Institut du Nouveau Monde

Institut du Nouveau Monde

Taille : 13-100
Depuis : 2003
Statut : en cours
Duréé :
Territoire : Local

Écoute à long terme
Écoute pour co-création
Écoute pour le changement systémique
Michel Venne
Institut du Nouveau Monde


How would you describe your project to a 6 year-old child?

We unite different people so they can get to know each other, understand one another and the world around them. Specifically, we ask people to go beyond their story, to find their collective story, what could that story be to see what collective choices we can make.

What are you listening to?

We listen to:

  • expressions of knowledge (learned and experienced)
  • preferences
  • needs
  • opinions (we don’t have a choice)
  • ideas

We listen to independent citizens who live in communities (territorial, belonging, companies, associations). Representatives from organizations, stakeholders, experts, decision makers. We try to ensure that there is mutual listening among everyone.


How can we listen to people who exclude themselves from public spaces? What is the impact of digital technologies on our capacity to listen, to deliberate and to include?


We don’t define ourselves as an organization that listens to citizens in order to translate for decision makers, we put them together so they can discuss their challenges. As much as possible, we act as mediators who encourage discussion. We create context for mutual listening, and we bring out the sense-making in the discussions.
The meaning of the discussions emerges: it’s the participants who create meaning in their conversations.
In most cases, we could choose not to take notes: people come to their own conclusions. We make a summary of the conclusions. Our goal is to create a space for a collective conclusion through healthy debate.

Fondements Théorique

Democracy, as constructed since the revolutions, must be supplemented by forms of democratic participation. Democracy is a dialogue.
The methodologies of dialogue strongly support intercultural, intergenerational, international, interregional exchange.
People gather and live in different and closed universes, between which it is difficult to talk.
All contributions have equal value.


L’importance de l’écoute

Listening is the foundation – without listening there is no dialogue. To be able to get along, we must first listening to one another. If you are not listening, you become distorted, you cannot engage with the other, and the other will not listen to you. Listening is the pre-requisite of reciprocity, which is the foundation for equality. And that is the base of democracy. There is also a virtue of learning, it’s through listening that we understand better.

1) the individual who participates grows through listening
2) listening enables decision makers to be influenced
3) listening to one another promotes peace and justice, understanding and civility.


Individuals who listen grow and go further in their thinking. When you listen to others you listen to yourself. It changes our perception of the world and it can bring us to new places. Listening helps us to evolve social norms, clarify our political choices and reduce the effect of prejudices.