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Piensa Valparaiso Newsletter - October 2023

Seminar: Constitutional Process - What is at stake?

Within the framework of the constitutional discussion, Fundación Piensa met with Beatriz Hevia (President of the Constitutional Council), and Rodrigo Álvarez (former member of the Constitutional Convention and director of the P!ensa Constitutional Team), in order to analyze the challenges of the current process, delving into some matters addressed by the proposal of the Council regarding rights, institutions, security, and others. Likewise, they expressed their expectations about the December 17 referendum.

Regional tour P!ensa 2023 Young Leaders Competition

For the eighth consecutive year, applications were opened for the “Young Leaders P!ensa 2023 – Leaders for a better Valparaíso Region” contest. This initiative, developed by Fundación P!ensa in alliance with Mutual de Seguros de Chile, seeks to recognize and provide visibility for a critical mass of young people committed to the Valparaíso region, who are making changes or contributing to local development through their different disciplines.
For the first time since the beginning of the contest, a regional tour was carried out, with the purpose of publicizing the project and discovering talents within the Valparaíso region. Seven provinces of the region were visited, resulting in more than 70 new applications.

Conversation with Blumel: "La Vuelta Larga" ("The Roundabout Way")

On October 23, at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez’s campus in Viña del Mar, former minister Gonzalo Blumel presented his book “La Vuelta Larga”. Maximiliano Duarte (Director of Studies) and Fernando Wilson (academic of the UAI Faculty of Liberal Arts) held a dialogue with Blumel, analyzing some passages from the book, delving into the October crisis and the months following.

School of Public Policy

Chile faces important challenges that require fresh perspectives. In the midst of the constitutional process, and faced with the need to move forward a robust agenda to solve social emergencies, it is essential to have young people willing to get involved, and who also understand the various aspects of society.
Based on this idea, Fundación P!ensa established the School of Public Policy, which consists of six sessions to be carried out every Thursday from October 12 to November 16.