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In the present political and economic context, territories towards the boundaries of the ‘Ile de France’ region have been seeking to involve local stakeholders in new ‘bottom up’ partnerships to promote innovative approaches to local development. This began in autumn 2010, when a group of local people from the area known as ‘Brie’ (best known for its cheese) created a dynamic structure to promote inclusive and innovative development, largely based around the use of digital tools.
“Brie’nov” was  founded on a vision for the local area, which combined a focus on creating cohesion and  between networks of local people, with a pragmatism and reactivity responding quickly to local needs and ensuring good governance through consultation with its members.
The starting point was the creation of multi-functional resource centres: human, technical and economic which now provide both general& specialist services. Each centre is focused on providing services in a specific domain, but shares its skill/knowledge-base with the others, it also offers services managed by other participants in the network.
Brie ‘Nov  is managed through the dynamic networking of these centres, involving all stakeholders in social innovation activities and by using digital communications and tools to widen horizons for each centre, their users and stakeholders.

Our most representative initiative has been the creation of a network of new work or third spaces/places –the Nomade Office project– which focus on providing :
– Cooperative management and inclusion of users in governance (flexible, democratic, egalitarian…)
– Local supply chains and ecologicial building materials and design  for building materials (wood, hemp…)
– mulit-functional flexible spaces and working (remote working, co-working, training, education…)
– Improved accessibility to public, community and business services (on-site) including utilities, healthcare, business creation, education and social services…)

Other examples are

  • the Tourist Information Office in La Ferté Gaucher,
  • 4 railway stations ‘lent’ for by our national partner, SNCF (national railway operator) to undertake an experimental action to enhance suburban/near urban railway stations through adding mobility and smart work functions;
  • a public access point in Trilport,
  • a public internet & e-learning space in Doue,
  • Objectives
    • Brie’Nov is an ecosystem of territorial and social innovation, both civic and digital
    • It is a melting pot that brings together various stakeholders (important place is given to the users)
    • The Living Lab label encourages research, development and collaboration
    • The challenge of digital as an opportunity for opening up and re-socializing!
    • Brie’Nov networks local resources to put forward and undertake development actions identified as priorities: P.P.P.P
    • These actions respond to needs identified by local stakeholders;
    • They also differ according to the local area and the stakeholders  who are involved in the innovation process!

References and Track Record 

All of these spaces are open to members of Brie’nov. Moreover, all these initiatives are designed to facilitate collaboration between public, private and community stakeholder this being another aspect of our innovative nature.  Their planning and development are also opportunities to build and expand local partnerships and engage with local communities.

Learning & e-learning

Our  initial work is focused on the setting up of training programs with traditional providers in the framework of an innovative individual approach based on his/her life-project and experience with support mixing  presence on-site with distance work. One of the projects is based on the notion of re-equipping and skilling people to enter directly into the digital society, through e-working,  for people who have dropped out of the school/university system or the world of work.

Brie’nov is working on the networking of various e-activity centres for whom e-working could be the core activity. The first spaces have been selected, their objectives and functions defined, the budgets calculated and operational plans developed. Training for facilitators for these spaces is currently being examined.

The creation of a Network of efficient health access ‘e-centres or spaces’, notably for permanent diseases such as diabetes is also a current focus. This difficult project is starting from a few simple, strong but complex ideas that are hard to put into practice: Regional planning, redefinition of providers & services, new health-related services. We have brought together a range of competences in order to innovate and promote new ways of access to expertise and everyday advices.  As a result Pierre Simon (national expert in e-health), the Revesdiab network (which gather specialists, general practitioners, nurses…) have joined Brie’Nov on a project named Diabete 2.0.

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Animation focused on the potential ofr a collaboration between medecine and digital

Knowledge Tourism

‘Knowledge’ Tourism is one of the areas of innovation that preceded the setting up of Brie’nov. We are working with the network ‘Tourism in Brie’ which had already developed innovative activities in terms of human & technical networks. The idea is now to extend this network, both in terms of geography, in terms of its expertise (for example, regional design) & in terms of its members (to grow from 70 to 130). The other aspect of this project is to develop a form of tourism that uses digital technologies not only as an instrument for development but also as an ecosystem, or at least as a new part of the existing ecosystem – a supercharged local reality. The project has been eligible to a FEADER funds.

Read more cases and initiatives from Brie'Nov in the attached file.