange wants to respond to the digital transformation of society. For a very simple social reason: everyone finds themselves influenced by digital technology. ” It is not only the elderly who find themselves destitute, but also the young and precarious people. They sometimes know how to mislead digital uses, but that continues to scare everyone Virgin Manina confirms. Before adding: It’s as if we all live in a place with a language we use everywhere and yet we only know four words. Leave a lot of people on the ground Therefore, CyberGrange uses digital technology to try to answer many of the questions we ask ourselves: Digital also means understanding how it can become a response to social and societal issues “.
Thus, through its mediation center, CyberGrange has set itself the task of helping residents better understand digital technology. They offer to teach them how to use computers to They create a digital identity, secure their email, and learn to do research As explained by Mohamed Emara, coordinator of the Center for Digital Mediation. They also offer training on more specific needs such as EXCEL training, and group workshops for achieving digital independence : “ Many people rely on others, especially to print and scan documents For kids aged 9 to 13, they also have a Code Club on Wednesdays from 2-4pm and Saturdays from 10am to 12pm, introducing them to programming and robotics, to understand how the game works on a daily basis and even Create a game by coding lines.
“ We want to make tangible changes in people’s lives »: An economic, social and solidarity mission
As another mission, CyberGrange also strives to ” Opening real doors on the paths of excellence in mathematics, code or design ‘, as described by Matteo Turpin, Project Director. We have a huge role that we are trying to show. It is important that there are a variety of activities for the residents of the area, so that they can Then for you to make choices later. But above all, you have to prove to them that they are good at it. Virginie Manina narrates the example of a young man who was hired to help families with digital technology during confinement. While he was accepted into a work-study program, the company let him go with Covid. CyberGrange hired him for two years, and now he’s earning a bachelor’s degree. This sums up his third place will. : ” In fact, we use almost every excuse to turn people on “.
With this in mind, they are also supporting entrepreneurs in RSA priority city policy neighborhoods toward setting up their businesses. This year, the device will support 30 people, compared to 10 last year. It will allow you to understand how social networks work, and also through the design part with creating a logo and website.. CyberGrange collaborates on its projects with other partners: We don’t do it alone. We are trying to make the project work so that people can make their living from it. As Virginie Manina explains: We want to make real changes in people’s lives.”
It can also go through restoring their self-confidence. In fact, in addition to training and support in the search for work, CyberGrange also gives Neuhof residents access to FabLab. A place for everyone, which allows you to learn how to make frankly elegant things, but also to find your way in job search ads. Thus, CyberGrange offers parent-child workshops, but also training, which you can find here, including a focus on reducing excessive consumption and on the participatory dimension of residents.
” I think SSE is a way of looking at any economic project differently »
Finally, all of CyberGrange’s activities go in the same direction: to use digital technology to help the residents of Neuhof, in all areas of their lives. It represents their vision for SSE, as summarized by Jerome Tricomi, who will lead the project: “ I think SSE is a way of looking at any economic project differently. Our idea is how to make people live while responding to economic and social issues, rather than profitability Thus, for example, they made the e-learning platform available to the residents of Neuhof free of charge, with many accessible resources. There are online courses and tutorials for carrying out administrative procedures … For non-residents, this subscription costs 50 euros per year , which makes it possible to pay the subscription fee for a resident of Neuhof.
However, CyberGrange does not envision this vision for SSE, without considering the environment. As Jerome Tricomi explains: Environmental issues should inform our thoughts and ideas, especially regarding digital and social transformation “.Thus, they are planning to set up a cycle of Repair Café-type events under a building this summer, in order to try to build things that are more sustainable.” We imagine a local recycling center, where all the things that pass through will be fixed and then brought back to the neighborhood. Beautiful things that make you happy “.
Teach digital technology to residents who are less attuned to this tool, support unstable demographics at work, allow people to create beautiful things, prove they are good at coding, restore confidence and prepare for the future of models economics for any project, here are the various missions of CyberGrange. Thus the third center uses digital technology to support the residents of Neuhof, but not only, for changes in society, which is increasingly being built with digital technology. All this in an environmental, economic and social approach. But above all, solidarity.
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