CNN en Español publishes INCAE Business School study on Disruptive Cities

23 2017 August

Under the alliance between both parties, CNN en Español will publish the study Disruptive, Intelligent and Sustainable Cities of the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS) of INCAE Business School. The study was carried out as part of the CLACDS strategy to encourage Latin American cities to develop an agenda of social interventions aimed at guaranteeing the improvement of the quality of life in the city and the fulfillment of the objectives of sustainable development, through of an inclusive, safe and sustainable city.

"Based on the study, CNN will be preparing and publishing a series of reports on topics of current importance related to environmental and social sustainability in the city of Alajuela and the efficient recycling system in Curridabat, Costa Rica. These broadcasts will be carried out to held on August 22 and 23 in the Global Portfolio programs with Gabriela Frías and later in the World Panorama, Café CNN and CNN Dinero programs. "

The information comes from a cooperation project between CLACDS and local governments that has been launched in Alajuela as a pilot. Alajuela is the municipality with the highest urban growth in Costa Rica, and today it is a logistics hub and the nerve center of the country's high-tech and medical device cluster.

According to the study, urban growth is also accompanied by an increase in social, environmental and institutional problems. The increase in traffic accidents, higher crime rates, concentration of pollutants, scarcity of green spaces, destruction of community support networks and greater vulnerability to natural disasters, are part of the daily problems of many cities and are reflected in the measurements of the Social Progress Index applied by the CLACDS.

"For Central America, the strategy is even more relevant, since the region has the highest urban population growth rates in the world, but at the same time, great social lags," said Jaime García, INCAE's CLACDS researcher.

CLACDS has an agenda of local governments and cities that is based on the generation of disruptive cities, that is, to facilitate the creation of towns that break with the trend of deterioration in the quality of life of its inhabitants and become inclusive growth poles . Therefore, this strategy seeks, through urban management based on data and evidence, a multisectoral co-creation promoting social innovation.

"Currently, more than half of the world's population resides in urban spaces; in other words, more than 2 billion people live in 3,500% of the world's territory; and it is expected that, by 2050, 7 out of 10 inhabitants of the Earth live in a city, "Garcia said.

A model applied in South America

The Social Progress Index (IPS) of Bogotá generated a movement called "Bogotá towards the Center", because it showed that in recent years the neighborhoods located in the center of the city have had the lowest rate of progress. Also Cali, Cartagena, Manizales and Medellín will use the index as one of the performance indicators for their respective 2016-2019 municipal development plans.

In Central America, Costa Rica is the most advanced in terms of the use of social innovation as an instrument for sustainable development, as the central government has a Presidential Council for Innovation and Human Talent that is designing an ecosystem of social innovation with emphasis on governments. local. CLACDS has not only participated in this Council through the Social Innovation Table to design a country strategy; It has also collaborated with the Curridabat canton, one of the most innovative intermediate cities in Costa Rica, to create novel solutions to urban problems.

In Colombia, Bogotá, Medellín, Manizales, Pereira, Valledupar, Ibague, Cartagena, Cali, and Bucaramanga are using the IPS measurement methodology for cities, which is the first step in this strategy. Also Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and processes are about to start in Buenos Aires, Panama City and Mexico City; in addition to Upala in Costa Rica, as part of the reconstruction operations from Hurricane Otto.

In Latin America, a total of 20 mayors in the region have shown interest in the strategy.

INCAE and CNN en Español established an alliance for the publication of studies on topics of Latin American relevance. The dissemination of these investigations, carried out by members of the INCAE Faculty, will be carried out throughout the year covering topics of interest such as renewable energies, exponential technologies, sustainable and smart cities, female entrepreneurship in Latin America and its role in economic and social development, and social progress of women.

To learn more about this study, you can consult the information HERE.

About the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development - CLACDS

Is the principal think tank and the applied research center of INCAE Business School. Its mission is to promote sustainable development in the region through applied research, capacity building and dialogue. It works closely with government agencies, international organizations, organizations and private sector companies.

About the Center for Collaborative and Women's Leadership - CLCM

The CLCM is INCAE's impact center that promotes equal opportunities for women in Latin America and enables both men and women to develop collaborative leadership that creates value for their organizations and societies through research, education, and community impact. CLCM's work has focused on research, leadership development, and community impact.

About the Latin American Center for Entrepreneurs

The new Latin American Center for Entreprenurs is an INCAE impact center, focused on scalable entrepreneurship, whose objectives are to strengthen entrepreneurs in the region, strengthen entrepreneurial careers and learning about entrepreneurship issues and promote entrepreneurial ecosystems among INCAE alumni .

About CNN en Español

CNN en Español's business unit is responsible for various multimedia platforms geared toward a Spanish-speaking audience around the world. This includes CNN en Español, the 24-hour news channel for Latin America, Mexico, and the United States on three different signals reaching 42 million homes and hotel rooms in Latin America and 7.4 million homes in the United States, as well as, and CNN en Español Radio, which includes affiliated radio stations in Latin America and the United States.

CNN contacts in Spanish:

Mariana Piñango, Latin America -; Isabel Bucaram, USA -; Javier Merino, Mexico -

INCAE Business School Contacts:

Karola Fonseca -; Magda Montiel -