National, regional and local authorities team up to reinvent public policy

Re-enchanting public
action #0

training  • May and June, 2014
Re-enchanting public
action #0

Re-enchanting public action #0 is the first training-sensitization experiment in employing creative design methods to develop public policy, devised within the framework of RE•ACTEUR PUBLIC. Its aim is to initiate public agents in their utilization while making them aware of the challenges they face in consequence. The fruit of a collaborative effort conducted with a small group of public players from the Rhone-Alpes region, this novel training-action package was tested in a real situation in May and June 2014 in the cities of Saint-Etienne and Lyon.

Alternating, over a 3-day period, theoretical sessions and practical workshops based on a real issue proposed by the departments of the city of Saint-Etienne – mobility aids – the training session brought together around forty high-level executives from partner administrations. Beyond this initial trial, the goal is to inspire the construction of training-action packages that can be copied nationwide and also to build a professional community that is better equipped to design tomorrow’s public policy.

Since then, “Re-enchanting public action” has become a recurrent modus operandi and consists of series of training-sensitization modules focused on public policy innovation covering a 2- to 3-day period. “Re-enchanting public action” presently constitutes the training component’s annual test bench, seeking to attain 4 objectives simultaneously:

  • train-sensitize a group of 35 to 40 public agents
  • train-sensitize future trainers and specifiers
  • test training methods and contents
  • federate local ecosystems

May and June, 2014


Cité du Design, Saint-Etienne

Batiment WOOPA, Vaulx-en-Velin


La 27e Région

Frédérique Sonnet

Romain Thévenet, Design Territoire Alternatives

Damien Roffat, Design Territoire Alternatives

(and Fanny Herbert, Clément Tissandier, Plausible Possible, Talking Things)

Thanks to...

Région Rhône-Alpes, Ville de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne métropole, Grand-Lyon, Cité du Design, SGMAP, CNPFT-Inet.

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A word about the method

Source of open inspiration

Designed as a “prototype” of what could be training-sensitization in high quality public policy innovation, the intention of this experiment is to inspire other initiatives. This is why all the contents employed during the trial are made available on a dedicated site to anyone who wishes to obtain them:

This site has been set up as a resource center to be shared by all those who wish to invest in similar training initiatives, on condition that they promise to make available their own work material in the same way.