2008 . Reinventing progress

SATURDAY 18 AND SUNDAY 19 OCTOBER 2008

Scientific discoveries, medical and technological advances – progress is the vital backdrop to our daily lives. But we all know that we have reached the end of the industrial phase that was the locomotive of the Western world for 200 years, a period of runaway progress that preferred to ignore the collateral cost: the poisoning of the planet and the depletion of its resources. For some years now, we have been aware that we must look at progress in another way and that we must invent another model for society.

The idea of "sustainable development" is quite recent, but also quite novel: a sustainable economy can create new prosperity. The ecological revolution can create wealth.

If we wish to reinvent progress, we must explore its potential and redefine the ethics that should govern our scientific, political and social models. Until now, any attempt to slow the development of knowledge has come to grief on the shores of human conscience… and its irresistible instinct for transgression! Whatever their intentions, it looks as if the discoverers are engaged in a headlong flight from reality. Reinventing progress could, perhaps, begin with accepting the fact that any invention is an element of progress: a necessary first step to avoid sterile debates between partisans and opponents of progress. Does not reinventing progress mean putting mankind at its centre? No matter what form it takes, progress springs from the human spirit and embeds itself in the lives of millions of men and women. Since progress begets progress, reinventing it implies, first and foremost, redirecting it in order to imagine our future. The excesses of industrialisation demonstrate the need to preserve the resources of our planet. Any new "model" of progress must take into account the growing awareness of the world's peoples (at varying degrees), and the need to apply it to all sectors of society: science, of course, but also business, education, consumption, leisure and social relations.

What if reinventing progress consisted, first and foremost, of assuming responsibility for our lives and citizenship in a world whose injustices and complexity become apparent, a little more, every day?

The speakers

  • Jacques ATTALI
    Writer, Chairman of PlaNet Finance
  • Etienne-Emile BAULIEU
    Professor, doctor, endocrinologist, biochemist
  • Jean-Louis BORLOO
    Minister of the Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Planning
  • Mick BREMANS
    Managing director, Ecover
  • Pierre-André de CHALENDAR
    Managing Director of Saint-Gobain
  • Boris CYRULNIK
    Writer, neuropsychiatrist
  • Jean-Luc DECORNOY
    Chairman of the Board of KPMG
  • Marc DRILLECH
    Managing Director of IONIS Education Group
  • Dominique ERAUD
    doctor, acupuncturist
  • Geneviève FERONE
    Director of Sustainable Development of the Veolia Environment Group
  • Luc FERRY
    Philosopher
  • Orianne GARCIA
    Founder of Caramail and co-founder of Terra Femina
  • Thierry GAUDIN
    Mining engineer, President of Prospective 2100
  • Patrick HAAS
    Chairman and CEO of BP France
  • Pascal HUSTING
  • Albert JACQUARD
    Geneticist
  • Chantal JOUANNO
    Chairwoman of ADEME
  • Axel KAHN
    Geneticist, President of Université Paris Descartes
  • Etienne KLEIN
    Physicist with the CEA, PhD in science
  • Elisabeth LAVILLE
    Director and founder of Utopies, professor at HEC
  • Jean-Christophe LE DUIGOU
  • Dominique LECOURT
    Philosopher, Director of the Centre Georges Canguilhem, Université Paris 7-Denis Diderot
  • Marc LUYCKX GHISI
    PhD in philosophy, Vice President of the Conseil Consultatif International d’Auroville
  • Michel MAFFESOLI
    Professor at the Sorbonne, Director of the centre d’études sur l’actuel et le quotidien (study of contemporary and everyday life)
  • Pierre MONGIN
    Chairman-CEO of the RATP
  • Joaquin MUNOZ
    Director of Max Havelaar
  • Maria NOWAK
    Chairwoman of the Association pour le Droit à l'Initiative Economique (ADIE – micro-finance nonprofit)
  • Serge ORRU
    Managing general WWF France
  • Yves PACCALET
    Writer, philosopher and naturalist
  • Raphaël PALTI
    Chairman of Altavia
  • Michèle PAPPALARDO
    General commissioner for sustainable development
  • Bertrand PICCARD
    Founder of Solar Impulse, psychiatrist
  • Frank PIEDELIEVRE
    Chairman of the Board, Bureau Veritas
  • Pierre RABHI
    Chairman of non-profit organisation Terre et Humanisme, writer, philosopher
  • Bernard RAMANANTSOA
    Dean, HEC
  • Claude-Yves ROBIN
  • Joël de ROSNAY
    Chairman of Biotics International
  • Maximilien ROUER
    Chairman, partner and co-founder of BeCitizen, positive economy consultant
  • Samuel ROUVILLOIS
    Priest, philosopher
  • Jean-Christophe RUFIN
    French Ambassador to Senegal
  • Nicolas SADIRAC
    Director of EPITECH (IT and new technologies School)
  • Jean-Louis SERVAN-SCHREIBER
    Journalist, essayist, Director of the magazine "Psychologies"
  • Jean STAUNE
  • Nathan STERN
    Sociologist, founder of Peuplade
  • Ezra SULEIMAN
    Professor of Political Sciences, Princeton University
  • Dominique THYS
    Delegated Administrator to the General direction of MAIF
  • Jean VIARD
    Senior CNRS researcher with CEVIPOF, Sciences-Po political research centre
  • Patrick VIVERET
    Philosopher, Senior member of the Auditor-General's Department (Cour des Comptes)

