More than half of humanity, 4 billion people, live in cities today and this figure is projected to increase to 5 billion by 2030. The world's cities occupy only 3% of the earth, but they account for between 60% and 80% of energy consumption and 75% of carbon emissions. It is essential to create resilience mechanisms in rural areas to prevent collapse in large cities. Transforming rural ecosystems into sustainable smart territories is contributing to the sustainability of smart cities.
Rural areas have immense potential for industrialization in the agro-industrial sector, with good prospects for sustainable employment generation and higher productivity. Each job in the industry generates 2.2 jobs in other sectors. The incorporation of 4.0 linked to the Sustainable Development Goals into rural industry is key to achieving the resilience and sustainability of the territories.
The Innomnium Community Foundation was founded early last year and is being conceived as a "positive non-profit startup". Entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability are the mainstays of the initiatives he plans. Innomnium, as an "apolitical grassroot", wants to add value to rural areas and their businesses with the aim of promoting "space justice" as an essential value for the sustainability of territories.
In this sense, Innomnium has created CRIT®, a model of territorial innovation, a catalytic instrument through which public, private and social agents in rural areas (quintuple helix) transforms it into an ecosystem through the merits of talent. , knowledge, skills and active experience. From the identification of multigenerational talent in rural areas, Innomnium becomes a veritable "entrepreneurial factory" in which projects linked to the SDGs find the resources needed to become market value.
Innomnium therefore wants to contribute to create resilience mechanisms in rural areas to mitigate the effects of their depopulation and prevent the collapse of large cities.
The main position of Innomnium as a generator of Alliances is included in Chapter 17 of the 2030 Agenda. Alliances that allow the establishment of win-win agreements for the execution of specific projects and ODS programs, in expects public-private collaboration agreements with the most important entities in the local territories, with the aim of solving their challenges through the integration of the educational-scientific, technological-business and civic-citizen communities.
The value proposition is focused on 5 key points:
1. Young people are present and future of the territories. Your talent and knowledge need to be empowered by an ethical digital transition.
2. Territorial projects linked to the SDGs generate resilience in rural areas and sustained GDP growth.
3. Smart Cities will be sustainable if they are the Smart Territories that surround them.
4. Companies will become key players if they integrate the triple economic, social and environmental balance into their corporate strategies.
5. Public policies are essential for the sustainable growth of a community through high value-added public / private partnerships.
The areas of action are:
· Community of Secondary Education Institutes formed by high school students and the respective tutors of the Research Works + Territorial Education Services of the Generalitat de Catalunya + Pedagogical Resource Centers of the respective counties.
· Scientific community formed by the research centers and universities of the territory.
· The specific program is the "ODS Youth Challenge".
· Entrepreneurship centers such as coworking spaces, fab-labs, lifting-labs, co-livings, OTRIS, technology transfer centers, municipal business incubators, etc.
· Startups and spin-offs detected in the territory.
· The specific program is the "CRITTalent".
· Local companies, primarily medium-sized and family-owned. Chambers of Commerce.
· The specific program is the “ODS Innovation for Carbonless Tax”.
The attached map marks the regions in which Innomnium’s territorial strategy aims to implement the CRIT® model in the next two years in a process that began in 2019.