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Mapping of the contributors to World Forum for a Responsible Economy's blog

Contributors mapped are regularly invited to share best practice, co-create educational resources, participate to events organised by @worldforumeco on our key topics: CSR, Sharing Economy, Basic Income, Future of Work.. To propose an article, please kindly write to Noémy Messifouda (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Sharing economy : Interview/testimony of Benita Matofska

5 questions for Benita Matofska,
founder of

1. A quick introduction : who are you Benita and how did you get into the Sharing Economy topic ?

I am the founder of that is a global network through which we help people and companies discover, participate and access the Sharing Economy

We are the organizers of the #globalSharing week, that has reached over 100 million people over the world today.

I am also a speaker and a writer on that topic, and I am based in Brighton, Uk.


Sharing economy : Interview/testimony of Alessandro Notarbartolo

4 questions for Alessandro Notarbartolo,
founder of

1. Quick introduction : who are you Alessandro and how did you get interested into the Sharing Economy topic, I am thinking here about your project

“I am from Milan, Italy. I studied psychology at the university. I was interested back then in all issues related to people’s relationship with the digital tools and the solutions those tools could provide to the people.

In fact, I run in total 5 Internet website projects and companies,  so I already had some experience on that topic.


Economie Collaborative : Interview/temoignage de Charles-Edouard Girard

8 questions pour Charles-Edouard Girard,
co-fondateur de


  1. Une “petite” introduction Charles-Edouard: ton parcours de vie, et ce qui t’a amené à lancer Guesttoguest comme projet s’inscrivant dans l’économie collaborative ?

“46 ans, 3 enfants, ingénieur de formation à la base, un peu salarié. D’abord entrepreneur dans le e-commerce pendant plusieurs années, domaine qui m’a permis de bien vivre (sans faire de jackpot).

Puis j’en ai eu ras-le-bol du e-commerce: j’en ai eu assez des rapports humains qui étaient en jeu dans ce monde-là, avec régulièrement du manque de respect entre personnes. J’avais également envie de changer des produits de grande consommation.


Economie collaborative : Interview/temoignage de Frédéric Griffaton

8 questions pour Frédéric Griffaton,
co-fondateur de

  1. Une “petite” introduction Frédéric: ton parcours de vie, et ce qui t’a amené à lancer le projet Mutum qui s’inscrit dans l’Economie Collaborative ?

Parcours classique jusqu’à 14 ans, bon élève, puis j’ai commencé à lâcher le scolaire pour dédier du temps à des projets dans l’associatif. J’ai monté une première association au lycée: un festival de culture lycéenne (musique, cirque, théâtre) avec 10 000 euros de budget pendant 2 années consécutives. Du coup, je n’ai pas eu


The Third Agricultural Revolution: Toward a connected, inclusive and sustainable agriculture

Mercure Arras Centre Gare


What the different options for the future of agriculture? This is the question that will be at the heart of this day of international conferences to which French and international speakers will respond by sharing their expertise and outlining best practices



What shoud be expected from companies? - session topics

1. The "collaborative" company
Does the development of "collaborative management" (now a thriving practice) serve to enhance corporate responsibility? How can company executives and employees become involved in approaches favoring corporate social responsibility (CSR)? Along these lines, which best practices demonstrate that such involvement to promote responsibility actually improves the company's economic performance?

2. The networked firm
To work together in a collaborative mode, companies assemble into networks. The goal here is no longer to simply organize a conventional relationship between prime contractors and subcontractors, but rather to design a chain of segmented functions under a common "umbrella". How and in what context do companies form and operate in a network configuration? Does this collaborative strategy provide a better way to take into account the interests of all stakeholders?

3. "Uberization" of the labor market
The "Uberization" of labor is encouraging, to some extent, the replacement of salaried personnel by other forms of employment. What is the feedback from companies (and their staffs) that have pursued this option? Is this trend being generalized to a point that leads to fewer company employees, yet with increasing numbers of individual entrepreneurs? What are the social consequences initiated by such a movement?

4. A remote workforce
New technologies facilitate working off-site, whether at home or in dedicated shared spaces. This phenomenon primarily concerns telecommuting, but other modes of activity are being affected as well, like decentralized manufacturing with 3D printing.
What are the specific consequences (and outlook):
- on both a company's organization and its earnings?
- on the living conditions of telecommuters?

5. Labor relations
How are labor relations and the protocols for employee representation evolving as changes reshape the organization of companies, management and the labor market?

6. Employee well-being
Does improving the well-being of company personnel really influence creativity and economic performance? Would it be possible to prove, e.g. through best practices, that "happy employees make for a winning company"?

7. Artificial intelligence and employment
Robots and artificial intelligence are - and will continue to be - increasingly present everywhere in companies. This begs the question: where are the humans, what is their role, and which jobs are they performing?

8. Universal Basic Income
As robots and artificial intelligence more readily take over from humans in the workplace, what status will the human race be relegated to in society and what will be their means of subsistence? In a world where a greater number of tasks and functions will be accomplished by "machines", the burning issue will thus concern a "universal basic income". What lessons can be drawn from experiments conducted in various countries?

9. Territorial dynamics
Which aspects make a particular territory more suitable than others for introducing a responsible economy?
- How is it possible to create the conditions for a territorial dynamic capable of fostering responsible entrepreneurship?
- What are the best territorial practices in the cities and regions where the Forum is being held (i.e. Lille, Strasbourg, Grenoble, La Rochelle)?

10. Companies, territories and climate
During the COP21 climate conference in Paris, decisions were announced on taking global action to combat climate change. A year later, what has been achieved at the local level? What progress has been observed within the various territories? Which initiatives have been led by public authorities and by the private sector?

11. Role of public authorities
How are public authorities, at all levels, able to incentivize companies to better integrate their social responsibilities? What are the most promising institutional and territorial frameworks? For example, which clauses relative to corporate responsibility can be inserted into public procurement calls for tender? Moreover, which tax incentives could be awarded in recognition of approaches aimed at corporate social responsibility?

12. Measuring responsibility
Adopting incentives promoting responsible companies obviously raises the issue of evaluating the amount of "enhanced" CSR. How can a measurement be made of CSR and, by the same token, of the company's overall performance? Many indicators and labels are available. Their proliferation gives the impression of overkill. What is the appropriate course of action? Is it best to choose, synthesize or create new tools?

10th World Forum for a Responsible Economy - Concept note

Philippe VASSEUR, RESPECO Institute President

The 10th World Forum for a Responsible Economy will be held October 10th through 14th, 2016 in alternating venues across five French cities: Lille (on the 10th), Strasbourg (11th), Grenoble (12th), La Rochelle (13th), and Paris (14th).

The Forum's underlying principle remains, more than ever, intent on presenting best practices from across the world, in order to demonstrate that pragmatic and easily replicable solutions are available for promoting and developing a "responsible economy".