Michel Venne

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2007


This profile was prepared when Michel Venne was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
Democratic debate has increasingly become an exclusive dialogue between ultra-specialized experts, industry-funded lobbying groups, and government officials. With fewer people voting and declining community involvement in public dialogue and affairs, democracies are significantly weakened. Michel Venne’s Institut du Nouveau Monde (that means New World Institute) is reversing this trend by reinventing the “public forum” to help transform “common” people, especially youth, into active citizens.
The New Idea
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person


  • Michel was shared insights with Discourse Media for their Possible Canadas project

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