Le Monde – Anticipating crises




Panel Discussion

To conclude this series of live meetings, the final session takes a broader view and explores a variety of proposed solutions to offset damage caused by the crises, whether financial, political, societal, chronic or acute.

Innovative concepts emerging from academia, banking, regional government and parliament aim to instil more democracy in our society.


Do we have the technical and political resources to anticipate crises? The way to anticipate crises varies widely depending on the area concerned. Artificial intelligence, according to Anne Bouverot, is capable of preventing certain climatic, seismic and volcanic crises. However, it is still essential to take an interest in these same technologies in order to understand how they work, and that very often they only analyse the data available to man on a larger scale and in a more efficient way. Nicolas Hazard believes that the political means are currently insufficient, too often confronted with conflicts of interest vis-à-vis the lobbies and too often see their actions limited. It is now necessary to give power back to innovative citizens who have solutions and ideas to change our lifestyles and consumption patterns. In this sense, William Aucant, member of the citizens’ convention, also affirms that citizens will have an essential role in preventing and finding solutions to future crises. Citizens are capable of acting in the democratic process if given the means to do so, and will provide new and effective responses.

What changes are needed to enable better anticipation of future crises? COVID-19 has had a profound effect on the weaknesses of the education system. In the light of these observations, it appears that a change in teaching methods is becoming increasingly urgent. Ange Ansour, co-founder of Les Savanturiers, proposes through this project to put the student back at the heart of teaching, leaving him or her as an actor in the search for knowledge and understanding. Training young people differently will allow us to create a different society, one that is also more adaptable and prepared for the challenges of tomorrow. William Aucant argues that enabling citizens to become informed, specialise in contemporary issues and involve them in the decision-making process is a key to finding solutions. Nicolas Hazard evokes the idea of guerrilla warfare, of pooling scattered solutions to resolve the crises of today and tomorrow. Also, putting the local back at the heart of the problem is essential because this is where the first solutions to the current crises came from.



  • Anne Bouverot

    President of Technicolor and the Abeona Fondation

  • Nicolas Hazard

    Special adviser to the European Commission

  • William Aucant

    Member of the French Citizens' Climate Convention and Vice-President of the citizens' non-profit, "Les 150"

  • Ange Ansour

    Co-founder of Les Savanturiers

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