Jérémy Lachal

Ashoka Fellow
France,
Fellow Since 2015

IDÉE

Les populations défavorisées sont aussi celles qui ont le moins accès à une information de qualité, à Internet ou encore à des espaces et des outils de formation, ce qui entraine une augmentation de leur vulnérabilité. D’autre part, les bibliothèques existantes sont souvent isolées, manquent de moyens et ne se voient pas comme actrices de transformation sociale. Jeremy Lachal modernise le concept de bibliothèque en créant un espace sécurisé de créativité, d’apprentissage, de formation, et de lien social pour la communauté. L’IDEAS BOX est un espace de 100m², ouvrable en 20 minutes et facilement transportable, dont le contenu s’adapte aux besoins et aux attentes (Internet, ordinateurs, livres) des populations visées (pays en voie de développement, en situation de crise humanitaire ou zones sensibles des pays développés). Il contribue à renforcer l’importance de l’accès à l’éducation et à l’information dans les agendas politiques à travers des campagnes de sensibilisation et du lobbying.

 

IMPACT

Une vingtaine d’Ideas Box sont aujourd’hui déployées dans des contextes très divers (camps de réfugiés au Burundi, Jordanie, Liban ou encore Ethiopie ; banlieues et zones rurales françaises et américaines ; populations aborigènes en Australie ; etc.) pour desservir plus de 100.000 personnes à travers le monde. Lancement de la campagne “Urgence de lire” , mobilisant 4 000 personnalités internationales dont 9 Prix Nobel.

 

QUI EST-IL ?

Adolescent, il est impliqué dans le conseil de jeunesse de sa région. Diplômé de Sciences Po Paris, il se spécialise en droit et développement international et cofonde Bibliothèques Sans Frontières en 2007.

Citation

This profile was prepared when Jérémy Lachal was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2015.
The New Idea
By enabling the transformation of traditional libraries into efficient vehicles of information and culture, Jeremy is shifting the traditional ‘book-giving’ paradigm that prevails around the globe, especially in deprived and isolated areas like refugee camps. Adapted to the local culture and led by local communities, these ‘libraries of the 21st century’ constitute genuine community hubs. Jeremy’s libraries go beyond enabling access to education; they play a central and pivotal role in the community by driving positive impact, from improving maternal health and children security to empowering critical thinking, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial skills, including lifelong training opportunities and access to new technologies. By enabling the creation of such spaces and transforming existing libraries, Jérémy deeply impacts socio-economic local realities and strengthens the capacities of local communities, allowing vulnerable populations around the world to recover a sense of full citizenship.



Jérémy has packaged an entire library into a customizable multimedia toolbox, called the IDEAS Box, that meets international freight standards and can be both easily shipped to remote areas and assembled in record time. His solution enables disadvantaged populations to connect to the world, learn, play and create. Once deployed, the IDEAS Box becomes a real physical space full of content and tools adapted to the local context in order to strengthen education, help people look to the future, reconnect separated families, prevent rumors and propaganda, and strengthen resiliency. IDEAS Boxes are connected to each other through the Internet where communities can access new tools and content uploaded by other IDEAS Box users, or by Libraries Without Borders. IDEAS Boxes have already been installed in refugee camps in Burundi, receiving thousands of visitors over the first months, and already proving their positive impact in terms of education quality, child protection and the strengthening of social links.



To scale his model, Jeremy has created a new profession: ‘cultural entrepreneur’. He is now building and relying on a network of ‘cultural entrepreneurs’ – local people empowered to launch their own library or transform existing cultural spaces to create virtuous socio-economic dynamics around it - to spread the model across the globe. Jérémy is also finding creative ways to replicate his approach, beginning with France, to different contexts and geographies, including developed countries facing challenges related to democratizing access to information and culture for particularly isolated and marginalized groups.
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