What is this all about?
The Flowhesion Foundation is primarily about shaping the communities we want to live in tomorrow. It’s about promoting community cohesion and integration whilst encouraging the rule of law, British values, individual liberty and mutual respect. We believe it can all come together regardless of our religion, culture or identity and we call this fusion Flowhesion! We are terribly passionate about partnership and collaborations and have set ourselves a high bar for delivering them. This ensures that we are able to work with our partners in innovative ways. Our Team comprise of individuals that are leaders in their respective fields and our knowledge, experience and networks are unparalleled.
We know every great journey starts with a first step so we feel it’s important to get to work right away!
Our Aims are as follows:
- Bring our experience, networks and knowledge to contribute to and positively influence the work of British values, integration and community cohesion across the United Kingdom.
- Utilise our skills set and knowledge base to work respectfully with partners; public, private and charitable to eliminate the barriers within and between communities
- Apply our experience and knowledge to Publicise and disseminate literature, research, and relevant publications through social platforms, events and collaboration,that will promote community cohesion, integration and tolerance.
- Add weight to reframing the debate on community cohesion and integration by commissioning, participating in research, projects, activities and workshops that puts integration and community cohesion at the top of the public agenda
Our Objectives are as follows:
- Delivering flowhesion workshops, anti-radicalisation/PVE training, development days and courses for the benefit of community groups and the public sector and private sector.
- Managing and delivery of grassroot flowhesion projects that are academically grounded in sociology and social capital, have a central focus on British values, community cohesion and integration.
- Assisting Local authorities and community sector organisations to develop clear progression indicators for measuring, auditing and reviewing the level of integration, community cohesion through our dedicated flowhesion BABCAT tool. Providing consultancy around community cohesion policies and practical guidance on embedding them throughout service delivery frameworks.
- Commissioning and undertaking flowhesion research that fills gaps in knowledge and understanding relating to barriers in achieving positive integration and community cohesion.
- Representing the ideals of the flowhesion foundation in both print, on media and relative platforms that all elements of a society be it religion, culture or race can positively contribute to the community cohesion and integration agenda.
Our Unique Approach
We believe any person, group or entity that wishes to work towards building a cohesive society needs to firstly have a good understanding of the academic disciplines of sociology and social capital (pioneered by Prof.Robert Putnam and Lewis Feildstein) and be able to demonstrate that their work is guided by them. We believe tying all our work to these academic disciplines ensures that we are able to deliver projects and activities to those that need it most and yield measured, tangible and empirical results. Furthermore, We take seriously Robert Putnam’s and Lewis Feildstein’s idea of bonding and bridging capital in understanding community isolation and integration. That’s why their theories play a central part in the Flowhesion foundation’s cycle of assessing, delivering and reviewing all the work that it undertakes. Essentially, Bonding capital constitutes a ‘sociological superglue’ that creates strong in-group loyalty and allows members of a similar group, ethnicity, religion or identity to get on well together. This appears on the surface to be a positive trait, however such communities are symptomatic of having out-group antagonism i.e. fears, misunderstandings or suspicion of other communities. Furthermore to combat such detriment Putnam and Lewis advocate for the use of building more bridging capital; that is interaction between different socio-economic classes of society. Therefore bridging capital allows different communities to form more trusting, mutual and sustainable relationships. The promotion of such activities are therefore encouraged. At the flowhesion foundation assess the bonding and bridging capital of the work that we undertake to ensure that maximum value is created.
Equality Impact Assessments (EIA) and The bonding and bridging capital assessment tool (BABCAT)
BABCAT is a stepped appraisal model that allows an organisation to steadily increase its bridging capital and reflect on the limitations its bonding capital can present. This appraisal is written up in a BABCAT report with identified outcomes and measures that can be annually reviewed and updated to reflect changes. As an incentive and in recognition of building social capital and striving for excellence in this arena one of three standards or Marks of Excellence (Gold, Silver, Bronze) are awarded. These coveted awards are scored against stringent criteria that aim to encourage and seek to embed best practice for social capital building across sectors.
The tool can be adapted for the private sector as well as industry, personalized and reviewed annually with action plans and improvement indicators. It fully supports the Casey Reviews (2016) recommendations that state:
‘Build local communities’ resilience in the towns and cities where the greatest challenges exist, by: Developing a set of local indicators of integration and requiring regular collection of the data supporting these indicators. (3) Identifying and promoting successful approaches to integration.
Read: The Casey Review