Anticipation for action
New studies highlight role of research and development
The European Commission has recently published two studies highlighting the future and sustainable development. Both reports touch on research and development (R&D) and the central part that it can play in addressing challenges facing modern society... Read more
Experts say transformation needed to meet 2025 world challenges
After a year of work, the European Foresight Expert Group 'The World in 2025' has now presented their findings at conference in Brussels on 24 September. Meeting the challenges of the near future, they write in a new report, may mean moving towards a new production... Read more
For more than 40 years, Futuribles has been an independent non-profit center for prospective studies and foresight. Its overall aim is to contribute to a better understanding of the contemporary world . By taking an interdisciplinary approach, Futuribles explores current issues, the world's possible futures (futurs possibles), and policies and strategies to consider. The Futuribles group carries out their work in several ways, including studies, publications, training, and gathering data and information from around the world.
n° 359 - January 2010 - Are Civilizations Mortal?
“We civilizations, announced Paul Valéry in the early years of the twentieth century, now know ourselves to be mortal.” It was a painful blow for Western thought, which had already been rocked at the end of the nineteenth century by Nietzsche’s declaration that God was dead... Read more (PDF)