Thinking tomorrow, with Dominique Méda


After the global health crisis of VIDOC-19, what would be our greatest risk? The philosopher Hannah Arendt said, "A crisis only becomes catastrophic if we respond to it with preconceived ideas. Indeed, the risk would be to resume our lives on the same basis as before, or even worse, for lack of the means to think and act differently. On the basis of this hypothesis, the prospectivist and collaborative economy theorist Michel Bauwens and the psycho-sociologist Christine Marsan are launching "conversations" in the form of video interviews to try to apprehend our near future, Think Tomorrow. Second guest, after Bernard Stiegler: Dominique Méda.

Michel Bauwens (1) and Christine Marsan (2) propose to create a 360° panorama of the elements on which to focus our attention in order to apprehend our near and more distant future with new conceptual and pragmatic bases. To do so, they invite each week a major player in this transition to bring, according to his or her competence, expertise, keys to political and economic understanding (mainly questioned by Michel Bauwens), with the light of the human sciences (mainly solicited by Christine Marsan).

Purpose? To mobilize plural and complementary opinions to dare a rich, nourishing, contradictory vision offering listeners an independent opinion. Thinking Tomorrow brings in a chaotic global context a stone to the awareness in order to facilitate individual and collective behavioural changes.

The stakes of the mutation of our civilization, before Covid-19 and since, have become crucial.

Rendez-vous for the new live of Thinking Tomorrow Conversations between Michel Bauwens and Christine Marsan and their guest, Dominique Méda, this Friday 15 May from 6 to 7.30 pm.

New guest of this 2e interview series: Dominique Méda

Professor of Sociology at Paris-Dauphine, Director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research in Social Sciences (IRISSO), is the author of New application workersin collaboration with Sarah Abdelnour - Editions PUF, 2019; de The economy at the service of society. About Jean Gadrey - Edition Les Petits matins, 2019.

Why not enjoy unlimited reading of UP'? Subscribe from €1.90 per week.

A philosopher, she also heads the Chair in Ecological Conversion - Work - Employment and Social Policies ( and carries out a philosophical and sociological reflection on the place of work in our societies, the relationship between economy and politics, the instruments with which we measure the wealth of a society, the place of women in employment, the French social model.

His work has left its mark on the sociology of work in France and Europe, while provoking wide-ranging public debate. She has carried out numerous researches on the relationship to work and the meaning of work. In 1995, she wrote Work. An endangered value that elicits wide reactions. It shows that the value of work has become very important as an individual means of self-realization and the preferred way of creating social bonds. For Dominique Méda, it should be reduced and better shared. Dominique Méda has also worked on gender equality issues at work. Her recent works are devoted to the place of women in employment, particularly in the Nordic countries. They advocate a better sharing of domestic and parental tasks between men and women and a better reconciliation of work and family life for men and women, as well as an improvement in the place of women in employment.

More broadly, Dominique Méda questions the relationship between economics and politics and the instruments with which we measure a society's wealth. In 1999, she published What is wealth?, in which it highlights the limits of gross domestic product as an indicator of social wealth and proposes a policy of civilization based on a new conception of wealth and progress and new indicators. As a follow-up to this reflection, she was one of the founding members, then today co-president of the Forum for Other Wealth Indicators (FAIR) created at the time of the establishment of the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission on the measurement of economic performance and social progress. She carries out European comparisons of the social model and thus puts the French model into perspective. In Faut-il brûler le modèle social français? (2006), Dominique Méda and Alain Lefebvre provide an in-depth analysis of the dysfunctions of the French social model and the strengths of the Nordic model.

Since then, Dominique Méda has begun a new reflection on the transition from an economy of quantity to an economy of quality. How can we think of prosperity without growth, with what new definitions and distribution of wealth? How can we turn the ecological constraint into an extraordinary opportunity to transform the economic system and labour relations so that everyone has access to decent work? These are the questions that she addresses in the last two collective books that she prefaced or co-directed in 2010 and 2011: Redefining prosperity and Paths of Transition. She continues her reflections in The Growth Mystique. How to free yourself from itand in Reinventing workwritten with Patricia Vendramin, and then in a collective bookWorking in the 21st century. Employees seeking recognition.

Part One: How did wage-labour become the dominant paradigm in our society?

Part Two: Seeds of renewal for the future of work?

Part 3: Is there a role for the commons?

To fight against disinformation and to favour analyses that decipher the news, join the circle of UP' subscribers.

Next guests The following members of the board of directors have been appointed : Raffi Duymedjian, Samantha Slade, Loïc Blondiaux, Catherine Dufour, Benjamin Coriat, Michel Briand, Julien Lecaille, Pascal Desfarges, Yves Citton, Sandrino Graceffa, Olivier Piazza, Emmanuel Mossay, ...

Review the interview with Thinking tomorrowwith Bernard Stiegler

Section directed by Michel Bauwens and Christine Marsan, in partnership with the P2P Foundationand Alter'Coop.
Directed by Franck Calis for Studio Foulescreen / Locobrain.

(1) Author of " Saving the world: towards a post-capitalist economy with peer-to-peer "(Editions LLL, 2015) and the "Manifesto for a truly collaborative economy: towards a society of commonalities "(Editions Charles Léopold Mayer, 2017).
(2) Christine Marsan is a psycho-sociologist, coach, consultant in the accompaniment of transformations and mutations and author of numerous books, such as "... the "Transformation and mutation" of the French society "... and "... the French language". Succeeding in change: How to get out of individual and collective blockages? "(Edition of Boeck, 2015); "Little exercise book to dare to change one's life "(Edition Jouvence, 2017)

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Previous article

Thinking Tomorrow with Bernard Stiegler

Next article

Thinking tomorrow, with Sandrino Graceffa...

Latest articles from Imaginaire, SF and prospective



Already registered? I'm connecting

Register and read three articles for free. Subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date with the latest news.

→ Register for free to continue reading.



You have received 3 free articles to discover UP'.

Enjoy unlimited access to our content!

From $1.99 per week only.