I am passionate about
ActionsI am in the process of creating and launching an open innovation platform for
young professionals from different peripheral regions of Colombia, which
helps local communities present their issues as challenges for
interdisciplinary teams of highly skilled people in the diaspora so that they
build innovative solutions that can then be funded by donors or governments.
The tentative name for the initiative is Manos por mi Región (Hands for my
Region) and aims to re-connect talented people who left their homelands to
study and work and the issues of their communities, countering the effects of
brain drain while being sensitive of the current impossibilities for these
highly skilled professionals to re-settle in their hometowns.
The challenges on the platform can stretch from local public infrastructure,
pedagogy reform and new materials and engineering research, to cultural
promotion, income generation, transparency and local government. As
problem-identificators, problem-solvers and solution-funders are brought
together, conditions are created for an eventual return of highly skilled
professionals in fair remuneration conditions to their homelands.
To better lead this initiative I am pursuing a Masters in Interdisciplinary
Development Studies in Bogotá, thanks to a scholarship awarded by the
Governor's Office of Guaviare and the national public research agency,
Colciencias. This new knowledge is helping me understand how to integrate
disciplines and foster inclusive, sustainable development in the regional and