Bajo el lema “Organize Locally to Respond Globally”, los días 9 y 10 de diciembre se celebrará en Bilbao la segunda jornada internacional UniverCity

UniverCity 2021

El congreso contará con la participación, entre otros, de Otto Scharmer, creador de la teoría U. Los actos se desarrollarán en Bilbao AS Fabrik.

The congress will be attended, among others, by Otto Scharmer, creator of the Theory U. The events will take place at Bilbao AS Fabrik.

Los días 9 y 10 de diciembre se celebrará la segunda edición de la jornada Univercity en Bilbao AS Fabrik. La jornada, organizada desde el grado en Humanidades Digitales Globales (HDG), se desarrollará bajo el lema Organize locally to respond globally y contará entre otros y otras con la presencia de Otto Scharmer, creador de la teoría U.

On December 9th and 10th, the second edition of the UniverCity conference will be held in Bilbao AS Fabrik. The conference, organized by the degree in Global Digital Humanities (HDG), will be held under the slogan “Organize Locally to Respond Globally” and will be attended by Otto Scharmer, creator of the Theory U, among others.


9 de diciembre

  • 9.00-9.20: Registration
  • 9.20-9.30: UniverCity Team: Welcome
  • 9.30-10.00: Igor Calzada (Wiserd) – Citizenship: Local and/or Global?
  • 10.00-10.30: Mille Bojer (Reos Partners) – What Type of Future Do We Want?
  • 10.30-11.00: Coffee break
  • 11.00-11.30: Auxkin Galarraga (Eusko Ikaskuntza) – Steps from SocialLAB to Society (online)
  • 11.30-12.00: Sharam Yalda (Human Nation) – Systemic Change, Why and What for?
  • 12.00-12.30: Gorka Espiau (Agirre Lehendakari Center) – Large Scale Transformations: New Ways of Tackling the Challenges of the 21st Century.
  • 12.30-13.00: Luis Berasategi (Mondragon University – HiriLab) – It´s All about Ecosystems 
  • 13.00-14.30: Lunch Break
  • 14.30-15.00: Naiara Goia (Arantzazulab) – What Is Up? Innovative Approaches to Respond to Current Social Challenges (from Social Innovation and New Governance Models) (online)
  • 15.00-15.30: Lorea Agirre (Jakin) – Situated Knowledges: A Key to Think and to Act
  • 15.30-16.00: Group: organization and space allocation

10 de diciembre

  • 9.00-10.30: Workshop I: Student group + 1 speaker: “How can we act locally to respond globally?” 
  • 10.30-11.00: Coffee Break
  • 11.00-12.00: Workshop II: Students work on their presentations
  • 12.00-13.30: Lunch Break
  • 13.30-15.15: Workshop III: Students give their presentations
  • 15.30-16.15: Otto Scharmer (Presencing Institute) – Theory U: Emerging Futures (AUDITORIUM -online)
  • 16.15-16.30: Concluding remarks (AUDITORIUM)


  • Otto Scharmer (Presencing Institute.) Senior Lecturer in the MIT Management Sloan School. Co-founder of the Presencing Institute. He chairs the MIT Ideas program.
  • Mille Bojer (Reos Partners). BA in Political Science (focused on international development), Cornell University MA in Political Science, University of Copenhagen. Director of Reos Partners’ office in Geneva.
  • Igor Calzada (Wiserd). Senior techno-political scientist, academic and policy adviser currently working since 2019 at the European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre, Centre for Advanced Studies [(i) DigiTranScope; (ii) Data Ecosystems; and (iii) AI Watch projects] paralleling his position since 2012 at the University of Oxford, Urban Transformations ESRC and Future of Cities Programmes at COMPAS. Research Fellow at WISERD since January 2021.
  • Gorka Espiau (Agirre Lehendakaria Center). Director of the «Agirre Lehendakaria Center for Social and Political Studies». Espiau is also a Senior Fellow of the Michael Young Foundation, a founding partner of the Koop Social Innovation Laboratory (SILK) and scientific director of the Work4Progress initiative, promoted by the La Caixa Foundation. He had previously served as an advisor to the Presidency of the Basque Government.
  • Naiara Goia (Arantzazulab). Director of the Arantzazulab Social Innovation Laboratory. Expert in innovation and coordination of international strategic projects, she has a degree in Telecommunications Engineering. She has spent the last years in the Mondragon Corporation, leading initiatives to promote innovation in the cooperatives and promoting business transformation strategies.
  • Sharam Yalda (Human Nation) works Regenerative Innovation, Design & Strategies for Business and Leadership: Humanity, Circularity, Decarbonization, Technology-4-good. Founder and CEO of HumanNation.
  • Auxkin Galarraga (Eusko Ikaskuntza-Basque Studies Society). Doctor in Sociology from the UPV / EHU. He is currently a professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at the UPV / EHU. He is a member of InnoLab, a high performance research group part of the Basque university system on Innovation, Change and Complexity. He has participated in projects on social change, social innovation and socio-productive systems. He is Scientific Director of GizarteLAB (Eusko Ikaskuntza-Basque Studies Society).
  • Luis Berasategi (Mondragon University). Industrial Engineer (UPV-EHU). Researcher and project manager in the Strategic Innovation Area (Ikerlan). Senior researcher in the area of Advanced Strategies and coordinator of Bilbao Berrikuntza Faktoria (BBF): the urban ecosystem of learning, innovation, and entrepreneurship in Bilbao. Currently, the coordinator of the Bilbao AS Fabrik (BAF) Urban Laboratories: the new ecosystem in Zorrotzaurre.
  • Lorea Agirre (Jakin). PhD in Information Science and Anthropology (UPV-EHU). Writer, journalist, and researcher on minorized languages, culture, and gender. Currently the director and manager at Jakin Fundazioa.

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