Territorial intelligence is the science having for object the sustainable development of territories and having for subject the territorial community.
Arguing ecological or ethical concerns diverse forums, social movements and international, national and local networks claim today, more insistently than ever, the need to undertake a profound socio-ecological transition towards a new social organizational model. The new system is called to be more in harmony with the natural environment, more focused on the quality of life, more socially just and more genuinely democratic.
In this regard, from the scientific perspective, main objective of the International Network of Territorial Intelligence is the co-development of theoretical approaches, methods and tools for territorial partnerships collaboratively to build their road maps and to carry out their projects in a more successful way.
The fact is that in this context of socio-ecological crisis, the challenges addressing the development of the quality of life vary from one territory to another. Thus, institutionalized stakeholders and citizens who operate in different places are facing the crisis fostering social innovation in many different ways. These social innovations are, with greater or lesser strength, influencing their systems of territorial governance, i.e., the traditional mechanisms of conflict resolution in the threefold system of tensions: local-global, public-private, and State-citizenship.
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The Catalyse method offers tools of diagnosis, evaluation and observation that are accessible to the local actors of the sustainable territorial development. These tools are useful to draft relevant development projects, to efficiently manage these projects, then to valuate them and to estimate their impact.
These tools that are intended for the actors of the sustainable development respect and favour the principles of participation, global approach and partnership. They facilitate the mobilization of development partnerships that are composed of professionals who work in public services, private organizations and active voluntaries in associations. They guarantee a participative animation of the partnership.
Territorial intelligence is an emerging concept highly polysemous. This article does not give a comprehensive definition and consensus. Our subject is to take stock of the evolution of our concept of territorial intelligence at the end of the Coordination Action European Network of Territorial Intelligence (caENTI) to present a definition that supports ambition, the research directions and activities of the European Network Territorial Intelligence (ENTI). Our goal is to position the territorial intelligence as an alternative to development models based on economic efficiency in the short term or the central policy authority.