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Social cohesion initiative raises eyebrows

11 January 2009 – The Zuideramstel District is going to enlist the local elite to set up community initiatives. The PvdA wants to know why community organisations and council members have not been involved.

On Monday, the district will install a Social Cohesion Think Tank, consisting of twelve successful residents. Members include journalists Anet Bleich (de Volkskrant) and Rick Nieman (RTL Nieuws), Director Joël Cahen of the Jewish Historical Museum and a number of academics, students and consultants.

Council member Daniel García Soto of coalition party PvdA was ‘highly surprised’ by the initiative and has filed written questions. He wants to know why council members were not involved in the plans. He also wants to know what the think tank will add to the community organisations that are already active in the district.

The first Social Cohesion Think Tank was set up in Oost as an answer to the polarisation following the murder of film maker Theo van Gogh. In 2007, think tanks were set up in de Baarsjes, Osdorp, Slotervaart and Zeeburg. At this moment, think tanks are being set up in Noord, Zuideramstel and Zuidoost. They are part of the city’s programme to deal with radicalisation, which consists of a mix of social welfare and repressive measures.

The role of the think tanks is to promote well-intended community initiatives to be funded by the district, with names such as ‘cup of coffee in the neighbourhood’, ‘multicultural cooking’, ‘greet on the street’, ‘come and play with us’ and ‘the wishing tree’.

The strategy to circumvent existing networks sometimes meets with resistance. In de Baarsjes, the PvdA questioned the think tank, which would offer nothing new. In Zuidoost, OZO said that active residents were unaware of the think tank.

Image: Alderman Henk Boes of Zuideramstel planting a tree with children of the Anne Frank School. Photo Zuideramstel District.


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