Etorkizuna Eraikiz (Building the Future)

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The Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa presents the program entitled Etorkizuna Eraikiz (Building the Future) as an innovative program for a more open and collaborative governance. Etorkizuna Eraikiz incorporates public deliberation with the citizenship for the design of public policies, ensuring the effectiveness, efficiency and plurality of this participation. The program consists of an active experimentation exercise to develop the future of the territory.

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The deep crisis (economic, social, cultural, etc.), in which Europe and Gipuzkoa have been immersed since 2007, obliges governments to face a necessary transformation to meet the needs of the society regarding the future.

Adapting to continuous and abrupt changes requires a strong will to reinvent ourselves, as well as a clear orientation to gradually improve the capacity of the public system to do and not stop doing what the society expects of us. Reinventing governments should show us new organizations that develop innovative public services, respond effectively to the needs of the citizens, manage scarce resources and offer a new concept of public value.

In this context, the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa presents the program entitled Etorkizuna Eraikiz, within the Strategic Management Plan 2015-19, as an innovative program for a more open and collaborative governance. The program incorporates public deliberation with the citizenship for the design of public policies, ensuring the effectiveness, efficiency and plurality of this participation.

The Etorkizuna Eraikiz program consists of an active experimentation exercise (pilot experiences) through projects that offer answers to current needs but also provide a shared foresight about the economic, social and political future of the territory. Through these projects, strategic challenges will be faced and new public policies will be designed, in line with and more relevant to citizenship's needs.

Thus, two types of initiatives are proposed:
GipuzkoaLAB, a prospective exercise that helps to build public policies and faces the strategic challenges of the future in the medium term.

Gipuzkoa Taldean seeks to identify the demographic, economic and social challenges that the territory will face in the near future (in the medium term). The objective is to propose a shared reflection with all the agents of the territory, in which the key-ideas for the future direction of Gipuzkoa are identified in a global way.

The Etorkizuna Eraikiz program also includes three elements or initiatives that will provide transversal support to the two pillars mentioned, these are:
• The active process of international benchmarking, (Nazioarteratze Sarea)
• Shared reflection among the main actors of the innovation policy ecosystem. (Ikergunea)
• Debate, diffusion and socialization of the main challenges of the territory of Gipuzkoa (Gizartaratze Prozesua)
The main objective is to strengthen the capabilities of Gipuzkoa and cope, collaborately, with the challenges that the territory faces.

Meanwhile, specifics objectives are:

• Defining a public agenda with topics that are relevant to competitiveness, sustainability and cohesion of Gipuzkoa, approached with participatory dynamics, that may results in new public policies
• Strengthening the capacity of Gipuzkoa to meet its future challenges, promoting together with the economic and social agents the reflection and strategic management. Collective working supported on the knowledge and participation of people, with the objective of defining Gipuzkoa in 2026.

During these three years of implementation, the international contrast has been an important element to improve the programme. Thus, experiences from Norway. Sweden, Australia, Colombia, UK, France, Denmark, among others have been consulted to enrich the program.

In short, Etorkizuna Eraikiz represents a new way of thinking, working, sharing and governing from policy-making, to offer real solutions to the current challenges.

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