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I’m interested in the future

Lisbon is the European capital of innovation. The news is not new, the merit is not mine, and the recognition is not small, even if it is not final. The news was given in February this year, and communicated by the President of the Lisbon City Council, Carlos Moedas, for whom the ambition of “bringing the technological world closer to the city’s real challenges and enabling entrepreneurs to contribute directly to creating a fairer and more supportive Lisbon†never ends. It is to this vision – and I will return to it – that merit can be attributed; to this and, of course, to the competence and dedication of the municipal teams, as well as to those who preceded me in carrying out the functions that I perform today, and who worked and work daily to make Lisbon a city of the future.

I’m interested in the future. Not the future because of the passing circumstance, guys, of being 22 years old. Not the future through any kind of euphoria based on the new, as if the new were in itself virtuous. Not the future as a rebellion of rejection of the past. I am interested in the future precisely for the opposite of all of this.

I am interested in the future for the common good, an essential aspect for social and territorial cohesion, and a vital element in the fight against atomization, individualism and growing alienation in societies. I’m interested in the future because of the importance of intergenerationality, in an increasingly aging society, because of what in the present – and tomorrow is already the past – we can do for everyone’s well-being, because no one can be left behind back. I am interested in the future, because of the challenges of sustainability; but without forgetting that sustainability, so in vogue in political narratives, is based on a path taken, a path taken in an open society, where, as never before in the history of Humanity, people lived with so much comfort and ensuring so much inclusion. £o. And it is important not to forget that this comfort is not an invention of the future, but rather the result of a laborious path taken in the past.

I am interested in the future, precisely because there is no future by throwing the past into the dustbin of History or returning to an idealization of the past denying the challenges of the present. It’s this future that interests me. A future expressed in the vision that guides us, in Lisbon, and that I announced in the first paragraph: technology at the service of the city’s real challenges and, in response to these, guaranteeing justice and solidarity.

That’s what CML went to Toronto to do, Collision, last June, and where I had the privilege of representing her. But I’m already telling you about Collision.

I said I would return to the vision, and here I am. In this executive we are not dazzled by the “P2, turbo sound, disco sound, Video-Club, joystick, midi, high-tech†, as in the post-modern oldies of GNR; Here we are of a different temperament, we are interested in people. I know I know: oh, and so on, people, people, that doesn’t say anything, we are all people, and governing a city forces you to make decisions that end up not satisfying some people. It’s true, and yet we govern for the people. What does this mean? This means that we have a multifaceted commitment to the people of Lisbon, a commitment that involves, to put it very simply, putting all of our efforts at the service of improving their living conditions.

I risk quoting out of context: it is not the numbers of companies, of startupsof scaleups, of unicorns, it is not the turnover volume, the number of jobs created, it is not even the revenue generated, as a final value, in itself virtuous, that is our end . Our end, our means and our principle is to invest in free transport, in the construction of essential infrastructures that mitigate the effects of climate change in the city, in the decentralization of culture, in the construction of housing, in the improvement and increase of green spaces and so many other things gaining life or new life through the hand of this executive. It’s the people: the improvement of their living conditions, the common good, the sustainability of the city, a fair and supportive city as in our vision. They are also the reasons why I am interested in the future.

In Toronto, 13 were with us startups, with a total investment of 18 million euros and 200 jobs created, as well as organizations and companies linked to Lisbon’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. It is worth saying that Toronto is the third largest hub technological sector in North America, with 24,000 companies and 289,000 workers in the technology field. At this event there were more than 800 speakers, 1,400 journalists, 1,000 investors, 2,000 startups, and 300 partners from more than 140 countries. Our delegation took the opportunity, in addition to other parallel contacts, to meet with the CEO of Web Summit, Paddy Cosgrave, com a Toronto CouncillorShelley Carroll, and with the Portuguese Consul General in Toronto, Ana LuÃs Riquito.

Why does this matter? Because if there is a place where entrepreneurs, innovators, people committed to the challenges of the future and sustainability, to inclusion and well-being, and with the ambition to make their local initiatives global, come together, Lisbon wants be present. And you want to present yourself as the place where these people want to be. Because it is for the people we work and because it is from the people we learn.


Joana Oliveira Costa writes according to the old spelling

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Francesco Giganti

Journalist, social media, blogger and pop culture obsessive in newshubpro

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