In March 2017 (no. 417), Futuribles launched a series on the prospects for productivity and economic growth, in connection with the debate on risks of “secular stagnation”. In the first issue of 2018 (no. 422), the series was completed by an article by Gilbert Cette and Ombeline Jullien de Pommerol on the spread of information and communication technologies in the main developed countries in recent decades, and their impact on the economy. In this issue, we concern ourselves with the concrete consequences of the technological revolution currently under way in the industrial sector by way of the German “Industry 4.0” programme/concept.
Launched in 2011, Industry 4.0 initially aimed to bring together all the relevant actors around preserving German industry’s leadership in capital equipment. Dorothée Kohler and Jean-Daniel Weisz, who have studied this programme extensively and worked on the ground alongside the actors mobilized around this aim, describe the context in which it emerged, its goals, and the means deployed in pursuance of the strategy. They highlight the concrete impacts of this 4.0 revolution in the industrial sector (particularly on production methods and modes of work organization) and on business models (development of the value-chain, redistribution of economic power, breaking with the traditional management model etc.).
In a context characterized by great uncertainty and growing complexity, it is a time for adaptability and flexibility. This implies networked working (among the actors, but also between company structures), an ability to self-organize, and close cooperation between the different actors in the value-chain, between people and machines etc. The transition to Industry 4.0 will doubtless come about tentatively, by trial and error, but as this article shows, it involves quite a radical rethinking of existing models and, most importantly, an openness to collective action and collaboration, by means of which the technological revolution can become an opportunity in employment terms and not necessarily a threat.
Given the serial failure in recent decades of policies enacted in France (by both Right and Left) to counter unemployment and revive economic activity, a number of actors and parts of the country have set about developing projects on their own initiative and on their own local scale. These are what are known as “bottom-up initiatives”, attempting to stimulate new thinking or activities from the grassroots. It is the role of the “Makers of the Future” column in Futuribles to present these kinds of initiatives and hence encourage citizens to be proactive in economic and social matters.
In this issue, Marthe de La Taille-Rivero has chosen to present the story and current activities of Pôle Archer, an economic development hub established in the Drôme department of South-Eastern France. Though initially built on what remained of an economically devastated shoe industry, the hub has pulled in actors from very different sectors to revive local economic activity. Pôle Archer was, then, one of the first French horizontal — rather than vertical — competitiveness hubs, being linked to a geographical area and not to a particular sector of excellence. The experiment has since spread, with the establishment of PTCEs — territorial clusters of economic cooperation. Given its encouraging prospects, Pôle Archer provides further evidence of the desirability of such bottom-up projects, which often owe their success to the motivation of their developers and, in many cases, turn out to have long-term viability. This is also what Marthe de La Taille-Rivero shows in the appendix to this article, where she goes back over several of the initiatives that have been described here since this particular column was launched. Most of these have held up and seen their activities expand, a sign that they were genuinely the work of “Makers of the Future”.
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