Building together desirable futures for Geneva – Construire ensemble des futurs souhaitables pour Genève

From 19.09.2019 to 22.09.2019 –
University of Management (HEG) of Geneva

Campus de Battelle, Rue de la Tambourine 17, 1227 Carouge, Suisse

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Building together desirable futures for Geneva
Worshop – EXPLORE Festival of the city of tomorrow
University of Management (HEG) of Geneva
September 20, 2019

Many initiatives, innovations and experiments carried out by citizens, associations and companies are already at work in Geneva. If the action of these craftsmen of the future is today modest by its present dimensions, its potential of deep and lasting transformation in the service of the canton’s resilience is immense.
During this workshop, we will jointly prototype networks of craftsmen of the future and we will reinforce their transformation potential by associating them with strategic public actions.

« This workshop is held by Thomas Gauthier, Vanessa Hanifa and Léa Chaussis (Switzerland), prospective professors at the University of Management (HEG) of Geneva ;

EXPLORE, an initiative of the Department of Territory (DT) of the Republic and Canton of Geneva in the framework of the Fortnight of Urban Planning and Territory, is facing the biggest challenge of our era, climate change, by proposing a series debates, performances and workshops to bring out new ideas for the fabric of our territory. We bring together philosophers, urban planners, architects, musician, writers, artists to question us together about how we make cities.


Construire ensemble des futurs souhaitables pour Genève
Atelier – Festival EXPLORE de la ville de demain
Haute école de gestion (HEG) de Genève
20 septembre 2019

De nombreuses initiatives, innovations et expérimentations portées par des citoyen·ne·s, des associations et des entreprises sont déjà à l’œuvre à Genève. Si l’action de ces artisan·e·s du futur est aujourd’hui modeste par ses dimensions présentes, son potentiel de transformation profonde et durable au service de la résilience du canton est immense.
Au cours de cet atelier, nous prototyperons ensemble des réseaux d’artisan·e·s du futur et nous renforcerons leur potentiel de transformation en y associant des actions publiques stratégiques.

Cet atelier est animé par Thomas Gauthier et Vanessa Hanifa (Suisse), professeur·e·s en prospective à la Haute école de gestion (HEG) de Genève

EXPLORE, une initiative du département du territoire (DT) de la République et Canton de Genève dans le cadre de la Quinzaine de l’urbanisme et du territoire, se confronte au plus grand enjeu de notre ère, le changement climatique, en proposant une série de débats, de performances et d’ateliers afin de faire émerger de nouvelles idées pour la fabrique de notre territoire. Nous réunissons des philosophes, des urbanistes, des architectes, des musicien·ne·s, des écrivain·e·s, des artistes afin de nous interroger ensemble sur notre manière de faire ville.


Craftmen and public policy-makers have seldom opportunities to meet and work together. From the workshop's observations, what tactics and approaches would you recommend for other contexts in order to to breach the gap between them to support the becoming of resilient futures? And, on the contrary, are there pitfalls that should be avoided?


Based on the workshop experience, one way to successfully bring together craftmen and public policy-makers is to offer them a discussion platform around a topic of common interest. For example, we used the future of work in Geneva. However, it is important to be careful as to not chose a topic that could lead to opposition between one view and the other. This could lead to position anchoring and antagonization, which would compromise the exercise and objectives of the workshop