April 12, 2022
The global pandemic, climate change, growing social inequalities and new disruptive technologies are all contributing to a remapping of Chile, where old paradigms are fading out and new ones need yet to be consolidated. This is why Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD) and Enel Foundation are glad to present Chile Territorio Futuro, an initiative that seeks to be an open and interdisciplinary space to imagine the possible future scenarios for Chile, fostering dialogue and participation.
The project is coordinated by the Center for Innovation in Cities of the Faculty of Architecture of the UDD and promoted by Enel Foundation as Knowledge Partner. It will bring together a team of 100 experts to discuss emerging signs and trends of change, focusing on five main issues: people’s well-being and quality of life; climate change and the new normal; energy and food transition as a strategy for the future; circular economy for sustainable productivity; and new models of governance and cooperation for the territory.
The debates aim to build proposals and tools to identify possible scenarios for Chile 2030-2050 based on expert knowledge, data-science, applied research and fieldwork. Its work will run for nine months, after which alternatives to prospective scenarios will be presented. Concrete proposals and actions will be shared regarding issues and goals addressed with the diversity of social actors to move towards desirable scenarios for the Chile of the future.
The Enel Group CEO and Chairman of the Enel Foundation, Francesco Starace, the President of UDD, Federico Valdés, the Pro-Rector and Vice-Rector of Postgraduate, Continuing Education and Extension of UDD, Ernesto Silva Méndez, and the Italian Ambassador, Mauro Battocchi participated in the project presentation.
“At Enel, we care about reaffirming our commitment to sustainable development for all over time. Through the ‘Chile Territorio Futuro’ project, we are precisely interested in addressing the key topics for the future country aligned with that objective. But we also want to do so from a collective vision, which is why the space is open to civil society, academia, the corporate world, and public and private research organizations, in order to join forces in the identification of the trends, gaps, and challenges in today's world. As a result, we hope to offer proposals to improve the quality of life,” explains Francesco Starace, CEO of Enel Group and Chairman of the Enel Foundation.
“We at UDD are very happy to participate in this initiative which, through the different perspectives and disciplines, looks to contribute to a better quality of life and reinforce our commitment to sustainability. We know that Chile will face many challenges over the coming years and decades, and these imply changes and transitions across different areas that will directly impact our environment. For this reason, as a University we are proud to place all of our human and technical capacity at the service of this project, which will allow us to project future scenarios and propose concrete solutions based on the knowledge generated across the different disciplines,” comments UDD President Federico Valdes.