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2 December 2020

Digital inclusion: bridging the divide with Professor DR. DP Sharma

People with disabilities are too often neglected or even forgotten in development processes, and their opinions as citizens are not, or very little, taken into account. This has been the struggle of a lifetime for Professor DR. DP Sharma, Indian computer scientist and disability rights activist. He has turned disability into ability through his fight against his own paralysis and his will to give power to those who need the “wings technology can offer”. •••

They took a seat at the table. What did they think?

30 November 2020

They took a seat at the table. What did they think?

At first sight, one might be under the misconception that they have little in common, but they all played a key role in developing Internet Governance. In October, they participated in the Global Citizens’ Dialogue on the Future of Internet in their own countries and today they share with us their feelings, from worries to great expectations. •••

9 November 2020

"Participatory democracy must continue in these moments of crisis”

Nantes, the hub of Western France, is launching a Citizens' Convention across the entire region. 80 inhabitants from the 24 towns are invited to discuss the impacts of the health crisis. Their recommendations will feed into the city's draft mandate. Johanna Rolland, mayor of Nantes, speaks of the need for this democratic exercise which she has chosen to maintain - online - despite the lockdown. •••

What citizens think about the Internet and its future

9 November 2020

What citizens think about the Internet and its future

We the Internet was conducted in over 70 countries around the world. This global deliberation on the future of the Internet has one main objective: to test, improve and institutionalize internet governance with and for citizens. During the 15th edition of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), we revealed preliminary results to decision-makers at global level. •••

The 5 key elements to successful online deliberation

6 November 2020

The 5 key elements to successful online deliberation

The global pandemic is forcing us to imagine new ways of working, meeting our friends and “virtual” leisure activities. Here are the 5 tips for successful online deliberation •••

We will be at IGF 2020 to present the Global Citizens’ Dialogue’s results

2 November 2020

We will be at IGF 2020 to present the Global Citizens’ Dialogue’s results

Governance issues are at the core of people’s digital human rights amidst the COVID-19 crisis but also for the future. It’s time to take action. Under the overarching theme “Internet for human resilience and solidarity”, Missions Publiques will present the results of its Global Citizens’ Dialogue on the Future of the Internet to the Internet Governance Forum on November 4th, 2020. •••

“In Rwanda, the Citizens’ Dialogue is part of IGF 2020“

28 September 2020

“In Rwanda, the Citizens’ Dialogue is part of IGF 2020“

Jon Stever and Lorenzo Banno from Rwanda have decided to contribute to two ongoing policy processes in the country: one to develop a national Startup Act, and the other to develop a national Artificial Intelligence Policy. Let’s take a closer look at Jon’s vision of “reimagining global governance” with citizens. •••

Meet Colette and Francis, randomly-selected citizens

23 September 2020

Meet Colette and Francis, randomly-selected citizens

The French Occitanie Citizens' Convention began in mid-September. 104 citizens were randomly drawn by lot to reflect on a fairer and more sustainable territory. Meet Colette, a 66-year old retired teacher and Francis, a 71-year-old retired policeman. •••

Occitanie is the first European region to implement its Green New Deal

23 September 2020

Occitanie is the first European region to implement its Green New Deal

At regional level, the Occitanie region in the South-West of France, follows the model of the Citizens’ Climate Convention. Its objective? To anticipate tomorrow's world in order to face today's crisis. This consultation is part of a broader plan for economic recovery and transformation, the "Green New Deal". Missions Publiques and Eurogroup Consulting support the region in this approach which aims to drive a new model of development. •••

“Digital inclusion goes beyond thinking about Internet connectivity“

21 September 2020

“Digital inclusion goes beyond thinking about Internet connectivity“

As the Dialogue approaches, the coalition of partners are working hard to ensure a diverse discussion, recruiting citizens from all walks of life, whether they have access to the Internet or not. Let's take a closer look at our partner in Singapore, the Centre for Trusted Internet and Community, led by Natalie Pang, Senior Lecturer at the National University of Singapore. •••

