It is undeniable that at the moment, the world is evolving at an exaggerated rate. We are fully immersed in the so-called era of digital transformation, and to the great changes that already entails, we add the side effects produced by the Covid-19 pandemic. This entails transformations in the economy, in society and in the environment. To the factors mentioned above, we should add two more of a great importance as well: the demographic economic concentration of cities and the definitive implantation of the knowledge society. The United Nations, with the aim of warning about the needs for cities to maintain growth that ensures social, spatial and environmental balance, estimates that 70% of the world's population will live in urban centers by 2050. So sustainable development will increasingly depend on the proper management of urban growth, especially in low- and middle-income countries, which are leading the trend.
The United Nations defines Smart Territories as "innovative territories that use technologies. of information and communications (ICT) and other ways to improve the quality of life, operations, efficiency and competitiveness of urban services, ensuring that meets the needs of present and future generations, as well as the respective cultural aspects ”.
GETT® (Geoethic Think-do Tank) promoted by the Innomnium Civic Foundation, has created CRIT® (Resilient Communities, Territorial Innovation), a model of territorial innovation, which from a territorial challenge we create solutions agreed and participated by the local communities of knowledge, to identify, implement and certify each one of the phases of action by means of digital tools. Considering that the cities of the future will be sustainable if they are the rural regions of their environment, CRIT empowers local citizens to transform the rural ecosystem (fivefold helix) into a circular, entrepreneurial and resilient bio territory.
The CRIT® model aims to provide the territory with the tools and capabilities to face its own challenges through a change in the culture of innovation (both technical and social), ensuring that way the future sustainability of actions and their own feedback.