Arantzazulab was born out of the humanist tradition and values of Arantzazu, and we are committed to our responsibility of continuing to make a valuable contribution to Basque society. We aim to transform Arantzazu into the reference node in social innovation and a hub for people in pursuit of a fairer, more cohesive, competitive and humane society.
What sets us apart? We are a laboratory of social innovation, grounded in the tradition of Arantzazu, but growing with our own unique identity.
This is a laboratory that is dedicated to community development. It serves as a hub for research, exploration and experimentation of instruments of social empowerment. Together we will listen and learn, and together we will strengthen our public-private-social alliances, all from the perspective of collaborative governance.
With our focus on social action and the environment, the Arantzazulab social innovation laboratory explores innovative solutions for the four major challenges of our society: coexistence, well-being, ecological transition and work.
In these times of great upheaval and change, we rise to these challenges by placing social, cultural and economic perspectives at the heart of our agenda.
Because our society is looking for new answers and values. When we understand the needs of Basque society, we tackle the challenges from the point of view of the involvement of its people. Arantzazulab's answers for the future, will be determined in collaboration with you.
Complex challenges require complex answers. We believe the only way forward is collective collaboration.
"We must strive to deliver innovative solutions and a new approach to the challenges we have as a society: through participatory processes, empowering people as well as institutions, and fostering collaboration".
— Naiara Goia
"Arantzazulab will be a hub in which we can reflect, experiment, research, generate and disseminate knowledge about social challenges".
— Naiara Goia
"This laboratory is open to the world. We want to learn from advanced international experiences and tap into their knowledge. But we also seek to expand our local model of sustainable human development and position ourselves on the world stage".
— Naiara Goia
The greatest transformations arise from collaboration, and Arantzazulab promotes spaces and networks of collaboration with diverse stakeholders, including people, companies, entities and community groups.
The next critical step in social innovation can only be achieved through active listening, reflection, collaboration, mutual learning, creativity, knowledge and shared education. Collectively we will respond to the challenges of the future and the needs of our society.
Now, as always, global challenges will have collective answers.
Social agents and companies
The Social Innovation Laboratory has its foundations in the natural, spiritual, cultural and social heritage fostered by the Gandiaga Centre in Arantzazu. What better place than Arantzazu to build a fairer, more cohesive and humane future?
Since its establishment the Gandiaga conference centre has represented a hub; a collaborative space for reflection, debate, research and learning. Arantzazu has always been a point of reference and a haven for experimentation. Arantzazu has always been at the very forefront of innovation.
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