ALC's contribution to the debate on the post-covid-19 scenario

We are living in really exceptional times. According to all the indicators, we are faced with a systemic crisis that combines emergency situations in the healthcare, socio-economic, environmental and democratic areas. The complex nature of the crisis means that a linear solution, or one limited to a technical response, is not appropriate. Even after a vaccine is found, we will take a long time to respond to the other crises that will have been generated as a result of the virus.

Post Covid-19 Local Food Systems- and related systemic responses to the new world

Before Covid-19 food systems were already struggling from global challenges such as climate change and violent conflicts. Now, the pandemic is ravaging food production and disrupting supply chains across the globe. According to World Food Programme (WFP) estimates, millions more people will be threatened with acute food insecurity by the end of 2020.

ALC works with the UN on new ways to respond to COVID in ASIA

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) will have Agirre Lehendakaria Center (ALC) as one of its partners to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia and speed up the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The implementation of Social Innovation Platforms based on the Basque Case will be one of the large-scale experimentation programs in the search for new ways to respond to Covid-19.

`Leaders of the Future´ examines the COVID-19 scenario

Apart from the evident health emergency that it has created worldwide, COVID-19 has highlighted social inequalities or deficiencies in the system to respond to this and other crises we may suffer in the future. The manner in which decisions are taken, who takes them, how they are taken, who needs to be involved… are just some of the issues that were debated and put on the table in the virtual meeting held by the ‘Leaders of the Future’ program sponsored by Agirre Lehendakaria Center.

Extension of the International Agirre Program to the University of Nevada: the Center for Basque Studies (CBS) and ALC study gastronomy as a key cultural heritage element in the process of identity construction of the Basque community abroad

The Center for Basque Studies of the University of Nevada (Reno) and Agirre Lehendakaria Center (ALC) have signed a cooperation agreement to study gastronomy as a key element of cultural heritage in the identity construction of the Basque community abroad. This will be done within the framework of the International Agirre Program (IAP) for 6-month academic stays promoted by ALC for researchers. The program was started in 2017 in collaboration with AC4- Columbia University, and the University of Nevada (Reno) joins it through its Center for Basque Studies (CBS). This new channel opened by the program will be participated in and supported by well-known stakeholders, the aim being to determine the contribution of Basque gastronomy to the identity construction of the Basque community abroad.

Language diversity in Columbia University

One of the characteristics of Columbia University is the great variety of origins of the people who make up the university community -both academics and students- with a great range of cultures that enriches the exchange of ideas in the academic world enormously.

Erasmus +: ALC participates in the European Executive Education Programme on Social Innovation 2019-2022

Heidelberg, Trier, Oslo and Bilbao are the four European cities that will host the new European Executive Education Programme on Social Innovation (SIED) and the third sector under Erasmus +. The project, which will come to Bilbao through Agirre Lehendakaria Center at the end of this year (from 30 November to 4 December), gives the young people participating an opportunity to learn about the different framework conditions of the European welfare system and its importance for new social solutions, as well as generating an influence network or developing collaborative business projects within its scope.

Getxo recovers “la escalera” for its residents’ communities

In the past, the ‘escalera’ (staircase) in apartment blocks was much more than just going up and down steps that led you to landings from where you could enter apartments or exit a building. It was a space to share and enjoy quality time with your neighbours, a meeting place where people helped each other whenever necessary. Within the framework of the Getxo Zurekin (Getxo with you) Project, sponsored by Fundación Doble Sonrisa with participation by Agirre Lehendakaria Center (ALC) and Deusto Business School Health, 55 testimonies and 80 narratives were collected in Getxo -using ALC’s methodology- that led to a need to recover the human dimension of those staircases.

Innovation: `K´ factor

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) recently requested the collaboration of Agirre Lehendakaria Center (ALC) for the evaluation of its innovation strategy in its regional offices worldwide. As well as this work, which has already begun, ALC will design and coordinate three pilot projects of social innovation in Thailand, Mindanao and Pakistan in 2020 together with the UNDP.

