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 a 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

Learn more about the project: download the French delivrable.


May 2014 - June 2014


Cité du design, Saint-Etienne

Initiated by whom?

Rhône-Alpes Region
Grand Lyon
Saint-Etienne Métropole
Saint-Etienne City
Cité du Design
Secrétariat Général pour la Modernisation de l’Action Publique (SGMAP)

With whom?

Romain Thévenet, designer, DTA, Scop Oxalis

Frédérique Sonnet, sociologue

Damien Roffat, designer, cofondateur de DTA Design Territoire Alternatives