Work life balance is always difficult and for parents in particular, engaged into ‘acrobatic’ efforts to combine two domains with often diverging rhythms and needs, and in a socio-economic context featured by unstable job conditions and welfare cuts.
Although there has been a decline in average working time, an increase in unpaid overtime has been recorded, which indicates significant implications for the work/life balance of a family: for low-income families in particular and for those where both parents are working, childcare issues have become a challenge now more than ever.
The Families_Share project will tackle the above mentioned challenges leveraging on a model based on ‘alternative economies’, and stimulating families to share time and collaborate through digital technologies in their neighbourhood networks.
The overall objective of the project is to develop a social networking and awareness platform dedicated to childcare and work life balance. The Open Source platform will build on neighbourhood networks enabling citizens to come together and share tasks, time and skills relevant to childcare and after school education/leisure.
The platform will be co-designed with families in 7 EU cities (Venezia, Bologna, Trento, Thessaloniki, Budapest, Hamburg, Kortrijk) and tested jointly with a series of communication campaigns and raising awareness events.
Families_Share will be targeted to all working parents (or in search of a job) with a special attention to low income families, precarious workers and all those who are struggling in affording paid care services. The project will have a focus on including migrant people and all type of families (single parents, all sexual orientations, elderly people living alone).
A cross cutting issue will inevitably be gender equality, translated into the goal of an equal involvement of mothers and fathers to challenge stereotypes constructing childcare as a female task only (or mainly).
Smart Venice’s role
In the project Smart Venice will have the task of leading the Families Share City Lab in Venice and to coordinate partners in the testing phase of the platform, making sure the entire process will follow the Responsible Research and Innovation approach.
Università Ca’ Foscari -Department of Computer Sciences – Lead Partner
- Vilabs (CY)
- Fondazione Bruno Kessler (IT)
- IMEC (BE)
- De Stuyverij (BE)
- REC (HU)
- Ergani (EL)
- Urbanista (DE)
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 CAPS
Topic: ICT-11-2017, Type of action: IA, Grant agreement No 780783