We are very happy to share with you this great news: the book ‘Migration, Equality & Racism – 44 opinions’ is now available! Special thank you to our founder Laura Petrache and our Global Sustainable Leader Angela Tacea. More than 80 VUB academics and co-authors joined forces for this book. Philosophers, lawyers, psychologists, health scientists, sociologists, geographers, criminologists, communication and political scientists … look at...

As Martin Luther King once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate only love can do that.” These recent weeks and months have been marked by pain, fear and anger not just by the devastating effects of COVID-19 on the lives of our loved ones and our communities, but also by the...

CONSEILLER POUR TRANSFORMER Les élections municipales des 15 mars et 28 juin dernier 2020 ont amorcé un renouvellement important parmi les quelque 503 305 élus locaux que comptent nos 35 000 communes. La séquence électorale de 2021 amènera, quant à elle, nos concitoyens à élire 4 000 conseillers départementaux et 1 900 conseillers régionaux. Dans ce contexte, B1-AKT, agence de conseil stratégique...

Every four years since 1997, the National Intelligence Council has published an unclassified strategic assessment of how key trends and uncertainties might shape the world over the next 20 years to help senior US leaders think and plan for the longer term. The report is timed to be especially relevant for the administration of a newly elected US President, but...

The landscape of today’s problems is rapidly changing. While we’ve made significant progress, many existing social challenges continue to grow in magnitude and complexity, and each year new problems arise. That dramatic change will not be driven by traditional thinking. Designing solutions for today’s social problems requires an entrepreneurial approach, a mindset that embodies the characteristics of bold thinkers with...

Un besoin de transformation de l’action politique…

A l’heure du confinement de la pensée et de l’action citoyenne restreinte, les individus se demandent comment survivre ou comment les gouvernements doivent agir et régler tous les problèmes, sanitaires, économiques, sociaux, tout autant que leur désœuvrement.

Cette pensée est celle de la peur et de l’inaction. Sans vouloir défendre des gouvernements qui font des choix politiques, sanitaires, économiques, politiques, qui sont ce qu’ils sont, souvent inefficients ou maladroits, nous ne pouvons pas tout en attendre

Les gouvernements sont dépassés par la crise sanitaire et par ses conséquences sociales et économiques, les pires à venir, dans un contexte préalable, de contestation généralisée. Dans l’opinion et sur les réseaux sociaux, apparaissent des appels – est-ce une conscience ? – à ce que le jour d’après la crise marque une rupture évolutionnaire avec ce que l’on a connu avant,...

The most powerful positive we can take from this period of pain and disruption is that the system we’re all so used to will change forever. We will all be better prepared to co-create a new sustainable system. While we’re all practicing ‘physical’ distancing we don’t have to be ‘socially’ distant. Society is coming together in all sorts of creative...

We are happy & proud to share with you the report of our international partner Cultural IP Rights Initiative: Profiles of textile Artisans in Kutch, Gujarat, India. A synopsis of the Report is available here: Synopsis The innovative character of this field study stems from the cross-disciplinary approach and the exclusive focus on the textile artisan

By Laura Petrache and Yannick Le Guern “The only thing constant is change” We all have heard this phrase. Maybe so much that we tune it out as a “cliché”. The world around us is constantly disrupting us, everywhere in our lives. Surely one will answer: we cannot control what happens to us, but we can control how we respond....