A “shared framework of cooperation and humility to build a better world, with the same dignity for everyone” is necessary

Within the framework of the 2nd Edition of the International Agirre Program, in which the stay by the UPV-EHU researcher Miren Onaindia in the AC4 center of Columbia University is included, Ms. Onaindia attended a conference given by Prof. Evelin Lindner in Teachers College titled ‘Human Dignity Studies’, in which she emphasized the need to create a “shared framework of cooperation and humility to build a better world, with the same dignity for everyone”.

Agirre Lehendakaria Fundazioa is working in Colombia to drive community development

Agirre Lehendakaria Fundazioa is working in Colombia to drive community development Agirre Lehendakaria Fundazioa (ALF), in a partnership with ECOMUN (Economías Sociales del Común, a national cooperative set up by the Fuerza Alternativa Revolucionaria del Común (FARC) within the framework of the Havana Peace Accord for the process of the complete reinsertion of its ex-combatants) and LKS-ALECOP, is contributing to Solidarity Development and Peace Construction within the framework of the process of socioeconomic reinsertion of FARC ex-combatants.

New peacebuilding and socio-economic development approaches in Asia

As in other regions, and despite political stability and high GDP rates, many conflict-affected and post conflict areas in Asia and the Pacific, face social and economic challenges that inhibit their ability to transform themselves. In fact, most of these areas are locked in “intractable” or “wicked” dilemmas, trapped between powerful external forces and self-harming dynamics. These extremely negative conditions present tangible obstacles to sustainable transformation (limited resources, physical and social impact of violence, lack of external investment) as well as intangible ones, primarily associated with the power of violent conflict to narrow our imagination. Faced with these dilemmas, we tend to accept that change is not going to be possible and that belief system limits our actions and options. This also impacts on countries’ commitments to implement the Agenda 2030 and ‘Localize the SDGs’.

Mondragon will count on Mariana Mazzucato in its commitment to social innovation

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…).

“The economic growth is unequal. We must seek for ethical, balanced and sustainable growth”

The Basque Country advances toward Human Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). In the last three years, the Basque Government, the social entities and the companies have given serious commitment on the fulfilment and implementation of the SDG although, according to what Txabi Anuzita - Head of International Relations at UNESCO Etxea- spoke at the first ALC Conferences on Sustainable Development “it is a long- distance race with a series of difficult hurdles”. The international expert also emphasized the world´s “economic inequality” and stressed the need for the promotion of “ethical, balanced and sustainable growth”.

Pedro Miguel Etxenike: “The only way to lead is by setting a good example”

The Second edition of the “Líderes de Futuro” Program hosted on Friday, March 22, the master class of Pedro Miguel Etxenike, physicist and intellectual, defended during his exposition “leadership not having recipes” and explained to the audience how experience have taught him “the only way to lead is by setting a good example”.

Agirre & Companys an existing legacy

Last February 22 was a day to remember history and also prove the validity of the legacy that great men of democracy showed in the past. Thus, Juan Jose Ibarretxe, Lehendakari Ohia and President of Agirre Lehendakaria Foundation, and Quim Torrá, President of the Generalitat, walked together as the President Companys and Lehendakari Agirre did eighty years ago to cross France into exile. It was in February 1939. Ibarretxe and Torrá, stepping where their political ancestors stepped, honoured and remembered their memory and valued their great legacy as men of peace who defended their respective peoples from democracy.

Agirre Center shares the Basque case in Colombia

Agirre Lehendakaria Center (ALC) visited Colombia in February to share the Basque case with Ecomun, a network of cooperatives created by former FARC combatants. The visit is part of a project led by LKS Next and Alecop - cooperatives from Mondragon Corporation that, together with the European Union, are training Ecomun members in the values and organizational system of cooperatives.