Shaping the Future of Digital Social Innovation in Europe


In 2013 I was invited by Nesta to join the Advisory Group to advise on a major new policy study on digital social innovation in Europe. The study has been looking at grassroots civic innovation enabled by the internet, and at how social innovation is being enabled by the “network effect” of the Internet and new open innovation models.

The study has been run by Nesta, in partnership with the WAAG Society (NL), ESADE (SP), IRI (FR), and Future Everything (UK) and it has been exploring how emerging technologies in the digital economy can transform society by the mobilisation of collective action, enable a more collaborative economy, new ways of making, citizen participation, sustainability and social innovation.

In February I’ll be in Brussels to discuss lessons from the 18-month research and the future of DSI in Europe.

On the website, you can read more about the research and explore the network of DSI organisations that has been developed as part of the research.

This is the agenda of the event if you happen to be around:

08:30: Welcome of participants

09:00 – 09:30: Opening session – What have we learned about digital social innovation, what does the future look like?

Geoff Mulgan, CEO, Nesta

Fabrizio Sestini, Scientific Officer, European Commission’s DG Connect

09:30 – 09:50: Presentation of the DSI study final results – Francesca Bria, Nesta

09:50 – 11.00: The digital social innovators perspective

Chair: Robert Madelin, Director General of European Commission’s DG Connect

Renata Avila, World Wide Web Foundation
Zoe Romano, Arduino
Tom Steinberg, mySociety and Populus project
Tomas Diez, Smart Citizens Kit, FabLab Barcelona
Rob van Kranenburg, Internet of Things Council & Sociotal

11:00 – 11:30: Break

11:30 – 12:30: The policy perspective – Digital and Social for the future of Europe

Chair: Jesus Villasante, Head of Unit, European Commission’s DG Connect

Patrizia Toia, European Parliament TBC
Julia Reda, European Parliament
Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris TBC
Marijete Schaake, European Parliament
12:30 – 13:30: What kind of institutional change is needed for Europe?

Chair: Geoff Mulgan, Nesta

Ann Mettler, Head of the European Political Strategy Centre TBC
Evgeny Morozov, writer and editorialist
Chris Sigaloff, Director of Kennisland
Xavier Troussard, JRC European Commission
Marleen Stikker, Waag Society

13:30: Closing address – Mario Campolargo, European Commission’s DG Connect

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