Commitment: the State launches "La France s'engage" with 15 initial initiatives

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François Hollande has launched "La France s'engage", a presidential label that highlights innovative and solidarity-based projects to awaken social and solidarity-based economy initiatives. To begin with, the State is going to support fifteen isolated, promising and socially beneficial projects to the tune of 50 million euros. These projects were presented on Tuesday 24 June.

While the association's commitment has been designated as the "great national cause" of 2014, this "grand chantier présidentiel aims to identify and support socially innovative initiatives to enable them to develop and scale up"explained François Hollande.

On this line of commitment, "La France s'engage" is a website created for the occasion. Under the leadership of MakeSense, it presents the first fifteen socially innovative initiatives and proposes to submit others.
The idea is indeed that after these first fifteen up'sens actions, about ten more follow every six months. So if you have a project, an action, try ... Three criteria are set: their innovative character, their potential for duplication or change of scale, and the rigorous evaluation of their results. On the evaluation, I remain sceptical as it is so difficult to measure the unquantifiable ...

I hope that the initiative will continue and I would especially like the State not to forget to commit itself to businesses of the future which are also promising, such as 3D printing (prostheses!), early-learning robots, assistant robots, the Internet of Things for smart cities, smart homes and health ... Because it will be difficult to continue to commit if we do not make the investments for the future!

Each of these projects will be more visible (media) and will be supported by the Youth Experimentation Fund, endowed with 50 million euros for the 2014-2017 period, including 10 million from the Total Foundation.

The list of the first 15 initiatives labeled

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- Intergenerational cohabitation offers a room in the home of a senior citizen in exchange for a presence in the home.
- Monalisa, National mobilization against the isolation of the elderly 
- The Civic Service Institute: 250 winners in 2014
- Energie jeunes fights against dropping out of school in ZEPs
- The story lab, which aims to transmit the passion for writing to young people - very interesting because culture must also be safeguarded!
Simplon.co offers web development training in six months and now online
- Cuisine mode d'emploi(s), Boulangerie mode d'emploi(s), led by Thierry Marx, offers short training courses of 12 weeks.
- Web@cadémie school for 18-25 year olds with a passion for computers but who have left the school system without any qualifications. 
- The solidarity tie fights against discrimination based on dress appearance
- Support, a system to prevent banking exclusion set up by La Banque Postale
- Micro-franchises in solidarity, to enable you to set up your own business
- All Researchers, the School of Research" experiments with learning through research
- Helloasso is a fundraising platform to support associations in their digital development.
- ADN, the Donation in Kind Agency, collects unsold new, non-food products and redistributes them to the most needy.
- Jaccede is collecting accurate data on the accessibility of all public places to the disabled.

An initiative to be followed and monitored, without forgetting that we should also talk about the commitments of regions that are less visible in the media but are very real, such as in Nord Pas de Calais, Alsace, Auvergne, or cities such as Bordeaux, Los en Gohelle, etc.

Maryline PassiniFounder and Director of the agency Promote

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