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Let’s talk a little bit about disorder and chaos. 

To be precise, we’d like to talk about the creative benefits of chaos and Mother Nature's wisdom to navigate through moments of trouble.

If you’ve been in France last and this week, you must have been affected directly or indirectly by the ongoing nationwide strikes that are paralyzing the entire country and its economy.

No need to remind you what the whole story is all about. France 24 has extensively reported on it.

Far from the arguments completely devoid of consistency that the Unions and government are throwing at each other, our interest is in the level of tension and chaos this situation has sparked.

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The second edition of the Paris Peace Forum, an initiative of the (and mainly funded by) French Foreign affairs and benefiting from high patronage of President Emmanuel Macron, has just ended. Better and bigger than the first edition, this year’s forum brought over, according to its director-general, delegations from 140 countries including 33 heads of state, 12 heads of international organizations, 7000 participants, 114 projects presented, 9 major initiatives, 80 panels. 

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Inequalities affecting women and girls, in all countries of the world, are now widely challenged. With the #metoo movement, global audiences came to realize that “we don’t know what we don’t know” and that transparency on statistical facts can be the first trigger to changing the way people think, act and respond to gender discrimination.

 

At the Paris Talks conference this year, we designed a special working group session dedicated mostly to participants that were unable to take part in the full Day conference.

 

Amazingly facilitated, managed and conducted by Miren Bengoa, the Executive Director at Fondation CHANEL, this session challenged participants to take their time to think about the underlying assumptions that build gender norms and show how transformative data can be when used to enlighten the debate.

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When we think about conflict we may think of recent wars, genocide and social unrest in places like Syria, Iraq, Rwanda...or other distant countries and geopolitical situations far from occidental reach. But after brief reflection, you realize that conflict is not a one-dimensional distant phenomenon and that it has and does occur right next to us, in every community, city, and nation around the world. And though the type of conflict we may experience day-to-day is far from an active war zone, new threats are constantly emerging, and without the proper tools and strategies to confront them, our sense of peace remains fragile. Much more fragile than you think.