RENOWNED EXHIBITORS LED WORKSHOP ON THE COUNTRY’S CHALLENGES
THE SEMINAR BROUGHT TOGETHER SPECIALISTS FROM VARIOUS STUDY CENTERS. LAGOS ANNOUNCED A SIMILAR EVENT IN THE MAULEAN CAPITAL FOR NEXT AUGUST.
July 07, 2017
Installing a long term view, being able to think about the challenges facing Chile from its diverse territoriality and enhancing local talent were some of the proposals put forward by former President of the Republic Ricardo Lagos during the "Look to the Future" seminar, organized by the Corporation for Latin American Studies (CIEPLAN), the Foundation for Democracy and Development, our Academic Institution and the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), Chile.
The event was held in the premises of the latter in the Metropolitan Region and had three panels; "The Road to Development", "City, Prevention and Quality of Life" and "Education for the 21st Century", all of which counted with the participation of recognized experts.
On the occasion, Lagos stated that “countries always have to be thinking about themselves. There are moments in which the immediate needs of a program are more urgent, but that has always have to be done with a deeper view."
"When the possibility of a broad forum where everybody meets - businessmen, workers, the civil society, and so on - raises in order to think about long term views, how is this done?, it is easy to write it down, but how we are able to look at, not only the next four years, but the next 15 or 20 years (…) Here comes a major issue, whether it exists a certain consensus in Chilean society or we are only going to end by throwing epithets to each other from our own trenches," said the former president.
He added that "the decisions involve differences, but let’s keep them within certain parameters. I think that that is fundamental from the point of view of where the country is today."
In this context, the former president stressed that the topics addressed during the day should be the priority in the debate because beneath them the main concerns of society are grouped.
"We have a more empowered, more educated citizenship that demands even more. And here comes a political issue that I would place at the top: how do we learn to listen. Or, what political instruments will be developed incorporating new technologies, which is a subject that I feel is of the utmost importance," he said.
"I read a recent text published by the UTALCA and Cieplan where the topic was whether public policies are made from the bottom-up or top-down, all the social issue that this implies and how innovation has to be done in both directions. There is a whole range of topics, from how to be able to raise new policies in a different way than we are used to, and this implies a rethinking of how to be able to restructure these ideas," he noted.
Based on what the former president presented, the president of CIEPLAN, Alejandro Foxley, urged to "rethink" the State.
"If you ask me which reform I would like to put in first priority, I would say a reform for a smart for State, one that is capable of transforming from within so that it can somehow attract young talent," he said.
He added that it is possible to find this potential throughout the territory, which it also allows to contribute with a local and diverse look to national development, which implies a cultural change that considers the design of a shared vision among all actors to achieve a smart development.
"We want to address a society that can make a cultural shift from confrontation and the lack of dialog to collaboration, cooperation, to find common ground with those who think different, that is, the creative economy," he said.
The closing of the seminar was in charge of President Alvaro Rojas who, by way of summary, listed the most commonly spoken words during the seminar; investment, productivity, new technologies, knowledge, inequality, quality of development, distribution of income, dialog and new relationships between employers, workers and the political class, modernization, social integration, harmonious coexistence, urban governance, competition and soft skills.
On those bases, the academic authority said that the role of a public university such as UTALCA "is to guide the future of the country, its social, cultural, economic growth challenges, regional development and the deepening of democracy. To dream again with facing great challenges is what our country needs."
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