Le Projet Imagine makes a splash in Asia!


Le Projet Imagine makes a splash in Asia!


From March 17th to March 23rd, Frédérique Bedos visited Hong Kong and Singapore as part of the Semaine de la Francophonie, a week-long celebration of the French-speaking space.

A great opportunity to highlight Le Projet Imagine at the other end of the world!

3 intense days in Hong Kong

Landing in Hong Kong and with not a minute wasted, Frédérique Bedos was honored to be a guest speaker at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong (FCC), a prestigious club for top international journalists (NY Times, Reuters , BBC, South China Morning Post, Le Monde, etc.). In her talk on « Why is it an emergency to do Journalism of Hope? » Frédérique emphasized the editorial line that is special to the Imagine Project, which is informing with hope in a world that is polluted by fake news, conspiracy thinking and an atmosphere of widespread distrust of whatever comes from officialdom or institutions. Her talk was notice, and was followed by many questions that enabled Frédérique to even address the issue of media impact on radicalization and the fight against terrorism.

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Following this tup-level conference, Hong Kong’s flagship newspaper, the South China Morning Post (SCMP), decided to dedicate a front-page teaser and a full page to Le Projet Imagine – an extraordinary recognition on the part of such a highly respected daily paper.

We warmly thank journalist Kate Whitehead (see picture) for her interest and for this beautiful article (read online version below).





Frédérique Bedos also used the opportunity of this brief stay in Hong Kong to give other talks, including on women’s rights during a screening, followed by a debate, of her film « WOMEN AND MEN » at the Alliance Française of Hong Kong. As always, she liaised with organizations representing France abroad, such as the French Embassy.

3 days of madness in Singapore

Her marathon continued with 4 lectures in 3 days, including a masterclass at INSEAD and a film-debate at the French Lycée of Singapour. The students and their teachers were able to discover the film « WOMEN AND MEN« , as well as our Imagine School program. There were so many requests, that she was unfortunately unable to follow up on all of them … Definitely something to be organized the next time Frédérique comes back to this part of the world!

We are amazed by the interest in Le Projet Imagine on the other side of the world, both among personalities in the Francophone community, in NGOs, institutions and a broad swath of the general public.

This is without a doubt the beginnings of a beautiful base in Asia!

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Review of our Jean Vanier film presentation at the United Nations


Review of our Jean Vanier film presentation
at the United Nations



A great success for the international premiere of the documentary « Jean Vanier, the Sacrament of Tenderness » held on October 18th at the UN in New York: There was a crowd that evening before the gates of the venerable institution, and the prestigious ECOSOC room where the screening was organized, the largest room of the United Nations with 600 seats, was full. A standing ovation saluted the film and the immense work that it highlights. The achievement of a great humanist, now 90 years old, who founded l’Arche and dedicated his life to the most vulnerable among us, namely people with mental handicaps.


For this occasion, our NGO decided to organize a major evening event dedicated to mental health in general. To raise awareness as broadly as possible in the general public, we called upon many partners: France, Canada, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Organization of La Francophonie, as well as Belgium, Bahrain and the city of New York all played an active part in the event.

According to studies conducted in 2015 by WHO or the World Bank, some 15% to 20% of the world’s population is affected by mental disorders. We may not be impacted directly, but we inevitably have someone in our close environment (family, friends, co-workers…) who is affected. That is why it is high time to take a fresh look at this phenomenon and to get rid of the taboos which surround it. And who could be better to initiate the discussion on that issue than Jean Vanier, who has been working in this field for more than half a century?

The opening remarks were made by Mr. François Delatte, Ambassador of France to the UN Security Council and Mr. Richard Arbeiter, permanent member of Parliament for Canada and Chair of the Group « Friends of Mental Health ». The focus was on the need, not only to provide support to people with mental and/or psychological problems, but to learn from them. That is the very core of the message that l’Arche conveys all around the world.


Upstream of the film screening, a round table was moderated by Dr. Judy Kuriansky, a Clinical Psychologist with the Faculty of Columbia and expert in mental health services. The round table included Frédérique Bedos, Ms. Nata Menabde, Executive Director of WHO and Ms. Meagan Van Harte, Senior Director of the Office of Community Resilience in the Department of Mental Health in New York city. The aim was to look at current solutions in terms of research, prevention, education and awareness.

The task before us is huge, but our commitment can change everything and can effect a positive change in the lives of people who are ill or handicapped, and more broadly, in all our lives!


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Our Film About Jean Vanier: A Phenomenon


Our film about Jean Vanier:
a phenomenon!



In movie theaters for the 13th consecutive week, “Jean Vanier, the Sacrament of Tenderness”, has just topped 40 000 admissions and is currently second in Allociné’s list of the best films playing in theaters, according to the audience, just behind the multiple-Oscar-winning « Bohemian Rhapsody » and ahead of the fantastic « Green Book ». What a joy to see that the fabulous story of Jean Vanier, this Mother Teresa of our time, is touching our hearts and gaining an increasingly broad audience!

The film is still playing in theaters in France, Switzerland and Belgium.



Directed by Frédérique Bedos, this documentary pays homage to Jean Vanier, founder of l’Arche. This fervent humanist was once on the verge of a brilliant military career, when he chose instead to give his life over to serving the most vulnerable of us all: people suffering from mental impairment. Jean Vanier decided to live with them in a small house in the village of Trosly Breuil in the Oise. This was the beginning of the adventure. Learn more.

See the trailer.


