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Hot topic : “Internet is a tool that will change our civilization as much as the invention of writing”

10 May

Patric Jean is a belgian movie maker and producer (Black Moon Production). He’s famous for “Les enfants du Borinage – lettre à Henri Stock”, “La Raison du plus fort” and “a Domination masculine”. Very active in the trans media world, he’s presently working on web productions. This is a short interview conducted at the Millenium Webdoc Meetings:

The world of web-documentary is changing. Belgium is still a little behind its French neighbour, but do you feel that emulation is taking shape?

“The emulation of the creators, people who have desire is everywhere. It exists in all countries. In Belgium, there is a tradition of film directors, documentary filmmakers, creators, artists. The desire is there. The willingness to support him is not there yet. Generally, the press here and abroad doesn’t have any budget for this kind of expression. TVs have little money for such projects singular but have a lot to others who are much more popular form of mass audiences. This is an old story but even more acute in the new writing because it costs more. In fact, the digital cultures require us to make the same fee as for a classical production, but with the addition of new parameters. The budget is heavier. I can carry out the projects that I personally want to defend but I see many people in difficulties but who have very good ideas.” Continue reading

Hot topic : resocialising Europe… in London

20 Apr

A nice event will occur in the middle of May : a high level Conference on Social Europe in London.  At first sight I thought it was in Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium because the University there is also called UCL.

The level and the ambitious are quite impressive and I hope this will feed our discussions, and why not be the opportunity to have some interviews from some of these experts.

Terms such as ‘Social Europe’, the ‘European Social Dimension’, ‘European Social Model’, and, more recently, ‘European Social Pact’, have long resided in the political and regulatory lexicon of European integration. But arguably, after reaching a climax in 2000 with the inclusion of a ‘Solidarity’ chapter in the Charter of Fundamental Rights, the social profile of the EU has entered a deep period of crisis, one may say a phase of ‘social eurosclerosis’, recently exacerbated by the political responses to the economic downturn and its severe consequences on social and labour standards across the EU. Continue reading

Hot topic : Where is the Solidar Power ?

4 Mar

More or less, Social services in Europe are characterised by solidarity.

One of the issue concerning Solidarity is that its nature is often related to a dichotomy between warm and cold solidarities.

Warm solidarity – always considered as « fun » – is related to the personal and direct engagement of the person and is implemented in direct actions : a donation, tutoring, … This solidarity could be considered as charity. Warm solidarity would be related to individual action. The warm solidarity is always considered as nice, a « free » engagement enabling creativity.

The cold solidarity is related to structural mechanisms put in place by the law and public authorities, such as social security and social assistance schemes. This kind of solidarity, where the action of people is less essential and where contributions are mandatory, is more often questioned because of a certain idea of freedom.

However at the very beginning, instruments of cold solidarity have been put in place thanks to free and historical choices, or in other words by warm solidarities.

One added value of the Webdoc would be to question the warm/cold dichotomy and why not to measure (but how…) the level of Solidarity everyone is confronted to because of interconnections between persons at a time when Mario Draghi announces the end of the European social model.

In Durkheim’s view on Mechanical and organic solidarity, the intensity and content of the conscience collective is also an important part of the nature of solidarity.

Imagine a web application calculating your Solidar Power and your knowledge of collective consciousness…

Hot topic : Belgians like fries and beer… but also their Welfare-State

17 Feb

It may be no surprise but citizens of Belgium still appear convinced by a social State. Social Security or Health Care for instance remain core values for Belgian citizens, scoring as high as 82% for Social Security and  90% for Health care.

That – and more – is suggested by a survey from European values Study. “Autre temps, Autres moeurs” was conducted by scholars VOYE, DOBBELAERE and ABTS with the support of the King Baudouin Foundation.

We hope you’ll get the chance to read the extensive article by Ricardo Guttiérrez in the print edition of Le Soir 02/16 2012 (Belgian French speaking newspaper) or a shorter web version here.

Do you think this reflects the situation in your own country ? What does it mean for you ?

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