Last week I attended an extraordinary occasion in Paris, which felt momentous and historic, but in the somewhat confused and mixed way these things often do. Hosted in the incredible, palatial National Assembly, with its statues, chandeliers and gold leaf, the event, called ‘An Innovative Society for the Twenty-First Century’ was hosted by IDDRI (the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations) under the aegis of Francois Hollande, President of the French Republic (although the President himself didn't actually attend). It was the first event I have been to which has had such high level support and an explicit questioning as to whether economic growth is the best way forward from here.
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