‘The science in the city, in and out of institutions’

Irene Lapuente from La Mandarina de Newton collaborated on the latest issue of ‘Quaderns d’Educació Social’, the number 14, dedicated to the ‘Social Education in times of crisis. The dismantling of the welfare state’.

Quaderns d’Educació Social is the CEESC (Association of Social Educators of Catalonia) magazine, published since 2002. It is a publication of reference for the educators and social educators communities and, of course, also for the students. In each issue different social education related topics are addressed through different monographic contributions.

The latest issue marks the beginning of a new phase. The editorial team of Quaderns d’Educació Social wanted to share with their readers, the spirit of renewal they consider essential in a context of economic crisis like the one we are living right now. They believe social education needs to consider new models of social interaction, in order to address the current needs of society. These new paradigms imply the need of new approaches, new ideas and new practices. That’s why, for this issue, Quaderns looked for individuals whose experience and work represents a new innovative way of giving answer to those needs.

Irene Lapuente, La Mandarina de Newton, was one of the invited contributors for this issue. In her monograph ‘The science in the city, in and out of institutions’ (pages 114-121), Irene talks about the project Science of the City and about a series of workshops held at the Youth Detention Center of Barcelona. Science of the City is a project aimed at presenting a new way of looking at science and at the city, through participation, co-creation and hybridization. The project also seeks to eliminate or dilute the physical barriers that still characterize the way some institutions share knowledge. Irene wrote also about her experience during the workshops at the Youth Detention Center. The sessions aimed to encourage the participation among inmates, arise their interest in scientific topics directly related with their environment and finally, encourage them to produce their own scientific video based on the questions raised during the workshops. According to Irene, this was an extremely positive and enriching experience. The inmates curiosity and interest on science was amazing. The monograph ends with a brief reflection on the present and future of Science of the City. She explains that the goal is to keep working and evolving the idea behind it, in order to build a line of work in which ‘the city is the central axis, the citizens are the main actors, and knowledge is the main goal.’

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