We need your help understanding digital social innovation across Europe
The internet is playing an ever increasing role in how we work, play, and relate to each other. As a natural result of this many of the most exciting new innovations that enable people to collaborate to address social issues are being developed online. We call this exciting new field Digital Social Innovation and it includes a diverse set of activities and actors.
However, while the field of digital social innovation practice is growing rapidly, there is little knowledge around what best practice looks like, where it is happening, who the digital social innovators are and what strategic approaches can best support its growth.
The EU Commission recognises this issue and has commissioned a study to explore and assess the emerging landscape. This will be carried out by an EU wide partnership of Nesta (UK), Esade Business School (Spain), Waag Society (NL), Institut de Recherche et d'Innovation (Fr), FutureEverything (UK) and Swirrl (UK).
Are you on the Digital Social Innovation Map?
Ultimately we want the study to generate lessons on who the digital social innovators are, how they are using digital tools to achieve a social impact and finally what policies can be introduced to support DSI further in the EU.
However, firstly, we are really interested in understanding who the digital social innovators are, where they are and how they are connected to each other. To understand this we are developing an EU wide network map of organisations involved in supporting DSI in Europe, from delivering service running incubators or doing research.
We will create a resource that helps digital social innovators connect while also developing an understanding for the EU and national governments on the state of Digital Social Innovation in different parts of EU, and how they can work with these networks.
We will soon be creating a short online survey. If you are working on digital social innovation, we will be asking you to help us by filling it in and put yourself on the map.
If you are keen to find out more, have a look at our project site, send us an email or come to one of the DSI events (we'll be presenting our interim study findings and discussing the potential in DSI at the Open Knowledge Conference, 16 September) we are planning on attending.
This article was originally published at Digital Social Innovation. Read the original article