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SXSW 2020

Joie de vivre 1.0.1

Have you ever asked yourself what life you really wanted? Is it living behind a screen, commuting for hours every day or hardly having sex? Isn’t a pleasurable life about eating good food, sleep, play, create, love and belonging? If we look at modern life today, we prioritize none of those things. Why? We know so much more about the human mind, what is good for us and what is harmful. What if we redesigned society taking all these new insights into account, to create an environment that actually cares about its people and their well being? What would a society of pleasure look like in practice? How could our educational system be different and foster our capacity to play, build, fix, dance and love? How could we change the way we work? These and many more questions will be addressed.

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  1. Why what we really want (eat well, sleep well, have fun, create, love, discover...) could help us design better policies than trying to fix problems?
  2. How may we free up some time by reviewing the notions of work and play and solve many crises (e.g. climate change) while actually enjoying our time?
  3. How can we enhance our capacity to live better as a society through a radical new approach to education based on love, care and fun?



Jean Cattan, Adjunct Faculty, Sciences Po Paris

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Presentation
  • Track: Connection & Culture
  • Level: Beginner
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