Hello, I'm Julien

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有教无类
— Education trumps class (Confucius)

Strasbourg-born, Mediterranean-blooded, Paris-, Amsterdam- and Nanjing-educated, I am now based in Melbourne, Australia.

I believe in the power of language as humanity’s primary tool for understanding the world, orchestrating collective action, and anticipating the future. From editing and facilitation to storytelling, my activities aim to trigger transformative insights and craft new collective narratives that can support better global collaboration in our fast-changing environment.

I am a certified French agrégé teacher, an alumnus of Ecole Normale Supérieure, Asialink Leaders Program and the THNK School of Creative Leadership, and currently completing a PhD researching the digital ecosystem of Chinese language learning as a global public good in the making.  

I started my career teaching languages, translation, grammar and logic at Trinity College Dublin and Paris-IV Sorbonne University. I now work as editor-in-chief with the Global Challenges Foundation in Stockholm – inventing new models of global governance in the face of global catastrophic risk – and lead Marco Polo Project, a Melbourne-based organisation that inspires and creates new ways of bringing cultures together.

Over the years, I have been fortunate to work with a broad range of organisations on cutting-edge international initiatives. I co-directed the first Australia-China festival of digital literature, joined the founding team of Australia-China's largest innovation incubator, and recorded, articulated or facilitated new ways of listening, working and living together across cultures from Manila to Melbourne, Paris to Singapore, Shanghai to Santo Domingo. Read about my partnerships here

My achievements have been acknowledged through various scholarships, grants and honours in France, Australia, China and the Netherlands - including a listing on the Victorian Multicultural Honour Roll in 2016, and the title of New Australian of the year in 2017. 

I am always looking for new spaces where challenges arise from cultural confusion, and where new narratives or models are needed to tackle those challenges. If you believe that my skills and experience could be put to positive use in your context, please contact me!