Saturday, 18th October

  • 1. What are the big challenges of tomorrow?

    • Jean-Louis BORLOO - Minister of the Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Planning
    • Bertrand PICCARD - Founder of Solar Impulse, psychiatrist

    Moderated by: Thierry GUERRIER

    Saturday, 18th October from 11h00 to 12h30 - UNESCO - Salle 1

  • 2. What place for spirituality in progress ?

    • Luc FERRY - Philosopher
    • Jean STAUNE

    Moderated by: Jean-Pierre GUENO

    Saturday, 18th October from 11h00 to 12h30 - UNESCO - Salle 12

  • 3. Should we challenge the myth of progress ?

    • Boris CYRULNIK - Writer, neuropsychiatrist
    • Yves PACCALET - Writer, philosopher and naturalist
    • Pierre RABHI - Chairman of non-profit organisation Terre et Humanisme, writer, philosopher

    Moderated by: Henry LAURET

    Saturday, 18th October from 14h30 to 16h00 - UNESCO - Salle 1

  • 4. What education to prepare for the knowledge society?

    • Marc DRILLECH - Managing Director of IONIS Education Group
    • Axel KAHN - Geneticist, President of Université Paris Descartes
    • Marc LUYCKX GHISI - PhD in philosophy, Vice President of the Conseil Consultatif International d’Auroville
    • Bernard RAMANANTSOA - Dean, HEC
    • Dominique THYS - Delegated Administrator to the General direction of MAIF

    Moderated by: Olivier ROLLOT

    Saturday, 18th October from 14h30 to 16h00 - UNESCO - Salle 12

  • 5. Progress and work: the concept of work in tomorrow's society.

    • Jean-Christophe LE DUIGOU
    • Maria NOWAK - Chairwoman of the Association pour le Droit à l'Initiative Economique (ADIE – micro-finance nonprofit)
    • Jean VIARD - Senior CNRS researcher with CEVIPOF, Sciences-Po political research centre

    Moderated by: Alain WEILLER

    Saturday, 18th October from 16h30 to 18h00 - UNESCO - Salle 12

  • 6. What are the new indicators of progress ?

    • Jean-Luc DECORNOY - Chairman of the Board of KPMG
    • Geneviève FERONE - Director of Sustainable Development of the Veolia Environment Group
    • Patrick VIVERET - Philosopher, Senior member of the Auditor-General's Department (Cour des Comptes)

    Moderated by: Daniel FORTIN

    Saturday, 18th October from 16h30 to 18h00 - UNESCO - Salle 1

  • 7. New world, new standards, new civilisation of risk.

    • Thierry GAUDIN - Mining engineer, President of Prospective 2100
    • Frank PIEDELIEVRE - Chairman of the Board, Bureau Veritas
    • Ezra SULEIMAN - Professor of Political Sciences, Princeton University

    Moderated by: Léa SALAME

    Saturday, 18th October from 16h30 to 18h00 - UNESCO - Salle 4

Sunday, 19th October

  • 8. Travel, habitat and urbanism: living better tomorrow.

