MOBmontreal wants to be the HUB of the conversation on the role of play in civic engagement. To do this, We are inviting a large number of actors from various fields to a series of weekly free 5@7s at pub Randolph (2041 St-Denis, Montréal, H2X 3K8) where we will have conversations around subjects related to playful citizen mobilization.
This Monday we will be talking about moving from citizen participation to citizen engagement.
Brief : Whether it’s local, provincial, national or even international, the concept of citizen participation in our democracies is often orchestrated by calendars, spaces and methods defined by the public powers. In the best of cases, often due to social pressures, some of these instances create veritable democratic experiences which have meaningful bearing and impact. Yet, due to the rarity of these success stories, citizens are deserting these actions and one can notice the presence of a growing doubts on the authenticity of these invitations.
On the flip side of this institutionalization of civil participation, one can find grassroots initiatives created by deliberate and self-organizing citizens. In the last few years, the occupy movement, amongst others, has demonstrated a capacity and will from the people to get invested in public affairs differently; by their practicing of alternative togetherness, citizens are redefining the very concept of participation by demonstrating the power of actual citizen engagement.
This Monday, we will explore the elements that compose this deepened form of engagement thanks to contributions from Alain Ambrosi that will share some thoughts from the paradigm of the commons and with Jonathan Jubinville and his understanding of living systems and his involvement in 100in1day Montréal.
Our two guest are :
Alain Ambrosi ( remixthecommons )
Designer and producer of intercultural projects, independant researcher, author and videographer, Alain Ambrosi is presently producer of the remixthecommons project and associate researcher at Communautique. His long involvement in improbable international collaborations has led him to aspire to the status of utopian’s apprentice.
Jonathan holds a bachelor in applied political studies and a master degree in sustainable development management from Université de Sherbrooke. After his studies, he cofounded Efficience, a business design advisory company using design inspired methods to develop, promote and manage sustainable development projects.
Passionate in living systems and social innovation, Jonathan actually works in the creation of a co-working space for Montreal, inspired from the Center for Social Innovation of Toronto and the Hub Network. He is also on the boards of Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi du Plateau Mont-Royal and the Biomimicry Quebec Network and he is apprentice of the Art of Hosting methods.
Randolph, le pub ludique (2041 St-Denis, Montréal, H2X 3K8)
Randolph, c’est mettre de l’avant l’innovation dans le domaine des jeux contemporains en offrant un espace de rencontre où des animateurs chevronnés font la promotion du jeu et de l’interaction sociale dans une ambiance amicale et stimulante.
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