Barcelona Time Use Initiative for a Healthy Society is born in Barcelona (Catalonia) and aims at continuing the legacy and experience from the Iniciativa per la Reforma Horària (Time Use Reform Initiative), which managed to put a reform of time-use policies on the political agenda in Catalonia.
The new Initiative aims at crossing borders and driving this change further, sharing lessons learned and projects with other organizations, and building knowledge to drive a global change in the use of time and create better policies to regulate it.
To that end, an ambitious strategic plan to internationalize the Initiative has been created, with the following mission, vision and values.
To place the time factor at the centre of growth and well-being policies for the citizens, connecting and transforming already existing initiatives from the local to the global scale.
Becoming an international reference spokesperson for the improvement of time-related policies in three years.
Cohesion. Dialogue. Flexibility. Equity. Health. Progress. Slowness. Sustainability. Well-being.
To foster time-use policies that promote healthy life habits
Rethink time use and distribution to facilitate a sustainable transition towards new labour models
Balance the time use between paid work, non-paid work and leisure in order to reduce inequalities
Who we are
The Barcelona Time Use Initiative for a Healthy Society is a citizen’s initiative that arises from the Time Use Reform Initiative experience in Barcelona. We believe that through better policies we can improve the way we distribute time in our societies, ultimately impacting our health and well-being.
The original Time Use Reform Initiative is created in autumn 2013 and it is presented at a ceremony held at the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona on January 29, 2014. An Expert Group consisting of fifteen experts is constituted to act as its driving force. Their aim is to lay the foundations, raise awareness and draw up a time use reform in Catalonia within three years. Additionally, the Catalan Government (Generalitat de Catalunya) expresses its institutional support for The Time use Reform through a Government Agreement on March 18, 2014. The expert group is composed by the following people:
Javier Albares, Sleep Medicine Specialist (Teknon Sleep Clinic)
Assumpta Baig, Teacher (Health and Family Organization)
Sara Berbel, Social Psychologist (Barcelona City Council)
Salvador Cardús, Sociologist (Autonomous University of Barcelona)
Lluís Casado, Consultant (Grupo Mediterraneo Consultores)
Trinidad Cambras, Professor (University of Barcelona)
Núria Chinchilla, Professor (IESE Business School)
Anna Ginés, Professor (ESADE-Ramon Llull University)
Josep Ginesta, Labour specialist (Government of Catalonia)
Elvira Méndez, Director General (Health and Family Organization)
Fabian Mohedano, Labour specialist and Initiative Promoter
Jordi Ojeda, Profesor (University of Barcelona)
Mercè Otero Vidal, Professor (Ca La Dona)
Cristina Sánchez-Miret, Sociologist (University of Girona)
Esther Sánchez, Human Resources Manager and President (Advisory Board for The Time Use Reform)
Elena Sintes, Sociologist (Jaume Bofill Foundation)
Between 2014 and 2015 groundwork reports are presented in collaboration with key institutions from the Catalan Government. After that, pilot tests and awareness-raising actions are pushed through in over 20 companies, entities and city councils. The Catalan Parliament becomes the first public institution to adopt the working hours proposed by the Initiative.
The Catalan Government agrees upon the creation of an Advisory Board for the Time Use Reform on July 15, 2015, to open a social dialogue process. The original expert group is then transformed into an Advisory Board attached to the Catalan Government's Presidency Department.
On September 22, 2016 “The Labour Agreement Settlement to promote The Time Use Reform at work: Ten goals for the collective bargaining process” is signed within the framework of the Labour Relations Board.
Given the success of the pilot tests, on November 4, 2016, the Time Use Reform Inventory is presented as a self-assessment tool for organizations regarding their use of time.
From September to December 2016, a participatory process to debate the time use reform takes place. Face-to-face sessions are held in twelve different municipalities across Catalonia.
Along these three years, the members of the Advisory Board carry out several hundred informative meetings and conferences with several social agents throughout the region.
On January 18, 2017, The Network of Cities and Towns for The Time Use Reform is born, recognizing the importance of municipalities as change agents to promote better working hours.
On March 10, 2017, The Document “Basis for the promotion of The Pact for the Time Use Reform” is validated through the consultation process developed by means of a “four-sided committees”.
Once the report is handed over to the Presidency Minister, Neus Munté, the Advisory Board for the Time Use Reform concludes its work. On June 2, 2017, they meet for the last time with the aim of assessing the Time Use Reform Pact proposal presented by the Government.
On July 17, 2017, several organizations from civil society, key stakeholders and the general public sign the Time Use Reform Pact in a solemn ceremony in the Catalan Government, including the Catalan Government president. As a result, 110 promoting entities and organizations commit themselves to work together towards a common goal to implement the Time Use Reform Pact measures by 2025.
In 2019, the Initiative decides to follow two parallel paths. On the one hand, it aims at supporting and encouraging the implementation of the Catalan Time Use Reform towards its committed goals to be achieved by 2025. On the other hand, it starts a new path towards internationalization, following the ambitious goal of becoming a reference spokesperson for the improvement of time-related policies in three years, under the name Barcelona Time Use Initiative for a Healthy Society.