Forum Innovation IV 2010

International Conference “Environment, Innovation and Sustainable Development: Towards a new technoeconomic paradigm?”

Euromed, MARSEILLE, October 7-8, 2010

Twenty years after the Brundtland report, the concept of sustainable development is still considered as innovative, even if it is subject to many criticisms. To be sustainable, development must integrate three dimensions: economic, social and environmental. The accomplishment of these three dimensions calls for radical technical and socio-economic innovations.

The climatic preservation and the environmental issue require their transformation into individual and collective « needs ». Economic forces and populations, starting with the rich countries, have to recognize that. During the very strong growth of the post-war period, there was an acceleration of the cumulative set of environmentally destructive mechanisms that occurred simultaneously with mass production and consumption. But since these mechanisms have been associated with an important rise in the standard of living, governments, companies, and various associations have tacitly remained silent on ecological questions. Today, the seriousness of the situation is becoming known. Now the modification of the techno-economic paradigm requires cooperative action by all economic and social actors. Sensitizing, and before all the education of the producers and the consumers, is necessary to facilitate the reorientation of economic activities and the creation of new spaces of valorization of productive resources. Collapse of the viability of the « fordist » model (the undifferentiated production and mass consumption), teaches us the strict relationship between public education, aspirations, and the launching of innovative process that must be reconfigured within the paradigm linking technology to economy, and ultimately to social regulation.

The debates on sustainable development have largely dealt with energy and with industrial sectors. Innovation must now be considered as a requirement of environment protection and sustainable development. Alternatives forms of production, consumption and organization in agriculture, services and industry have remained in the background of the debate. It is surprising if one considers their weight in the added value of developed countries and the problems of sustainability faced by some of them, notably in the transport and communication services, new environmental friendly products, energy consumption, etc.

Merchant and non merchant services for example are at the centre of a myriad of technical, social and organizational changes. For these changing sectors, sustainable development is a set of constraints as well as of opportunities. The content of technological, social or organizational innovation must be better understood and subject to analysis.

Communication proposals (in english OR in French) should take account of the problematic of environment, innovation and entrepreneurship, with three main dimensions: economic development and innovation, the management of innovation and applied research, and engineering. They should relate to the fields of economics, management, law, engineering, or be interdisciplinary. The proposals should be academic but they may also present practical experiences, in enterprises and other institutions. The following list of themes is not restrictive and a proposal of sessions is possible (with 4-5 communications each).

Conference Topics :

* I. Political economy and sustainable development
o A. Techno-economic paradigms in history, innovation and social change
o B. Environment, new technologies and innovation
o C. Sustainable development: world wide experiences

* II. Management of innovation and sustainable development
o A. Enterprise management and new technology development
o B. Enterprise strategy and sustainable development
o C. Public research, commercialization of knowledge and innovative capacity

* III. Economic policy, and sustainable regional development :
o A. Entrepreneurial cities
o B. Entrepreneurship and green growth
o C. Green clusters

* IV. Sectoral approaches (non restrictive list)
o A. Transportation
o B. Energy
o C. Health
o D. Agribusiness
o E. …


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Forum l’Esprit de l’Innovation IV 2010

Conférence Internationale « Travail, Capital et Savoir dans la mondialisation »

Lieu : GRENOBLE (France), le 18-19 mars 201

Le 21° siècle a débuté dans une grande incertitude quant à l’avenir du système de marché. Qu’est le capitalisme devenu? Pourquoi ce grand retour aux origines ? L’histoire bégaie, et l’économiste, le sociologue, le politiste… s’ennuient. Le système manquerait-il d’imagination ? D’une part, la marchéisation de toute activité, action, rapport de société ne semble pas déterminante dans l’émergence de nouveautés (y compris marchandes) ; de l’autre, la fonctionnarisation des relations de pouvoir, de compétition, de création bafoue l’innovation ?

Constat amer !… Place donc à l’imagination.

Le Forum se veut une sorte de pépinière d’idées neuves sur l’économie et l’histoire du progrès technique, sur les questions politiques de l’économie de l’innovation, sur la sociologie du changement, sur l’entreprise, les institutions, la créativité et le marché : travail et capital – firmes et innovation.

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Forum « The Spirit of Innovation » IV 2010

International Conference “Labour, Capital and Knowledge in the Global Economy

GRENOBLE (France), March 18-19, 2010

What is the future of the market economy? The 21st century began with this major issue. What are the current characteristics of capitalism? How can we explain this comeback to the origins? History is stammering, the Economist, the Sociologist, the Politician… are getting bored. Is the system suffering from a lack of imagination? On the one hand, the marketization of all activities, actions and relations is not sufficient to give birth to new things and items (including marketable ones) ; on the other hand, the rigidity of relations of power, competition and creation puts a brake on innovation.

A Bitter Report!… Give imagination a chance.

The Forum The Spirit of Innovation aims at being a think tank of new ideas on the economics and the history of technical progress, on the political issues of innovation policies and on the sociology of innovation and enterprise.

Fleche animéeMore information on the website of the conference (Wesford)

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