Exclusive excerpt from Jacques Attali’s book

Jacques Attali is a rare voice on the global stage: special Adviser to French President Mitterrand for 10 years; founder of 4 international institutions: Action contre la faim, EUREKA, BERD and Positive Planet; his more than 80 books are available in 22 languages and have sold 9 million copies worldwide.

His 1990 book Lignes d’Horizon (Millennium in the English version) famously served as an inspiration for Sun Microsystem’s Java programming language. On a more personal note, I read Lignes d’Horizon as a 16 year old and Attali’s vision of “nomad devices” inspired part of my career path in mobile telecoms.


1- 2 questions to Jacques Attali 2- revisiting 2020 forecasts around Jack Ma’s fate and a plea for a Climate Reconstruction Bank

(cross posting from my Substack newsletter Perspective And Context, with updates from today)

Jacques Attali is a rare voice on the global landscape: special Adviser to French President Mitterrand for 10 years; founder of 4 international institutions: Action contre la faim, EUREKA, BERD and Positive Planet; his more than 80 books are available in 22 languages have sold 9 million copies worldwide.

His 1990 book Lignes d’Horizon (Millennium in the English version) famously served as an inspiration for Sun Microsystem’s Java programming language.

Attali is a columnist for French daily Les Echos and on attali.com. He recently turned his keen…


China, Russia and their client states are in a long-haul battle against liberal democracy.

President Biden’s European tour is organized as a crescendo of events to showcase the strength of the transatlantic alliance, the most powerful in the world, uniting 400M Europeans and 330M Americans and representing the majority of the G7, NATO and the UN Security Council. Liberal democracies’ economic might is formidable: the EU GDP is 15 Trillion USD, America and Canada combined is 23 Trillion USD. If you add Japan (5T), Australia (1.4T) and India (2.8T), the major democracies’ weight totals 47.2T.


China, Russia and Iran are our foes, let’s stop being coy

tweets to be expanded into an article

Iranian state TV released a short clip of the destroyer cruising through the Atlantic’s rough seas. Photograph: AP

notes from our Clubhouse room — session 3: water

Here are my notes from this 3rd session from our Clubhouse room, thanks to Bert-Ola Bergstrand and Eva-Lena Skalstad for being awesome co-moderators.


leçons de vie

François Mitterrand, Gaston Defferre et Lionel Jospin sur la Grande Muraille le 12 février 1983

Il y a 40 ans je découvrais la politique et depuis la passion pour ce milieu ne m’a pas quitté. Je vivais dans l’Essonne, à quelques mètres du campus de Polytechnique sur le Plateau de Saclay.

J’avais 6 ans et demi le 10 mai 1981 et j’ai vécu mon premier choc politique à 20H en découvrant le visage de François Mitterrand sur notre télé noir&blanc. Ma famille de droite gaulliste était sidérée et n’avait pas suivi les consignes de Charles Pasqua de voter contre Giscard.

Après la sidération, les images des soutiens de François Mitterrand en joie à la Bastille…


tranche de vie de l’été 1981

Fan de The Crown, admirateur d’Elizabeth (ma Reine depuis que je lui ai prêté serment en 2015 en devenant Canadien), je replonge dans mes souvenirs et le 27 juillet 1981 reste une date forte pour moi.

J’avais 7 ans et j’étais fasciné par le spectacle du mariage du Prince Charles et de Diana Spencer. Très tôt attiré par la lecture de l’Histoire par mon parrain Philippe Brochard, auteur de livres dans la magnifique collection La Vie Privée des Hommes, j’avais l’impression de voir l’Histoire avec cette cérémonie.


How organizations and employees are grappling with shifting societal dynamics (a series)

a conversation with David Armano

Cross posting from Perspective and Context

I’m Frederic Guarino, futurecaster and analyst pivoting from tech into ESG and climate action. My areas of interest: geopolitics, climate action, the intersection of media and democracy. The views expressed here are my own.

Nations rise and fall but their origin story is always key to understanding them in our present topsy turvy times. My native France was formed as a sovereign state before it became a nation, this explains in part its adherence to dirigiste policies.

The America where I grew up was founded by strivers looking for adventure and riches, and business…


The days of collaboration seem all but over, and the tech industry will be affected by what amounts to a new digital cold war. Advance warnings of what’s to come include Apple decoupling itself from Google Maps and Facebook “greying” out YouTube videos in the feed. The decision by Amazon, the world’s largest retailer, to stop selling its competitors’ over-the-top devices such as Google Chromecast and AppleTV is a preemptive strike with possibly momentous implications.

Even though events in the Mideast demonstrate that our world remains chaotic and very much driven by geopolitics, oil and the possibility of escalated military…


Lessons for our world 40 years after François Mitterrand’s pivotal election & Launching Green Helmets across the globe

May 10 1981 rocked the Western world as Mitterrand’s election propelled the French Left to power. His 3rd try after 1965 and 1974 capped off decades long political experience as Minister for French Colonies, the Interior, Justice and more.

Path to power

The son of Southwestern “petite bourgeoisie” Mitterrand’s path during WW2 was much like France’s: resigned to Pétain in 40 and a Résistant in 42–43.

Mitterrand was elected to post war Parliament on a center right platform and his singular insight was that he could, as an outsider, unite the fractious Left. His bold takeover of the Socialist Party in 1971 and…

Frederic Guarino

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