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Learning from the best: Erik Bertin

Learning from the best: Erik Bertin

Erik Bertin is not only the general deputy manager at MRM // McCann Worldwide but also teaches semiotics at SciencesPo and Université Lyon II. I met him in a Café on Boulevard St Germain to talk about the particularities of working between two different worlds, the key encounters he had on this path…

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SwissLife Challenge: Accepted!

SwissLife Challenge: Accepted!

Notre Master de Communication à l’EDC de Sciences Po à peine entamé, nous sommes rapidement devenues copines. Mêmes centres d’intérêts, mêmes blagues vaseuses, et comme nous le découvrirons plus tard, même goût pour les concours : ça rapproche !

Un soir, au cours de notre LONG mois de vacances…

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DAVID BOWIE IS... A GREAT EXHIBITION

DAVID BOWIE IS... A GREAT EXHIBITION

The David Bowie Is exhibition runs until the end of May at the Philharmonie de Paris so you had better be quick if you want to catch it before it moves on. It spans the entirety of his career, from his early gigs as Davy Jones right up the release of his most recent album in 2013, The Next Day. The…

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La rencontre métiers Michelin : le master marketing part en colo

La rencontre métiers Michelin : le master marketing part en colo

Il était encore bien tôt quand une partie du master s’est retrouvée, tout au bout de la ligne 9 dans le showroom Michelin, à manger des chouquettes et boire du jus de fruit. Nous redoutons cependant la suite, peu passionnés du pneu que les marqueteurs sont.

Pourtant, dès 9h, Michelin s’arme de…

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The party of the year: Gala 2015

The party of the year: Gala 2015

Even though, we are still suffering from a tsunami that calls “the end of the second semester”,  on the 17th of April we had a magical chance to enjoy a moment and change usual view from a SciencesPo library to a way more inspiring scenery from the window of the Intercontinental hotel. Eventually,…

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Listen to the words. Not the accent.

Listen to the words. Not the accent.

I found myself chortling watching Russell Brand’s Trews interview with Ed Miliband last week. Not because Brand is kind of a ridiculous person, but because of what seemed to happen to the Labour candidate’s voice throughout. While he is admittedly already a bit of a clumsy public speaker, widely…

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Taking the medium of photography to new frontiers: A studio visit at Austin Settle's

Taking the medium of photography to new frontiers: A studio visit at Austin Settle's

As someone who has ever since been particularly interested in visual communication I am always excited to discover new artists and recently I had the chance to visit Austin Settle's studio in Vienna. Austin has developed an artistic practice, which takes photography as a medium to an entirely new…

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Hier soir s’est tenue la cérémonie de remise des diplômes de Sciences Po à l’UNESCO.

C’était une belle soirée : chaude, nous le savions, émouvante, nous nous en doutions mais aussi arrosée (en dépit des prévisions météo) par quelques coupes de champagne et larmes versées.

Les sourires des…

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Matthias Cornilleau, étudiant en M2 du master Communication, termine actuellement ses études à Sciences Po.  

Voilà déjà 3 ans que Matthias Cornilleau travaille sur son blog, appelé Stylnoxe comme cet antidépresseur connu. Pourquoi ? « Pour montrer qu'en prenant soin de soi, en acceptant son image,…

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Nathalia Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky, actuellement étudiante en M2 Communication à l’EdC a remporté le Prix du meilleur scénario à la Semaine du cinéma de Sciences Po pour son projet de court métrage "Le dîner".

Nathalia ne réalise pas là son premier court-métrage, elle a également réalisé « Brésil » et…

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C'est quoi le projet "Make it Work" ?

LE MOT DE LA SEMAINE

“MAKE IT WORK”

It has been one week since the conclusion of the ‘Make It Work’ simulation of the COP21 Paris climate talks taking place in December 2015. From Friday 29 to Sunday 31 May, the Theatre Nanterre-Amandiers was transformed into the ‘Théâtre de Négotiations’ and 208 students from around the world came together to attempt to bring a fresh approach to the sometimes frustrating format of international climate negotiations.

 

Three students from the École de Communication (Fanny Moral, Nathan Stewart and Emilie Lechevalier) took part in the simulation themselves while the school was represented alongside the official delegations by the D21 initiative, led by Rhetoric Professor Lex Paulson and aided by another student, Luyao Guo. Much will be written about policy discussions and the implications for the real COP talks in December, but we are obviously more concerned here with the more Communication related aspects of the event.

