Welcome in my backyard!

Mayors may be reluctant to welcome detention houses in their town, because they worry about negative reactions within their municipality. How can you transform NIMBY (Not in my backyard) into WIMBY (Welcome in my backyard)? And how do you get your community involved? Let’s ask the experts in the field!

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Anke Siegers is an organizational psychologist and (group) conflict mediator who assists organizations and government with the transition of the social domain. She leads conflict and planning processes (group mediation, restorative justice, deep democracy and family group conferencing principles) and speaks throughout the Netherlands lecturing on ownership.  Furthermore, she has years of experience with providing support to solving problems focussed on the social network, self-direction, FGC, and citizen participation. Anke Siegers is the initiator and developer of ‘The New Route’ in the social domain and gives speeches and training all around Europe about this philosophy and method.

Especially when many people disagree with what is happening, you have to look for workable and supported solutions together with these people.

Isabelle Leroux is researcher in economics and currently works at Angers University. She is affiliated to the GRANEM research laboratory (ANgevin Research Group in Economics and Management). She does research in Institutional Economics, Industrial Organization and Economic Geography. Her research focuses on the territorial location of organisations such as firms, non-for-profit organisations or prisons. She also works on public-private contracts and contractual efficiency applied to the french carceral public policy.

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The acceptability of a prison facility cannot be subordinated to the economic question alone. it must also be based on what constitutes the reality of the prison facility, namely its inclusion in a social reinsertion project and in a territorial project.