These Parisian Organizations Are Shaping Our Future For The Better

Paris Talks is just around the corner in 2023 to get us all thinking about building a brighter future. That means it’s a good time to learn about some of the great local organizations dedicated to the same mission. Here are some of the great local businesses and organizations (and even citizen-driven movements) helping to create a greater future, for the environment, for society, and for us as individuals.

For a more informed orientation toward the future

Mr. Mondialisation (Mr. Globalization)

Mr Mondialisation is a 100% independent think tank and media. He is also a symbolic and intellectual figure with an eco-humanistic and decreasing orientation. Represented by a Bauta, its objective is to fuel the debate on the major issues of our time.

Mr. Mondialisation wants to be an adogmatic entity, particular and hermetic to the theories that are not motivated by reason. Together with his team, he leads a critical informative watch on the dogmas of consumer society and the myth of “infinite” growth. Description from the Facebook page, translated by DeepL Translator 

TEDx Paris

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events to help share ideas in communities around the world. Description from main TED website. 

Institut des Futurs Souhaitables (Institute of Desirable Futures)

An open and hybrid school, the IFs offers these benevolent and caring volunteers creative weapons to help build this new world.

In this singular period of metamorphosis, we have the unique opportunity to imagine tomorrow by the standard of what could be the best. The Institute of Desirable Futures (IFs) addresses all those who want to seize this opportunity to invent a more desirable world. Description from the Facebook page;

For daily living that protects the future

Acteurs du Paris Durable (Actors for a Sustainable Paris)

Created by the City of Paris, the Sustainable Paris Actors initiative aims to identify, disseminate and multiply the best environmental practices implemented in Paris. The objectives: improving the ecological footprint of the territory and the quality of life in Paris. 

For whom? Individuals, businesses, associations, schools, artists, etc. Everyone can get involved! Are you already committed to sustainable initiatives or do you want to get involved? Make yourself known: share your experience to make others want to get involved: create a profile on and join or contact other members of the network. To read on the website: practical factsheets for taking action, an agenda full of activities and meetings, news, interviews and Parisians who make the lines move. We are waiting for you! Description from Facebook page 

Toits Alternatifs (Alternative Roofs)

Roofs Alternatives is a site for all those who want to live differently. It includes practical tips, testimonials, videos and podcasts on subjects like tiny homes, Earthships, cohousing, camping cars, installing solar panels. Description translated by DeepL Translator

For a better business & entrepreneurial future

Le Mouves

Le Mouves federates and represents social entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs who have a vision, take risks, develop and innovate, manage teams. Entrepreneurs motivated above all by the general interest, for whom profit is a means and not an end in itself. Entrepreneurs who share equitably the wealth they create.

Dispersed, compartmentalized, isolated, social entrepreneurs are not yet able to mobilize public opinion, influence decision-makers, and make their practices and solutions visible. Together, they can be stronger and more audible. They can act to change the situation. This is why Le Mouves was created, in line with the White Paper to develop social entrepreneurship (Avise, 2009). Description from Facebook page, translated by DeepL Translator

Une Monnaie pour Paris (A Currency for Paris)

Why develop a local currency in Paris? A lever to regain control of our economy. A tool for transition to a more sustainable economy. A way to rebalance our territories and preserve our local identity. A vector of social bonding and equity in our economy. Description from website, translated by DeepL Translator

For a better environmental future

Paris Sans Voiture (Paris without Cars)

In August 2014, we proposed this crazy project to our mayor and it was the beginning of a great adventure. This day was designed to share public space differently. Pedestrians and scooters can venture upwind without fear of being run over, and motorists are encouraged to change their practices for a more breathable day.

Rediscover our less stressful city, without the ceaseless noise of engines, a city in which we can meet and communicate better. Imagine the city of tomorrow, a city with positive energy where the inhabitants can reclaim urban space, during a CO2-free party. A city that wants to move, resolutely turned towards a healthier and more humane future. Description from website, translated by DeepL Translator 

Incroyables Comestibles Paris (Incredible Edibles Paris)

Incroyables Comestibles Paris aims to reference/concentrate the main information of the citizen and Parisian vegetalization of the movement of Unbelievable Comestibles. You will find cheerfully searching in this site various information, projects aimed at allowing the abundance of sharing. 

Do you also want to install incredible edible dishes in Paris? Tell us where and when, we will help you mobilize as many people as possible! Do you already share a vegetable or herb garden with your neighbors? Post your photos here, be an example, and make friends in your neighborhood! Description from website & Facebook, translated with the help of DeepL Translator 

For a future with a more meaningful social connection

Paris MeetUp Groups

Getting together with real people in real life makes powerful things happen. Side hustles become careers, ideas become movements, and chance encounters become lifelong connections. Meetup brings people together to create thriving communities. How it works: Choose what you’re into. Meet up with people that share your passion. Do more of what makes you tick.

Facebook: see individual groups & events on the website 

CouchSurfing Paris

Couchsurfing is a global community of 14 million people in more than 200,000 cities who share their life, their world, their journey. Couchsurfing connects travelers with a global network of people willing to share in profound and meaningful ways, making travel a truly social experience.

We envision a world made better by travel and travel made richer by connection. Couchsurfers share their lives with the people they encounter, fostering cultural exchange and mutual respect. With Couchsurfing, you can stay with locals in every country on earth. Travel like a local, stay in someone’s home and experience the world in a way money can’t buy. Description from website. 

Have other suggestions of forward-looking organizations to add to this list? We just may add them to the list. 

A full day of future-oriented learning, networking, and entertainment awaits at the Paris Talks conference. Get your tickets now and we’ll see you there to envision and build a brighter future together! 

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