society, trust & freedom

En ce temps où une grande incertitude sanitaire vient s’ajouter à une société déjà fragilisée, chacun s’accorde à reconnaître qu’il faut « recréer du lien social ». Plus que jamais, la valeur de confiance chère à notre réseau, est indispensable. C’est dans ce contexte que nous avons voulu créer la lettre SOCLE. En interrogeant des experts venant de tous les horizons, nous souhaitons mener une réflexion de fond sur le rôle de la confiance, en tant que socle de nos sociétés humaines.

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- interview N°3

General Vincent Desportes: “Men are only connected by trust.”

After having given the floor to a political scientist (Jérôme Fourquet) and a sociologist (Michel Maffesoli),this month Socle, our newsletter features a military man who combines solid experience as a teacherwith his long practice of command which includes on an international level (military attaché at the FrenchEmbassy in Washington from 2000 to 2003).

A former director of the École de Guerre, General Desportes has been involved in strategic thinking, high-level teaching (Sciences Po Paris, HEC) and business consulting for several years.

Behind this commitment lies a conviction that has been tried and tested: the army, whose unity is achieved firstand foremost through trust, has much to teach civil society in these times of widespread mistrust

- interview N°2

Michel Maffesoli: I am confident that confidence will return!

An emeritus professor of sociology at the Sorbonne, internationally renowned explorer of the imagination, Michel Maffesoli has devoted more than half a century of his work to the interaction between ideas and changes in societies.

Ignoring this subtle interplay means, according to him, failing to understand the real changes – political, economic, cultural, social... – at work in our daily lives, where the rational is being replaced by the emotional. In truth, it is this imagination that subtly sculpts our reality. So individualism is being defeated by the return of tribes, based on common passions, whose return to our post-modernity was first announced by Michel Maffesoli. These tribes, which flourish in the digital age – and even more so in the age of confinement! – operate on a key factor: trust.

- interview N°1

Jérôme Fourquet: the health crisis brings to the forefront the values of solidarity and sharing

Will French society emerge changed from the Coronavirus ordeal? What can we already learn from the sequence of events started on the 16th of March by the decision to enforce on the French the strict confinement rules already applied in China and subsequently in Italy?

As a seasoned analyst, the director of studies at the IFOP (Institut français d’opinion publique), Jérôme Fourquet, is not a pollster like the others. He is also a geographer with a passion for the history of mentalities, which makes him one of the most qualified people to discuss the subject.

In the wake of his latest book, L’archipel français, naissance d’une nation multiple et divisée (Seuil, 2019), which in just a few months has taken its place at the heart of the debate on ideas, he assesses for us the impact of the crisis we are going through on the value of trust.