Head of the Rennes Time Office
Workshop : Time management: an individual or collective challenge?
Catherine Dameron manages the Time Office in Rennes, city and metropolis. In the light of the diversification and individualization of life rhythms, the Time Office organizes times on a territorial scale. Adapt public service timetables to the needs of users while respecting those of staff, stagger traffic flows to limit congestion, arrange public spaces and buildings to accommodate a diversity of uses over time, provide the territory with services according to access times... All levers to improve the quality of life on the territory based on users' experiences and needs. Catherine Dameron is also very involved in Tempo Territorial, the network of actors in temporal policies.
Who is in full control of his or her time today? Imposed working hours, constrained travel times, access to services, digital flows... Some control their time, can "buy" time (housework, childcare...) and others suffer it. Struggling to manage one's time can be a source of guilt and stress at the individual level. Yet part of the solution can be found by revisiting the organization of time at the collective level of a territory: business and service hours, mobility opportunities, spatial planning... On the other hand, our individual choices (shopping on Sundays, enjoying an evening terrace, travelling during rush hours...) can result in tensions and inequalities on a collective scale, and we can also act to contribute to the right overall tempo. It is this balance between individual and collective time that we will explore together.