3rd round of Futures Workshops in Peru and Colombia

Once again, our Finnish team travelled to Lima and Bogotá to run futures workshops with local partners. This time, we built together roadmaps for sustainable innovation environments of native Andean crops. This was the third of four workshops, and the last one, to be held in April 2019, will focus on action plans for different stakeholders both in Peru and in Colombia.

On May 2018 we wrote scenarios of desirable futures for the Peruvian and Colombian agrofood industry with a special focus on Andean crops. This time, we discussed what are the steps we need to take to reach that desirable future.

Following the same model as the previous two workshops of this project, one of the days was dedicated to lectures on methodology, given by Dr. Juha Kaskinen, and the other day dedicated to interaction with local partners.

The interaction with local partners started by introducing the project process, and giving an overview of what has been done thus far. Although most of our partners were the same from last May, many of them were participating in Futures Workshops for the very first time.

We read the scenarios that were co-created with our partners, and with the help of images from Peruvian and Colombian landscapes, we started the workshop with a poetic immersion to their desirable 2030.

Figure 1. Group working on their roadmaps in Lima, Peru.

Having those images in mind, participants were introduced with a simple roadmap building technique of five steps:

  1. Define what is the desirable future we want to achieve.
    (This was the scenario we made in May)
  2. Define the time frame
    (For this exercise, the time frame was given beforehand. From 2020 to 2030 divided in three blocks: 2020-2022; 2023-2025; 2026-2029)
  3. Formulate a short vision statement.
  4. Identify drivers (e.g. megatrends, societal needs etc.) that effect and support your actions and deeds.
  5. Define the strategic steps/elements to take in each given time frame, so that they are possible and in relation to each other.
Figure 2. Illustration of a result from the 3rd workshop of one of the groups.

The image above is an illustration of a ready roadmap of one of the groups. On the top, the vision is stated: “In 2030 the Andean Crops are internationally recognized and are categorized as highly nutritive thanks to new technological applications and policies that promote research, development and innovation promoting new jobs and better living conditions.”

Below the vision statement, drivers of change are listed, such as climate change, search for healthy food, urbanization, etc. Note that some drivers of change affect the entire time frame, and some, affect only a small period of time. In the example above, the new law on food labels will affect mainly the first time frame, and by the time the second timeframe begins, it will already be institutionalized.

Further on, strategic steps to take in each given time frame were formulated, and these steps to be taken end in 2029, because by 2030, the vision should be reached.

Figure 3. Group working on their roadmap in Bogotá, Colombia.

On our next workshop, in April 2019, we will co-create action plans and recommendations to various stakeholders so that these visions of sustainable innovation environments of native Andean crops can take into place.

The final results will be published in English and in Spanish and will be presented in the Finland Futures Research Centre’s summer conference entitled “Constructing Social Futures – Sustainability, Responsibility and Power” to be held in Turku, Finland on 12–13 June 2019.

By Marianna Birmoser Ferreira-Aulu