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2 December 2022

EU Commission: "We have made deliberative democracy an integral part of our decision-making process"

Vice-President Dubravka Šuica, Co-Chair of the Conference on the Future of Europe and Commissioner for Democracy and Demography, leading the Commission's work on deliberative democracy, explains how the Commission has taken action since. •••

Conference on the future of Europe: young people want action

16 November 2022

Conference on the future of Europe: young people want action

Caterina, Nicolas, Kacper and Matous... four young people who have in common that they all experienced the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE). We met them in during the Festival of Participation and Deliberative Democracy organized by the European Commission. •••

16 November 2022

"Replacing the abundance of goods with the abundance of connections"

Environmental storytelling is one thing. A concrete ecological future is another. Between both is Yasmina Auburtin, whose job it is to help scriptwriters and authors include sobriety in their stories. •••

“Let’s decolonize our knowledge about deliberative democracy”

17 October 2022

“Let’s decolonize our knowledge about deliberative democracy”

Is deliberation universal? Should it be? Is our way of conceptualizing and organizing it in Europe (too) “Western-centric”? Are we ready, together, to acknowledge the answers to these questions? •••

Culture in the political arena: tackling climate change through humor

17 October 2022

Culture in the political arena: tackling climate change through humor

Vincent Hennebicq is a Belgian actor, director and author. His latest play "La Bombe Humaine" (The Human Bomb) is the story of the ecological awareness of a woman in a consumerist society. •••

Franco-German town twinnings at the cornerstone of EU cooperation

17 October 2022

Franco-German town twinnings at the cornerstone of EU cooperation

We met with Jean-Marc Minier, president of the "Maison de l'Europe Angers" and the head of the Osnabrück twinning office to talk about their vision of such a cross-border cooperation, currently very much focused on youth. •••

“Breaking down power dynamics in a refugee camp”

19 September 2022

“Breaking down power dynamics in a refugee camp”

Reaching out to those who are furthest from the discussion is the challenge of many participatory processes. Achieving this with refugees seems all the more incredible. However, this is the daring and successful bet of Dr. Faheem Hussain. •••

“It might seem disconcerting to discuss democratic participation in authoritarian China…”

19 September 2022

“It might seem disconcerting to discuss democratic participation in authoritarian China…”

Talking about citizen participation in China may seem disconcerting. Between local traditions and the interests of the Communist Party, researcher Su Yun Woo offers a critical and nuanced analysis of a multi-faceted and often understood decision-making system. •••

Our Global Fellowship Program kicks-off

19 September 2022

Our Global Fellowship Program kicks-off

Today, we are excited to build our next chapter in our long history of global participation: the Fellowship Program. •••

13 July 2022

"Democracy cannot exist without counter-power”

Marie-Hélène Bacqué is a French sociologist and professor of urban studies at the University of Paris-Ouest-Nanterre. Her work focuses on urban democracy, the transformation of working-class neighborhoods, segregation and empowerment •••

13 July 2022

"We are at the intersection of business and politics”

After eight months of intense work, the Business Climate Convention (BCC) has just ended. The process, which brought together a diversity of companies embodied by more than 150 executives •••

“Our solution will help Thai women navigate the Norwegian regulatory tasks”

13 July 2022

“Our solution will help Thai women navigate the Norwegian regulatory tasks”

The Norwegian innovation camp, in the framework of the Equals EU project, was held last May around the topic “closing the digital divide for gender minorities”. •••

How can we bring energy precarious populations into policy?

13 June 2022

How can we bring energy precarious populations into policy?

