• Europe needs champions of ideas

    European societies are still locked up in excessively rigid frameworks that hinder the will of action and creation. In a world in full upheaval, it is a priority for France and Europe, to establish a new societal and political model, giving a privileged place to creativity.

     

    Creativity: key skill of the 21st century

     

    European democracies are sick of lack of innovation and creativity. The political, institutional and educational structures have been similar for decades. Intangible frameworks organise the realities of political representation, administrative functioning and the world of work. Relevant processes have been established, allowing these frameworks to be better adapted to the evolution of our world, but these changes remain at the margins and remain insufficient. While we see the emergence of skills in the 21st century, it is strategic for France and for Europe, to rethink the political, administrative, educational and professional models. Creativity is a key skill, in the context of an increase in competitions, scientific, military, economic, educational and cultural. By focusing only on fashions and the eager search for popularity, the European political classes have lost themselves in exhausting intrigues and have forgotten the importance of mastery. Paradoxically, the professionalisation of the political exercise was accompanied by a process of weakening the mastery, on the files and on the ideas. The political, professional and educational worlds have followed the same evolution. By being defined in standard frameworks and models, they moved away from mastery, to focus on artificial standards, which led to a general exhaustion of European societies. In this context, it is important to define a strategic place for creativity and innovation. Creativity makes it possible to generate original ideas, adapted to the realities, it confers indispensable reactivity and flexibility in a world crossed by political, strategic and societal chaos.

     

    Harmful rigidity of European political and societal organisations

     

    The European political world embodies this rigidity of a system devoid of any innovation, of all creativity, with the same styles, the same codes, the same personalities accustomed to meetings and gatherings of use, to debates empty of proposals but overburdened with invective and vain confrontations. The media have fostered this drift and continue to give the odd impression of a disconnect to the real richness of the debate of ideas. This failed ensemble has favoured the assertion of an ultraconservator current in Europe, which claims to challenge the dominant model, but remains well established in the usual codes and continues to increase the drift of a political world, seriously lacking creativity and new ideas. Changes appear, new profiles engage in politics, uses evolve, for example in France. We are at a strategic juncture, which can allow us to initiate a new period for democracy.

     

    To allow the emergence of multidisciplinary profiles, capable of creativity and to devise innovative approaches

     

    We need to support, to accompany, to invest in the champions of ideas. This means engaging more resources, in research and innovation, in the fields of the exact sciences as well as the humanities and political sciences. If we want to define new political models, new electoral configurations, adapted to the 21st century, then we must be able to allow all intellectual energies to devote themselves to these issues. French and European ideas must be able to exist in the international battle, which all the great world powers engage. The champions of ideas are also never where our societies await them, in traditional and established frameworks. The champions of ideas are actually much more unexpected, with atypical and shifting paths, in the image of Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Darwin, Michael Faraday, Marie Curie or Albert Einstein. At a time when we are defending the necessary equality between men and women, it would also be time to stop maintaining a global discriminating system for creators and innovators. Let us cease to focus on University sequences, with classical courses and diplomas of highly variable interest and enhance the learning cycle that we would be wrong to reserve for purely manual trades, but that we could experiment and extend in the fields of Intellectual mastery and excellence. We now need to cross disciplines and competences, in order to allow the emergence of multidisciplinary profiles, capable of creativity and to devise innovative approaches.

     

    Florian BRUNNER

    President of "Europe & Democracy"