Of the 155 constituents recently elected to rewrite the Chilean Constitution, 101 attended the online meeting. An occasion on which they not only learned about the main results of the project but also got to share their own thoughts and hopes concerning the process that will start shortly. “A true dialogue platform has been developed in our country. We started planning this project in 2019 when it was clear that we needed to listen to what the people wanted to tell us, what Chile wanted to say about its pains, dreams, and longings,” said Mr. Sánchez.
In a joint effort, Universidad Católica and Universidad de Chile organized an online meeting with the recently elected constituents who will have the responsibility of rewriting the Chilean Constitution. During the event, Presidents Ignacio Sánchez and Ennio Vivaldi presented the results of “Tenemos que Hablar de Chile” [We need to talk about Chile], a project that promoted a series of meetings in which over 100,000 people participated, talking about what improvements Chile needs. Of the 155 constituents, 101 attended the online meeting.
“A true dialogue platform has been developed in our country. We started planning this project in 2019 when it was clear that we needed to listen to what the people wanted to tell us, what Chile wanted to say about its pains, dreams, and longings”, said Mr. Sánchez. In line with this, topics such as improving public ethics, valuing the diversity of opinions, hope for the future of the country, the perception of a State and political system that violates and does not care about the needs of the people, are some of the ten findings that emerged in the conversations and that are contained in the final report.
After the presentation of the results, constituents shared their thoughts about the study, their own experiences, and how to promote dialogue. “As institutions linked to the history of our country, we understand that our role of generators of new knowledge would not be complete without listening to the voices of Chileans, their hopes and dreams for the future and dignity and to give them an institutional course,” expressed both presidents in an op-ed published by El Mercurio.