Round Table n°5 - Citizenship in the future: How can we engage in preparing for a post-covid world?
CITIZENSHIP IN THE FUTURE:
HOW CAN WE ENGAGE IN PREPARING FOR A POST-COVID WORLD?
Thematic round table n°5
As citizens, we have the right to take part in the public and political life of our country and, in doing so, have a say in democratic decisions. The lockdown has shown how civic participation is difficult to put into practice when democratic debate and the electoral systems are put on hold. This interruption, albeit temporary, may have put our democracy at risk. Is now the time to start thinking about civic representation in the future?
The Citizens’ Convention for Climate has been a way, with its Open Source contribution platform, to participate and contribute before and, then, during the pandemic. Is this the kind of organization that holds new powers today?
In parallel during this period, discussions exploring how we live and work, the transitions at play and the ways in which our societies and our world operate have flourished on the internet and in the media, in France and internationally. These discussions sprang from citizens, reflecting a common desire to take part in the construction and development of society.
Civic engagement is at the centre of several approaches in design, such as public transformation and public and social innovation. How can design provide a solution for keeping civic engagement alive and well beyond the pandemic? How can public engagement lead us along a path towards democratic resilience?
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CO-FOUNDER OF AGENCY VRAIMENT VRAIMENT
Romain Beaucher, co-founder of the general interest design agency Vraiment Vraiment, is involved in the design and implementation of public transformation projects – both by central government and local authorities – systematically seeking to connect them on a democratic, citizenship level.
INNOVATION PROJECT OFFICER
AT THE INTERMINISTERIAL PUBLIC SERVICE TRANSFORMATION DEPARTMENT (DITP)
Clémence Pène heads innovation projects at the Interministerial Public Service Transformation Department (DITP), which supports projects affecting change in public services.
Following her research on online mobilisation and activism in France and the United States, Clémence Pène joined Paris City Hall, first as advisor to the mayor with responsibility for civic innovation then as internal innovation manager. Past projects include participation in the launch of the participative budget and the internal innovation laboratory and setting up the “Halles Civiques” public policy collective.
At the DITP, Clémence Pène leads open government projects and oversees the public service innovation ecosystem. One of her main responsibilities is coordinating the Futurs Publics programme, a community of civil servants invested in innovation projects.
Current projects: Open Government Partnership, Futurs Publics (public services modernisation initiative), research partnerships, anticipation, post-COVID-19 resilience.
FOUNDER OF STRATEGIC DESIGN SCENARIO (SDS)
François Jégou is the founder of Strategic Design Scenarios, an innovation lab researching social innovation, public policy innovation and sustainability. Francois Jégou coordinates the URBACT networks and acts as a partner to various European H2020 research projects.
He is Professor of Design at La Cambre, Brussels, Design Manager of the Laboratory of Uses and Innovative Practices at the City of Design in Saint-Etienne, and co-founder of the DESIS international network of Design Schools for Social Innovation and Sustainable Development. His latest publication, Social Innovation in Cities, discusses how the more than 500 cities that participated in URBACT Thematic Networks are changing their governance processes to better engage with citizens and local stakeholders.
AUTHOR OF "LES NOUVEAUX POUVOIR D'AGIR"[The new powers of action], SEUIL 2020
SOCIAL QUESTIONS EXPERTE
A former student at the École Polytechnique and the École des Ponts et Chaussées, she has published numerous reports and analyses on social matters.
After beginning her career in investment banking, when the Centre for Strategic Analysis was created, she joined the economic department and developed a cycle of seminars called “Economy of knowledge”. In 2007-2008, she managed the “France 2025” project. In 2009, she was the co-author of the report “Sortie de crise, vers l’émergence de nouveaux modèles de croissance” [Coming out of the crisis, towards the emergence of new growth models], after which she joined the Social Matters department.
She is Deputy Secretary Genaral at the High Council for the family, children and aging (HCFEA).