Primary Network

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The Primary Network is the first point of reference for the activities in the Project and functions as an extended advisory board. It serves both as the first line of dissemination and as the first line of information gathering. The Network also forms the basis of the future Virtual Centre of Excellence with already 82 confirmed members and more to come.

The objective of establishing and advancing a Primary Network will be met by knowledge- and experience-sharing activities across all relevant sectors concerned with societal security. The functioning network will form the foundation for the virtual centre of excellence, which is the overall aim of the project to establish.
 
These sectors differ considerably in terms of their premises, their tools, their values, their means and their goals. The approach and methodology towards the Primary Network will be to develop a set of tools to mediate between different epistemologies, translate them, and provide concrete practices that can make it possible to use knowledge from one sector for the benefit of other sectors thereby avoiding advancing the domination of one kind of security knowledge over another. These sectors are identified as:
 

  1. The social and human science research communities, including social sciences, political sciences, human sciences, history, philosophy, and other sub-fields that take security in one form or another as there object of study.
  2. Security industry actors, whose aim is to organise financing, development, and production activities that bring security products and services to the market; the sector includes technology developers, engineers, designers, technicians and the institutes, organisations and businesses that support them, and who are dedicated to the design, development and creation of commercial viable technological tools and methods in the field of security.
  3. Security policy-makers on European, national and subnational levels, including agencies, executive branches of governments, and other actors interested in influencing the course of security policy in the name of government agencies; and
  4. Members of civil society, i.e. the public space between government and the market, concerned with security of societies and above all the terms according to which it is organized. This includes the civic and social organizations that support collective action relevant for the security of society, public interest groups, associations that mobilize activities in support of civil and human rights, free speech, etc.
  5. Societal security end-users on all relevant levels, including emergency preparedness and crisis management personnel, police and security agencies, border guards, infrastructure managers.

 
Though they clearly interact, these sectors are fundamentally different because of the very nature of fields of knowledge that form the core of their way of thinking and working. This is because they grow out of different ‘knowledge communities’, that is, educational and training backgrounds, institutional foundations, industrial economic sectors, different techniques and technologies, and different means for communication and dissemination of the objects of their work.
 
The aim of the SOURCE network of excellence is to overcome the challenge of establishing the common ground between the five widely differing groups of actors concerned with societal security both in Europe and abroad and to put in place, in the form of a virtual centre of excellence, the tools, methods, institutions and infrastructure necessary to make them sustainable beyond the initial project period. If you want more information on the Primary Network or if you would like to join please contact us.

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