What is the Foundation?
The FOUNDATION was established in 1997 as a channel for political, social economic and cultural reflection in Spain and Europe in the context of growing globalization.
It is a meeting-place, a place for the discussion and devising of ideas and proposals with the participation of the most dynamic and advanced actors in our society. The main goal of the promoters of this project is the analysis and definition of new ideas, aimed at engaging citizens and society as a whole.
It is about giving the floor to those who from all walks of life have something to say. The analysis of the issues which most concern citizens, their discussion and to act as a bridge between different opinions form part of the purposes of FUNDACIÓN ALTERNATIVAS.
We also have the goal of making proposals to the political parties and other economic and social actors with the intention that these might incorporate them into their decision-making processes.
Our areas of work range from issues of a socio-economic nature (such as the model of growth for the Spanish economy, systems of family support, or the challenges facing the welfare state) to those related to the quality of democracy and the security of the public from crime (fight against terrorism, mafias, vandalism, etc), taking in other issues of interest, such as protecting the environment, culture or combating discrimination or foreign, security and defence policy.
These areas are developed in the different sections of FUNDACIÓN ALTERNATIVAS which can be consulted on this website. The purpose THE ALTERNATIVES LABORATORY is to promote the formulation of rigorous proposals in response to issues that concern citizens. The OBSERVATORY OF SPANISH FOREIGN POLICY (OPEX), as its name suggests, is dedicated to the analysis and formulation of proposals on Spanish foreign policy and its monitoring in the European and global context. ESTUDIOS DE PROGRESO, meanwhile, is a programme aimed at young researchers so that they can provide fresh ideas and alternatives to contemporary problems, the CULTURAL AND COMUNICATION OBSERVATORY debates and makes proposals under the concern of the current situation between culture and communications.