Learn about the principles and methods of deliberative democracy

21 September 2020

Learn about the principles and methods of deliberative democracy

On September 3rd, G1000 University 2020 gave the floor to experts of the field to disseminate these citizen convention practices. Watch the video and learn about how to use these methods in your own community from our Founder and Co-Director Yves Mathieu, who co-designed the French Convention for Climate. •••

3 September 2020

"We must tackle cyberbullying and child protection on Internet"

One month away from the Global Citizens’ Dialogue on the Future of the Internet, we continue our world tour of national partners to show you how they are living “We the Internet” experience. Meet Alexandra Peca, Missions Publiques’ Romanian partner from GEYC (Group of the European Youth for Change), who implements the Citizens’ Dialogue on the future of Internet in Romania. •••

The voice of the unconnected is just as valuable as the voice of the connected.

31 August 2020

The voice of the unconnected is just as valuable as the voice of the connected.

The Global Citizens’ Dialogue on the Future of the Internet will bring together more than 70 countries on October 10. One month before the event, Yao Sossou, Computer scientist and official partner of Missions Publiques in Benin, talks about the reasons for his commitment and what he expects from this dialogue for his country. •••

The three reasons why deliberation is more than a poll

28 August 2020

The three reasons why deliberation is more than a poll

"What would citizens think if they really thought?" This quote from James Fishkin a leading figure in the world of deliberative democracy gives a pretty good idea on the profound difference between those methods. •••

Two insider views into the French Citizens’ Convention on Climate

16 July 2020

Two insider views into the French Citizens’ Convention on Climate

One week after 150 citizens delivered a milestone proposal to French President Emmanuel Macron, Missions Publiques gave direct insight into the Citizens’ Convention for the Climate (CCC) via two online webinars. •••

Crossed interview: looking back on Global Stakeholders' Dialogue

12 June 2020

Crossed interview: looking back on Global Stakeholders' Dialogue

The first phase of the global dialogue on the future of the Internet, which brought together stakeholders from around the world, ended on Saturday 6 June online. We interviewed two of the participants so they could share with us their insights. •••

Grand Débat National 2019: a word from Judith Ferrando

18 February 2020

Grand Débat National 2019: a word from Judith Ferrando

On the initiative of the President of the Republic, the Government ran the Grand Débat National from January to March 2019. The debate covered four themes reflecting the major national issues: taxation and public spending, the organization of public services, ecological transition, and democracy and citizenship. The aim was to give everyone the chance to debate issues that are crucial to French people, in a number of different ways. •••

Missions Publiques supporting the Citizens’ Assembly on Climate

31 January 2020

Missions Publiques supporting the Citizens’ Assembly on Climate

The Citizens’ Assembly on Climate brings together a group of 150 randomly selected citizens who represent the diversity of French society and whose task is to put forward a series of measures “to achieve a minimum reduction of 40% in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, in a spirit of social justice.” •••

Saint-Nazaire, maritime and coastal ambition

17 October 2019

Saint-Nazaire, maritime and coastal ambition

“Ambition Maritime Saint-Nazaire Pornichet” is a project backed jointly by the area’s public stakeholders and by elected representatives for the municipalities of Saint-Nazaire and Pornichet, the Communauté d’agglomération de la Région Nazairienne et de l’Estuaire (or CARENE, the urban community) and the Nantes Saint-Nazaire urban area. •••

A partnership charter and action plan for Sensitive Natural Areas in Val-de-Marne

15 October 2019

A partnership charter and action plan for Sensitive Natural Areas in Val-de-Marne

The Val-de-Marne départment is a long-standing partner of Missions Publiques, aiming to open dialogue on its projects. It has a proactive environmental policy and, in 2018, it set up a departmental plan for its Sensitive Natural Areas (ENS). •••

Haute-Garonne tomorrow: citizens’ aspirations guiding public action

11 October 2019

Haute-Garonne tomorrow: citizens’ aspirations guiding public action

Missions Publiques, Eclectic Experience, and the Institute for Desirable Futures have supported Haute-Garonne Council through an exciting process: envisioning life and Haute-Garonne in 2050. •••

Citizens’ debate on driverless vehicles: what future for our mobility?

26 June 2019

Citizens’ debate on driverless vehicles: what future for our mobility?

