The Pollen Society

Original title: La Société Pollen

Publication Date:

April 2019



Original language and publisher

Territories Handled

Dutch, English (North America), Scandinavia


Economics, Society

The Pollen Society

Original title: La Société Pollen

  • 2 Seas represents: Dutch, Nordic and English (US & Canada) rights


Bees do more than producing honey: they propagate life gratuitously. A new social and economical paradigm is born from their pollination activity.

This book follows one track: the one of a new fable about the bees. It reveals that bees are producing much more than honey and wax. The service they offer with pollination is worth a hundred times more. For Yann Moulier-Boutang, the homo faber-sapiens works similarly to the bees.

What happens when we look again at everything economy has taught us in terms of growth, property, workforce, social policies, solidarity, ecology, etc., and apply the pollination logic to the human society all the way?

We could go from a trade and production economy to a pollination and contribution one. Yann Moulier-Boutang offers a methodical analysis of the civilizational stakes we have to face today.

Global interdependence can be compared to how bees operate. They not only produce honey and wax but also fertilize nature by carrying pollen from flower to flower. It is estimated that bees’ pollination represents 790 times and 1,000 times the worth of the honey and wax they produce. The real wealth produced in society is this pollination, brought to its full potential by the Internet.

From now on, worthiness is found in the complex interactive operations occurring between people. A new innovative economy is based on the human “pollination”.

Yann Moulier-Boutang is an economist and essayist. Professor at Sciences-Po Paris and at SUNY (State University of New York), he published many books among which Cognitive Capitalism, The Bee and the Economist, and a Louis Althusser biography published in several languages.