Inclusive Prosperity Enschede

Katrien Spanbroek

The municipality of Enschede has recently developed future scenarios for 2030 with the most important uncertainties for the city: 1) does administrative or social control predominate? and 2) will traditional or sustainable economic values prevail? The national government and several planning agencies have recently expressed an interest in 'inclusive prosperity' as a new concept for social policy. A relevant question now is how this can be applied in Enschede, and how this can be done in close collaboration with the local society – the people of Enschede.

And if we start to rely more on society to take the lead, will people be able to support themselves? What does 'inclusive prosperity' mean for a city? Who's in charge? Who decides what is good for you? How should we shape inclusive prosperity in Enschede? And what would it mean for the municipality's current social policy?

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Nano-Challenge 3

Katrien Spanbroek

These questions were presented in the context of the 'Futurism' part of the Master-insert 'Shaping Responsible Futures', which is provided at the DesignLAB of the UT.

The students who took part were asked what 'inclusive prosperity' could look like for one or a few vulnerable target groups in Enschede. They focused on multi-problem families.

Below you can see the solutions they came up with. And: how you can contribute to that. Because these solutions deserve to be worked out in more detail.

Introduction of the project

It Resultaat 

For the course 'Futurism', the students of the Transdisciplinary Master-Insert developed a tool that contributes to inclusive prosperity in Enschede. The group created two low-fidelity prototypes, the Dream Machine, a VR-based tool that helps users visualize their dream future and devise concrete steps to realize that future, and Starttoday, an interactive application that helps users build resilience. by promoting physical and emotional well-being. Below you will find a booklet summarizing the results of the project.


There is a lot of enthusiasm for the concept of 'the Dream Machine'. Although still very futuristic, the idea is alive that such a solution can be of real value to target groups that find it difficult to imagine a more optimistic future.

The Neighborhood Teams intend to follow up on that concept. Among other things, through research in some of the neighborhoods (via second-year Saxion students HBO Nursing study routes Health and Technology (G&T) and HBO-V). But also by really developing a prototype and researching it. We will make a start on this in 2021/22 via the UT Honors Project 'Shaping the Future'.