mercredi 8 juin 2011

L'antidote à l'apathie (par Dave Meslin)

Translated into French by Elisabeth Buffard

La politique locale - les écoles, le zonage, des élections - nous touchent là où nous vivons. Alors pourquoi n'y a-t-il pas plus d'entre nous qui s'impliquent vraiment? Est-ce de l'apathie? Dave Meslin dit que non. Il identifie 7 obstacles qui nous empêchent de prendre part à nos communautés, même si nous sommes vraiment concernés.

Dave Meslin is a "professional rabble-rouser." Based in Toronto, he works to make local issues engaging and even fun to get involved in.
Multi-partisan and fiercely optimistic, Dave Meslin embraces ideas and projects that cut across traditional boundaries between grassroots politics, electoral politics and the arts community. In his work, in Toronto and globally, he attempts to weave elements of these communities together. (His business card reads "Dave Meslin: community choreographer," which feels about right.)

Some of his projects include 2006's City Idol contest, which put a sexy new face on council elections; co-editing Local Motion, a book about civic projects in Toronto; and Dandyhorse and Spacing magazines. And he's part of the Toronto folk/indie collective Hidden Cameras, using their worldwide touring to research voting practices in the cities where they play. He recently founded the Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto (RaBIT).

(TED-Ideas Worth Spreading. Many thanks to Nathalie Legaye)

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