Territorial intelligence is the science having for object the sustainable development of territories and having for subject the territorial community.
JJ Girardot, Res-Ricerca e Sviluppo per le politiche sociali, 1-2/2009. ISSN: 1970-9080




Social innovation and new ways of governance for the socio-ecological transition

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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Catalyse method: tools of diagnosis, evaluation and observation accessible to the local actors of the sustainable territorial development


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.

Evolution of the concept of territorial intelligence within the coordination action of the European network of territorial intelligence

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.




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> INTI Conference Huelva 2013, November 21 and 22 - Call for papers

INTI | 23/07/2013 2:36 pm

The XIIth annual international conference of territorial intelligence "Social innovation and new ways of governance for the socio-ecological transition" will take place in Huelva (Spain) on 2013, November 21 and 22.

> Seminar of Lourdes POUJOL

IN TI | 07/05/2013 12:40 pm

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 10am, MSHE, UFR SLHS, 36 rue Mégevand in Besançon
Lourdes Poujol present lines of research in territorial intelligence of team TAG-IDICHS from University of La Plata (Argentina), as well as tracks exchanges and complementarities.

> A start-up to disseminate Catalyse method and tools

Jean-Jacques Girardot | 11/02/2013 9:35 pm

A project of start-up to sustain the development of Catalyse method and tools is in incubation since December 2012 for a period of 18 months