Territoires, réseaux

The Resurgence of Urban Utopias

Renouveau des utopies urbaines

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s Utopia, which gave that term its current meaning and reconnected with a literary genre begun by Plato –the detailed description of a society that is seen by the author as ideal. This utopia of More’s, which was highly regarded, particularly in Europe from the 17th century onwards, became very influential and in subsequent centuries many authors have tried their hands at utopian proposals, applied in most cases to circumscribed territories. As Jean Haëntjens reminds us, this strain of utopian thought contributed greatly to fuelling the visions of towns and cities deemed desirable by the political actors and urbanists of the 19th and 20th centuries.


Économie, emploi

France, a Magnet for Global Talent

France, a Magnet for Global Talent

The Paris French Tech Ticket, launched in May 2015 by the city of Paris and the French state, enabled 49 entrepreneurs to be selected who were leaders of 23 start-up projects.

Note de veille

Ressources naturelles, énergie, environnement

Biofuels—Looking to New Generations to Come On-Stream

Biofuels—Looking to New Generations to Come On-Stream
Fuels derived from oil (petrol and diesel) remain essential for transport, but agricultural countries like France have begun the production of biofuels (ethanol and esters) from renewable biomass, in order to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Almost all of world production today (70 megatonnes oil equivalent, Mtoe) is provided by the first generation of biofuels: bioethanol (75 % of global production), produced from cereal starch derived from plants such as maize, sugar beet and sugar cane; biodiesel (25%) from vegetable oils, such ...

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IFTF Annual Ten-year Forecast Conference

IFTF Annual Ten-year Forecast Conference

IFTF, 2016

On 20 to 22 April 2016, the Institute for the Future (IFTF), an American forward looking think-tank based in San Francisco, presented at their annual retreat in Oakland the future scenarios of what our society will look like in 2026 showing that the new generation, “generation Transition”, will live in a post-platform world. Let’s discover their US view of the future… 



Munich Security Report 2016 : Boundless Crises, Reckless Spoilers, Helpless Guardians

Munich Security Report 2016: Boundless Crises, Reckless Spoilers, Helpless Guardians

Munich Security Conference , 2016, 80 pages

The Munich Security Conference, an independent venue for policymakers and experts for discussions about security issues of the day and of the future, has released its second Munich Security Report (MSR) featuring important trends and issues in international security.

Shaping Futures

Shaping Futures n° 2

Shaping Futures n° 2

This quarterly bulletin is produced by Futuribles International in partnership with Michelin Challenge Bibendum Open Lab.  Its aim is to alert the members of Futuribles International and Michelin Challenge Bibendum Open Lab to developments that are likely to have an effect, directly or indirectly, on mobility issues.
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