Launch of “Fragments de modernités”

18 May 2013

On the occasion of the launch of Fragments de Modernité (Fragments of Modernity), the new publication from the Forum d’Action Modernités, Matthias Leridon, TILDER Chairman, spoke at the Modernité On/Off evening on the theme of this first issue, “Dégager l’horizon” (Clear the horizon). The launch was held on Monday 18 March at 7.30pm at the Théâtre du Rond-Point (2bis, avenue Franklin-Roosevelt, Paris 8th arrondissement)

The debate, moderated by Philippe Lemoine, President of the Forum d’Action Modernités, with the artistic support of Jean-Michel Ribes, followed the three-step process of the publication: “Clear the way! Free! Breathe!”.

  • “Clear the way!” Laurent d’Ursel and Xavier Löwenthal, authors of Manifeste du dégagisme (“Le dégagisme est l’ers du taon”); Valérie Peugeot, researcher at Orange Labs (“Big data, the new soothsayer?”) Frédéric Joignot, journalist for the daily newspaper Le Monde Dégage le storytelling” (Clearing the way for storytelling). Catherine Ferrant, Executive Director of the Total Foundation, and Malcolm Hammer, spokesperson for Génération Précaire, acted as key witnesses.
  • “Free!” On this motion, Matthias Leridon, Tilder Chairman, Jean-Christophe Mieszala, Managing Director McKinsey France, and Didier Toussaint, consultant, intervened. Jean-Paul Bailly, Chairman of La Poste Group, and Véronique Descacq, Deputy Secretary General of the CFDT, acted as key witnesses.
  • “Breathe! “With Thanh Nghiem, founder of the Angenius Institute which champions/advocates ‘pollination’ and sharing to shape new futures; the urban planner Philippe Gargov who launched an appeal to make the city more kissable, and finally the writer Daniel Tammet who has shown us how rich humanity is in its diversity.

Prior to the transformation, the multifaceted aspiration to “clear the horizon” proved, in this evening that was rich in encounters and debates, one of those fragments of modernity that signals the prospect of a promising future.

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