On February 4th, the event # #LAREFprogrès organised by the MEDEF took place.
" Never before have we talked so much about progress. In 20 years, the digital age has disrupted our economy, our societies and even our relationship with the planet. And what can we say about Covid's fabulous race for vaccines to fight the pandemic? There are countless examples: robotics, electrification of mobility, etc. The spread of fake news, mistrust in institutions, expectations of more regulation, a feeling of rupture between winners and losers of progress, a large part of the population no longer associates human progress with technical progress.
Yet there will be no economic revival and even less societal transformation without innovations and no innovations without adherence to progress. Progress does not impose itself, however, it is demonstrated and shared.
Often tried and tested, sometimes approved, progress is always unproven. What are the main obstacles to the emergence and dissemination of progress? What are the conditions for adhering to progress? Is it possible to reach a consensus on the paths of progress? How can we contribute to this?
4 HOURS OF DEBATES AND KEYNOTES LIVE
WELCOME TO #LaREFprogrès by the MEDEF!
Introduction by Nicolas Rossignol
Speech by Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, President of the MEDEF
Perception of progress and its evolution
Presentation of the results of the survey carried out in January 2021
Céline Bracq, Managing Director and co-founder of Odoxa
DEBATE: TRUST, THE ACTIVE PRINCIPLE OF PROGRESS
- What common ethics of progress
- How to reconcile rapid needs and confidence in progress
- What risks are we ready to assume and how to get them accepted
- Is regulation a hindrance or a condition for progress
- Do human progress and technical progress always have a common cause
- Is the transparency of regulation enough to create confidence in progress?
Conversation with Éric Salobir
DEBATE: FAKE NEWS, VIRUS OF PROGRESS!
Distrust of the authorities, doubt about the speeches of certain scientists, feelings of manipulation, looking for scapegoats, etc. As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, fake news also proliferated. Thus, according to an IFOP survey for the Jean-Jaurès Foundation and Conspiracy Watch (carried out between 24 and 26 March), while a clear majority of French people (57%) say that COVID-19 appeared naturally, one French person in four (26%) believes that it was conceived in a laboratory (17% intentionally, 9% accidentally). The French are no less "conspiratorial" than the Americans about the origin of the new coronavirus.
- This example is indeed characteristic of a time when challenges, even scientific ones, are almost daily. How do fake news threaten progress?
- Can they still be fought?
- Do fake news thrive on the lack of knowledge?
- How can the expert's voice be restored?
- Are there ways to reach a consensus on progress and its development?
Conversation with Axel Kahn
DEBATE: CAN PROGRESS STILL BE SHARED BY ALL?
Is progress becoming less and less accessible?
What do we gain from progress?
Is progress going too fast to be tamed?
Do we need to understand progress in order to adopt it?
What are the barriers to the adoption of progress?
Does experimentation prepare better for progress?
Does experimentation run up against the precautionary principle?
Can we all still be the winners of progress?
Does international competition force the pace of progress?
Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation".
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