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Alexandre Jost

Founder, The Spinoza Factory

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background

Holding a M.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris and from U.C. Berkeley, he started his carreer with Mars & Co, an international strategy consulting firm, in the US, Brazil, Mexico, England then France. Eager to give meaning to his work-life, he joined the not-for-profit Groupe SOS, a 10,000 employee grouping of NGOs in the field of public health, social care and social businesses. He will hold several deputy managing director positions in R&D, support & strategy and of a business unit. In late 2010, happy entrepreneur, he founded La Fabrique Spinoza / The Spinoza Factory the Paris-based cross-party political and economical think-tank for citizens’ well-being.

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is the project/initiative/startup/company you will be presenting at the Positive Economy Forum all about ?

 The Spinoza Factory organizes and promotes research and democratic debate on citizens’ happiness, and produces public policy innovation, as well as citizens recommendations to the civil society in its favor.

LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities ?

Paris

IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of the activity, project, initiative, startup, company ?

 Declared one of the 12 leading French think-tanks by Acteurs Publics, the Spinoza Factory is Correspondent in France for the Wikiprogress initiative, hosted by the OECD, for the measure of societal progress and well-being. It is also coordinator of a U.N. commission on Happiness as a development goal. Alexandre gives Master Classes at Ecole Centrale Paris, on the Positive Enterprise, with the support of Centrale Executive Education. Declared a “revelation” by the leading French Economic magazine Challenges, praised by the Bhutanese Labor Minister for his work towards happiness, expert with the U.N. he advises organizations on workforce well-being, as a goal in itself as well as a driver of performance.

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you

“After 5000 years of civilization, we have finally reached a point where we do have a decent Science of Happiness.”

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