How can we achieve the international objectives of reducing greenhouse gases and avoid the further growth of social and economic inequalities? This is the ambition of the European project “Fair Energy Transition for All“(FETA) initiated and coordinated by the King Baudouin Foundation. With 1,000 citizens embarked, 200 experts and 90 discussion groups in 9 countries of the European Union, Pascale Taminiaux, coordinator of the project, reviews the objectives and the first results. •••

Energy insecurity in Europe: participants share their life stories

13 June 2022

Energy insecurity in Europe: participants share their life stories

Citizens from energy insecure households from Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Romania are being brought together for the European project "Fair Energy Transition for All" (FETA), during which Missions Publiques is organizing workshops in France. The objective: to bring energy insecure households into energy policies at EU level. We met Thierry, Irlaine, Valerie and Osnel who shared with the us their life stories and explain how energy insecurity impacts their lives. •••

“The real richness of life beneath the ocean surface is in the microscopic world”

12 June 2022

“The real richness of life beneath the ocean surface is in the microscopic world”

Chris Bowler is a renowned scientist and expert in marine biodiversity. Head of Research at CNRS and Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris, his active participation in the Tara Oceans expedition program has made him one of the best-known scientists to the general public. His work addresses general issues of interest to society: the evolution of life, climate change, the functioning of the planet, pollution of the oceans and seas. For Ocean week, we asked him about our idea to launch a Dialogue on the Ocean to integrate the Oceans’ voice into international negotiations. •••

“Deliberation made citizens more aware of where their true beliefs are.”

16 May 2022

“Deliberation made citizens more aware of where their true beliefs are.”

Pierangelo Isernia is Professor of Political Science at the University of Siena, Italy. During the last 15 years he has coordinated several European projects under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. •••

Conference on the Future of Europe: could it be that citizens moved the European Union forward?

16 May 2022

Conference on the Future of Europe: could it be that citizens moved the European Union forward?

The Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) came to a close on May 9th, also known as Europe Day. Although we cannot predict its exact impact, the first effects of the Conference are already visible: this unprecedented approach, both in terms of scale and methodology, has introduced a new participatory dynamic into what is often perceived as an ungraspable, complex institutional machine. •••

We, the Internet 2022, Burkina Faso opens the ball

16 May 2022

We, the Internet 2022, Burkina Faso opens the ball

In May, Internet Society Burkina Faso and their partners, in collaboration with Missions Publiques, organised the first ever pilot dialogue in Ouagadougou, the country's capital. 200 citizens attended, we met three of them... •••

“My call is to join forces to co-create a Global Digital Compact”

13 April 2022

“My call is to join forces to co-create a Global Digital Compact”

What started as an idea for people to share information went on to be a basic human right. Nnenna Nwakanma is Chief Web Advocate for the World Wide Web Foundation (WWWF), she reflects on the web’s creation, the necessity of co-creating it with citizens through We, the internet and the power of thinking the UN Global Digital Compact through a gender-perspective lens. •••

Citizen consultations and private firms: what if we asked ourselves the right questions?

12 April 2022

Citizen consultations and private firms: what if we asked ourselves the right questions?

A French Senate report (1) on the influence of private consulting firms in the conduct of public policies has led to extensive press coverage here in France. Citizen consultations entrusted by the public sector to private consultants was also singled out in an article in the French and highly respected newspaper Le Monde's (2). As "modest actors specialized in collective intelligence" but especially as practitioners of citizen participation for more than 20 years, we would like to contribute to the public debate and bring some clarifications to what we consider is an ocean of confusion. •••

“We want to bring politics to people, not people to politics”

12 April 2022

“We want to bring politics to people, not people to politics”

In response to the report of the Conference Observatory High-level Advisory Group, we would like to provide a response regarding one of the four options provided by the Observatory on how to incorporate new participatory elements in the EU’s democratic process. The Observatory’ proposals is as following: ‘Big tent’ fora on the EU’s strategic priorities”. •••

Local differences are an incredible source of prosperity!

10 March 2022

Local differences are an incredible source of prosperity!

Anne-Gaëlle Javelle is Director of the German Secretariat of the Forum for the Franco-German Future , a platform for dialogue between actors from innovative French and German local authorities. She explains to us the ambitions of this project for decision-makers: to promote local experiences and draw lessons from them at the level of both countries. •••

9 March 2022

"Algorithms are not to blame; the only ones responsible are those who design them"

The first of 24 hackathons took place in Paris this weekend, in the framework of the Equals EU project led by Missions Publiques and in partnership with Willa and Maddyness. Women and gender minority groups came from Paris and its suburbs to showcase their talent and passion for building inclusive solutions for gender minorities. Their mission statement was clear: propose innovative solutions towards inclusion of gender minorities in decision-making. •••

Towards the plenary of the Conference on the Future of Europe!

