Thinking in twenty languages

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President, Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer pour le Progrès de l'Homme (Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Man)

Seminar Social life | Thursday April 23, 1998

According to the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Man directed by Pierre Calame, the world at present is confronted with a three-way relationship crisis involving relationships between people, companies and between man and the biosphere. Faced with the size of the problem and the apparent impotence of the nation-states, a proposal was made to create an alliance promoting a responsible and united world, in order to establish the organisation of a world-wide meeting in the year 2000, with the theme "The general state of the planet". How many participants should there be at this world assembly for it to be representative and at the same time efficient? How can the linguistic barrier be overcome? This does not merely come down to a problem of translation, but is based on the existence of concepts determined by the culture of each population. Pierre Calame explains how the alliance works with faultless determination to transform this almost extravagant utopia into a reality.

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This session was published in issue n°13 of the Journal de l'École de Paris du management, entitled Savoir s'étonner .

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