Category Archives: Sustainability

Social entrepreneurs and innovators, transformers or alibis of the system? SOIA Europe (4)

This last article of the series “social entrepreneurs and innovators SOIA Europe” shows the wealth of meetings and exchange of ideas at the Social Innovation Assembly in Amsterdam in November 2013.

European social entrepreneurship against food waste at SOIA Europe (3)

Our third chronicle of the European Social Innovation Assembly (SOIA) in Amsterdam is dedicated to the answer to food waste.

The cloud against food waste

In Europe, 30% of the food are thrown away before being eaten.

Multiple causes explain this situation, which can be summarized through our highly normative and fast social life. Thus, fruits and vegetables bent or out of template are thrown away before even leaving the field. Food waste is also huge in retails and catering. The sale deadline dates do not match the specificities of different types of food or  products. We found that even some organic supermarkets, manage their stocks hastily.

#obsolout: How to hack obsolescence in 3 steps

From a technical term reserved to engineers, the obsolescence of our everyday objects has become in recent years a common term, and an important social issue. Overview of this phenomenon, and solutions for de-planning obsolescence: #obsolout.

Tired of the crisis? Come and live in Goodland!

In the economic world as narrated by mainstream media, politicians and media pundits, fashionable economists and philosophers, each one of us is like Alice trying to catch up the Red Queen Alice: you must run behind the growth of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the new holy Grail of our time, without ever expecting to see the landscape move forward. But recent studies show that while the GDP of rich countries has grown over the last 40 years, indicators measuring wellbeing such as the Genuine Progress Indicator and the Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare have remained stagnant in these countries. The priests of our modern times have probably not read Tim Jackson, Andrew Simms or Hervé Kempf.

Above all, they have forgotten that political and economic structures other than the ones we are often presented as models exist and work well. Together, these social, economic or political innovations gradually trace channels to exit a system that maintains a self-destructive mechanic for human life adn the support systems of the planet. Yet, few experts and politicians refer to such promising avenues. Those are called: democracy and participatory budget, cooperativism, mutualism, new indicators of wealth. They are alive and well, though scattered in different countries of the world.

In the text that follows, Andrew Simms of the New Economics Foundation has brought together the most promising innovations in an imaginary country he calls Goodland, a nation where values ​​of equity, social justice and sharing predominate.

Our public agenda in 4th quarter 2012

Here are the events to which I participate from September to November 2012

  • Participation to the Planet Workshops – Global Conference – Sept. 24-26, 2012 in Evian (France) : Roundtable of the commission “Cross-cutting perspectives on biodiversity resources and sharing it in equity“.

  • Presentation at Rio, 20 years after, organized by the International Research Institute for a Civilization Policy, founded by Edgar Morin, in Niort (France) from Sept. 27 to 28, 2012.
  • Participation to a roundtable of the Symposium “Sciences, Techniques and Traditional Knowledge“, on November 29th, 2012 at Villeneuve d’Ascq.
  • Participation to a roundtable on bio-economy at the Assises du Vivant, on November 30th, 2012 at l’UNESCO. Informations : Vivagora.

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