In a global context characterized by complex and interconnected problems (such as climate change or inequality), which transcend the capacity for action of any individual actor, it is necessary to adopt a systemic approach to reality and new models of work that are more open, horizontal and collaborative.

For this reason, at itdUPM we have been participating in various Systemic Collaborative Platforms for ten years, designed to facilitate dialogue between disciplines, the co-creation of innovative solutions and shared learning.

What is a Systemic Collaborative Platform?

This is an organizational model based on stable and continuous collaboration among multiple agents, disciplines and sectors. The aim is to build a shared vision of the problems and facilitate collaborative work to achieve common sustainability goals, in line with the 2030 Agenda. By exploring multiple areas of work and actions operating at different levels (regulatory, financial, technological, cultural) a portfolio of interconnected experimentation initiatives is built to accelerate transformation and increase impact.

Which is the role of a university in a platform?

The university brings a global dimension to the local context, linking the specific needs of society with academic practice. It provides legitimacy, implies neutrality, nurtures the necessary learning processes and helps sustain platform agreements. It possesses tangible and intangible assets, such as specialized and multidisciplinary knowledge, the possibility of research and experimentation on university campuses, the connection with young people and the capacity to attract other public, private and social actors.

Platforms in action

Alianza Shire

Drives innovative solutions for energy access in the humanitarian field. It is currently working in refugee camps in the Dollo Ado area (Ethiopia) and their respective host communities. The project reaches nearly 40,000 people.

Cities in Transition

Design, articulate and implement actions that contribute to the just climate transition of cities involving various sectors and agents of the territory, within the framework of the European Mission 100 climate neutral cities in 2030. From itdUPM we contribute at three levels: european, spanish and local (Madrid).

El Día Después

It works to build a new social contract to help achieve the 2030 Agenda. Composed of very diverse individuals and organizations, it creates a collaborative and open environment for reflection and joint action.

Platform for green employment

Facilitates the insertion of vulnerable groups into the labor market in the new green jobs generated by the ecological transition. It focuses on sectors such as renewable energies, circular economy or nature-based solutions, among others.

Lada and Velilla Innovation Platform

It promotes a just transition in two territories that are undergoing coal-fired power plant closure processes. Through listening and co-creation with citizens, public entities and local companies, it connects the potential of the territory with the opportunity for socioeconomic regeneration.