Education for those who are going to change the world

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  • Yes, I fulfill all of the eligibility criteria.

Initiative's representative name

Norberto Rubén Scuglia

Initiative's representative date of birth

January 13, 1961

Initiative’s representative gender

  • Man

Which eligible market are you based in?

  • Argentina

Where are you making a difference?

Our FUTOPICO program is developed in different geographical areas of Argentina and Chile

Website or social media url(s)

www.futopico.org https://www.facebook.com/futopico https://www.instagram.com/futopico/?hl=es-la

When was your organisation founded?


Focus areas

  • Helping people adapt to technologies of the future
  • Financial skills and capability
  • Reskilling and upskilling the workforce

Project Stage

  • Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working towards the next level of expansion)

Yearly Budget: How much capital do you need to accomplish your proposed project?

  • $10k - $50k

Organisation Type

  • Non-profit / NGO

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this to succeed

This project had several years of development. For more than 30 years I have been dedicated to environmental education as a member of different NGOs and advising companies on these issues. One day playing with my son when I was 10 I wondered ...What will happen to our Planet in the future? And with our model of society when my son is an adult? This aroused my interest in developing a story in comic format to explore the next scenarios of the future and with the book mode choose your own adventure to choose from 16 possible endings. I put FUTOPICO because some of those futures are utopian and other dystopian, the important thing is that young people can reflect on the disruptive characteristics of the next scenarios.

2. The problem: What problem surrounding employability or financial capability are you helping to solve?

The need we serve is the lack of employment among young people, which in Argentina and Latin America is very large. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO) youth unemployment in the region is the highest in a decade: it was almost 20% in the third quarter of 2019. That is why we think it is important to provide young people with educational tools so that they increase their chances of entering the labor world.

3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

Through an e-learning platform, program participants enter the comic and assume the role of CEO of a technology company holding. They will have to decide the destinies of this group between the present and the year 2040 and also develop a personal business model that must be modified according to how it advances in history. Through our platform we can reach any geographical point and can be accessed through any device (PC, Tablet, Laptop, Cellular). The challenge is that young people are able to create economic, social and environmental value in their places of origin without the need to emigrate to large urban centers.

4. How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solving the problem?

Tomás Lanfranchi is a young man from Cañadón Seco, Province of Santa Cruz, Argentina who participated in the FUTOPICO program. He did not imagine the future in his place of origin. His father works in the fishing industry and understands that it is an increasingly scarce resource. That is why, infected by one of the contents of the program, he designed an aquaculture business model since evaluating different scenarios he saw that this activity is not developed in his region. This enabled him to expand his vision of the employability of the future imagining a venture with economic and social impact in your community respecting the balance with the environment and helping to reduce the pressure on fishery resources and the impact on the sea

(Instructions for questions 5 and 6, no answer required) Please only answer the question (5 - “employability” or 6 - “financial capability”) that applies to your organization’s topic of work (see below for definitions)


5. Employability: how is your organization or project teaching people to develop the skills that they need to survive in the future job market?

Educate with the key concepts of the 4th Industrial Revolution as; bioeconomy, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, alternative energy, climate change, nanotechnology, cities and sustainable transport, etc. In addition, throughout their development they will obtain knowledge in business model tools (Canvas and Exo Canvas), strategies of Blue Ocean, Lean Start up, Minimum Viable Product, among others, to be able to create or imagine their own entrepreneurship with a triple impact look. All these concepts are developed under a methodology that allows participants to incorporate leadership skills, cooperative teamwork, empathy and analysis for decision making.

5a. Please describe which future-oriented skills your organization is focused on fostering and how you have measured / plan to measure progress

Critical thinking: Knowing how to think is better than knowing what to think. Social intelligence: Ability to connect with others. Innovative thinking: Capacity to adapt to innovation. Domain of "Big Data": Ability to understand large amounts of data. Media Communication: Develop content for different communication channels. Knowledge management: Ability to classify information to know how to discern. This knowledge is evaluated through the presentation of a business model that each participant must present at the end of the program.

7. Marketplace: Who else is addressing the same problem? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are other (ARG) in the market like World Without Oil, EVOKE, SciFi D.I.: Design Intelligence for the Future of Learning, which are also working towards integrating gamification in education. FUTOPICO has been able to reach young people across geographical, socio-economic, and urban-rural barriers. The most important differentiation aspect of our program, compared to others in environmental education, is that most of them continue to have a conservationist approach without taking into account the economic and social impact axes on the young person and this towards their community.

8. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

We have reached 1,541 young people from Argentina and Chile with our program

9. Financial Sustainability Plan. Can you tell us about you plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

Our financial model is based on a mixed scheme of donations and collection for the participation of our programs. There are private sponsors who use the program to implement CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) programs or State agencies that find it interesting to accompany our initiative in areas such as local entrepreneurial development, encourage professional careers in the STEM area (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) or environmental care. On the other hand we charge a participation fee for our online program for Colleges, Universities or face-to-face in the form of innovation workshops in different organizations such as companies, cooperatives and workers unions

10. Team

Norberto Scuglia is full time member and coordinator of the program. We have a part-time dedication team in areas such as gamification, education sciences, social entrepreneurship, disruptive technologies, business strategy and employability of the future. We have the volunteer work of university students and we also receive the contribution of external mentors from social impact organizations that provide us with their knowledge to improve our processes.

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QUALITY OF INNOVATION: You have a great understanding of the problem, have researched existing solutions, and have developed unique, thoughtful solutions - 100%

FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY: You have given a great deal of thought to not just the idea itself but how to make it work operationally and financially in the present and future; your plan is specific and you value sustainability. - 0%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: You have a good plan on how to activate changemakers and empower them to innovate through your product or programming - 0%

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