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Futuribles Group 2005f
55 rue de Varenne Paris 75007, France
tel:33-1 5363 3770 fax:33-1 4222 6554
e-mail:forum@futuribles.com
URL:http://www.futuribles.com


Organizational Status: Independent institute, founded in 1960.

General Description: The Group's aim is to contribute to a better understanding of the contemporary world and, using a strongly interdisciplinary and forward-looking approach, to explore possible futures. The Group comprises four main centers: the Resource Center, the Foresight Forum, the Learning Center, and the Study Center. The Resource Center monitors futures studies literature published around the world, the output of main research centers and think tanks working on contemporary issues and general and specialized press. It identifies, analyzes, and evaluates facts and ideas likely to shape the future and major and emerging trends (weak signals) that may have a significant impact over the medium- to long-term. The Foresight Forum provides a meeting place for experts from different countries, fields, and ideological standpoints and decision-makers from both the public and private sectors at local, national, and international levels. The Learning Center organizes training seminars on concepts and methods of monitoring and forecasting and on the futures studies approach applied to the geopolitical and socio-demographic fields. The Study Center comprises forward-looking working groups devoted partly to futures studies and partly to medium- and long-term issues. Every year, special futures studies working groups are set up to examine selected topics.

Annual Budget: EUR 1.2 million (2003)

Staff: 8 (3 research, 3 administrative/support)

Executive Officers:
Mr. JOUVENEL, Hugues de (Director)

Public Relations:
Ms. FAUPIN, Laurence (Membership Manager)

(As of November, 2004)

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