As a society and a planet we face a major challenge : Humanity generates problems faster than the knowledge needed to solve them. Our mission is to close this gap by combining three approaches:
Over the last sixteen years, with the generous support of the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, CRI has grown from a handful of people to an international renowned institute and a worldwide community with more than 100 teachers, 40 in-house researchers, 1,300 alumni, 30,000 Savanturiers pupils, 350 yearly students, 100,000 online learners including 30,000 school teachers. CRI evolved from 20 m² to a prestigious and award-winning 7000 m² research and learning campus hosting an ever wider range of programs for all ages and all walks of life (Bachelor to PhD, K12 - Savanturiers, lifelong learning, outreach, research collaboratory etc.). Furthermore, CRI is in high demand to offer new perspectives to traditional institutions from universities content to companies to ministries to intergovernmental bodies.
We propose that over the next ten years, we will focus on four interacting and interwoven objectives :
In the tradition of Socrates and Humboldt, CRI is an evolving and fruitful framework of freedom based on key values.
Trust facilitates learning, mobilizes everyone's energies and releases creative thoughts. It makes it possible to expose and overcome differences of opinion, to share and build together. To flourish, it requires people to display integrity and competence, and to be kind to each other. This is what allows constructive criticism to be expressed.
“We are all born scientists”. Asking questions is what human brains were born to do, as shown by Alison Gopnik. We can all contribute to the advancement of knowledge, even the youngest ones, because we can nurture the art of questioning, have access to knowledge and technology, learn from peers and mentors, and be trained to take into account best practice in research and ethics.
For Aristotle, knowledge takes three forms: Episteme, Techne and Phronesis. While the first two have given us science and technology, the ethics of action, is rarely taught in higher education. CRI encourages students to think about the applications and implications of their projects, the consequences for themselves and others, in the short and long term, at the local and global level to guide their approach throughout their careers and throughout their lives.
"None of us is smarter than all of us"; no single discipline is smarter than all disciplines considered together. No one knows everything, everyone knows something and being enriched by our differences is essential for creating new solutions.
The Bettencourt-Schueller Foundation has been a strategic long term partner since CRI was created. CRI is accompanied by a wide range of partners as Ville de Paris. It is also supported by grants from Axa Foundation, European Union, “les programmes d’investissements d’Avenir”, Agence National de la Recherche, MSD Avenir.
Find here our reports on the research and development for life long education:
Un plan pour construire une société apprenante - À l'intelligence collective, la planète reconnaissante - Catherine Becchetti-Bizot, Guillaume Houzel, Gaëll Mainguy, Marie-Cécile Naves, François Taddei
Vers une société apprenante - Rapport sur la recherche et développement de l'éducation tout au long de la vie - Catherine Becchetti-Bizot, Guillaume Houzel, François Taddei
Former des constructeurs de savoirs collaboratifs et créatifs : un défi majeur pour l’éducation du 21ème siècle - François Taddei
Forming the next generation of European interdisciplinary scientists - Ariel B. Lindner, François Taddei
“Science Academie”: Raising Scientific Passions and Fostering a New Social Link - Livio Riboli-Sasco, Alice Richard, François Taddei
Inaugurated in October 2018, the new CRI campus has been restored thanks to the generous support of the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation and the Ville de Paris, which made these premises, with a surface area of over 5,000 m2, available to our projects. A student residence of 55 housing units managed by the CROUS and allocated on social and geographical distance criteria is also present on the site.
Architects Eddy Vahanian (lead architect), Patrick Mauger and Daniel Lefèvre, chief architect for historic monuments, have combined a teaching and research hub : the foyer, the Learning Centre, the Makerlab, the auditorium, the laboratories, the offices, the reception areas, the garden, the rooftop... provide users with places to meet and interact that are open, fluid, and often equipeed with cutting-edge technology. This diversity also lends itself to scientific and culturel meetings, exhibitions and demonstrations.