NESTA is leading a pioneering research on Digital Social Innovation (DSI) funded by the European Commission. Insights from the research will help formulating advices to the Commission on how best support grassroots innovation to grow and increase its impact. In the context of the research, the definition of DSI is ‘a type of social and collaborative innovation in which innovators, users and communities collaborate using digital technologies to co-create knowledge and solutions for a wide range of social needs and at a scale that was unimaginable before the rise of the Internet’.
At the heart of the research is www.digitalsocial.eu, a dynamic and crowdsourced map of organisations that work on digital social innovation. The main purposes of the DSI site are:
1. Learn about DSI and get inspired. Showing citizens and the general audience the potential of DSI, being able to explore projects and organisations in the field, learn about new technology trends, learn about emerging digital social innovation areas, explore case studies examples
2. Discover funding opportunities and support you can get from investors, incubators, accelerators or policy makers. Funders can also discover great DSI projects on the living map.
3. Find potential partners to collaborate with, interact and discover other interesting DSI projects
4. Enhance and visualise your network of collaborators and raise your visibility
By registering on digitalsocial.eu and mapping your organisation and your projects, you will have the opportunity to join a network of potential collaborators and showcase your work to funders of DSI and policy makers, including the European Commission. The map is rapidly evolving – to date more than 770 organisations have crowdmapped their projects and collaborative networks. However, we are sure there is still lots great work happening DSI around Europe that still isn’t mapped.
Therefore, if you work on digital social innovation I would be grateful if you could map your organisation and your projects. It will only take 5 minutes. You can read more about the research and the work to date in these two interim study reports and by following @Digi_Si on twitter. If you have any other question about the research send an email to email@example.com.
Kelly Armstrong | EU Project Manager | Nesta | Creative Economy | t: +44 (0)20 7438 2557 | m: +44 (0) 7463799470