Rethinking Society for the 21st Century

A Report from the International Panel on Social Progress

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The main message of this Report on social progress is that justice can certainly be cultivated and social progress can be substantially enhanced through combining a constructive vision with well-thought-out changes in institutions and conventions. In contemporary debates on political economy too much time may have been spent already arguing for or against the market economy. We need to move on to the recognition that market institutions are necessary but far from sufficient as a basis of a just society – a society that guarantees fairness and human dignity as well as sustainability and robustness.


16:30   Opening

José Tavares


16:40   “A Manifesto for Social Progress”

Marc Fleurbaey


17:00   Screening of “A New Society”

Comments by Marc Fleurbaey


18:00   “A new society?”

Panel with Olivier Bouin, Guya Accornero and Gustavo Cardoso, moderated by João Caraça


19:00   Concluding remarks


José Tavares is full professor at New School of Business and Economics and Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London. PhD in Economics at Harvard University, he was previously a visiting professor at University of California, Harvard University, Columbia University and the European University Institute. José´s specialized in Political Economy, and his work has been covered in Time magazine, the New York Times, Handelsblatt and La Repubblica, among others. José participated in research initiatives in public policy for the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Asian Development Bank. Recently, José Tavares co-organized, with Francesco Caselli and Mário Centeno, the volume After the Crisis: Reform, Recovery, and Growth in Europe, published by Oxford University Press, and published the essay Europe is Not a Foreign Country. José is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Gulbenkian Future Forum.

Marc Fleurbaey is an economist, professor at Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School and Centre for Human Values) and member of Collège d’Études Mondiales (Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’ Homme, Paris). He is co-author of Beyond GDP (with Didier Blanchet, Cambridge University Press, 2013) and A Theory of Fairness and Social Welfare (with François Maniquet, Cambridge University Press, 2011), and author of Fairness, Responsibility and Welfare (Oxford University Press, 2008). He was a coordinating lead author for the IPCC – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – 5th Report, and one of the initiators of the International Panel on Social Progress. He is also a member of the United Nations Committee on Development Policy, and of the Council for Global Problem-Solving.

Olivier Bouin is an economist, director of the RFIEA Foundation (Fondation Réseau Français des Instituts d’Etudes Avancées), which supports Institutes for Advanced Study in France, Europe and worldwide, and former director of the Collège d’Études Mondiales (Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’ Homme, Paris). His research interests focus on institutional economics, European economics and international science policies. He is the co-editor of Europe’s Crises (with Manuel Castells et al., Polity Press, 2018). He is a member of the Governing Board of the European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities and one of the initiators of the International Panel on Social Progress.

João Caraça holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from the University of Oxford (1973) and an aggregate in physics at the University of Lisbon. He is senior adviser to the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’ Board of Trustees. He has been director of the Delegation in France (2012-2016) and director of the Science Department (1988-2012) of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the EIT-European Institute of Innovation and Technology (2008-2012). He integrates the Steering Committee of the European Forum on Philanthropy and Research and is chairman of the University of Coimbra’ General Council since 2017. As Full Professor of Science and Technology Policy at University of Lisbon he coordinated the M.Sc. Course on Economics and Management of Science, Technology and Innovation (1990-2003). He was Science adviser to the Portuguese President of the Republic (1996-2006) and is the author of more than two hundred scientific works. He was chairman of the Advisory Board of COTEC – Business Association for Innovation (2003-2011). His main interests focus on science and innovation policies, foresight and the history of thought and culture.

Guya Accornero is an assistant professor of Political Science at ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon and integrated researcher at CIES – Sociology Research and Studies Center, of the Lisbon University Institute. She is coordinator of the Project 'HOPES: HOusing PErspectives and Struggles. Futures of housing movements, policies and dynamics in Lisbon and beyond’ (2018-2021, FCT, PTDC/GES-URB/28826/2017) and co-chair of the Social Movements Research Network (Council of European Studies). Her main area of research is social movements, with particular interest for political radicalization, the role of protest in the political change, the digital activism, gentrification and movements for the right to housing. She has published a series of articles in several scientific journals such as MobilizationSocial Movement StudiesJournal of Contemporary ReligionWest European PoliticsEstudos Ibero-AmericanosDemocratizationCultures & ConflictsAnálise SocialStoria e Problemi Contemporanei and Historein. Author of the monograph The Revolution before the Revolution (Berghahn, 2016) and co-organizer of the book Social Movements Studies in Europe.

Gustavo Cardoso holds a Ph.D in Sociology of Communication and a post graduate degree from Harvard Kennedy School. He is an associate researcher at CIES – Sociology Research and Studies Center – of the Lisbon University Institute and professor of Technology and Society at ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon. He also works with the Department of Communications and Performance Studies of the University of Milan and with the Portuguese Catholic University. His international cooperation in European research networks brought him to work with IN3 (Internet Interdisciplinary Institute) in Barcelona, WIP (World Internet Project) at USC (University of Southern California) Annenberg, COST A20 ‘The Impact of the Internet in Mass Media’ and COST 298 ‘Broadband Society’. Between 1996 and 2006 he was adviser on Information Society and telecommunications policies to the President of the Portuguese Republic and vice president of LUSA News Agency (2006-2011). In 2008 he was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. He is co-editor, with Manuel Castells, of the book Network Society: from Knowledge to Policy, and associate editor at the peer-reviewed journals IJOC at USC Annenberg and IC&S at Routledge. He is a member of the evaluation panels of the European Research Council and of the European Science Foundation.

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