9 March 2022

Towards the plenary of the Conference on the Future of Europe!

The Conference on the Future of Europe, which will end in the spring of 2022, is an exercise in participatory democracy that is extraordinary in terms of its size, its ambition and its innovative political character. Its objective is to give the citizens of the 27 Member States the opportunity to express what they expect from the European Union. So, where do we stand? The last of the Panels ended in Dublin Castle, where citizens adopted a total of 48 recommendations that can now be forwarded to the March plenary in the European Parliament in Strasbourg for follow-up by the European institutions. But once the recommendations are adopted, what role do citizens play? The floor is given to two young ambassadors, Aoife and Philip, who will soon meet in the Strasbourg hemicycle to make the voice of their working groups heard. •••

Who are the citizens of the Citizens' Panel in Dublin?

25 February 2022

Who are the citizens of the Citizens' Panel in Dublin?

In Dublin, Ireland, the 200 citizens of the latest session of the Citizens' Panels of the Conference on the Future of Europe are meeting in Dublin Castle. Meet Nedelina, Hristrian, Justine and Sibylline, respectively a computer scientist, a history enthusiast, a pop folk singer and a laboratory science student. •••

Tech and gender, a multicultural struggle

9 February 2022

Tech and gender, a multicultural struggle

It was in the midst of lockdown that Amalia Salle, choreographer, and Xuan-Vi Tran, known as "Vi", developer, decided to create VibZ, an app to learn how to dance with choreographers from all over the world. •••

9 February 2022

"Making decision-making accessible to marginalised people"

Lauren Lolo is a municipal councillor and co-founder of "Cité de Chances", an association that promotes civic engagement among young people from the economically disadvantaged Parisian suburbs. As a strong advocate of gender minority rights, she will be present at our hackathon on gender equality in tech. •••

9 February 2022

"People have so much knowledge!"

Catherine is a 56-year-old woman from Toulouse, a major city in southwestern France. She graduated as a lawyer and now works as an insurer in the injury litigation department of an insurance company. For the past 30 years, she has been dealing with disability issues on a daily basis through taking statement from people who have lived through road traffic accidents, home-related accidents or even medical accidents. •••

2022 here we come!

7 January 2022

2022 here we come!

Our entire team, from Paris to Brussels via Bonn, wishes you a happy new year in 2022. And what better way to illustrate this with the words of one of our participants? •••

7 January 2022

"The Internet is essential for the survival of the Wayuu indigenous community"

Far from her hometown, located at the mouth of the Rancheria River in the Caribbean Sea, Lilian Ivette Luques de Bruges joined Missions Publiques in Katowice (Poland) during the 16th Internet Governance Forum. Between two sessions, this Colombian and director of communications and information technologies of a territorial entity and co-owner of a cybersecurity company in Medellín tells us why she chose to carry the voice of the Wayuu community to the forefront of the international scene. •••

7 January 2022

"Depending on family solidarity is ludicrous"

APF France handicap is a French organisation that defends and represents people with disabilities and their families. In the context of the French presidential elections, the organisation is initiating a citizen debate on "social protection: what model for tomorrow?”. •••

Citizen participation and digital? Yes, but one step at a time

9 December 2021

Citizen participation and digital? Yes, but one step at a time

Clément Mabi is a lecturer in Information and Communication Science at the UTC in Compiègne. For this researcher, who is interested in the mutations of our democratic activities, digital participative tools must embody values. The technical choices embody our ideals, values and principles that guide our actions. His theory? Starting from citizens and actors, from "doers" to build tools and put them at the service of citizen participation. •••

9 December 2021

"Virtual reality allows us to spatialize a collective experience"

The ELYX Foundation is positioned around three pillars: art, innovation and commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals. For the past 20 years, one of its founders, Yacine Ait Kaci, has studied the potential of virtual reality and the issues it raises for citizen participation. •••