From June 6–1, 2019, Missions Publiques and its partners brought together nearly 700 people in several countries around the world (Singapore, Europe and North America) to air their views on the future of driverless mobility. The aim was to think about how the emergence of driverless transport could affect our lives, and to work together on some likely or desirable scenarios. •••

Antoine Vergne’s interview on Civicus

19 June 2019

Antoine Vergne’s interview on Civicus

CIVICUS speaks to Antoine Vergne, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Missions Publiques. •••

Autonomous mobility and vehicles: what are citizens’ expectations for tomorrow?

29 May 2019

Autonomous mobility and vehicles: what are citizens’ expectations for tomorrow?

This Cerema publication builds on the lessons learned from a citizens’ debate on the questions of driverless vehicles and the future of day-to-day mobility. It presents them in the light of current and future sustainable mobility issues. It also examines the role of public entities and civil society when developing public mobility policies around the deployment of driverless vehicles. •••

Grand Débat National: regional citizens’ conferences to reconnect people and politics

9 May 2019

Grand Débat National: regional citizens’ conferences to reconnect people and politics

Teams from Missions Publiques and Res publica worked with the Grand Débat mission to run a series of regional citizens’ conferences over several weeks in various cities in mainland France and the French overseas territories. •••

Grand Débat National: the ecological transition can no longer wait

26 April 2019

Grand Débat National: the ecological transition can no longer wait

On March 16, almost 350,000 citizens marched in 220 towns and cities in France to highlight the urgent need to tackle the climate crisis. At what was called the March of the Century, the shared feeling was that it is no longer time for debate, but time for action. And now! •••

CSP&O and its partners design the US Driverless vehicles debates

23 April 2019

CSP&O and its partners design the US Driverless vehicles debates

In mid-April, the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes and its local partners, the Museum of Science in Boston, the Center for Smart Cities and Regions at Arizona State University, and the University of Maryland, convened meetings to design the local sessions for the US debates. •••

Citizen’s debate on driverless vehicles in Aachen

23 April 2019

Citizen’s debate on driverless vehicles in Aachen

As part of the international consortium of the citizen’s debate on driverless mobility, the City of Aachen joined up with RWTH Aachen University to invite 2000 people to the register for the debate on April 6th, 2019. •••

Background: The transition towards automated and connected driving in Germany

15 February 2019

Background: The transition towards automated and connected driving in Germany

Automated and connected driving is an area of technology of paramount importance for Germany, as it is fundamental for the future of the domestic automotive industry. •••

Every opinion counts – The Austrian approach to automated mobility

15 February 2019

Every opinion counts – The Austrian approach to automated mobility

With Vienna, Graz, Klagenfurt, Linz and Salzburg, five Austrian cities have signed up for the discussion on April 6, 2019, and will each host a debate of 100 people. •••

Why Keolis is supporting the citizens debate on driverless mobility

14 February 2019

Why Keolis is supporting the citizens debate on driverless mobility

As urban growth accelerates and mobility needs increase, the challenge in the coming years will be to develop new mobility solutions that are shared, sustainable, driverless and adapted to passenger expectations (in terms of services). •••

Citizens’ panel on the future of Europe

29 January 2019

Citizens’ panel on the future of Europe

Three citizens’ debates on the future of Europe were held in 2018. •••

A citizens’ jury to discuss the future of our pension system

29 January 2019

A citizens’ jury to discuss the future of our pension system

In France, the overhaul of the pension system is being steered by the High Commissioner for Pension Reform, Jean-Paul Delevoye. The entire population will be affected so eight debates were held in various regions across the country giving people the chance to set out their questions, wishes and red lines and thus contribute to the reform. •••

Missions Publiques receives a 2019 NGI Award

6 December 2018

Missions Publiques receives a 2019 NGI Award

The NGI Awards, a European Commission initiative, seek to reward individuals and organizations that help shape Digital Europe. Each year, nine winners are selected by a jury of European experts in three categories: Research, Culture and Start-ups. •••

Europe has found its place among the stars

18 July 2017

Europe has found its place among the stars

Has the idea of space, and the opportunities it opens up, become obvious to the general public? The response is positive but not completely clear-cut. •••