Going beyond the myths of stray economics, the objective is to find new ways to mobilize resilient socio-economic systems that are capable of facing the risks of systemic financial breakdown as well as announced energy scarcity. To think about the economy beyond growth and to create a new imaginary to stimulate new horizons is crucial to the research undertaken at the Institut Momentum.

The Economy : a Process of Self-organized Criticality

Seminar by François Roddier, April 21st, 2017 April 2017

Similarly to all living beings, human societies are dissipative structures. By deriving circles around a critical point the dissipative structure creates mechanical work. It alternates between abrupt phase transition and continuous phase transition. The state of the economy, like the metabolism of all living beings, may be described using Gibbs’s thermodynamic potential. Demand is associated […]

The Bioregions : the New Territories of Degrowth

Seminar by Julie Celnik, December 9th, 2016 December 2016

Although the “degrowth movement” is still marginal in the United States, it shares values and principles with a diversity of environmental movements more prominent in the US, such as bioregionalism. The bioregionalist movement emerged in the 60s-70s in San Francisco, before expanding to the West Coast. Bioregionalism is a school of thought based on the […]

Of the Acceleration of Algorithms

Seminar by Thierry Caminel, June 3rd, 2016 June 2016

Autonomous cars without human drivers, “Go” (a strategy board game), robots taking over jobs previously held by workers: these innovations are all evidence of the acceleration of technological change, which progresses at a much faster rate than genetic evolution. The speed at which algorithms can make comparisons has increased for the benefit of Uber, Google […]

Social Cohesion in Times of Prolonged Recession. Spain, Greece, Portugal.

Seminar of the 14th of February 2014 by Alice Canabate February 2014

The 2008 global economic and social crisis continues to be debated, reinterpreted and explained. For some, it can be seen as cyclical, structural or civilizational. For others, the disastrous effects of this global crisis are still amplified and not a single analyst seems to be able to propose solutions. The most vulnerable populations are at […]

Living Income

For Free and Egalitarian Societies October 2013

Despite the unsurpassed material opulence of contemporary Western societies, many can’t fulfill their basic needs: healthy food, decent lodging, energy, drinkable water and an emancipatory and autonomous education. Whilst it eludes the question of a just distribution of the planetary dowry, Growth society increases inequalities. Two tools: Unconditional Autonomy Allowance (UAA) and unconditional basic income (BI) […]


The Vicissitudes of an Upcoming Concept June 2013

Since the beginning of the industrial era two hundred years ago, human activities have profoundly modified nature’s natural cycles, thus explaining the term Anthropocene to qualify the contemporary era. As fuel stocks are exhausted, the exuberant dissipation of energy associated with economies founded on growth is coming to an end. What will be the political, economic […]

Degrowth of Money, Currencies of Degrowth

Seminar of the 24th of May 2013 by Michel Lepesant May 2013

Translation will soon be available