Jacques Grinevald seasons’ greetings

2022 January 2022

With his personal seasons’ greetings, Jacques Grinevald wish us a better, happy and healthy, New Year 2022 (A.D./C.E.). My seasons’ greetings are not just in line with the tradition (in the Gregorian calendar of the Christian Era renamed Common Era), it is also, and more sincerely, a good opportunity in our hazardous hard times of […]

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 […]

Heirs and Heiresses to Ecofeminism

Seminar by Emilie Hache, February 24th, 2017 February 2017

The late 70s and early 80s are characterized by the development of anti-nuclear and peace movements in the United States. As a reaction to the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in March of 1979 and to the re-launching of military programs under Reagan’s administration some women’s movements organized actions such as the spectacular Women’s Pentagon Action […]

Preserving our Societies in the Face of the Collapse

Seminar by Yves Cochet, April 22nd, 2016 April 2016

After the collapse, will people still form societies, in the absence of governments? And, if so, how will they contain the violence internal to the group they will have formed? A substantial majority of human beings live in States, meaning a territory and population under the rule of a single political power able to define […]

Seminars to come

April 2014

Seminar of May : Virginie Maris, What we value more is priceless. Thursday, June 12, 2014: Yves Cochet, Gaël Giraud, The challenges of Post-Growth, Public Conference at the Caisse des Dépôts. Seminar of September: Yves Cochet, Biophysical Economics. Seminar of October: Agnès Sinaï, Permacultural Bioeconomics. Seminar of November: Mathilde Szuba, Convivial Rationing. Seminar of December: Christophe Bon­neuil & JB Fres­soz, How Economic […]


April 2014

The Momentum Institute met for the first time on the 10th of March 2011, the day before an earthquake struck Japan and unleashed the nuclear catastrophe we know as Fukushima. The twofold catastrophe that engulfed the inhabitants of the northern part of Honshu Island was both local and global. It demonstrates the fragility of the […]

L’après-croissance vue par le think tank GreenHouse

February 2014

L’Institut Momentum vient de traduire en français ce texte de présentation du think-tank GreenHouse, qui travaille sur des thèmes proches des nôtres au Royaume-Uni.

The Gaia Hypothesis

Seminar of the 18th of October 2013 by Ghislain Nicaise October 2013

Translation will soon be available

Dernier épisode du cycle de conférences des rendez-vous de l’Anthropocène

Mercredi 15 mai 2013 May 2013

Cycle de débats publics organisé par les enseignants du séminaire « Histoire de l’Anthropocène » de l’Ehess (Centre Alexandre Koyré) et l’Institut Momentum, en partenariat avec la revue Entropia, Mediapart, La Fondation Sciences Citoyennes, Attac, et le Festival des Utopies Concrètes.