The "Strategy & Design for the Anthropocene" diploma is accredited by the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles.

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Corals threatened with extinction, accelerated disappearance of wild species, collapsing glaciers... It is not a simple environmental "crisis" that we are experiencing, but much deeper transformations that signal the entry of our planet into a new geological and climatic era: the Anthropocene. They are forcing us to rethink all our economic, industrial and social activities from top to bottom. But how can we live, organize our societies and design our living environments in a climate that is in the process of being disrupted if we do not rethink our education and training? ESC Clermont Business School and Strate School of Design had announced the creation of their joint degree of Common Master of Science at the end of November 2019. The CGE has just granted them its accreditation, underlining a real difference in positioning and an interesting break with all the training courses traditionally oriented towards CSR or Sustainable Development.

So, how do we rethink our training? To answer this question and to meet the demand of young people and actors who are no longer satisfied with mere greening, Strate Ecole de Design and ESC Clermont BS have decided to create this Master of Science aimed at training in "ecological redirection".

Today's international crisis obviously confirms the validity of this MSc, which aims to train the actors of ecological redirection within organizations and institutions, in the light of new theories, practices and strategic orientations.

The objectives of the training

What objects designed for the anthropocene? Which social organizations to set up? What economic, financial and industrial strategies should be invented? Which political institutions to compose? These are the questions that will be addressed in the framework of a project-based pedagogy, throughout an interdisciplinary and innovative curriculum at the intersection of design, earth sciences and human and social sciences.

Because ecological redirection is first to land (Bruno Latour), students will be trained to accompany companies, public, international or associative organizations in the design of strategies allowing them to align themselves with planetary limits.

Ecological redirection also means learning to live, organize, undertake and design our living environments in a world where permanent technological and industrial expansion can become an irrational, undesirable or even technically unsustainable promise.

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A unique program 

The "MSc Strategy & Design for the Anthropocene" is the first course in the world that proposes to approach the Anthropocene through the prism of design. It is aimed at both students and practitioners from the engineering sciences, management, human and social sciences, political science and the so-called "hard" sciences...

In a word, to all those who wish to take concrete action within organizations and institutions to rethink and redirect economic or managerial models, technological infrastructures, production or logistics systems or even innovations that we know today cannot be sustainable but which we nevertheless inherit, with the aim now of "landing" them.

The programme proposes to bring knowledge and new tools and methods, from different theoretical and practical fields, to face this new era we have entered.

At a time when many organisations and institutions are questioning their global strategy and evaluation tools, it is high time to train themselves to invent the levers of action adapted to the present situation and which are still largely lacking.

An already recognized program

No less than sixteen institutions and partners have already united around the presentation of the dossier to the CGE, namely :

Following the announcement of the accreditation, the recruitment of the first promotion has just begun. The MSc will be taught on the Lyon campus of Strate Ecole de design.

A podcast programme is also being studied to help people understand the issues raised by this training course, with the help of its speakers and the various audiences it is aimed at: students from design, engineering, management, political science, scientific and even working executives, all of whom are keen to develop new models and strategies in the face of emergency situations, as of today.

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Header photo Photograph © Edward Burtynsky "Uralkali Potash Mine No. 6, Berezniki, Russia 2017". Courtesy Flowers Gallery, London/ Metivier Gallery, Toronto.

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