Bitácora & Territorio’s value proposition is:
B&T is a business initiative that harnesses the power of multidisciplinary teams of experts united around a common passion for promoting an innovative and unique concept of regional development. B&T’s work is guided by strong principles of sustainability and inclusivity, and is in line with a territorial approach. Our organization aims to pool knowledge and lessons learned to achieve a better understanding of local and regional realities. By examining situations through different lenses, we offer clients a nuanced perspective of disparities and diversities across communities, regions and territories.
We see our clients through processes of collective policymaking, regional agendas, methodologies and logbooks, all in the service of territorial development. Our objective is to catalyze debate and foster linkages among governments, businesses, organizations and communities, with the ultimate aim of planning joint courses of action to achieve shared goals.
B&T designs, supports, and implements actions that promote active participation, which serves as a basis for dialogue and inclusion, where individual and collective dreams and aspirations, both private and public, become opportunities for the creation of shared values for all actors in society.
Bitácora & Territorio’s value proposition is:
We come up with new ways and means to reach our goals. We believe people and communities inherently possess the knowledge needed to find creative solutions and build models that can be taken to scale.
We believe that participation, dialogue, trust building, and collective efforts are fundamental cornerstones to comprehensive planning and are critical to the sustainability of policies, regional agendas, methodologies, and logbooks put into practice in the service of territorial development.
We respect the different and multiple realities of territories and communities, valuing diversity as an asset that encourages development. For example, territorial development requires differentiated approaches depending on urban/rural contexts and ethnic groups. Strategies should also be adjusted to best respond to the needs of youth and children and incorporate a gender-sensitive perspective, among other safeguards.
We presume common ground exists in a territory, whether actors are working in public, private, or community spheres. From this foundation, we are able to facilitate consensus, help establish agreements, contribute to reductions in tension, and integrate commonalities into joint strategies and shared value models that benefit society as a whole.
Advise on the design of policies, regional agendas, methodologies and publicsolutions for development, based on territorial diversity and social inclusion.
organizations, businesses, and institutions to shape competitive, inclusive and sustainable regional strategies.
the design of participatory governance models that balance agents’ interests and power with the territory’s potential, in order to develop sustainable development models.
consultation processes with communities and consensus building around conflicts and tensions in the territories, on topics such as land use planning, mining, infrastructure and urban development projects, and protection of natural and cultural resources and ancestral traditions, among others.
dialogue among public, private and community stakeholders to generate recognition and mutual respect, as well as initiatives focused on collaboration, cooperation, and construction of shared value.
innovative solutions and participatory methodologies to structure agreements at the local, regional and national level on territorial development projects.
One of the most profound challenges to territorial development is the necessity of interpreting local contexts with an eye to the differences and diversities that exist among communities, territories and regions. We understand that each territory is charting a unique development path due to that region’s specific makeup in terms of people, conditions, processes, resources and variables.
Our approach to territorial development is framed by the principles of sustainability, inclusiveness and a “territorial approach” (enfoque territorial ). We propose models that harmonize an approach to the territory along two fronts:
a) Land use planning: Land management, how its used, its spatial distribution, geographic and physical characteristics, and how people and social groups who live on the land relate to the territory
b) Sustainable development: Territory’s potential for sustainable development (along economic, social, environmental, political and cultural dimensions), to generate improved quality of life for its inhabitants
By analyzing information and applying tools, we draw up maps and territorial logbooks based on: (i) the current situation, (ii) strengths and limitations, (iii) expectations and aspirations of those stakeholders who live in the territory and play a role in its development.
Incorporating the territorial dimension into sectorial and population analyses
We understand “the territory” as an additional actor that must be interpreted and consulted during development processes. Paying attention to this fundamental dimension enables us to recognize differences that can be transformed into pathways and specific visions for each territory.
Methodologies designed by Bitácora & Territorio are three-dimensional and allow for population, economic and territorial aspects of what happens in the territory to be integrated into one comprehensive picture.
Our tools are designed to undertake systematic assessments of the territories, analyzing different dynamics and interrelationships among actors along various subsystems: (i) economic geography, (ii) political economy, (iii) socio-ecological, (iv) socio-cultural, (v) sustainable development (balance across economic, social and environmental dimensions).
With this starting point, we help clients identify, structure and evaluate different scenarios and solutions to develop populations and territories.
Scenario analyses allow decision makers and territorial stakeholders to project costs and benefits as they engage in the process of choosing a development model. In supporting this kind of action, we foster the construction of regional agendas and methodologies for public and private territorial planning actions and investments.
Inclusive participation is the basis for building collective visions and is a key component of territorial governance models based on collaboration between actors. We seek to support communities and public and private actors to discover and map out their goals and aspirations in a collective fashion.
We focus on processes and ways that encourage people to find common ground, and, through participatory methodologies, reach a place where they are willing to place joint wagers with the potential to pay off in shared value for society as a whole.
Participatory processes allow for trust to grow and for mutual understandings and differences to emerge among public, private and community stakeholders. They also facilitate consensus building and identification of common interests and collaborative arrangements. Finally, venues that allow for multiple voices to be heard encourage the construction of shared value, where linkages between financial gains, social benefits, and territorial development can be take place.
Community relations play a fundamental role in the success and sustainability of development initiatives. Drawing on “people-centered design,” we look to community wisdom and prioritize local knowledge to find creative solutions and build models that can be taken to scale.
Recognizing communities as active subjects of their own development and involving them in development processes and public and private initiatives and investment projects does not only protect against these initiatives’ failure, it also maximizes their impact and ensures sustainability over time.