Sesiones de Co-creación in Lada (Asturias) and Interpretación Colectiva in Velilla del Río Carrión (Palencia) — Community Engagement Platforms promoted by Iberdrola, itdUPM and ALC

Practice Lab

Iberdrola in collaboration with ALCK and itdUPM promotes two Community Engagement Platforms in Spain, one in Lada, Langreo (Asturias) and the other one in Velilla del Río Carrión (Palencia), in order to contribute to the local socio-economic development in both territories, as well as to promote a just transition due to the closure of Iberdrola’s thermal power plants.

Most of the current global development initiatives addressing complex issues are still designed as projects to address specific issues linearly. Social Innovation Platforms, alternatively, seek to interconnect public and private organisations and citizens with actions around shared objectives, methodologies and evaluation systems, in order to bring about systemic impact. In both Asturias and Velilla, at the end of July 2020, a participative process to co-design and implement Social Innovation Platforms was launched, incorporating a permanent listening system that generates real-time information on the perceptions of each territory and how it responds to the development of ongoing initiatives. Currently, we are working in parallel on both platforms but at a different pace, since the process in Velilla (Palencia) started later. Specifically, in Asturias we are in the co-creation phase, while in Palencia we have just had our first collective interpretation session.

Social Innovation Platform in LADA Co-creation Sessions

On July 19 and 20, first co-creation sessions with the different agents were held, where we elaborate specific developed ideas and generate new ones with the widest variety of levels. This sets up the basis to start designing the platform’s portfolio –understood as a portfolio of interconnected initiatives in 5 levels of impact that respond to ethnographic profiles–.

Social Innovation Platform in VELILLA DEL RÍO CARRIÓN Collective Interpretation Sessions

On July 22, first collective interpretation session with different agents was held, where we could contrast the information gathered in the listening process, that is, rethinking the narratives, challenges and opportunities, mainly, through the profiles, as well as adding new approaches. 

We also held other collective interpretation session with the workers of the plant in Palencia.