F.I.I.S. - Forum International de l'Innovation Sociale

Arles (Camargue, France), 23rd and 27th January 2004

A New International Working Conference
Femininity - Leadership - Authority - Masculinity

Inspiratrice: Jacqueline Ternier-David

Inspirateur : David Gutmann

AIM How can we transform our mental representations of Femininity and Masculinity in the context of authority and leadership?

How can we overcome the split or the opposition between our archetypal sexual designations?

How can we avoid diminishing ourselves waiting for the other to supply the missing part?

Sexism - feminism - machismo - racism, as any kind of “-ism”, prevent us from making new discoveries.

What do we project, or introject, when we are trapped in the archetypes?

How can we reconcile ourselves with the other part of ourselves?

How can we discover and explore our own femininity or masculinity in terms of leadership and authority?

How can we integrate: dream and reality, our ability to create and to implement, to initiate and to complete, to lead without dominating?

How can each of us be in authority in a feminine way as well as a masculine way?

Therefore , please, donāt answer these questions: which is more important? The sky or the earth, the moon or the sun, Mum or Daddy, God or the Devil, Black or White.

The conference F.L.A.M. invites its members to explore the two parts of themselves in relation to leadership and authority.

Information :
Jacqueline Ternier-David, F.I.I.S. - IFSI, 60 rue de Bellechasse, 75007 Paris, France,
Tél. : + 33 (0)1 45 51 79 33 - Fax : + 33 (0)1 45 51 39 42


Created in 1976, the Forum International de l'Innovation Sociale (the Forum) is an international non-profit association whose aim is to promote social innovation in private and public institutions. "Social innovation" means the ability to innovate in terms of social behaviors, whether personal or professional. The term also implies the capacity to envision options other than repetition and reproduction of past behavior. The term focuses on the ability to transform roles and, thereby, on the ability to contribute to the transformation of institutions.

In this context, "institution" designates organizations of all kinds, including the end products that they generate, the factual and mythical histories that underlie them, the implicit and explicit rules that govern them, the conscious and unconscious emotional life that sustains them, and, in general, everything that keeps them in existence.

The Forum's paradigms stress the function of roles in the transformation of institutions and takes into account the psychic aspects of institutional life. One guiding principle is that evolution in behaviors takes place through work or reflection on mental images, fantasies, myths, feelings, sensations, and anxieties that are common components of life in any institution. Transformation cannot take place without anxieties and crisis.

The Forum's focus on Institutional Transformation and a deeper understanding of its requirements and rewards regularly holds an international frame of reference. In fact, it employs the conscious and unconscious expression of diversity in languages and cultures as a resource, so often underused, that is to be valued.

The Forum is both a permanent institution, devoted to transformation, as well as a place of transit, where it is possible to work individually and collectively in the "here and now" towards the transformation of roles and institutions. The diversity of the origins and experience of the Forum's members and staff constitute a rich resource. The Forum intends to utilize this complex resource in its efforts to meet the high demands it makes of itself as an international institution in transformation.

In concrete terms, since 1978, the principal activity of the Forum has consisted in organizing an annual, international, bilingual conference on the themes of authority, leadership, and transformation. The conference takes place near Paris, France, although the Forum has sponsored and participated in numerous conferences organized in many other countries.

The Forum maintains contact and collaborates with other organizations dedicated to the same principles.