The main aim of this congress is to present and validate the Etorkizuna Eraikiz Building the Future initiative on an international scale. Etorkizuna Eraikiz Building the Future has been implemented in Gipuzkoa since 2016; it is an open and collaborative governance initiative promoted by the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa with the active participation of the University of the Basque Country, the University of Deusto and Mondragón University.


The Congress is open to all citizens who wish to take part, whether in person or virtually. It is international in its scope and will include contributions by experts and analysts from public and private organizations, university professors, non-profit organizations, companies, third sector organizations, members of local government, representatives from the cultural sector, students, etc.


The Congress will take place over two days (December 13 and 14, 2021) in two locations (see Programme).


Three committees have been formed for optimal operation:

The Organizing Committee

The main responsibility of the Organizing Committee is to design and coordinate all of the activities at the Congress.

The Scientific Committee

The main role of the Scientific Committee is to evaluate the content by compiling individual reports after the Congress.

The Advisory Committees

The main objective of the Advisory Committees is to critically evaluate how the Building the Future initiative is developed by the four panels.

Four different Panels will work in parallel to address the Etorkizuna Eraikiz initiative from different thematic perspectives. Specifically, the planned Panels will discuss the following areas:

  • Governance

  • The Future of Citizen Well-being

  • Sustainable Economy

  • Ecological Transition

The parallel sessions provide a suitable framework to promote participation by those attending the Congress.

December 13
Presentation of the Etorkizuna Eraikiz (Building the Future) initiative

This will take place on the first day of the Congress for each of the four planned Panels (Governance; The Future of Citizen Well-being; Sustainable Economy; and Ecological Transition).

The purpose of this activity is to provide an overall sector-based vision of how the initiative will evolve.
The presentation will address the following issues, among others: the specific context in which the initiative takes place (sphere of competence, basic management structure, basic statistical data, etc.); fundamental challenges; most significant activities or practices; stakeholders; future proposal and summary.

December 14
Critical evaluation and contributions from the Advisory Committees

This will take place on the second day of the Congress for each of the four planned Panels (Governance; The Future of Citizen Well-being; Sustainable Economy; and Ecological Transition).

The evaluation conducted by the members of the Advisory Committees will address the following areas: evaluation of the challenges posed in each Panel; evaluation of activities in progress; strengths and Weaknesses of the Etorkizuna Eraikiz initiative in their respective thematic area; suggestions and recommendations.