Does economic status have an impact on belonging?
The Coventry Cultural Challenge was a two-day event where teams were given access to the latest Coventry cultural data and asked to develop an idea/proposal that had the potential to ‘make life better in Coventry’. At the end of the weekend, each team presented their ideas to a jury of experts.
People with stable incomes may not be able to reflect the value of activities in normal times, but when they are at risk, cultural activities can give a stronger sense of belonging to people with stable incomes.Team Elden Kings
The team examined feelings of belonging to both Coventry and residents’ local areas and cross-referenced it with stability of income levels.
Those with stable incomes were working, whereas non-stable incomes included those unemployed, long-term sick, retired, in education, volunteering or in caring roles.
Those people with unstable incomes had stronger levels of belonging to their local area than those with stable incomes. The gap was much smaller for the two groups’ sense of belonging to Coventry.
The sense of belonging was higher for those within the unstable income group that had participated in cultural events. Participation strengthened external contacts, increased confidence by reducing anxiety.
Knowing more about Coventry first-hand from the data has not only increased my knowledge of Coventry but my experience with multi-experience data.Kexing Li (event feedback)