Are you a political party ? Our reflections are highly political because they deal in the first place with “the life of the city”. Our activism : rehabilitate the long-term in present decisions. For the rest we are transpartisan, ready to get involved with all those of are of good will and concerned by our subjects. In other words, a cluster of ideas, basically surpassing all ideologies.
Is your logo a sputnik ? Intended to be timeless, it could have been from the dada period, or the time of the conquest of space…it also fits pretty well with the atmosphere of the place we all work together : the Gaité Lyrique. It invites to a free exegesis. Some see in this logo junctions of lines of force and others see perspectives colliding. Some see the earth, others a multifaceted ecosystem of positive conspirators.
What is a desirable future ? It’s an essential question that the IDF wishes to adress ! Because the big question is : for whom is it “desirable” (space) ? And when (time) ? And most of all : how do we make desirable futures converge ? Our first intuition : to call on the plurals to avoid dogma. So let’s begin with talking “Futures”. Moreover, to think about desirable futures is an approach, a way of thinking and a collective construction process. Of course we would very much like these futures to be built upon core values : exemplarity, diversity, boldness, humor, humility, respect of the people and the environment.
What is your definition of sustainable development ? The one that raises more questions than it answers. The one that allows us to build significant things from disagreements and doesn’t fear controversy. The one that inspires more than it imposes. The one that evokes more than it focuses on the less. The one that gives to everyone concrete keys to rethink one’s life, in a world where everything has to be reinvented.
Your name in french is “IFs” : why a big “I”, a big “F” and a small “s” ? It’s the “What IFs” (what happens if…), a prospective methodology to imagine what might happen if we extrapolate one variable or another. Our “IFs” reaffirms the importance of the plurals in our approach. It also resonates with a Rudyard Kipling poem, “IF”, that reminds us that :
If you can keep your head when all about you,
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good or talk too wise:
If you can dream and not make dreams your master;
If you can think and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear the words you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them:”Hold on!”
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a man, my son!