Le Famillien

Family, territory and cultural diversity


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About the project Edit

Le Familien is a digital social innovation project that addresses the questions of family, territory, and cultural diversity. Based on an action-research approach, the project’s objectives are to:
-Develop practical models to support family ties and the development of social connections in a sustainable lifestyle framework
-Examine concrete models that use the internet and digital technology to encourage positive dynamics
-Provide new local services

The objective of this project, in operational terms, is to create a digital collaborative platform to facilitate the networking of relevant players and offer new local services for families. This project will be tested in several regions including, Communauté de l’Agglomération Creilloise, Paris, and Sacelles. The platform will be tested using different but complimentary and mutually enriching approaches, depending on the region, to eventually develop a common framework adapted to the reality of each region. The results of the tests and the resulting platform will then be launched in other regions.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

It combines action-research with other practical approaches: participatory community approach; participatory approach to connecting local players with their communities using digital tools; collaboration with research laboratories; artistic approach to publicizing the initiative.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

It addresses the evolution of the modern family by bringing into question the traditional nuclear family and acknowledging the plurality of forms families can take in the context of cultural diversity. The project considers different issues important to families such as parenting, school, employment, divorce/separation, etc. by considering the family to be its own ecosystem on a regional level. By combining action-research and a collaborative approach based on digital tools, this project aims to bring together notions of collective intelligence and the learning region. This project will, we hope, help promote support networks and local services for families.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Based on an action-research approach, the results of different experiments will be modelled in collaboration with research labs for the benefit of other regions. Project content is distributed according to the principles of a Creative Commons license.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

The desire to create a project having social/societal impact that integrates my various experiences: professional experience in the digital domain i.e., local and digital territories/communities, and social and citizen projects; research; volunteering with families and parents; and artistic experience. Also, the desire to develop and continue a past project.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

In the initial experimentation phase, funding will be on grants.


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