The final report on Digital Social Innovation, titled 'Growing a digital social innovation ecosystem for Europe' was published in February 2015. This report commissioned by the European Commission, DG CONNECT is the first systematic network analysis of the emerging digital social innovation (DSI) ecosystem in Europe.
From the report: "The largest community (10.29 per cent) is focused around open hardware and open networks and includes organisations such as iMinds, Fairphone, the City of Amsterdam, and Fab Lab Barcelona. Its most interconnected member is Waag Society, and there is a large focus on awareness networks and new ways of making."
Digital technologies and the internet have transformed many areas of business – from Google and Amazon to Airbnb and Kickstarter. Huge sums of public money have supported digital innovation in business, as well as in fields ranging from the military to espionage. But there has been much less systematic support for innovations that use digital technology to address social challenges.
The DSI project seeks to define and understand the potential of DSI, to map the digital social innovators, their projects and networks, and to develop recommendations for how policymakers, from the EU to city level, can make the most of DSI.
Dr. Mila Gascó, ESADE Business School; Dr. Harry Halpin, IRI; Peter Baeck, Nesta; Dr. Esteve Almirall, ESADE Business School; Frank Kresin, Waag Society
The Digital Social Innovation project is funded by the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology under Contract No. 30-CE-0531673/00-86.