Le monde qui vient - L'humanité a-t-elle un avenir? by Alexandre Rojey
Edition Libre & Solidaire, January 2018
Ahe threats facing the world are constantly increasing: global warming, depletion of resources, growing inequalities, the risk of nuclear conflict, etc. Yet many experts have proposed another development model for our societies. It is urgent to set up another paradigm in order to regain meaning.
In The world is coming, The author examines the reasons for this aggravation, showing that it is largely related to the conditions under which neo-liberal globalization has developed in the world. He invites us not to become catastrophic.
If the end of our current world subject to a deregulated market seems inevitable, concrete alternatives are available, provided that we react now and find values that can rebuild a "living together". Such an approach requires the implementation of fairer economic exchanges that do not favour the race for profits, the rebuilding of a true democracy and the regaining of areas of solidarity that favour exchange. It implies an in-depth renewal of mentalities and modes of arbitration, to give new meaning to collective action. At present, the future is not written and several futures remain possible. The continuation of the current model could lead to an ecological collapse or an oppressive ppost-democracy. We have to bet that humanity will be able to change course to overcome the many challenges it faces.
While highlighting the current impasse, the book presents concrete proposals for finding a way out. A world is dying, but what kind of world will be born?
In the first part of the book (I - The Crisis of Meaning), the question of a meaningful future is approached from a diagnosis of the deep crisis affecting the world, at the end of a path closely linked to the destiny of Western civilization.
Factors that may influence the future development of society are examined in a second part (II - Pathways of Change). The dizzying development of digital technologies and artificial intelligence opens up remarkable opportunities, but also involves major risks. It could lead humanity to the abyss, if it is not accompanied by profound cultural changes. It is by opening up to inner values and giving priority to the general interest that society will be able to master technological progress and avoid a final Apocalypse.
Alexandre Rojey is the author of numerous books in the fields of foresight, sustainable development and energy. Within the Tuck Foundation, he leads the think tank "IDées" which aims to promote a sustainable future in the field of energy, based on prospective and multidisciplinary thinking, and teaches in these different fields. He is co-founder and vice-president of the SENS+ association, was director of sustainable development at IFP, president of ECRIN Energie and of the Cedigaz association.