How VoisinMalin is changing community life

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Founder and director, VoisinMalin

Seminar Economy and meaning | Wednesday March 7, 2018 - 9h00 - 11h30

You live in Grigny, Villeurbanne, Clichy-sous-Bois or Saint-Denis, these so-called ‘tough’ or ‘difficult’ neighbourhoods. You speak a little French but, having to answer complex administrative questions on your own, you are hardly able to assert your rights. You are baffled by the bills you have to pay, suffer from degrading living conditions in silence, and feel constantly hassled. Even the schools your children attend, and the cultural facilities and social centres you visit, are hostile places for you, and you increasingly feel isolated… until, one night, someone from your neighbourhood rings your doorbell. Having overcome your initial mistrust, you discover that this person speaks your language, has simple answers to the questions which have been bothering you, and opens the door to this world where you are losing any hope of ever understanding. You say to yourself that this person’s work has real value and that maybe one day you too will be part of a ‘VoisinMalin’ (literally ‘Smart Neighbour’) neighbourhood project.

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This session was published in issue n°133 of the Journal de l'École de Paris du management, entitled Engagement et management.

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