What is Raccords?

Raccords is a free digital newsletter sent to your inbox every two months. Produced in partnership with Atelier 10, publisher of the Québec magazine Nouvelle projet, it offers inspiring, researched and documented content on various issues surrounding social innovation. Each edition presents four sections on the same theme and invites authors and personalities from all walks of life to share their points of view and expertise.

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Why Raccords? Beyond the nod to the french cinematographic term (which refers to the absence of editing glitches between scenes and ensures continuity), the title evokes our desire to fill the gaps that separate good ideas from their deployment opportunities, actors of change to the ecosystem players, and new approaches to those already tried and tested. Raccords (which could also be translated as Connections or Links) also refers to the MIS’s desire to contribute to the rooting of a true culture of collaboration and social innovation to better address the major challenges of the 21st century.

Raccords is a new form of digital literature that allows us to broaden the scope of our collective knowledge in social innovation. By deepening our understanding of this approach, we hope to contribute to redefining a better way of living together.


#04, March 2020

How can people-powered campaigns accelerate social transformation?

Never before have our demands been echoed so quickly on such a large scale around the world. The technological means to which we now have access, to feed an engagement that is often born outside established institutions, is built on connections and results in mobilization, on our networks, in our schools, in the street. But is campaigning the best way to attract attention to complex issues—like the wage gap, racial profiling, or climate change—and call for their resolution? It goes without saying that communication strategies play a decisive role in the success of the social innovation and systemic transformation process. Raccords looks at the issues surrounding the grassroots campaign as a strategy aiming to quickly and deeply upset the state of affairs; to break from the infamous status quo. And it really is a question of breaking: the kind that leads to renewal.  (Photo credit: Emmanuel Crombez)

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