Financial crisis, the cuts are being made everwhere. But where is democracy? Who could decide about those cuts?
Ordinary people should be involved in deciding how our money should be spent. That's what participatory budgeting is all about.
This transmedia project will focus on youth participatory budgeting after many years in Europe, because it's interesting to see how democratic processes could happen with people without specific degree.
How do they consider this new share of power ? Are they convinced by the approach ? How easy it is when they set priorities for a budget? How do they define the best projects ? What will happen to the winners and to the loosers ?
The cases will be in France (Poitou-Charentes, Nord-Pas-de-Calais), Portugal (Condeixa, São Brás de Alportel, Trofa) and we hope in the United Kingdom (Berkhamsted).
Why an interactive documentary ?
Learning how to decide and how to have a say in local politics could start at a very early stage. How the youngsters will deal with the rule of majority ?
This movie will be crowdsourced by the young participants and we will run workshops in order to foster this kind of open source journalism. We mean open source journalism because we want to use open source softwares like the powerful Popcorn. Open source means that we use creative commons. Anyone would be allowed to remix the contents we produce.
March-May 2013 : First shootings in France, in Portugal and in the UK + organization of workshops with young participants about video, conducting interviews,...
June 2013 : Editing and organization of hackathon with Popcorn with developers
July 2013 : Beta version of the web native documentary
September 2013 : Youth exchange in Portugal in order to complete the interviews
October 2013 : Release of the interactive documentary
2014 : New cycle of shootings about new places, new characters