Constantly running beneath recent debates on the effects of robotization on employment (how many non-automated jobs will there be?) is the question whether modern societies are able to offer everyone a full-time job. Does working time necessarily diminish with technological progress and economic development? It is in order to answer this question that Jonathan Gershuny and Kimberly Fisher have studied the results of surveys on individual workers’ hours in 16 countries over the last five decades. In this article, they describe the trends that emerge with regard to work in the broader sense.
80% of people in France, Germany, Spain and America view their pace of life as too fast!
China’s resistance to the 2008 crisis was impressive and its slowdown since 2013 has been surprising. Is this deliberate or involuntary? Will it be short-lived?
Public Affairs, 2016, 336 pages
Why are we at the end of the capitalist system? This is what Paul Mason attempts to explain in this book. To drive home the point, he devotes several chapters to the following questions: how has capitalism constantly reinvented itself and what is currently preventing it from doing so?
How does a (former) CEO of one of the last French multinationals in the CAC40 index see the world and the different forces at work in it? The aim of this book by Jean-Louis Beffa (former CEO of Saint-Gobain) is to tell us just that.
The ‘Phosphore’ project, rolled out by the construction conglomerate Eiffage, provides a good example of the principle of broadening the range of actors involved in urban innovation. Without claiming to offer a blueprint for society, Phosphore nonetheless goes far beyond the ordinary industrial or urban project. It verges on a utopian approach both in its incorporation of the main themes of contemporary utopias—the limit on resources, personal fulfilment, sharing and mobility—and its methods of horizontal management.
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