MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2023
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Green growth and sustainable development are no longer held in high esteem: too many initiatives have proven to be misleading or even deceptive. Now, to get credit, you need to be accountable. New social and environmental accounting standards, developed and approved by Europe, will soon come into force: this is what is known as triple capital accounting. Delphine Gibassier is an expert in non-financial accounting and reporting. She has worked with the United Nations Global Compact, IIRC, BCSD, R3.0, the Coalition of Capitals and the CDSB.
In a way, a business model can be evaluated by its waste. This is the argument of the discourse carried by the circular economy inviting companies to leave the industrial dynamic of extract-produce-throw away. It is on this aspect that the architects’ collective Rotor operates redevelopment and construction by systematically reusing used materials. Cécile Guichard (designer and researcher) and Michaël Ghyoot (architect) will testify about their experience and gain of knowledge over time in the implementation of a circular business model. Rotor is a Brussels-based association founded in 2005 that has developed specific expertise in the reuse of construction materials. It gave birth to the company Rotor DC (or Rotor Deconstruction).
Cyril Dion’s work insists on the need to be able to produce new narratives so as to accompany the bifurcations to come. The innovative and optimistic collective initiatives he highlights are small steps towards a more “habitable” world. It’s because of these narratives that companies can take action on their own scale today! Cyril Dion is a French writer, director, poet and environmental activist. He is notably known for his film “Demain” (written and co-directed with Mélanie Laurent) and more recently his documentary series “Un monde nouveau”, available on Arte.
To remove the contradictions that crystallize in today’s business models, we need to decentralize, and, in order to do so, forge new concepts. This is what Ludovic Duhem proposes through two emerging subjects: the eco-social economy and the open industry.
Ludovic Duhem is an artist and philosopher, and his research focuses on the relationship between aesthetics, technology and the politics of ecological issues. He is currently developing an eco-technological and social approach that he applies to the issues of digital, design and territories.
No, degrowth is not a perpetual recession, a refusal of innovation or a form of eco-dictatorship! It actually embodies a perennial balance between economic imperatives, as well as social and environmental sustainability.
Timothée Parrique has a PhD in economics and is a researcher in ecological economics at the University of Lund in Sweden. He is the author of the educational and powerful book: Ralentir ou périr, l’économie de la décroissance (2022).
The evolution of business models is intimately linked to technologies and the ways we make use of them. Future business models are based on future technologies, or “Right Tech”. To identify them, why not use thought experiments drawn from science fiction?
Vincent Bontems is a philosopher of science and technology, researcher at Larsim (CEA), and Associate Researcher at CGS (Mines ParisTech). He is the author of several books, including Au nom de l’innovation. Finalités et modalités de la recherche au XXIe siècle. (2023).
Why evoke shamanism in a conference on business models challenged in the face of the finite limits of the world? Because the animistic thinking of shamanism shifts our focus and sheds an essential light on our relationship to the living, as well as to technical objects.
After a career in advertising and media, Céline Dartanian was initiated into Siberian shamanism in Mongolia. Her life changed radically, and she shares her experience. A moment of inspiration that reveals a surprisingly relevant perspective.
Making the vitality of businesses and ecosystems intertwine in a beneficial way: this is the heart of the Symbiotic Economy. There are many approaches and experiments—essentially operating models—when aiming to create regenerative business models.
Isabelle Delannoy, an agricultural engineer by training, is an expert in sustainable development in France and the author of The Symbiotic Economy: Regenerating the Planet, the Economy, and Society (2021). She is also known for having co-written the film Home with Yann Arthus Bertrand.