“Democracy cannot be taken for granted”

8 December 2021

“Democracy cannot be taken for granted”

Dubravka Suica is Vice President of the European Commission for Demography and Democracy and is Leading the Commission’s work on deliberative democracy and the Conference on the Future of Europe. As the Citizens’ Panels open a path towards new opportunities, we asked her about her perspective on her work, the challenges facing EU members States and the EU, and what it means to be a European today. •••

9 November 2021

"We are not equal when it comes to heat"

Climate change affects our physical and mental health. For Lisanne Groen, postdoctoral researcher at the Open Universiteit, global warming and mental health problems are intrinsically linked and allow us to address social issues such as inequality. She also discusses the need to consult with indigenous peoples and citizens for better policy responses. •••

Giving a voice to the Rhône River with a Citizens’ Assembly

9 November 2021

Giving a voice to the Rhône River with a Citizens’ Assembly

Frédéric Pitaval is Head of Id-eau, a Swiss organisation for the protection and promotion of freshwater. In the continuity of its fight to have the Franco-Swiss Rhône River recognised as a legal entity, the organisation is launching a Citizens’ Assembly with the help of Missions Publiques. Is the law of nature a lever to fight against global warming? How does such a citizens’ assembly fit into a sustainable vision? Frédéric Pitaval explains what he expects from this participatory initiative. •••

Will virtual reality make its way into deliberative projects?

2 November 2021

Will virtual reality make its way into deliberative projects?

The field of application of virtual reality is widening. Initially conceived by and for the world of video games, virtual reality and the metaverse continue to attract professional actors in culture, education and even transport. When and how will virtual reality reach the world of citizen participation? Can it overcome the limitations of the current online dialogue platforms? We are launching an action research project on these technological developments with Arizona State University and the Elyx Foundation. •••

When parliamentarians and citizens submit recommendations to the Parliament together

1 November 2021

When parliamentarians and citizens submit recommendations to the Parliament together

The French Climate Convention for Businesses starts in September. 150 leaders will meet for 8 months to co-construct roadmaps aligning their companies with European objectives: the reduction of 55% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 but also the regeneration of biodiversity and the writing of a desirable economic future. Eric Duverger, initiator and co-founder of the CCB, highlights its goals and its differences with the Citizens' Convention for Climate. •••

7 October 2021

"The EU's place in the world is a good entry point for deliberations"

Giulia Scalettaris is a lecturer in Political Science at the University of Lille, where she co-directs the Master in Humanitarian Action. Since her doctorate in anthropology from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris) with a thesis on the intervention of the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees in the Afghan crisis, she continues to work on international asylum policies from the Afghan case. In the framework of the Conference on the Future of Europe, and the Citizens' Panels, Giulia comes back on the panel "The EU in the world / migrations" and offers us keys to bring the highly sensitive issue of immigration to the table of citizens. •••

The story behind our new participatory installations

7 October 2021

The story behind our new participatory installations

Last december, we had discussed our project “An itinerant venue for citizen participation” with architect Luc Schuiten in an interview entitled “An ideal place for public dialogue”. Today, our ideal place for public dialogue through deliberation is taking shape! Let’s have a look at how it all started, from its conception with Luc Schuiten to the live inauguration of two prototypes of the participative installations in our Brussels office last week. •••

“Progress means getting a grip on problems before finding solutions”

9 September 2021

“Progress means getting a grip on problems before finding solutions”

BinBin Pearce is a senior researcher and lecturer as a part of the USYS TdLab in Zürich and focuses her research on how stakeholders and experts can jointly identify, frame and act upon complex problems on diverse topics within the field of sustainable development (e.g., water use and sanitation, waste management, peace policy, etc.). •••

8 September 2021

"Democracy and European values": analysis of a CoFoE Citizens' Panel with Olivier Costa (CNRS)

A few days before the first Citizens' Panel of the Conference on the Future of Europe, Missions Publiques met Olivier Costa, Director of Research at the CNRS Cevipof, the Political Research Centre of Sciences Po, one of the best experts on the European Union. He discusses the choice of theme for the 3rd Citizens' Panel, which will focus in part on the common values of the European Union. •••

