Democratic Innovation

  • Giacomo Siiriainen, "Politics" group:

    Our analysis is that today 77% of the French people consider their elected representatives as being corrupt.

    This distrust reality was very significant during the consultation of the young citizens. Our goal is to re-establish trust. The first aspect is to summon a college of citizens, experts, but also elected representatives to establish new rules to rule public life. The second aspect would be to create a council for the ethics of parliamentary life.

    Florian Taisse, "Economics" group:

    Inequalities concretely appear at the age of 16 or 18 years old. It is precisely at this age that we must fight against these inequalities. This is why we want to establish a 5 000-euro allocation. It would not be a capital endowment but a drawing right for 3 aspects: driving licence for mobility, entrepreneurship support, training support.

    Louis Vidal, "Ecology" group:

    All consumer goods are programmed to be thrown away earlier through technical or design obsolescence. Knowing that, we would like to show all the actors that economics can be created with sustainable products.

    Clément Michelon, "Security" group:

    Our analysis is that the path of potential terrorists until now shows that at some point youngsters isolated themselves, cut themselves from their family and school environment. Knowing this, we have worked on the establishment of a mandatory long-term civic or military service. Some kind of process that would start as soon as possible, upon entering junior high for instance, that would be made of different integration moments. Particularly through community or humanitarian activities in the service of others so that youngsters can find a feeling of usefulness again.

    Pierre Mayaux, "Education" group:

    I represent the educational part of the project which focuses on orientation measures in secondary education. Our analysis is that orientation relies on social origins, territorial origins and also self-censorship mechanisms for the most vulnerable people. Knowing this, we support a double proposal: establishing new orientation units in classrooms upon entering junior high that would imply an improved training of homeroom teachers, who must be at the heart of these measures, and an involvement of professionals to have them take part, former students too who could relate success models. This is the first part. Second part, a digital platform that would group all existing platforms and that would allow parents and children, since parents are also mainly affected, to have access to tools to better know themselves and information regarding existing professions and trainings.

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Jump-start democracy by encouraging citizens' participation

Launched at Sciences Po Paris in September 2016, the Democratic Innovation project aims to develop initiatives, both online and off, that contribute to reactivating the dialogue between civil society, expert communities and decision-makers, in order to have the broadest possible citizen participation in public decision-making processes.

The project aims to build an open environment to promote democracy across the continuum linking academics, students, citizens and political actors.

Example: #Inventons2017 Project

With an eye on the presidential election in 2017, 25 first and second-year master’s students from the School of Public Affairs are participating in a novel program around new forms of participatory democracy.

They are working on collaborative platforms to identify the main concerns of citizens under the age of 30, and to transform those concerns into very concrete reform proposals with the goal of influencing the political debate through citizen debate (crowd lobbying).

The project consists of three phases:

  1. October-December 2016: gathering citizen concerns through the collaborative platform (around 10,000 online submissions)
  2. January 2017 – March 2017: selection of themes and formulation of a reform for each of them, in collaboration with universities, actors in the field and civil society (through a digital platform and offline activities),
  3. 25 March 2017: event with presidential candidates

Depending on the level of commitment of the students, it is offered as an optional course (4 credits ECTS) or as a full-time project for second-year master’s students (30 Credits ECTS). Participation in this project takes the place of a final internship.

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