As defined by 17th century British philosopher Thomas Hobbes, the social contract involves ‘more than consent, or concord; it is a real unity (…) made by covenant of every man with every man’.
More than a geographical location, or an accumulation of homes giving rise to a high concentration of people, the city represents a move towards a higher degree of civilisation. Not surprisingly, the term urbanity, derived from the latin urbs, for city, means not only what is linked to city life, but also a quality that is polished in manner, courteous, or sophisticated.
With 66% of the population projected to live in urban areas by 2050, cities continue to absorb a major part of humanity’s vigour and creativity. Although they are confronted with major challenges, notably from an environmental and social points of view, they also represent the place where business, the arts, political activism, social entrepreneurship and infinite networks of individuals become intertwined, forming vibrant human fabrics.
How can all these parties, with different interests and agendas, interact in a positive way? The growing necessity of working together, creating value every day while taking into account the public interest shows that, more than ever, we all need to make more effort to better understand and renew our social contract.
Present today in 260 cities all over the world, Mazars believes in creating shared value, or in the interdependency between businesses and the communities to which they are connected. Cities are where we build our entrepreneurial adventure, where we recruit and train talent, where we connect with our stakeholders, and where we create value for our clients.
We are delighted to introduce ‘Urbanity by Mazars’, a project that highlights the fascinating intricacy and interconnections of the urban world. This project features artworks representing the unique and distinctive patterns of cities where Mazars is present, across all continents. These paintings will not only be displayed in our offices – they will be the basis for various local and international projects sponsored by Mazars, highlighting our interest and our respect for the communities that make up our environment. It is an open endeavour, and your input is more than welcome - feel free to tag along for the ride.
The Politics of Peace: The Role of the Political Covenant in Hobbes's "Leviathan". Brian T. Trainor, The Review of Politics, Vol. 47, No. 3 (Jul., 1985), pp. 347-369
The Artist: Dominique Emard
- Dominique Emard is a French artist who graduated from the Beaux-Arts in 1986. He works and lives in Orleans (France)
- The artist has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Europe and is a permanent artist from The ArtFloor Gallery. He is promoted internationally by ArtFloor and takes part of the large exhibitions curated by the Gallery.
- Emard was also awarded the Lefranc-Bourgeois prize in 2003. He has private collectors in over 20 countries but mainly in Germany, Belgium, the United-States, France and the Netherlands.