The Center for the Governance of Change (CGC) is an applied-research, educational institution based at IE University that studies the political, economic, and societal implications of the current technological revolution and advances solutions to overcome its unwanted effects.
The CGC does so by producing pioneering impact-oriented research that cuts across disciplines and methodologies to unveil the complexity of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Blockchain, and Robotics, and explore its potential threats and contributions to society.
Moreover, the CGC also runs a number of executive programs on emerging tech for public institutions and companies interested in expanding their understanding of disruptive trends, and a series of outreach activities aimed at improving the general public’s awareness and agency over the coming changes. All this for one purpose: to help building a more prosperous and sustainable society for all.
We host a number of cutting-edge, transdisciplinary research programs designed to broaden our understanding of some of the most pressing challenges of our time, and generate the right policy options to tackle them.
We offer training programs for the senior management of private companies, international organizations and governments who want to understand, anticipate, and manage technological change.
We actively engage in public debate at international level. We run several outreach projects, including public conferences and tech competitions, and develop media content such as conversation series and documentaries.
We develop innovative, high-risk foresight projects that may not align with conventional funding channels. We hold this belief because we are convinced that the complexity and rapid pace of change in today's world demand a willingness to take risks by academic institutions. We do not adhere to the traditional model of a university research unit, nor do we seek to emulate one.
We invest in research that cuts across disciplines and methodologies, bringing together academics and practitioners from a wide range of fields –from economics and public policy, to philosophy and data science. We do this because breaking intellectual boundaries is a prerequisite for understanding the complexity of our world.
While the CGC operates from Spain, it tackles issues on both regional and global levels. Domestic viewpoints are no longer sufficient in our interconnected world, making transnational and comparative perspectives essential.
The future belongs to those who know how to collaborate and work together. The CGC works closely with a number of partners from both the public and the private sectors, including universities, think tanks, foundations, governments and international companies.