Our 2015 Workshop took place in Rome on March 30th, 2015. The meeting brought together top academics, journalists and practitioners from the UK, Europe and the Americas. The symposium was an opportunity to discuss the Foundation’s vision and development since its beginnings in 2006, as well as examining such topics as media perspectives on the home. There were opportunities for knowledge exchange and sharing best practices among participants, as well as developing on critical concepts that underpin our understanding of the work of the home in the 21st century.
Launch of 'Think Piece on Intergenerational Living in the UK' at the House of Lords
The Lord Richard Best, OBE hosted a breakfast event in the House of Lords, on March 24th on behalf of Home Renaissance Foundation. The event was to launch "Bricks and Mortar Across Generations: A Think Piece on Intergenerational Living in the UK". The report explores the contours of policy and practice surrounding homes where two or more adult generations live under the same roof. It presents the findings of interviews with policymakers, practitioners and thought leaders in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and calls for a Commission on Intergenerational Housing. Click here to read the event briefing.
The Home Renaissance Foundation's latest conference, "Development & Sustainability: Care in Daily Life" took place December 3-5 2014 in Bogota, Colombia. The event was co-hosted by the Culture, Work and Care Research Centre at INALDE Business School. Keynotes included addresses by Dr. Marta Elvira Rojo from IESE Business School and Dr. Anne Zahra from Waikato University. Dr. Charles Handy also prepared reflections to share with conference participants. Click here for the Conference Website.
HRF at the Second International Conference on Family and Society
HRF Director Sophia Aguirre gave the inaugural lecture at the Second International Conference on Family and Society, Family and Sustainable Development that took place at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (IUC) in Barcelona. The conference was organised under the aegis of the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family. HRF was a conference partner and hosted a panel on "Home Environments and Sustainability". For more on the conference, click here.
The main objective of the Homemakers Project, which consists on a documentary and 40 short videos, is to help recognize the value of housework chores in building home environments, to promote housework as a professional field, to promote initiatives supporting family-work balance, to support people whose professional choice is housework, to counteract the current social pressure that restricts many people, especially women, from choosing a career consistent with the needs of their family, and to create awareness that running a household requires training, just as in other professions.
HRF has had its first associated publication in a peer-reviewed academic journal. Anne Zahra of the University of Waikato, as editor of the themed issue has published papers from HRF's Third Annual Conference in Hospitality & Society. Her editorial entitled "Navigating Interdisciplinary Inhospitableness: The Home-Hospitality Interface" introduced the papers "Responsive homes of old Cairo: Learning from the past, feeding in the future" by Dr. Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem of Queens' University Belfast and "Work-home balance: A Management Perspective" by Dr. Kathleen Farrell.