 

Ostensibly a sort of Model United Nations simulation crossed with performance art, it was thought that by staging the event in a theatre it would inspire innovation and creativity among the students involved. After the failure of the COP15 Copenhagen talks in 2009, a diverse group of students, artists and academics at Sciences Po launched Make It Work to find a way to make the Paris talks a success. Before the doors of the theatre even opened to the students, this artistic approach was already an innovation in itself.

 

Led by Bruno Latour, the organisers came up with an extensive list of the main problems with the traditional negotiation format and tried to imagine novel ideas to address the failures of previous meetings. These ideas include the appearance of non-state entities in the negotiations, as well as non-human delegations such as Soil and The Internet. As one of the representatives of SPEAP, (Programme d'expérimentation en art et politique de Sciences Po), reminded us of the now cliched Einstein saying before the weekend began, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." So at least we were trying something different this time.

 

The past week has seen numerouswrite-upsof theevent in the French press as well as the students themselves picking apart the weekend’s events more informally through blog posts and picnics. There will be intense introspection in the coming weeks and months in the lead up to the real talks over whether the students involved did indeed ‘Make It Work’ or if the week long negotiations were a glorious failure.

In many ways, this is not our concern. Besides, the very definition of what would constitute a success or a failure in regards to the simulation is another debate entirely. From a communication perspective however, the talks were a fascinating insight into both the drawbacks and the potential of the innovative aspects of the event, and the École de Communication was fortunate enough to have three of its students on the inside.

“Twiplomacy”

 

Fanny Moral explains that “Beyond the theatrical space of the official talks, there was a different and more informal but equally important type of negotiations taking place on social media.” It was used to forge informal alliances and to negotiate digitally with other delegations in real time while listening to the various contact groups and plenary sessions unfold. There was a constant debate about the legitimacy of this style of diplomacy, and at times it simply seemed like a way of sending jokes out to the entire room. Some delegations took their online presence very seriously, whereas others used the attention to avoid boredom during the long discussions.

 

Facebook groups were used to keep track of both the official documents released by the Secretariat and the various factions that formed over the weekend. Fanny explained that her delegation used Facebook to “discuss, organise, propose amendments and make modifications” to the official negotiating text.The G77 group of countries made particular use of their own private group, and the various ‘Contact Groups’ formed around certain topics of discussion were able to coordinate online.



Democracy 2.1

 

The EDC was also represented at the simulation by one of the professors who teaches Rhetoric to the English Track, Lex Paulson. He was seen around the theatre advising the Democracy 2.1 initiative, which installed a complex voting system for delegates as they left each negotiation session.

 

"The D21 team tracked delegate’s opinions in real time through a series of digital polls," said Prof. Paulson, who also teaches advocacy at the Paris School of International Affairs. Aided in this endeavour by a diverse group of volunteers, including Communications student Luyao Guo, Prof. Paulson hoped to show hidden points of consensus and the evolving preferences of each delegation.

 

The voting system was all digital, with each delegate given a code for their particular entity which they keyed in before making their choices. Questions evolved over the weekend from simple ones asking about how hopeful the students were that their delegations could achieve their goals, to complex multi-option polls on what was holding back the students from reaching a consensus towards the end of the talks. Paulson said that “On the question of nation-state sovereignty, for example, we were able to show a big movement to the idea of a new global assembly to include non-state actors in managing the world's natural resources.” D21 were also able to use the codes to track the real time movement of the individual students as they roamed the halls forming new alliances between the various other entities involved.

 

Luyao admitted that not all of the delegates might have appreciated what they were doing at the time. “What we did may seem insignificant to some delegates, especially after several days’ repetition. However, when looking back in the future, the tracking data collected by us will be particularly valuable to see how consensus was achieved painfully, in the chaos of disagreement and conflicts of interests.”

D21 are surely going to find many interesting conclusions from studying their results, and they will only add to the already vast body of research that is already starting to form around the simulation. The hope is that this will be passed on to the various bodies involved in Paris Climate Convention.

 

by @nathanjstewart

PORTRAITS

MARC GONNET

Média et (r)évolution

Enseignant à l’Ecole de la Communication sur le sujet des marques média et de leur diversification, Marc Gonnet a passé l’entièreté de sa carrière à travailler pour l’une d’entre elles, Europe 1. Retour sur la force de ce type de parcours, ainsi que sur les opportunités actuelles dans ce domaine. 

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