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The IRG is working on democratic governance in the service of environmental and social transitions


  • Release of the book "Refounding State Legitimacy - A Guide to Action (volume 2)"
  • National Meetings on Empowerment (Pouvoir d'agir)
  • 25 priority measures adopted during the Villarceaux Meeting
  • Audition of presidential candidates
  • Conference « What type of entrepreneurial policy for international solidarity ? »
  • A new department of environmental dialogue and citizen participation
  • Territorial committee meetings for the Loire Nature and Touraine region and the Châteaux region
  • First meeting of the Democratic Innovation Houses (MID) to be held on February 22nd, from 2PM to 5:30PM at the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation (FPH)
  • IRG’s Administrative Board met on December 1st
  • World Summit Partnership for an Open Government
  • 3rd edition of RESOLIS and its Encounters for a Science of Action on the Ground
  • International capitalisation seminar of the CFSI project « Alternative forms of cooperation between actors of change »
  • Meeting of the Advisory Board of IRG on December 1st 2016 at the FPH headquarters
  • Democracy and Transitions : meeting of the first circle of the co-founders of the Houses of Democratic Innovation
  • 3rd edition of RESOLIS and its Encounters for a science of action on the ground
  • Six student workshops for collecting practical experiences in the field of transition
  • International capitalisation seminar of the project « Alternative forms of cooperation between actors of change »
  • Diagnoses on the governance of territorial food systems
  • Steering committee of the « GouTer » project (Carasso Foundation-IUFN-IRG-RUAF)
    • Furthering Legitimacy to overcome the Crisis of Democracy
    • The experience of the collegiate citizen municipality of Saillans (France)
    • Commons - New forms of governance for transition - interview with Frederic Sultan
      • OECD 2018 Partnership
      • Conference “New powers, new leaders. The power of love rather than the love of power.”
      • Odas
      • Registration is open for the colloquium GIS Democracy and Participation
      • Call for candidates for the citizen mobilization accelerator
      • 3rd edition of RESOLIS and its Encounters for a Science of Action on the Ground
      • Seminar « Alternative forms of cooperation between actors of change »
      • First incubator of democratic innovations in France
      • Debate at Confrontations Europe on the role and place of health insurance in national solidarity
      • Conference « Towards a collaborative, fair and participatory economy : the role and place of cooperative platforms
      • Call for contributions to GIS Democracy and participation
      • Forum of Civic Tech « Geeks to save politics ? »
      • Stimulating democracy in society and in organisations : from representation to participation
      • Colloquium « Towards a republic of common goods ? »
      • New book « Overthrow by citizens : initiatives that reinvent democracy »

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        Democratic Governance to Transform a Deadlocked System

        The global economic system, based on the myth of infinite growth and concentration of profits, depletes the earth's resources, increases inequality and repeatedly fuels political and social crises.
        Faced with these challenges, current political governance arrangements do not meet the citizens' expectations and needs. They also fail to regulate social and economic interactions towards sustainable development.
        Within the margins of the dominant system, a growing number of stakeholders are launching innovative and meaningful initiatives from the local to the global level. These stakeholders are demonstrating their commitment to human-centered development guided by the respect for fundamental rights, social responsibility, social justice and conservation of the environment.
        Yet these initiatives fail to reorient the dominant model systemically. This raises the urgent need for drivers of real change. The objective is to create an enabling environment to connect these initiatives, decompartmentalise them and promote their development.
        Democratic governance plays the role of an engine operating in order to meet this aim; it is intended to enable the orchestration of a Transition "ecosystem" where an alternative collective action to the current development model is molded. Models of societies conducive to sustainable development will be forged through the co-construction of inclusive, legitimate and responsible regulations.

        The IRG's Commitment

        Created in 2006 at the initiative of the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind, the IRG focuses on the issue of governance, that is to say, the way in which the regulations of society are being produced and implemented. It promotes democratic governance by supporting the emergence of multi-stakeholders regulations not only limited to public institutions.
        In 2016, its main commitment to democratic governance is in the service of Environmental and Social Transition: governance based on citizen participation, encouraging creativity and social innovation to “do things differently”, and strengthening collective and individual responsibility with regards to the challenges of sustainable human development.
        Convinced that strong collective actions are a prerequisite to ambitious social transformations, the IRG works with a wide range of stakeholders (citizens, civil society, government institutions, companies, universities / think tanks). It is through the interaction between all these players at local, national and international levels that new power relations can emerge in favour of just and lasting solutions.
        More sustainable collective action and regulations are thus being founded on the momentum of the various transition paths (food, energy, social, political, etc.) that are being constructed each day.

        The IRG in action(s)

        The aim of the IRG is to identify, analyse and enhance innovative initiatives of democratic governance towards Transition. It also seeks to transform practices through working with various stakeholders (from activists to institutions) and feeding public debate.
        To carry out its mission, the IRG conducts research-action activities as well as capitalisation of experiences and training. Its analysis and proposals are anchored on specific cases and Transition exercises.
        In 2016, In 2016, IRG has been particularly involved together with stakeholders in two processes: “agricultural and food transition” and transition toward an ever more inclusive solidarity.”
        More broadly, IRG contributes to the cross-cutting analysis of how democratic governance can achieve and accelerate progress towards sustainable and inclusive development.

        The IRG Collective

        • Séverine Bellina
        • Elisabeth Dau
          Partnerships, Networking and Outreach
        • François Soulard
          Webmaster and Editorial Manager
        • Chloé Beernaerts
          Project manager (FabDem)
        • Rita Savelis
          Assistant to the Director and for Communication

        • Henri Rouillé d’Orfeuil
        • Jan Robert Suesser
        • Nicolas Meunier

        • Gaël Guilloux
          Associated member
        • Véronique Moreira
        • Bérengère Quincy
        • Olivier Le Masson

        • Nicole Alix
        • Loïc Blondiaux
        • Olivier Consolo
        • Patrick Criqui
        • Jean-Paul Delevoye
        • Armel Le Coz
        • Olivier Le Masson
        • Clément Mabi
        • Charlotte Marchandise-Franquet
        • Tristan Rechid
        • Joseph Spiegel
        • Bruno Villalba
        • Stéphane Vincent
        • Elisabeth Ungar Bleier

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