Cartographie de la Polarisation à Bruxelles

Socaba incube de nouveaux concepts générateurs de capital social et vise à être à l’avant-garde dans le domaine de l’innovation sociale. Nous sommes fiers de notre approche indépendante et de notre capacité à mener des recherches de terrain sur mesure.

L’enquête 2019 sur la perception des risques dans le monde du Forum économique mondial a classé la « polarisation croissante des sociétés » au deuxième rang des risques les plus importants pour le bien-être mondial après le changement climatique. Pourtant, elle reste un phénomène largement sous-étudié en Belgique. Les frictions, tensions et conflits sociaux qui en résultent peuvent avoir un impact sur la cohésion d’une société, sur le bien-être de ses habitants. La polarisation est un défi considérable pour la bonne gouvernance.

La Région Bruxelles-Capitale a donc chargé Socaba de concevoir et d’entreprendre une vaste campagne de cartographie sociale visant à collecter et analyser des données locales autour du sujet. Un échantillon représentatif de 3000 bruxellois.e.s sélectionnés au hasard sera sondé afin de :

  • Mieux comprendre les défis sociaux dans leur contexte bruxellois
  • Aider les acteurs locaux à renforcer la cohésion sociale en se concentrant sur ce qui unit plutôt que sur ce qui divise
  • Construire une relation de confiance entre les citoyens et les institutions publiques

Een Cartografie van Polarisatie in Brussel

Socaba ontwikkelt en implementeert nieuwe concepten die sociaal kapitaal genereren en wil een koploper zijn op het gebied van sociale innovatie. Wij zijn trots op onze onafhankelijke aanpak en ons vermogen om onderzoek uit te voeren op maat.

Maatschappelijke polarisatie is een fenomeen dat in België nog weinig onderzocht is. De sociale fricties, spanningen en conflicten die eruit voortvloeien kunnen een grote impact hebben op de cohesie in de samenleving en het welzijn van haar inwoners en kunnen uitdagingen creëren voor een goed bestuur. Volgens de Global Risks Perception Survey (2019) van het World Economic Forum is “de toenemende polarisatie van samenlevingen” de op één na grootste uitdaging voor het wereldwijde welzijn, na klimaatverandering.

In opdracht van het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest voert Socaba een grootschalig onderzoek uit naar polarisatie met als doel op lokaal niveau data te verzamelen en analyseren. Het doel van het onderzoek is om de percepties en standpunten van 3000 willekeurig geselecteerde Brusselaars te verzamelen, om de volledige diversiteit aan meningen in het Gewest in kaart te brengen en:

  • De huidige maatschappelijke uitdagingen in Brussel beter te begrijpen
  • Lokale actoren en overheden te helpen sociale cohesie te bevorderen door te benadrukken wat de bevolking verbindt in plaats van wat de bevolking verdeedt
  • Een vetrouwensrelatie opbouwen tussen burgers en overheden

Mapping the Polarisation Phenomenon in Brussels

Socaba incubates new concepts that generate social capital, and aims to be a front-runner in this field of social innovation. We pride ourselves on our independent approach and our ability to conduct tailored, on the ground research.

Societal polarisation remains a largely under-researched phenomenon within Belgium. The social frictions, tensions and conflicts that result can heavily impact on the cohesiveness of society and the wellbeing of its inhabitants, and pose an extensive challenge to good governance. The World Economic Forum (WEF) 2019 Global Risks Perception Survey ranked the “increasing polarisation of societies” as the second most significant risk to global wellbeing after climate change.

The Région Bruxelles-Capitale has commissioned Socaba to design and undertake a large scale social mapping campaign aimed at gathering and analysing comprehensive local data around this issue. Our aim is to capture the views of 3000 randomly selected Brussels residents, to reflect the full range of diversity of opinion in the Region and:

  • Better understand social challenges in their Brussels context
  • Assist local actors to enhance social cohesion by focussing on what unites rather than what drives apart
  • Build a relationship of trust between citizens and public institutions

Analysis of radical content dissemination and consumption

In 2019, Socaba undertook a study on the dissemination and consumption of radical content amongst Brussels’ youth. Using a socio-anthropological approach, our team of field researchers analysed how information travels between online and offline environments, between producers and users of narratives, and between proximate and distant audiences.

The study’s probing results helped draw the most up-to-date depiction of:

  • different types of narratives currently in circulation,
  • different channels of dissemination (online/offline),
  • the process through which information is being conveyed/consumed,
  • the factors which make youth more or less receptive to these narratives.

Results were presented to an audience of European decision makers, shedding light on latest narrative and behavioral trends, with the objective of promoting evidence-based policy making.

Scope

Socaba engages across the four main themes of security, governance, justice and migration. Our teams bring each client a combination of in-depth sectoral knowledge and front-line expert innovation. Our mission is to help clients achieve excellence in their field.

Institutional governance, private sector development, data collection management

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Human rights, diversity and gender, reform of judiciary, strengthening the rule of law

Refugees and asylum, humanitarian operations, integration and host community sensitivities

Conflict prevention, peace building, resilience, polarisation, countering violent extremism

Services

Socaba tailors its consultancy services to meet our clients’ most critical challenges and opportunities across all sectors and geographies. We bring deep, functional expertise, but with a holistic perspective: we seek to capture value across boundaries and between the silos of any organisation. We have a proven ability in assisting clients to streamline their decision-making processes and optimise performance and delivery.

Combining strategy experience and analytical expertise to create value

Ensuring organisations and programmes are aligned and set up to deliver on their intended objectives

Using innovative approaches to dialogue to create the conditions for personal and collective transformation

Combining strategy experience and analytical expertise to create value

Ensuring organisations and programmes are aligned and set up to deliver on their intended objectives

Using innovative approaches to dialogue to create the conditions for personal and collective transformation

Review and monitoring of project progress for project management purposes; evaluation of results and impact through strategic ex-ante evaluations

Creating synergies between our project management services and our expertise on gender equality, cross-cultural training, human resources management, and change management

Combining political economy, conflict and risk analyses to provide tailored solutions and policy recommendations

Review and monitoring of project progress for project management purposes; evaluation of results and impact through strategic ex-ante evaluations

Creating synergies between our project management services and our expertise on gender equality, cross-cultural training, human resources management, and change management

Combining political economy, conflict and risk analyses to provide tailored solutions and policy recommendations

Who we are

Socaba, established in 2008, is an international consulting firm delivering tailored services to public interest organisations. We strive to provide clients a blend of deep sector knowledge and front-line expert innovation. Our mission is to help clients achieve excellence in their field. In addition to be located in Denmark and the UK, project activities take place from our offices in central Brussels.

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