The Franco-German Dialogue wins the 2021 European Citizen Prize

26 July 2021

The Franco-German Dialogue wins the 2021 European Citizen Prize

The Franco-German dialogue on strengthening cross-border cooperation within the framework of COVID-19 is the French winner of the 2021 European Citizen Prize. This participatory approach was initiated by Missions Publiques, alongside Particip Action, the Grand Est region and the German Land of Baden-Württemberg. This prize, given by the European Parliament in France, rewards initiatives that promote better understanding and integration between European citizens. •••

By involving MEPs into the Agoras, they will feel a closer connection to their constituencies

7 July 2021

By involving MEPs into the Agoras, they will feel a closer connection to their constituencies

The Conference on the Future of Europe is already in full swing but despite its noble aspirations, the process may need support from civil society to reach out to people at local, regional and national levels and bring their recommendations to the Conference’s Plenary discussions. Coordinated by the European Policy Center, the Moving EuropE Together (MEET) project will run alongside and interact with the Conference on the Future of Europe, connecting people, ideas and policies across borders. Paul Butcher and Johannes Greubel are both Policy Analysts in the European Policy Center and have agreed to explain to us why the MEET project is such a timely endeavor for the EU and its citizens. •••

7 July 2021

"Addressing the divide between ecological urgency and economic priorities"

The French Climate Convention for Businesses starts in September. 150 leaders will meet for 8 months to co-construct roadmaps aligning their companies with European objectives: the reduction of 55% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 but also the regeneration of biodiversity and the writing of a desirable economic future. Eric Duverger, initiator and co-founder of the CCB, highlights its goals and its differences with the Citizens' Convention for Climate. •••

“The Conference on the Future of Europe is the first exercise that the European institutions do not fully control”

7 July 2021

“The Conference on the Future of Europe is the first exercise that the European institutions do not fully control”

Alberto Alemanno is an academic, civic advocate and one of the leading voices on the democratization of the European Union . He initially dismissed the Conference on the Future of Europe as yet another top-down attempt to fix EU’s democratic deficit before becoming one of his champions. He shared with us his views on the role that citizens' Panels might play during and after the Conference. •••

Conference on the Future of Europe: towards a renewed European project with citizens?

10 June 2021

Conference on the Future of Europe: towards a renewed European project with citizens?

The Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) was officially launched on 9 May 2021. Scheduled to last one year, its ambition is to establish a programme for the Europe of tomorrow based on the proposals of European citizens. In order for the CoFoE to be an effective success, and to make the voices of Europeans heard, the process will rely on powerful participation methods, including transnational Citizens' Panels and a Digital Platform. •••

9 June 2021

"Europe must take a step towards its citizens”

The European Movement – France has been mobilising since 1950, across all generations, to promote a pluralist public debate on Europe. Marie Caillaud, elected President of the Young Europeans, tells us what are for her the stakes of the Conference on the Future of Europe, brings together the 27 countries of the EU around key themes such as the democratic crisis and global warming. She explains her programme, which is already underway, to make the European citizen a citizen who decides. •••

CoFoE, a springboard for European democracy?

9 June 2021

CoFoE, a springboard for European democracy?

The Conference on the Future of Europe - CoFoE - was officially launched on May 9. Scheduled to last one year, its ambition is to allow "every" citizen to participate in the debate on the future of Europe. In a context of growing mistrust of the institutions, the backdrop of Brexit, the challenge is considerable. And for the CoFoE to be an effective success, i.e. for the voice of Europeans to be heard, Citizens' Panels will soon be set up. •••

“To rehabilitate European democracy, we must build on the bonds that bring us together”

9 June 2021

“To rehabilitate European democracy, we must build on the bonds that bring us together”

Alexandrina Najmowicz is the Secretary General of the European Civic Forum (FCE), a network that brings together more than a hundred associations and NGOs across 27 European countries. Co-chair of the Civil Convention on the Future of Europe, she explains the ambitions and challenges of the ECF and the role of civil society organizations in the Conference on the Future of Europe. •••

