Mission

The Plurality University (U+) Network is a non-profit organization, based in France, with members from around the world. Its mission is to explore and open possibilities for the emergence of alternative futures, by mobilizing resources of the imagination (art, fiction, speculation…). Our intuition is that ecological and social transformation comes from questioning representations inherited from the past, by developing capacities to imagine other worlds and other ways of being in the world.

U+ is an open space for sharing and experimentations. It implements and/or welcomes projects that :

  • Develop the capacities of individuals and organizations to project themselves and imagine alternatives;
  • Make visible discussions around transformation and future imaginaries;
  • Draw from artistic and alternative forms the transformations needed for our world.

In its actions, U+ mobilizes several forms of collective work:

  • Experimentation and the development of collaborative devices, to collect and make accessible diverse initiatives, to encourage exchanges between researchers, artists and actors, to bring out new questions and new paths of transformation (Narratopias,U+Zine, The Emerging Enterprise…)
  • The organization of events (exhibits, festivals, conferences, workshops, publications…) to make visible and accessible the work around imaginaries and to organize encounters between those who develop these practices, and the public Narratopias Festival(exhibition “Quand, Soudainement”, Voyage dans les Futurs, Narratopias Festival, …)
  • Collaborative elaborations, with communities of “stakeholders”, of contents and methods adapted to their needs, contributing to opening alternative paths towards the future and transformation. (Future is now, Rehabilitation of built heritage…)

Team

The association is run by a small team under the supervision of the Board of Directors. The team carries out the projects decided by the Board and the members, creates partnerships with other organizations, organizes the communication of the U+.

Daniel Kaplan

Daniel Kaplan is a futurist and entrepreneur, with one leg in innovation, and another in imagination. In 2000, he created the Next-Generation Internet Foundation (Fing), a think-&-do-tank to “anticipate digital transformations”. In 2018, he co-founded the Plurality University.

Chloé Luchs

Chloé Luchs is a creative with a multidisciplinary background in fine arts, digital culture and international organizations. She strategizes, develops new projects and collective methods around themes such as ecological transformation and future literacy.
To make the debate public on the changes needed for a sustainable world, she curates exhibitions, festivals and art events. In 2018, she co-founded the University of Plurality.

Juliette Lépineau

Juliette Lépineau is a graphic designer working with cultural and artistic fields. She is trying to create a new language by using drawings. She is in charge of the communication of U+. juliettelepineau.net

Juliette Grossmann

Juliette Grossmann is a philosopher on-the-go. Her work with non-profit organizations allows her to develop original action-research methods. She is currently preparing a research project examining what future literacy practices say about our vision of what is possible. At U+, she is a journalist, a philosopher and a project officer.

Where to find us

The U+ team can be found at 3 rue de Santeuil, 75005.

The Censier space is a project led by Plateau Urbain, a cooperative that works in transitional urbanism in order to create a bridge between different universes that are still far apart, and to make the access to premises in Paris accessible. In this former university, you will find all sorts of structures from the associative, cultural, artistic, artisanal, social and solidarity economy, teaching and training fields, as well as young companies wanting to get involved in a collective project.