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In the service of peace

In the service of peace


Le Projet Imagine, an Information NGO in the Service of Peace!


Normandy World Peace Forum

As a member of the Scientific and Strategic Committee of the Normandy World Peace Forum, whose first edition was held on June 7 and 8 in the city of Caen, Frédérique Bedos was actively involved in the success of this great international event initiated by the region of Normandy. With more than 5 000 visitors in two days, the 4 plenary sessions and the 23 workshops/debates were full, thanks to the quality of the 160 speakers invited by the Committee, including diplomats, researchers, philosophers, politicians, great witnesses and prominent members of civil society, in France and abroad, who gathered to discuss the theme “Globalizing Peace, New Wars, New Peace”.
In a world entirely transformed, where conflicts are deterritorialized, where they affect civilians as much as – or more – than the military, and where the very notion of victory has lost all meaning, everyone agreed that there is a need to change the traditional view of Nation-states – with war as rationale in the game of international relations, and peace being just something that occurs between two wars. The aim should now be to work on building a true culture of peace.

In this context, Frédérique Bedos had the opportunity to have a private exchange with Mr. Ban Ki-Moon and his wife. The former Secretary-General of the United Nations, who hailed « a visionary project », said the following: “The world is changing and we are facing many challenges, as well as many opportunities to make it better. This requires sharing and unity, in order to develop partnerships between civil societies and governments. No-one can act alone, we must unite, and pool our knowledge in the service of mankind.”


“Terrorism and new forms of violence: How can we cope?”

In answer to this crucial question, Bertrand Badie, Professor of political science at Sciences Po, pointed out that, in our era of immediate and universal information, glaring inequalities are the basis of the new desocialization processes, which constitute the breeding ground for terrorism. He stressed the importance of building motivating imaginaries to combat the globalization of violence. This is a reflection of the very essence of our information NGO (namely to encourage the greatest possible number of people to commit to a world that is fair and sustainable, through films made with hope). Similarly, Jean Fabre, former Deputy Director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), urged everyone to take on the challenge of brotherhood: “Poverty kills more than wars, and there is 15 times more risk of conflict in poor countries than in rich countries. Sharing is a necessary thing. »

This plenary session ended with an inspired exchange between Frédérique Bedos and Leal Baloch, the survivor of the Hyper Casher attack in January 2015, who had distinguished himself with exemplary conduct during the hostage situation. Both understated and moving, he answered our Founder’s questions, delivering a vibrant message of peace.


“Women’s rights: a key factor a for lasting peace”

This workshop was hosted by Frédérique Bedos, with Nicole Agarwal, former minister and expert at CEDAW, member of the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights, Céline Bardot, Co-Founder and President of the association « We are not weapons of War », and Guy Mamou-Mani, Co-Chair of the group OPEN, member of the High Gender Equality Council and Co-Chair of #JamaisSansElles.

Frédérique Bedos and her guests broached extremely serious topics, such as wartime sexual violence, and were able to convey a vision of hope. If indignation and compassion are real, they can be a starting point for Action!

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UN WOMEN NY Conference

Without missing a beat, our founder then flew to New York to give several talks on the same topic – women’s rights and the fight against terrorism – and to share her overall vision of the development of the Imagine Project with UN experts.

At UN Women, where she recalled the importance of gender equality for resolving the great challenges of the 21st century, her message was warmly welcomed by Mr. François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United Nations Security Council, and Mr. Yannick Glemarec, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Deputy Executive Director for UN Women, as well as their teams.

Contribution of Le Projet Imagine to issues relating to the fight against terrorism

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Ms. Michèle Coninsx, Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) Edward J. Flynn, senior human rights officer, JP Morange, senior legal officer.

At the invitation of the two UN committees specializing in the fight against terrorism and the prevention of radicalization, CTED and OCT, in a conference behind closed doors, Frédérique Bedos presented the NGO’s vision as well as the Imagine tools that foster social cohesion. These were two intense hours of exchange on the state of the world, the primary role of the media and the different ways of improving the social climate. This intervention, both realistic and humanistic, aroused real enthusiasm.

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International Peace Institute

Our Founder’s marathon continued at the International Peace Institute, where she presented the very special mission of our information NGO to the entire Senior management team. Present here were Adam Lupel, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Princess Nadia Al Saïd, Program Coordinator, Warren Hoge, External Relations Adviser, Marie Anne Feeney, Director of External Relations and Dr Youssef Mahmoud, Adviser to the IPI. Both in terms of the diagnosis and of possible actions, the Imagine Project and this prestigious Institute were obviously on the same wavelength. This presentation resulted in a determination to work hand in hand in the future.

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An Important Nomination

Alexandra Philippenko, our representative at the United Nations in Vienna, was unanimously elected to the position of Secretary of the NGO CSW Vienna. CSW, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, is the world’s leading intergovernmental body dedicated exclusively to the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment. This functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) was established by Council resolution 11 (II) dated 21 June 1946..

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16 000 Mercis pour nos 70 Athlètes en Or !!

Le 19 juin 2017

©Gil Roy www.gilroyphotographe.net

Au lendemain de cette belle journée de la Course des Héros, toute l’équipe du Projet Imagine et d’Action Froid vous remercie de tout cœur pour votre soutien.
Les sommes collectées nous donnent des ailes pour continuer nos actions d’information et les missions d’Action Froid auprès des sans-abris.
A l’image de notre colibri, vous avez montré que chacun peut faire sa part !

©Gil Roy www.gilroyphotographe.net

Voilà notre équipe de Héros !



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