From gender equality to peacebuilding in Northern Ireland: the power of Irish citizen assemblies

12 May 2021

From gender equality to peacebuilding in Northern Ireland: the power of Irish citizen assemblies

Dr. Jane Suiter is a Professor at Dublin City University. She is also the senior Research Fellow on the Irish Citizens’ Assembly on gender equality and is co-PI on the Irish Citizen Assembly (2016-2018) and the Irish Constitutional Convention (2012-2014) and a founder member of We the Citizens (2011), Ireland’s first deliberative experiment. She analyses the incredible momentum the Irish assemblies had on the country’s private, public and political sphere and looks ahead at how Northern Ireland could achieve peacebuilding through citizen participation. •••

“Emotion, sensitivity and color arise if you listen to citizens”

12 May 2021

“Emotion, sensitivity and color arise if you listen to citizens”

Paul Vermeylen is a Belgian urban planner and a specialist in European cities and citizen devices. It is in this capacity that he agreed to be a member of the scientific committee of our project the on the Future of intermediate cities. He explains to us the challenges of the city of tomorrow, and imagines a city that reconnects with the senses, collective life, the memory of time and nature. •••

StamEuropa, the place where Europeans feel at home

12 May 2021

StamEuropa, the place where Europeans feel at home

Alain Deneef is a Belgian entrepreneur who has set out to design and build a place for European democratic dialogue. StamEuropa is located in the heart of the European district of Brussels, a physical and virtual place where "Europe is at home and where European citizens feel at home in Europe". •••

“The age of national borders is behind us!”

12 April 2021

“The age of national borders is behind us!”

The Franco-German Citizens' dialogue on strengthening cross-border cooperation in the context of COVID-19 is an initiative of Missions Publiques and aims to bring together citizens from each side of the border in working sessions. Their mission: to help make cooperation arrangements more resilient to crises. The project is supported by the Franco-German Citizens' Fund. •••

12 April 2021

"Developers must talk to sociologists and gender-scholars to ensure inclusion in tech solutions.”

Caroline Wamala-Larsson has been involved in tech since her early years. Born in Uganda, she was very early on confronted with the lack of Internet access among the women that surrounded her. Missions Publiques met Caroline as we collaborate on EQUALS EU, a European project to develop inclusive tech solutions in Europe. •••

“There is a real need to reset how we make decisions”

12 April 2021

“There is a real need to reset how we make decisions”

Joanna is a writer, consultant and Steering Committee member of the Constitution Reform Group, a cross-party organization which seeks a new constitutional settlement for the UK. Today she draws a parallel between her work with the Constitution Reform Group and citizen engagement and participation. •••

Baden-Württemberg and Grand-Est: making the region a

22 March 2021

Baden-Württemberg and Grand-Est: making the region a "laboratory" for integration and cooperation

The citizens of Baden-Württemberg and the Grand Est will soon begin the second session of the Franco-German citizen dialogue on cross-border cooperation in the time of Covid-19. Manon Potet, project coordinator at Missions Publiques, looks back at the issues at stake in this deliberative process and gives us an overview of the recommendations drawn up by the participants on both sides of the Rhine. •••

“The pandemic is an opportunity to rethink the attractiveness of our intermediary cities”

10 March 2021

“The pandemic is an opportunity to rethink the attractiveness of our intermediary cities”

Aziza Akhmouch is Head of the Cities, Urban policies and Sustainable Development Division at OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, and she believes it is necessary to raise the profile of intermediary cities in the research and the policy agenda, since they contribute to the goals of achieving smart, sustainable, and balanced urbanisation and growth in countries. •••

Institutionalized deliberative processes: the Belgian example

10 March 2021

Institutionalized deliberative processes: the Belgian example

At a time when in France, the Citizen Convention for the Climate is ending on a severe note for the government, Sophie Devillers comes back for us on the 2011 G1000, this citizen collective of 1,000 people drawn at random to discuss the future of Belgium at a time when the country was without an executive. •••

