Judith Ferrando

What motivates me to do this job

It’s the conviction that no one is better judge of a house than the one who lives in it – as Aristotle said two millennia ago. In a highly technological society, where the people have delegated their decision-making power to experts and political representatives, it is necessary to allow citizens to express themselves on matters affecting the construction of the city. Without this, social tensions and inequalities will only increase.
And then there is reaching people and allowing them to enter the complexity of collective choices. Realizing that far from individualistic clichés, they want the advent of a more just and egalitarian society.

My first ‘public mission’

I discovered Missions Publiques during an internship for the RATP – a field observation experiment set up to fight against incivilities and insecurity in public transport. Missions Publiques was working on how RATP agents and users could solve those problems together.
This allowed me to discover a job where people are made to talk about the subject of living together, literally, without avoiding the conflicts and difficulties experienced when one tries to find very concrete solutions – like challenging the decision-makers.

The mission that left the strongest impression on me

The revision of Montreuil’s local urban plan. It seems very technical, but in the end we had to go closer to the citizens, for example in a migrant worker’s home. Some had lived in France for almost thirty years and I was impressed by the knowledge they had of Montreuil. They had so many proposals to make about the city, while being so discreet and so absent from the public workshops, and it convinced me that we must go out and get the thoughts of these inhabitants who are not usually given the opportunity to speak.

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