Conference on digital mediation - Ajaccio (France - Corsica) - 19th, 20th and 21st September 2011

For more than 15 years, elected bodies, professionals from all fields: social action, education, culture, life-long learning, territorial development, facilitators (digital), live and experience the increasing and far reaching impact of digital uses in the life of people, in their respective professional fields as much as in the dynamic of the geographical territories they work on.

They are confronted to the persistent inequalities of access and uses and, at the same time face the necessity to develop adapted accompaniments to fit the needs of all targeted individuals.

They have to facilitate, encourage, support the cultural, social, educational, political and economical changes brought by the digital tools and networks in a perspective of open access to information, collaborative practices and networking approaches.

The Corsican territorial collectivity (CTC), joined by a large spectrum of stake-holder's, including telecentre networks, organises a conference, a specific time for thinking, sharing and creating on the thematic of "Digital mediation", its needs, realities, and evolutions.

It will take place in Ajaccio (France - Corsica) the 19, 20 and 21st September 2011

This conference is open to a wide range of stake-holder's, concerned by the proposed themes and aims at facilitating a movement of mutualisation, questioning and definition of new directions for action.

This conference is held in a three-steps process:

  • an online collaborative work, previous to the conference, open to all,

  • a gathering, in Ajaccio or online from the 19th to the 21st of September 2011,

  • The co-writing of a interactive white paper, roadmap for digital mediation.

Six main themes have been identified for this creative and challenging work:

Cultures, digital identities and commons

How do digital practices deeply impact and modify cultural habits, ways of creating, sharing and inhabiting our shared spaces (both digital and geographical) ? How new forms of accompaniment are necessary to guarantee equitable access to these new forms of contribution and creation of digital commons ?

e-governement, public services, public policies

As services are developing online, new organisations are appearing on territories, the importance of adequate mediations, accompaniments, is increasing to avoid further disqualification of population at risks of social exclusion. Which actions are necessary to provide adequate support and input to citizens, and policy makers ?

Social innovation: from new working forms to new collective organisations

Digital uses are at the core of many processes of social innovation as they can facilitate networking, reactivity, sharing, etc. They support renovated forms of working (co-working, etc.) and sustain new forms of territorial development approaches. These changes imply that all stakeholder's benefit from an understanding of the changes induced by digital environment and can contribute to it. Social innovation by and for the people !

Digital divides, e-inclusion

Equipment and access have tremendously evolved in the last ten years however inequalities remain, both in access and uses. Telecentres are welcoming new demands, and some public are still hard to reach. Facing this diversity of needs, what are the relevant and necessary evolutions to improve e-inclusion ?

Citizens' expression, digital democracy, e-citizenship

With digital tools and networks, citizens can access open public data, directly challenge their elected bodies and co-build their local and/or national policie. However this implies a proper access to information , adequate e-skills and an understanding of the co-construction processes. Beyond the need to accompany the development of adequate skills, new forms of actions are necessary to guarantee that digital tools improve citizen's contribution and contribute to a renewal of the democratic processes.

Training, Education and educational actions

E-skills can not be reduced to a pure “technical” approach as digital uses imply cognitive, social, law, economical and political skills. These skills are necessary to empowering digital uses, including in collective dimensions.

Such skills have to be developed with the support of a wide range of concerned professionals and bodies which have to challenge their own representations and actions !

How to fully take in account digital mediation in education and life-long learning ? How local training centres, telecentres and other territorial stake holder’s are building bridges to offer coherent accompaniments ? How professionals from the concerned fields have to challenge their own practices in the light of changing practices ?

Parties concerned
and willing to get involved are invited to connect themselves on the collaborative plateform to interact with other participants about the program and the issues raised.


This first phase will end up with a fixed program being published by the end of June.

The 19 th, 20 th and 21 st of June, the conference will present itself in the form of highly interactive workshops, short plenary sessions, intense use of social networking tools both in presence and online, each participant being considered as a full contributor to the content produced.

This conference output is geared at providing stake holder’s with a renovated and shared vision of their missions and identify relevant resources, directions for significant evolutions and tracks for implementation.


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Comment by Lize De Clercq on June 8, 2011 at 13:00
This conference really sounds very interesting, thanks Stéphanie for sharing this with us. As Stéphanie states in her comment on my blogpost about the future of telecentres, social innovation & openess will be one of the main issues adressed by the conference.

If you want to participate in the conference, either on line or by coming in Corsica don't hesitate to contact Stéphanie Lucien-Brun if you want to know more. The working language of the conference will be French..

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