10 March 2021

"A slap in the face": becoming a climate activist after a deliberation

Grégoire Fraty is one of the 150 selected by lot for the Citizens' Climate Convention. 18 months of work that took him from ordinary citizen to militant citizen. A "marathon" commitment that he now intends to put to good use in his everyday life, and why not in politics. He tells us more about his book and the last session of the Convention. •••

11 February 2021

"Making people's desires known helps to see the world differently"

Sylvie Landriève is co-director of Mobile Lives Forum. The research institute works autonomously on physical and social mobility with the aim of preparing the transition towards desired and more sustainable lifestyles. Convinced that people are the best experts regarding their own lives, Sylvie Landriève sheds light on the Forum, a participatory approach to involve citizens in the development of new lifestyles. •••

Global warming: when citizens were ahead of the curve

11 February 2021

Global warming: when citizens were ahead of the curve

Governments in many countries are still reluctant to take strong measures to fight global warming, considering that citizens are not ready for the changes these will have on their day-to-day lives. In 2015, a global citizens' dialogue on climate and energy (WorldWideViews on climate and energy) had silenced this rather false idea. What if, back then, we had listened to them? •••

France-Germany: cross-border cooperation during Covid-19

11 February 2021

France-Germany: cross-border cooperation during Covid-19

What is the reality of Franco-German cooperation in the midst of the pandemic? What are the experiences of crisis on both sides of the border? In order to take stock of the situation and initiate solutions for a more resilient territory, the Grand Est Region in France and the Land of Baden-Württemberg in Germany are organizing several sessions of deliberation. We met Muriel Temme, in charge of cross-border cooperation at the Grand Est Region and Timo Peters, advisor for citizen participation and civil society at the Ministry of Baden-Württemberg. •••

Launch of citizens’ consultation on French COVID-19 vaccine campaign

14 January 2021

Launch of citizens’ consultation on French COVID-19 vaccine campaign

As France boosts pace of its nation-wide vaccine campaign, French government has decided to refer the matter to the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE) to monitor the Covid-19 vaccination strategy, at a time when 58% of French people do not wish to be vaccinated. But this skepticism goes way back. Already in 2016, Health Minister Marisol Touraine, worried about insufficient vaccination coverage and the resurgence of certain diseases in France, launched a public consultation through “Santé Publique France” to analyse the mechanisms and causes of this mistrust. •••

2021: let's dream a little

13 January 2021

2021: let's dream a little

At Missions Publiques, we have a wish for 2021: to bring to life the 21st century citizens' assembly. Let's dream a little. An assembly made up of 150 women and men, representing equally today's society but also other forms of life - animals, plants, oceans - and the 7th generation that will follow us. •••

The ideal place for public dialogue? We designed it with architect Luc Schuiten

8 January 2021

The ideal place for public dialogue? We designed it with architect Luc Schuiten

Places for citizen participation in our western societies are now almost non-existent and the spaces made available, be they town halls or reception halls, are not designed to make citizens feel comfortable enough to engage in dialogue under optimal conditions. On the basis of this observation, Missions Publiques and Luc Schuiten have imagined a space conducive to peaceful citizen debates. •••

“We must expect more from our ideal of democracy”

7 December 2020

“We must expect more from our ideal of democracy”

In her latest book "Open democracy: reinventing popular rule for the 21st century", Hélène Landemore, Associate Professor of Political Science at Yale University, envisions new non-electoral forms of democracy. For us, she looks back at the French Citizens' Climate Convention and imagines a future in which all the principles of genuine democracy, which she describes in her book, would have been adopted. A mere utopia? •••

The Irish Citizens' Assembly, an example to follow?

7 December 2020

The Irish Citizens' Assembly, an example to follow?

Dimitri Courant, a French researcher in political science, observed the entire deliberations of the French Citizens' Climate Convention and the Irish Citizens' Assembly. For the sociologist, the Irish deliberation is a process that is more respectful of the norms of deliberative democracy but, by diverging from it, the French convention was able to produce more precise recommendations. •••

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

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. •••