Updated: May 4, 2018

On Tuesday, the 18th of October, C Minds by PIDES carried out the Mexico Chapter of the “Finding Legitimacy – A Global Conversation” initiative . The global project led by the Centre for Public Impact (CPI), a BCG Foundation, aims to gather insights on the meaning and feel of government legitimacy for different nations across the world into a set of global guidelines. You can read more about this initiative in a previous blogpost.

Selected to be the Mexico CPI Champions, C Minds by PIDES had the privilege of gathering a diversity of amazing and insightful minds around a cup of coffee during a two hour-long conversation to discuss and understand Mexico’s perspective on the topic. To ensure an adequate representation of the country’s myriad of angles, the roundtable was made up of representatives from the government, academia, the industry, civil society and regional and international NGOs and institutions. Various views were brought to the table, including the following:

indigenous communities, citizenship, social innovation, energy, restauration, entrepreneurship, technology, youth, students, social media, the digital economy, social businesses, the health sector, public innovation, the legislative power, governance, citizen participation, democracy, culture, gender, law, the judiciary power and human rights.

The conversation was brilliantly moderated by Miguel Pulido who asked provocative questions and had the participants reflect on whether or not we were experiencing a legitimacy crisis. You can find out more about all participants at the bottom of this post.

“Trust” was one of the words that came up most in people’s answers. One of the participants commented “As much as I try to trust the delegates that represent my area, the deputies of my constituency, the supreme court, and all levels of government, I don’t succeed in doing so as there is always something that comes and destroys the little trust I have built”. Another interesting insight that came up was the government’s perceived over-reliance of laws: “the government uses legality and the drafting of laws as if it were an instrument for legitimacy”. Most participants agreed that increasing citizen participation in law drafting and in decision-making would increase trust levels, but noted that the country’s severe disparity, including economic and digital gaps, poses a barrier to achieving truly representative societal participation.