About BBK Kuna

BBK Kuna is a space for social innovation that various agents linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) take part in to offer society in Bizkaia a wide range of solutions that provide responses to the challenges of the future.

Quadruple helix

We work together in a trans-disciplinary way with all the stakeholders in society: citizens, universities and research centres, public authorities and private companies.

Participative methodologies

We are committed to different participative formats that encourage inclusive sex equality: neighbourhood advisory body, learning communities, BBK Kuna projects, youth communities (The Future Game) and training.

Think Tank

All our participative projects are led by the Think Tank methodology, in which each of the participants sets out their knowledge and ideas in order to analyse the challenges of a society and propose solutions.

A place to think about the future

We want to be a benchmark in the future of Bizkaia, and in order to achieve this we have an open, transformative space, that is able to promote positive changes in the social fabric by empowering citizens.


Agents that take part in defining BBK Kuna’s vision and basic aims.

BBK Kuna is an inspiring project fueled by the experience of other agents to develop initiatives that contribute to the growth and well-being of society. To ensure this, BBK Fundazioa and BBK Institutoa take part, at a strategic and operational level, as driving forces in defining the goals and aims to be achieved.

  • BBK Fundazioa
  • BBK Institutoa


Agents that take part in the BBK Kuna Social Innovation ecosystem.

At BBK Kuna we work in a participative manner with all the agents in society by means of various socialization plans with the aim of meeting future challenges together.

Quadruple helix:

  • Private company
  • Academy and research centres
  • Organised citizens
  • Public authorities


Ecosystem phases and activation tools.

Our working methodology is divided into three phases: the first one, listening, in this phase we will analyse and interpret the proposed challenge; the second, mediating and participating, in which we generate connections and develop solutions that make an impact; and the third, activating, where the approved projects are modeled and implemented.

  • Listening: Community meetings and learning communities
  • Participation and mediation: Resident projects
  • Activation: Kuna Hub and training.


Real actions that focus on creating programmes with social impact.

All this will result in encouraging and creating new companies, in the participation of the neighbourhood through advisory bodies, in the training of learning communities and the creation of living labs.


We build solid partnerships to make BBK Kuna a benchmark in Social Innovation.

Vision partners

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Social innovation and local reality

BBK Kuna working methodology

At BBK Kuna we are committed to the Think Tank method as a resource to tackle different subjects from a multi-disciplinary perspective, which in turn encourages the different agents to investigate, combine and interiorise knowledge in a practical way through 3 phases.


From the global to the local and from the macro to the micro

This is a vital phase to understand the social challenges from their implications to their scale. The main aims and subjects selected by BBK Kuna on a more theoretical level will be brought back down to earth and will find their more tangible application in this phase.

Mediating and participating

Connecting to mobilise and build solutions

The second phase is more linked to building solutions to the challenges and relationships in the ecosystem. By taking the quadruple helix as a basis we create diverse working environments that ensure a variety of viewpoints regarding a social challenge.


Prototyping, implementing and scaling

Once the possible solutions have been defined we go into the activation phase for these solutions, as at BBK Kuna we try to ensure that the ideas are launched and that they really do make a positive social impact. These solutions to challenges go through a modelling phase to validate their potential impact so that they can be implemented.

BBK Kuna Institutoa

We will work on the main challenges that Bizkaia faces through a Think Tank headed by Daniel Innerarity (Globernance) and made up of benchmark voices in the area. This organization will decide on the relevant subjects to be worked on in the Kuna space itself, together with various specific committees related to social innovation.

Participative groups

In order to meet the proposed challenges, we have set up the following participative groups:

Neighbourhood advisory body

Set up together with Deusto University, it will select at random representative voices from the neighbourhood of San Francisco and Bilbao La Vieja to report on what the neighbourhood thinks about the main challenges that it faces.

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Learning communities

Our aim is to become a knowledge space open to citizens in both physical and online training and participative formats.

Kuna projects

BBK Kuna will also host resident projects related to social innovation, to boost its value proposition and to put them in touch with a variety of quadruple helix stakeholders (citizens, private company, universities and training centres and public sector).

The Future Game

BBK Kuna together with DOT, will launch programmes like “The Future Game” aimed at activating youth communities to take part in the challenges faced by the territory and the Sustainable Development Goals.


We will have large spaces devoted to training in emerging subjects and new skills.

A building with history

Since it was built in 1916, the building designed by Ricardo Bastida, the Casa Cuna, right in the heart of Bilbao La Vieja, has been a benchmark in generating well-being, equal opportunities, social integration and cutting-edge pre-school education in Bilbao and Bizkaia.

1914 – 1916

Construction of the Casa Cuna by Ricardo Bastida.

1916 – 1930

Casa Cuna becomes a benchmark in well-being, hygiene and family care in Bilbao and Bizkaia.

1930 onwards

Opening the San Antonio Sala Cuna Nursery and extension of the model to all of Bizkaia.


BBK launches an open call to submit ideas for the use of the space and «KUNA is selected: Ecosystem for conceiving and developing cutting-edge initiatives» as the winning idea.

2018 – 2020

Designing the project adapting it to the role played by BBK and the reality of Bizkaia together with expert agents to give shape to BBK Kuna, the space for thinking about the future.


Opening of BBK Kuna.