    • Pierre-André de CHALENDAR - Managing Director of Saint-Gobain
    • Pierre MONGIN - Chairman-CEO of the RATP
    • Michèle PAPPALARDO - General commissioner for sustainable development

    Moderated by: Gérard BONOS

    Sunday, 19th October from 11h00 to 12h30 - UNESCO - Salle 4

  • 9. How and what will we consume tomorrow?

    • Mick BREMANS - Managing director, Ecover
    • Elisabeth LAVILLE - Director and founder of Utopies, professor at HEC
    • Michel MAFFESOLI - Professor at the Sorbonne, Director of the centre d’études sur l’actuel et le quotidien (study of contemporary and everyday life)

    Moderated by: David BARROUX

    Sunday, 19th October from 11h00 to 12h30 - UNESCO - Salle 12

  • 10. Living longer: does it mean living better?

    • Etienne-Emile BAULIEU - Professor, doctor, endocrinologist, biochemist
    • Dominique ERAUD - doctor, acupuncturist
    • Albert JACQUARD - Geneticist
    • Samuel ROUVILLOIS - Priest, philosopher
    • Jean-Louis SERVAN-SCHREIBER - Journalist, essayist, Director of the magazine "Psychologies"

    Moderated by: Henri GIBIER

    Sunday, 19th October from 11h00 to 12h30 - UNESCO - Salle 1

  • 11. Scientific progress serving human progress?

    • Etienne KLEIN - Physicist with the CEA, PhD in science
    • Dominique LECOURT - Philosopher, Director of the Centre Georges Canguilhem, Université Paris 7-Denis Diderot
    • Joël de ROSNAY - Chairman of Biotics International

    Moderated by: Jean-Marc VITTORI

    Sunday, 19th October from 14h30 to 16h00 - UNESCO - Salle 12

  • 12. The new technologies fostering social cohesion.

    • Orianne GARCIA - Founder of Caramail and co-founder of Terra Femina
    • Claude-Yves ROBIN
    • Nicolas SADIRAC - Director of EPITECH (IT and new technologies School)
    • Nathan STERN - Sociologist, founder of Peuplade

    Moderated by: Jean-Pierre GUENO

    Sunday, 19th October from 14h30 to 16h00 - UNESCO - Salle 4

  • 13. Progress in a world without oil.

    • Patrick HAAS - Chairman and CEO of BP France
    • Pascal HUSTING
    • Chantal JOUANNO - Chairwoman of ADEME
    • Serge ORRU - Managing general WWF France

    Moderated by: Anne BAUER

    Sunday, 19th October from 14h30 to 16h00 - UNESCO - Salle 1

  • 14. Feeding people: eliminating hunger.

    • Jacques ATTALI - Writer, Chairman of PlaNet Finance
    • Jean-Christophe RUFIN - French Ambassador to Senegal

    Moderated by: Nicolas BARRE

    Sunday, 19th October from 16h30 to 18h00 - UNESCO - Salle 1

  • 15. Ecology, economy and humanism: the sustainable economy revolution.

    • Joaquin MUNOZ - Director of Max Havelaar
    • Raphaël PALTI - Chairman of Altavia
    • Maximilien ROUER - Chairman, partner and co-founder of BeCitizen, positive economy consultant

    Sunday, 19th October from 16h30 to 18h00 - UNESCO - Salle 2

  • - Yves Paccalet, Pierre Rabhi, Henry Lauret, Boris Cyrulnik
  • Jean-Louis Borloo
  • Jean-Louis Borloo, Thierry Guerrier, Bertrand Piccard
  • Boris Cyrulnik.
  • Salle XII de l'Unesco / Luc Ferry
  • Students
  • Léa Salamé
  • Debate "What education to prepare for the knowledge society ?"
  • Geneviève Ferone
  • Pascal Husting, Patrick Haas and Anne Bauer
  • Jean-Christophe Rufin et  Nicolas Barré
  • Albert Jacquard
  • On their way to the Earth University
  • Debate "The new technologies fostering social cohesion"