Forum International de l'Innovation Sociale
International Forum for Social Innovation
In this context, "institution" designates organizations of all kinds, including the end products that they generate, the factual and mythical histories that underlie them, the implicit and explicit rules that govern them, the conscious and unconscious emotional life that sustains them, and, in general, everything that keeps them alive and in existence.
The Forum's paradigms stress the function of participants' roles in the transformation of institutions and takes into account the psychic aspects of institutional life, especially those that are unconscious. One guiding principle is that evolution in behaviors takes place through work or reflection on mental images, systems-in-the-mind, fantasies, myths, feelings, sensations, and anxieties that are common components of life in any institution. Transformation cannot take place without anxieties and crisis.
The Forum's focus on Institutional Transformation and a deeper understanding of its requirements and rewards regularly holds an international frame of reference. In fact, it employs the conscious and unconscious expression of diversity in languages and cultures as a resource, often underused, that is to be valued.
The Forum is both a permanent institution, devoted to transformation, as well as a place of transit, where it is possible to work individually and collectively in the "here and now" towards the transformation of roles and institutions. The diversity of the origins and experience of the Forum's members and staff constitute a rich resource. The Forum intends to utilize this complex resource in its efforts to meet the high demands it makes of itself as an international institution in transformation.
In concrete terms, since 1978, the principal activity of the Forum has consisted in organizing an annual, international, trilingual (French, English, Spanish) conference on the themes of authority, leadership, and transformation. The conference takes place each spring in France, although the Forum has sponsored and participated in numerous conferences organized at other times in many other countries.
The Forum maintains contact and collaborates with other organizations and institutions dedicated to the same principles.
At either address below, you may request further information about the study of groups, institutions, and social systems as whole, living organizations and about work and social roles within modern institutions.
For information about similar conferences in the United States, contact:
Moser, National Office Administrator