Building Visions for the Future of Jerusalem: A Bottom Up Approach

 “Building Visions for the Future of Jerusalem: A Bottom Up Approach” is a three-year Leonard Davis Institute (Hebrew University) and Israel-Palestine: Creative Regional Initiatives (IPCRI) collaboration. The project engages residents of East and West Jerusalem, urban planners, students, women, youth and local leaders to work together to shape the current and future reality of their neighbourhoods and the city as a whole. Urban planning and formal negotiations on Jerusalem have generally ignored the voices of residents in particularly marginalized and diverse communities living within the city. This project aims to dignify diverse voices, enhance knowledge of the complexity of Jerusalem and contribute towards a constructive public and civil society engagement on the future of the city. The project includes surveys of residents of Jerusalem, mapping of local needs, community projects and increased efficacy of local residents of Jerusalem in shaping the reality of the city.
In its first stage, the project engaged residents of different Jerusalem neighbourhoods to generate equitable solutions to local problems. The project provides capacity building and utilizes participatory techniques to empower local communities and work with residents to create small interventions that can improve their reality. The community projects are decided by the residents and include creation of green spaces, public gardens and libraries, beautifying neighbourhoods and other initiatives or actions that are prioritized by the residents. We believe that focusing on current inequalities while building partnerships at the neighbourhood level can empower marginalized communities and answer some of their needs. 
In the next stage of the project, residents working in thematic groups will discuss wider issues of concern in Jerusalem. The thematic focus groups will highlight residents needs according to prioritized goals and grassroot input into discussion and visions on the future of Jerusalem. The thematic groups include: Youth and Education, Infrastructure and Local Cooperation, Local Political Leadership, Safety and Protection, and Gender. The thematic groups will produce policy papers and advise on urban interventions contributing to local input toward short and long-term solutions in Jerusalem. Through this approach we aim to engage and empower residents to work on local creative initiatives, increase knowledge of the complexities of Jerusalem and contribute towards a negotiated solution to the city.
This project is funded by the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of Hebrew University and IPCRI and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.”
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