Round Table n°4 - Design: A response to citizen anger?
A RESPONSE TO CITIZEN ANGER?
Thematic round table n°4
The design of public policies, through its methods and particularly its attention to uses, helps to reweave an often weak link between public action and citizen reality. While civic movements like Gilets Jaunes, #Metoo, Black Live Matters, youth for the climate, and others, call for more readable, more concrete, more appropriate public action, does design represent? A suitable response format and what do these citizens' anger of democratic life say: are they the sign of bankruptcy or of democratic renewal? Emotions often get a bad press, especially anger. But is it well understood?
An independent journalist and regular contributor to Usbek & Rica, he is very involved in education as he coordinates the Master in Political and Public Communication at the ECS, where he lectures in political rhetoric, a subject he also teaches at Sciences Po with international students.
He has also written many essays, including Lancer sa collecte de fonds (Dalloz 2012) and Chronique de la discrimination ordinaire (Gallimard 2012), Recruter Autrement (Lab’Ho 2015) En finir avec les idées fausses sur les professionnels du spectacle (l’Atelier 2015) and En finir avec les idées fausses diffusées par l’extrême droite (l’Atelier 2016) and La gauche est immortelle (Editions de l’Observatoire, 2019).
Lastly, he leads a number of events and seminars, specialising in social innovation, public issues and instigators of change in the business or charity sector. For five years, he worked on Jacques Attali's Positive Economy events and is an editorial advisor for Les Napoléons.
Armel LE COZ
CO-FOUNDEUR OF COLLECTIF DEMOCRATIE OUVERTE
Co-founder and coordinator of the Démocratie Ouverte collective, Armel Le Coz strives for more efficient and responsible democracies on a daily basis.
During the 2014 municipal elections, he hitch-hiked through France for six months in order to meet innovative citizens and mayors, before founding the Labo Démocratie Ouverte in order to conduct experiments into democratic innovation in the country’s different regions.
In 2019, following the Gilets Jaunes movement and the Great Debate, Le Coz actively contributed to the launch of the Gilets Citoyens collective, which is behind the Citizen's Convention on Climate, an unprecedented exercise in deliberative democracy based on drawing lots. He is also involved in the Action Commune project, to support citizen and participatory lists during the 2020 municipal elections.
A designer educated in the fields of innovation in France and Canada, Le Coz is particularly interested in the emerging models of citizen engagement and democratic renewal, such as Civictech, OpenGov, OpenData, peer-to-peer, community organising, collective intelligence, the sharing economy, community third places, territorial development, popular education, public policy design and shared governance.
PhD IN COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
Emma Vilarem has a PhD in cognitive neuroscience and specialises in the study of social interactions. She is the co-founder and director of [S]CITY, which works to apply research into the brain and behaviour to urban and housing projects for towns that best meet the cognitive, emotional and social needs of their inhabitants.
FONDATRICE DE L'ASSOCIATION EN AVANT TOUTE(S)
Ynaée Benaben co-founded En avant toute(s), a charity that strives for gender equality and an end to violence against women, in 2013. She is now in charge of programmes and partnerships and supports young victims of sexist and sexual violence through the national chat room Commentonsaime.fr, set up by the charity. She also teaches sessions on gender equality in secondary schools, as well as running training sessions in the workplace.