With my team, I contribute to the emergence and development of participative democracy practices in France, and support innovative ways to enrich government orientations and decisions with the collective intelligence of the citizens.
I support politicians and civil servants to understand and conceive innovative approaches in leadership, taking into account the complexity of the contemporary society.
I am proud of being the father of three human beings, now in their young adult stage of life.
I have a passion for the capacity we have, as human beings, to create, cooperate, and make positive things happen in this world.
I am an activist in social, economic and environmental ecology, as active member (as volunteer) of Unipaz (Peace University of Brasilia, since 1997), and since 2007, of The Climate Reality Project (TCP), NGO created by Nobel Prize Laureate Al Gore. I volunteered as TCP International District Manager from 2007 till 2009.
In the '90s, I have been member of the board of the Belgian Committtee for Unicef. I am one of the founders of a Belgian NGO "Mistral Gagnant", dedicated to the support of seriously ill or injured children and teenagers and families (1988).
For more then 10 years now, I have the opportunity to work with leaders in Reunion Island, a French (an European) outmost region in the Indian Ocean (near Mauritius). in 2030, one million people will live in Reunion - 800.000 to-day. It is one of the most diverse region of Europe, with Asian, African, Madagascarian and European origins. The island is strongly dependant on fossil fuels and has started a process of transition, that should be accomplished by 2030. This TEDxReunion2012 will be a contributor to this transition process. How to become a no-fossil fuel and low green house gaz emission island, being a more resilient society and keeping our connection with the world ? Ideas ?
TEDActive 2014, TEDActive 2013
Areas of Expertise
Public Policies, Participative Democracy, Civic Dialogue, climate change / environment / sustainable development
An idea worth spreading
A conversation with the 7th generation to come : this is a great experience that I share from time to time, like in TEDxSalon Alsace, May 11, 2013.
I'm passionate about
democracy, reconnecting citizens and public policies, reconnecting political leaders with citizens, collective intelligence and collective consciousness
Talk to me about
you ! and democracy, transition, resilience, modern art, collective consciousness, friendship, inclusive society,
People don't know I'm good at
group facilitation : creating the conditions for respect, cooperation and mutual understanding between citizens, stakeholders, civil servants and politicians, even for traditionally divisive topics
My TED story
During the TEDxReunion, Paul Hoarau (80+), an indianocean activist and visionnary made a talk for the generations who will live on planet earth in 2150. After him, Camille, a young activist (17) shared her impatience for progress and new possibilities for the young generation at short term. When I invited Paul and Camille to share the stage for a few seconds, it was a magic moment. The talk about your "200 years plan" that was presented in Doha by Raghava KK came in my mind.
Something had just happened in TEDxReunion about the collective 200 years plan. A lot of emotion.