Nadia Duguay

Ashoka Fellow
Montreal, QC, Canada
Fellow Since 2011
Exeko est né d'une volonté de questionner le concept de charité pour créer une société créative, critique et inclusive.

Je travaille aujourd’hui au développement et au transfert de la médiation intellectuelle, pratique innovante issue d’une rencontre entre la médiation culturelle, les nouvelles pratiques philosophique, l’art relationnel et l’art performatif, et qui consiste à créer des situations égalitaires de réflexion collective, de partage de connaissances et d’actes créatifs. La médiation intellectuelle invite les individus à résister aux dogmatismes, à la propagande, aux discriminations, à dépasser les mécanismes des préjugés et à se poser en tant qu’acteurs de transformation sociale. Entourée d’un équipe de médiateurs intellectuelles aux parcours variés (philosophie, artiste de cirque, anthropologie, journalisme, poète, etc), Exeko a permis la réalisation de plus de 300 projets avec l’appui de 250 partenaires et collaborateurs. C’est ainsi plus de 15000 jeunes et adultes en situation d’exclusion (autochtones, itinérance, jeunes décrocheurs, milieu carcéral, déficience intellectuelle) qui ont repris confiance en eux, ont retrouvé le goût et la force de s’exprimer, ont découvert des moyens de s’impliquer positivement dans la collectivité et se sont engagés dans des initiatives citoyennes et culturelles à leur portée, et ce dans dans plus de six régions du Québec et trois autres provinces du Canada (Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba).

 

Related TopicsCivic Engagement, Social Entrepreneurship

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This profile was prepared when Nadia Duguay was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2011.
The New Idea
Nadia is giving the most disadvantaged populations opportunities to build the confidence needed to move past their current circumstances. Through her program, Nadia teaches reflective thinking to prisoners, at-risk youth, and drug addicts. She is also giving classes to Aboriginal peoples who live on reserves, many of whom are affected by violence, addiction and lack of opportunities. With her main target audience being prisoners, Nadia’s methodology incites them to focus on understanding the world and others, using an empathetic, rather than egocentric approach. Through an accessible and participatory framework, Nadia supports individuals with life challenges to better reintegrate into society. They learn to use self-reflection to improve their lives, communities, and support their inclusion and civic involvement. Nadia’s courses are strongly centered on social issues, human solidarity, and how prisoners can take action to have a positive impact on others.

Contrary to other courses that focus on “fixing” problems, Nadia’s approach is preventive. For example, instead of only talking about violence with the prisoners, she encourages them to better understand the mechanisms of their behavior, including violence, as she supports them to understand the various issues affecting them and their environments. Through these critical thinking courses, she introduces topics and themes that are traditionally inaccessible to those without a higher education and the prisoners’ feelings of failure or claim of ignorance. This shifts their focus from inner issues to the outer world. Nadia also includes tools for project management and social commitment in her courses so that prisoners may turn reflection into action. Nadia is replicating her methodology with other disadvantaged populations. To ensure her course is accessible to semi-literate individuals, she uses primarily oral and visual materials to facilitate her course.
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