Occitane Innov. Philippe Desertain’s Positive View of the “Great Climate Shift”

Philippe Desertain does not suffer from environmental anxiety. Economist and teacher [1] On the contrary, the growing awareness of “mostly human-caused” global warming is a “historical shift” that leads us “into an incredible period.”

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This leads us to radically change our economic system. This is something that only happens every thousand years! ”, estimates the media economist, who can often be seen at the expert table of the program. c in the airon France 5. His optimism is based on the “confidence” he has in the development of science: “Talking to scientists from many disciplines, we realize that we are experiencing a scientific boom. Growing mastery of big data [2] It opens many perspectives. Data analysis can make it possible to quickly defeat cancer or Alzheimer’s disease. And this can be applied in many areas other than medicine and, in particular, to make the planet more livable,” Philippe Dessertien is excited about.

“scratches are dying”

According to him, this new situation in science will reshuffle the cards in the economic world. “The Gafams.” [3] They die because they no longer create. Innovation on the side of data and artificial intelligence as with chat [4]Which is being talked about a lot these days. However, this innovation is carried by a “limited profit company,” which indicates that we are in a different state of mind than the capital-intensive ones of the digital giants, the educator-researcher asserts.

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Among other reasons for hope, the researcher sees positively the evolution of the measurement of economic indicators for companies and GDP: “ESG (environmental, social and governance) data will be increasingly taken into account. The economist summarizes what matters is not what you produce anymore but how you produce it.” Ultimately, Philippe d’Essertien believes in a “less decentralized, more decentralized world”. “We have to do the opposite of New York, which was the culmination of the logic of the Industrial Revolution. We need, in our lives, in our cities and in our companies, more horizontal and interconnected communities,” and this is what develops the futurist.

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Pictured: economist Philippe Desertain presents Occitani Innov 2023. Credit: Ad’Occ – DR.


[1] Philippe Desertain is Director of the Institute of Higher Finance in Paris at the Inter-Institutional Institute of Experts in Paris and at the University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. He was also a member of the High Council of Public Finance between 2013 and 2018, and since July 2022 he has served as president of the “Comité 21” association, a network of actors in the field of sustainable development. He is also the Director of the Finagri Chair dedicated to Agriculture Investment Finance.

[2] The sheer volume of digital data available.

[3] Gafam is an acronym for the giants of the web – Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft.

[4] ChatGPT is a prototype that simulates a complex human-machine conversation using artificial intelligence. It was developed by the American company OpenAI.

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