10 December 2020
5:00 pm
Intergenerational Justice: Institutional Creativity and the Future of Cities

Intergenerational Justice: Session on Institutional Creativity and the Future of Cities


Aspen Institute España, in collaboration with Fundación Iberdrola España, celebrated the third session of the Intergenerational Justice Program with a session on Institutional creativity and the future of cities. This session brought together around 25 participants from very heterogeneous professional sectors and very diverse ages.

Rocío Martínez Sampere, Director of the Felipe González Foundation, was the rapporteur of the debate session, and, Miguel Herrero de Jáuregui, Professor of Greek Philology at the Complutense University of Madrid, the moderator.

This block aims to delve into the role of cities in the development of action and innovation mechanisms to face the current challenges. Cities play a fundamental role in the adoption and implementation of innovative measures to promote inclusion, mitigation of climate change and sustainability.

Local governments can develop new forms of institutional creativity that allow experimenting and innovating mechanisms of participation and social action to face the great challenges we face. The current crisis should serve as a catalyst for the renewal of new alliances, between local governments, the private sector and the civil society, that help us solve the problems of that moment and build a sustainable future for all.


Biography of the rapporteur

Rocío Martínez Sampere, Director of the Felipe González Foundation. Rocío holds a degree in Economics from the Pompeu Fabra University, a Master’s in Economics and a Master’s in Government and Public Policies from the London School of Economics. In 2006 she was elected deputy for Barcelona in the Parliament, where she was the spokesperson for Economy and Budgets. She participates in different media. Patron of the Alliance for Solidarity and Teamings. Aspen España Fellow since 2017. Member of the Advisory Council of the Godó Group.

Biography of the moderator

Miguel Herrero de Jáuregui, Professor of Greek Philology at the Complutense University of Madrid. Graduated in Law and Classics, doctor in Classical Philology and History of Religions, and trained as a researcher at the Max Planck Institut, Harvard, Oxford (Christ Church), Zurich and Bologna (Royal Council of Spain). He is Aspen España Fellow and author of various studies on philosophy, literature, politics and religion of ancient Greece.


Intergenerational Justice Program

The Program is organized by Aspen Institute España, in collaboration with Fundación Iberdrola and it took place on November 25th, December 3rd and 10th. In this first edition, the program brought together recognized and emerging leaders from various sectors of our society. The questions that backboned the dialogue were introduced by experts in these matters and moderated to facilitate an enriching conversation for all. In this way, under the Chatham House Rule, the exploration and analysis of these questions will be facilitated through the Socratic method, used in the Aspen Institute España seminars, based on previous readings and questions to guide the discussion.

The purpose of the Aspen Institute España debates is not to reach definitive conclusions or find unique solutions, but rather to foster an exchange of opinions and perspectives from which the ideals, principles and personal relationships that inspire and facilitate a more enlightened leadership in our society can emerge. The climate crisis, the risk of depletion of natural resources, the growth of public debt and the weakening of multilateral institutions force us to ask ourselves again great questions about the future of our societies and the sustainability of our current economic system, both for the current generations as for the next. To address these issues, these debates will be raised from three themes, which in turn are closely related to each other, in order to analyze and understand the complexity of these challenges and address them from a broad and interdisciplinary perspective, integrating voices from different generations.


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  • Rocío Martínez-Sampere
  • Miguel Herrero de Jáuregui
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