TELESFORO MONZON eLab / Euskal Herrigintza Laborategia


2nd NEWSLETTER / 2022.09.28



The Gipuzkoa Citizen Assembly is already underway, and will focus on agricultural activity and climate change. It is promoted by the Telesforo Monzón Laboratory of ideas(TMeLab) and the Arantzazulab Social Innovation Laboratory, and will be implemented by the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa.

32 Gipuzkoa province citizens chosen by lottery will be called to participate in this innovative Citizen Assembly in which they will have to answer the following question: how can we guarantee the agricultural activity of Gipuzkoa to face the climate emergency?

This Citizen Assembly is the culmination of the project presented almost a year ago to Etorkizuna Eraikiz by the Telesforo Monzon Laboratory of Ideas (TMeLab) and the Arantzazulab Social Innovation Lab. This project has been developed with the collaboration of national and international consultants, experts in deliberative democracy (OECD, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Deliberativa Association).

It is a pioneering and innovative process that aims to invite citizens to participate in the deliberation on relevant public issues such as agriculture and climate change.

The process has the support of all the political groups represented in the Provincial Assembly. The Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa will receive from this Citizen Assembly a series of recommendations to be used to guide its agricultural policy actions in the coming years.



TMeLab has been studying the value that deliberative democracy models can have when taking measures to combat climate change. For this reason, in recent months we have organized two conferences in collaboration with Mondragón Unibertsitatea, Arantzazulab and the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa.

Deliberative Democracy in the 21st Century

The Telesforo Monzón laboratory od ideas (TMelab), Mondragon Unibertsitatea (MU) and Arantzazulab, organized an online reflection conference. The theoretical and practical framework of the citizen assembly was discussed. What are citizens’ assemblies for and what are their limitations, as well as their importance in the deliberations to be made on climate change. National assemblies from different countries were analyzed, gathering different experiences and sharing reflections from experts.

The video of the conference is available on our website.

Gipuzkoa Climate Assembly in rural areas. International Conference.

In collaboration between TM eLab, Arantzazulab, the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa and Deliberativa, an international conference was held to learn about the different climate assemblies in Europe. These conferences are part of the Gipuzkoa Citizen Assembly project on the Rural Environment and Climate that TMeLab has launched together with Arantzazulab and the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa.


language policy

Conference on a language policy for the 21st century, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Txillardegi's death.

Txillardegi Gogoeta gunea, a think tank on language policy of TMeLab, Jakin and UEU have jointly organized this conference to be held in Markesenea in Eibar on October 19, 2022.

The aim of the conference is to discuss the need for a language policy that is effective in the 21st century, which is essential to accelerate the process of normalization of the Basque language.


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Demography / Migration. Euskal Herria in 15 years. 

The aim of the seminar was to analyze the demographic changes that will take place in Euskal Herria in the coming years and to discuss the linguistic policy that needs to be worked on in this respect from the point of view of the recovery of the Basque language.

Here is the summary made on the occasion of the seminar from Txillardegi Gogoeta Gunea, as well as the compilation of the works presented and the reflection made in it.

Rethinking language policy from the point of view of artificial intelligence and digital transformation.

The aim of the seminar was to analyze the impact of artificial intelligence and digital transformation on the Basque language, and to analyze the language policy to be developed taking into account this new reality.

A summary made by Txillardegi Gogoeta Gunea on the website, as well as a compilation of the papers presented and the reflections made, will soon be available to everyone on the website.



What do the results of the surveys tell us so far?

Reflection Day, at the Bizkaia Hall in Bilbao. November 23rd, in the morning.

What do the latest NAZIOMETROA surveys tell us about the situation in the Basque Country? What about the future? How should we understand these data? Can they be compared with other realities?

Conference organized by TMeLab and Parte Hartuz of the EHU-UPV.



The challenges of the Basque identity in the XXI century. Donostia.

Summer Courses.

Organized by TMelab, Sabino Arana Fundazioa SAF, Pete Cenarrusa Foundation and directed by Iñaki Goirizelaia

Organized by TMelab, Sabino Arana Fundazioa SAF, Pete Cenarrusa Foundation and directed by Iñaki Goirizelaia, this summer we have debated on the challenges of the Basque identity.

What will be the basis of the Basque identity at the beginning of the 21st century? Are we assured of the survival of our identity? What are our risks and strengths, as well as our threats and opportunities? What will be the pillars for the reproduction of the Basque identity in this century of transformation? What are our challenges as a people? The aim of this conference has been to debate and reflect on all this among different people. We have talked about identity, we have analyzed examples of other peoples, we have talked about the Basque identity in the Basque Country and in the world, and about the challenges and ways to reproduce it in the 21st century.



Welfare and its indicators.

The health emergency has had a direct impact on the factors that influence the welfare of society. And precisely because of this, if the COVID19 pandemic has contributed anything, it has been the need for policies that place the person at the center of political activity. All this has highlighted the need to delve deeper into people’s well-being and the factors that influence it. And many questions arise about the concept and the indicators for measuring it.

Thus, with the aim of analyzing well-being and its indicators, the Telesforo Monzon laboratory of ideas (TMeLab)and the GEZKI Institute of the UPV/EHU, under the direction of professors Felix Arrieta and Enekoitz Etxezarreta, coordinated by Malen Domínguez Zabala, from TM eLab, organized a conference on this topic.

The conference is now available on our website:


TMeLab intends to continue reflecting on welfare indicators. For this purpose, Malen Domínguez’s work on the New Zealand welfare model and its indicators is also available.


Demographics of Scottish Independence 2021

Thanks to the generosity of Common Weal, the 2021 edition of the DEMOGRAPHY OF INDEPENDENCE has been translated into Basque, which has allowed TMeLab to disseminate its work.



We raise our eyes and turn to the world; from Scotland, to Ireland and Wales, passing through Quebec, Corsica, New Caledonia or Greenland, with the intention of exploring and offering the opportunity to learn from the sovereignty processes underway throughout the world, in collaboration with TMeLab and Gure Esku Dago we have created Periskopioa, a periodic newsletter to approach  these various processes. You can find the first and second issues here.



In June 2022 we report on the fourth survey of NAZIOMETROA, a joint initiative between TMelab and EHU-UPV.

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