Comment tout peut s’effondrer. Petit manuel de collapsologie à l’usage des générations présentes

July 27, 2018

• Title English : How everything can collapse. A small collapsology manual for use by present generations
• Author : Pablo Servigne, Raphael Stevens and Yves Cochet
• Pages : 304 Sheet
• Publisher : Le Seuil [The Threshold] (April 9, 2015)
• ISBN-10 : 2021223310
• ISBN-13 : 978-2021223316
• Product Dimensions : 14,1 x 1,7 x 19,1 cm
• Format Kindle : DOCx, PDF, eBook and ePub
• Price : 19,00
• Rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 6/10

♦ Description : “And if our civilization collapsed? Not in many centuries, but in our lifetime. Far from Mayan predictions and other millenarian eschatologies, a growing number of authors, scientists and institutions announce the end of industrial civilization as it has been constituted for more than two centuries. What should we think of these dark predictions? Why has it become so difficult to avoid such a scenario?
In this book, Pablo Servigne and Raphaël Stevens dissect the springs of a possible collapse and offer an interdisciplinary overview of this very uncomfortable subject that they call “collapsology”. By putting words on intuitions shared by many of us, this book restores intelligibility to the phenomena of “crises” that we live, and especially, gives meaning to our time. Because today, utopia has changed sides: it is utopian who believes that everything can continue as before. The collapse is the horizon of our generation, it is the beginning of its future. What will be next? All that remains to think, to imagine, and to live …”


Pablo Servigne”

Authors Biography
Pablo Servigne – is an agronomist and doctor in biology. Specializing in issues of collapse, transition, agroecology and self-help mechanisms, he is the author of Feeding Europe in times of crisis (Nature & Progrès, 2014). Raphaël Stevens is an eco-consultant. An expert in the resilience of socio-ecological systems, he is co-founder of the consulting firm Greenloop. Afterword by Yves Cochet, former Minister of the Environment and President of the Momentum Institute.

PhD in agronomy, Pablo Servigne is an independent and transdisciplinary researcher. During his doctoral years, he did research on the behavior and ecology of ants, first in French Guyana, then in Brussels, in the laboratory. This is the origin of his passion for the mechanisms of mutual aid. In 2008, he left the academic world to devote most of his time to transition. For this, he traveled to Cuba and Venezuela. This was the click on urban agriculture and agroecology!

Between 2010 and 2014, he worked at Barricade (Liège), a popular education association (called “lifelong education” in Belgium) which develops animations and especially a pole of researches and analyzes around the themes of transition, the social and solidarity economy, the left-wing imaginary, and feminisms. All their writings are freely available on the site.

Since 2010, he regularly collaborates with the only French-language environmental journalist, Imagine Demain le Monde. He is also a member of the editorial board of the anarchist magazine Refractions. He takes part in the reflections of the GIRAF (Interdisciplinary Research Group in Agroecology of the FNRS), and the Momentum Institute (Paris). He is also a trainer in permaculture.

Today independent, he writes articles and books, he gives conferences, and participates in the construction of the autonomy of his place of life in collective, as well as the weaving of the networks of the difficult times (Work which connects, MKP, etc.).”


Raphael Stevens”

Raphaël Stevens – is a Belgian eco-adviser. He is an expert in the resilience of socio-ecological systems and co-founder of the consulting firm Greenloop. He wrote with Pablo Servigné “How everything can collapse.

Eco-advised, Raphaël Stevens is an expert in the resilience of socio-ecological systems. He trained in Totnes, the first city in transition (United Kingdom). He is co-founder of the consulting firm Greenloop.”

Yves Cochet – was Minister of Spatial Planning and Environment in the Jospin government. Doctor of mathematics and activist of political ecology for thirty years, he is now deputy Green of Paris. He published, at Fayard, Saving the Earth, with Agnes Sinai (2003) and Oil Apocalypse (2005).

Yves Cochet, born February 15, 1946 in Rennes (Ille-et-Vilaine), is a French politician, member of the Greens. He is a member of the Val-d’Oise from 1997 to 2002, then of the 11th district of Paris since June 2002, having been re-elected in June 2007. After studying mathematics, he became a teacher-researcher at INSA Rennes (National Institute of Applied Sciences of Rennes) in 1969. In June 1971, working with Maurice Nivat, he supported his postgraduate thesis in mathematics, entitled the algebraic classes of certain congruences defined on the free monoid. After several unsuccessful candidatures to the legislatures in Brittany and in the I
ord where he theorizes the “nomadisme électoral”, he is elected deputy of Val-d’Oise in 1997; he was then one of the first seven elected ecologists in the French Parliament. He becomes vice-president of the National Assembly. He became Minister of the Environment and Territorial Planning of the government of Lionel Jospin in June 2001, succeeding Dominique Voynet who had just resigned to be able to apply to the national secretariat of the Greens. he parachutes in the 11th district of Paris (part of the 14th arrondissement). On June 16, 2002, he was elected Member of Parliament for the XIIth Legislature (2002-2007).

He is working on the issue of the energy crisis, particularly on the “end of cheap oil”, and publishes in 2005 a book on this topic: Petroleum apocalypse (Fayard). His previous book, Save the Earth (Fayard), was written in collaboration with Agnes Sinai.”