Our Goals

Politicize stakes emerging from the Digital Revolution, by:

  • raising the awareness, amongst French and European political leaders and practioners, of the stakes and issues emerging from Digital Revolution;
  • harnessing widely and wisely the Digital Revolution to reform, modernize and renew in-depth our socio-economic model and its political/institutional framework;
  • leveraging innovatively the growing array of tools, processes and means stemming from the Digital Revolution to address climate change and mature alternative and sustainable growth and development models;
  • raising the awareness around the growing set of global strategic issues triggered by the Digital Revolution (cybersecurity, open government, democratization of the access to information, realignment of global alliances, global industrial dynamics, ...);
  • strengthening the French and European Research & Technology public policies in the field ICTs (algorithmic, massive data storage, management of virtual identities, mobile money, cybersecurity, ...) and ensure a tight Integration with innovation strategies;
  • strengthening the French ICT industrial and technological base (ITB) and its integration into the European ITB, especially through the implementation of a single European ICTs market.

 

The Digital Revolution is characterized by the global and continuous networking, in real time, of people and things. This revolution results from the exponential growth of computing and data storage capacities. This ultra rapid growth translates into decreasing costs of access, enabling an increasing number of people to socialize, do business and discharge their rights/obligations as citizens in radically new ways. We use the word "revolution" to highlight that this "networking process'' fundamentally transforms, at a pace unheard of until now, key mechanisms, checks & balances (economic, social, political, ...) that have governed societies for centuries. It essentially disrupts the very nature of the relationship between individuals, between communities and within communities. Transformation is so radical and ubiquitous that policy and decision makers are unable to anticipate and drive the process.


 

Politicize stakes stemming from the Technological Explosion, by promoting:

  • the largest possible awareness amongst French and European decision makers and practitioners of the profound transformational consequences resulting from NBIC technologies' convergence for France, the European Union and beyond, for the future our species;
  • the development in France of a solid ecosystem for prospective studies ("Future Studies") by forging the right tools, metrics and skill base;
  • the integration of this ecosystem within the planning, designing and implementation of public policies up to the highest decision making levels;
  • the sound integration of this ecosystem within European and global networks and institutions;
  • the emergence of a broad debate to involve citizens in the shaping of the public policies required to drive the major social transformation looming ahead;
  • the integration of the search for alternative and sustainable models of growth and development at the core of French and European technology "risk vs. opportunity" macro strategies.

 


 

Bring closer together and strengthen the dialogue between French and Indian visions on issues of Knowledge, Technology and Transformation, by:

  • leveraging the large pool of shared vision and values inspired by democracy, multilateralism, justice, freedom, equality and fraternity;
  • sharing a broad understanding of issues stemming from the transition to the Knowledge Economy and Society;
  • fostering the emergence of a joint technological "risk vs. opportunity" management strategy;
  • favoring the integration of the fight against climate change and the search for alternative and sustainable models of growth and development at the heart of this common strategy;
  • establishing a broad and ambitious Indo-French cooperation in the field of Future Studies and Transformation (creation of working groups between both government fuelled by expert networks, visits of researchers, innovators and futurists, NGOs, private players ...);
  • fortifying and diversifying the Indo-French cooperation in the fields of Innovation (traditional R&D led innovation, open innovation, user-led innovation, hidden innovation, ...);
  • strengthening the scientific and technological cooperation around the fight against climate change and the search for alternative and sustainable models of growth and development;
  • starting joint investment projects under the components "development of innovative uses and contents" and "shared infrastructure" (2.5bn EURO) included in the "Big Loan" launched by the French Government in 2010;
  • starting joint investment projects in the frame of the European Commission led  €9,2 Billion  pan European investment plan on broadband as part of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) initiative;
  • designing and launching joint investment projects to develop and share/transfer "green technologies" harnessing the accelerating potential of 'NBIC' (Nanotech, Biotech, ICT, Cognitive Sciences);
  • structuring and growing the Indo-French initiative on "Open Government" launched in December 2010 (in the wake of the Indo-US initiative on "Open Government") through the creation of a permanent working group to mobilize experts and an "Open Forum" to engage society at large. One of the goals is to leverage the new open source IT platform jointly developed by India and the U.S.  and make it available to any country interested in launching an “Open Data” program. The combination of France’s influence in Western and Central Africa for instance and well known capabilities in the field of ICTs offers a powerful bridge to reach an increasing number of countries, notably those with less financial resource and a weaker skill base.

 


 

Detect, support and connect "transformational leaders" in France, India, and elsewhere:

  • Transformational leaders are visionaries who seek to harness wisely and innovatively the transformational power of technologies to drive reforms and deliver change.
  • They rely on a solid understanding of global issues (sustainability, governance, security ...) as well as of the transformational power of "NBIC" technologies to stimulate and empower their political vision.
  • They build upon an ambitious but wise technological "risk vs. opportunity" management strategy keeping in mind long term implications and the current context of accelerating technological change.
  • They rely on the development and use of path breaking foresight tools to think through highly complex issues leveraging the power of NBIC (computer simulation, 3D mapping, smart sourcing, innovative cognitive interfaces ...).