CRI is co-constructing and sharing new ways of learning, teaching, conducting research and mobilizing collective intelligence in the fields of life, learning and digital sciences, in order to address the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs).

CRI operates around 4 main areas :

  • Developing and hosting educational programs, from preschool to high school (Savanturiers – École de la Recherche), interdisciplinary Bachelor, Master, and PhD (EURIP Graduate School) as well as lifelong learning degree programs of the Université de Paris.
  • Conducting research within its INSERM-Université de Paris research Collaboratory Unit, advised and guided by a Scientific Advisory Board, composed of prestigious international scientific leaders.
  • Developing the LearningPlanet initiative in partnership with UNESCO, of which it also holds a Chair, and AFD to inspire and empower learners of all ages who wish to identify, develop and amplify the most effective ways to learn how to solve problems together.
  • Building a living campus where innovative makers can set up digital infrastructures for learning communities to help them to resolve global challenges.

CRI was founded in 2006 by François Taddei and Ariel Lindner with the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation as an essential and key supporting partner and Paris City Hall. It also benefits from the support of a wide range of foundations, corporate sponsors and institutions including the University of Paris, with which CRI co-founded the interdisciplinary action-based research challenge institute (“Institut des Défis”) to prototype a model of a Learning University enable of responding to the global challenges of our time.

Representatives on Board & Executive Committee

François Taddei is the founder and director of the CRI and the current director of the FdV PhD program. François Taddei is a researcher in evolutionary systems biology that received awards such as the Inserm award for fundamental research, the Bettencourt award for Life sciences and the European Young Investigator award. He has created bachelor, master & PhD programs in the Center for Research and Interdisciplinary in Paris in order to empower the new generations of change makers by training them through research at the frontiers of disciplines. As an expert on the future of research and education, he participates in various working groups and reports on the future of research and education for the French government or for OECD, & EU. He holds the UNESCO USPC Chair “Learning sciences”.

Gaëll Mainguy, PhD, is the Director of Development and International Relations at CRI, a unique space for freedom and creativity dedicated to new ways of learning, teaching, carrying out research and stimulating collective intelligence. At CRI, he is exploring radical collective-problem solving approaches to take care of oneself, others and the planet, notably through the development of the LEARNINGPLANET initiative: an open alliance of educational stakeholders and learning communities with to inspire & empower learners of all ages to contribute to shaping better futures.

As a scientist and entrepreneur, he has successively worked in neurosciences (development and evolution of the brain), digital infrastructures for knowledge, interdisciplinary approaches to sustainable development, learning organizations and the evolution of learning systems.  He is a pupil of Ecole Normale Supérieure and holds a PhD in neurobiology from Pierre and Marie Curie University.

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