“Hello, you are listening to Radio Arbre. The radio hosted by a tree and its guests, the children of Montréal. My mission is to let you have your say in imagining the future of Montréal.”
Giving children a voice
What are the dreams and concerns of the children of Montréal? Radio Arbre‘s mission is to give them their say and invite you to listen. Through an interactive installation and an online radio, discover their ideas for imagining the city of tomorrow.
Since 2017, nearly 300 young people aged 6 to 17, from all the boroughs of the city of Montréal, have spoken on Radio Arbre. Their thoughts were collected during various workshops, especially during the Tours de tables project, during which they discussed issues related to life in society, their daily lives and shared their dreams.
The relevance of this kind of participatory installation and online radio is part of an inclusive listening approach that places the user – in this case, the child – at the centre of the social innovation process. The spotlight is on the child as the user of the city of today and tomorrow to better transform the Montréal of the future. The platform not only allows them to express themselves about their needs and aspirations, which are expected to evolve over time, but also invites them to discover their ability to act as citizens and agents of change.
The relevance of this kind of participatory installation and online radio is part of
an inclusive listening approach that places the user – in this case, the child – at the centre
of the social innovation process.
You’re listening to… Radio Arbre
As the name suggests (“arbre” means “tree”), Radio Arbre is hosted by a tree. As a Montrealer, the tree tells children’s stories in thematic shows, and contributes to the conversation by sharing information about the city.