Mariana Mazzucato, Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose, visited Mondragon by the hand of Agirre Lehendakaria Center. During her visit, she participated with ALC and Climate-KIC representatives in several workshops driven by Debagoiena´s local agents - such as Fagor Cooperative Group- whose objective is to position this valley in Gipuzkoa the best way possible in view of the future challenges the territory will have to face in terms of Sustainable Human Development (climate change, employment, education…).

 “It is exciting” said Mazzucato “… how to really bring together different voices, and how to also bring together different objectives. It is not a perfectly harmonious process”.

In relation to her role, she advanced that “we might be bringing different views, and I am really looking forward to working with the project, which is founded by Climate KIC, and to really undergo what ALC calls the listening exercise”.

She also added that from her point of view “the Center is how do we actually do capitalism in a fundamentally different way. And that requires rethinking the instruments at hand, whether we´re talking about civil society mechanisms, corporate governance, even of the cooperative model and the other models; how we bring together different types of public actors at the local, regional and national level into the conversation, but to really create a roadmap for achieving specific goals”. 

Something as simple as having brought together a diverse and heterogeneous group of regional agents interested in finding innovative answers to the new collective challenges of the region.

Mondragon is thus taking a further step in its commitment to social innovation by applying new community listening instruments that are already allowing to know in greater depth the perceptions, challenges and aspirations of the people in the valley. This listening phase is key because the new transformation of the region will only be done from a collective approach. The challenges and aspirations will later be transformed into concrete projects that the platform will turn into prototypes with the advice of international experts such as Climate KIC members, Charles Leadbeater and Mariana Mazzucato.