Les Halles Civiques

Les Halles Civiques is a third-place network that gathers organisations working on citizen empowerment, public innovation, and democratic progress. Its members are researchers, designers, social innovators, entrepreneurs, etc. It aims to contribute to a richer and more inventive democratic life at the local, national and international level, and strengthen democratic innovation. It is also a physical space where citizens, professionals and representatives can work, meet and discuss.

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Innovation Overview

Les Halles Civiques is a result of a collaboration between two niche communities (public innovation community and the democratic innovation community) that decided to unite their forces to create spaces in Paris where citizens, professionals and representatives can meet and discuss the state of democracy. We created a network that won a call for projects launched by the city of Paris that provided us with one of the two spaces we are using for the next three years.

We wanted to ensure that there are physical spaces where citizens, representatives and professionals can meet. We also want to let citizens know what we work on by opening our doors on a regular basis. We also wanted to create a space where we can work at a low price and where other structures that work on democratic or public innovation can find a place to work with low rent and enjoy the emulation of a community working together. Finally, we rent our spaces at a low cost to other organisations that are working on a civic project and would like to organise meetings or events.

Organisations benefited from that innovation because they are able to work in a space that allows for exchanges among all organisations working on the topic, including very small organisations. The meetings enabled through this space even allowed for organisations to work together on specific projects.

We also share our work with citizens more broadly. In September 2018 for example, we organized a big festival (Festives Halles Civiques) where citizens were invited to discover our work in a fun way.

Our project is still very young but in the future we aim to be even more open to citizens with more events. We also want our professional community to grow allowing the Halles Civiques to play a role in national democratic issues.

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Year: 2018
Organisation Type: Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO)

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