- The aim of Cieco is to empower citizens’ responsibility for their social belonging, their individual autonomy and their achievement, especially for those citizens who define themselves as experiencing a problem in any of these aspects of their lives.
- Social belonging, individual autonomy and achievement are aspects of psychosocial integration.
- Learned helplessness equals outsourcing one’s responsibility for one’s social belonging, one’s individual autonomy and one’s achievement.
- Cieco addresses two causes of learned helplessness: (1) overstretched expert monopolies and (2) fixed mindsets and/ or a lack of experienced agency.
- Cieco currently develops a toolkit that offers citizens instruments to take more responsibility for their social belonging, their individual autonomy and their achievement.
- The toolkit allows for the creation of temporary social relationships on one specific topic at a time. Cieco does not want to provide permanent social relationships or to cover multiple topics simultaneously since this is seen as detrimental to the aim of the project – the toolkit is not to lead to new forms of learned helplessness.
- The toolkit consists of the following parts: tools for moderators, session ceremonies, a chat protocol and a preferred platform based on privacy by design.
- The toolkit is inspired by multiple sources.
- The business model of Cieco is to earn kick-backs of the cost reductions resulting from limiting expert monopolies.