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Digital Social Innovation Ideas Bank

This collection showcases over 100 international examples of how governments can create better conditions for digital social innovation to thrive.

Strategic support from government can be the key to success for DSI initiatives, through enacting and influencing policy, funding DSI, procuring DSI, implementing support schemes and upskilling citizens to name a few.

The DSI Ideas Bank, aimed primarily at policymakers, aims to share some of the most exciting examples of governmental support for DSI from across the world, and to support city governments to adapt and replicate these ideas for their own contexts. It aims to spread knowledge of inspiring activity taking place across and beyond Europe, and to encourage more collaboration, learning and sharing.

It sits as a companion to the European DSI Index (EDSII), which is the first systematic exploration and ranking of how EU city ecosystems support the development and growth of DSI. The policy ideas included in the Ideas Bank are grouped under the same themes as the EDSII.

We encourage readers of the Ideas Bank to bear the following in mind when reading:

  • Think about context when adapting ideas for your own environment.
  • Reach out to governments who have implemented initiatives you’re interested in.
  • Take a holistic approach, thinking across themes.
  • Take a long-term, connected view, and bear potential unintended consequences in mind.
  • Build partnerships.
  • Work across government departments and silos.


Marc Santiago Aguilar

Digital Social Innovation Project Manager at Barcelona Activa, and Lead for DSI4EU's Cities & Urban Development cluster.

Anna Majó

Director of Digital Innovation at Barcelona City Council, specialising in digital transformation and digital innovation in the public sector.

Marc Pérez

Project Manager at Barcelona City Council, supporting the development of the Barcelona Digital City programme at the Office of the Commissioner for Technology and Digital Innovation.

Matt Stokes

Matt Stokes

Matt Stokes

Senior Researcher, Government Innovation

Matt was a senior researcher working on the collaborative economy and digital social innovation.

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Codrina Cretu

Codrina Cretu

Codrina Cretu

Mission Manager, sustainable future mission

Codrina is mission manager for the sustainable future mission.

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