digital social innovation

Across Europe there is a growing movement of people developing inspiring digital solutions to social challenges. We call this digital social innovation (DSI). These digital solutions have developed thanks to big advances in technology, such as the open source and open data movements, low-cost open hardware, crowdsourcing and Internet of Things (IoT). By empowering citizens and engaging them in civic action, they provide new ways of building social movements, delivering public services and creating social impact in fields as diverse as healthcare, education, democracy, environment, transport and housing.

 

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During the next quarterly PI.lab event, Waag's Job Spiering discusses the learnings from the projects DECODE & Digitale Identiteitslab.

 

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Fairphone has launched the new Fairphone 3. Against the trend, this device is cheaper than the previous version.

 

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Lucas Evers of Waag will moderate two sessions during STARTS Day at the Ars Electronica Festival on Friday 6 September 2019.

 

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The DSI4EU consortium presents six special products in the lead up to its final conference.

 

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What were the lessons learned from our Social Tech Tour? Researcher Isabella Krammer dives into the matter.

 

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In collaboration with AMS Institute, Waag has made a publication on urban data.

 

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How do we protect civil rights in fast digitising cities? During 'Cities for digital rights' we talk about the dilemmas and solutions.

 

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In 2019 the STARTS prize goes to an innovation agency from Barcelona and two artists who work with AI and machine learning.

 

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Thames & Hudson has published the book Futurekind, with a chapter about our project MakeHealth.

 

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In this project we sketch a picture of the dilemmas that digitisation entails within public administration and the effect this has on society.

 

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Join DSI4EU in Warsaw on 25th June to help shape new urban visions.

 

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The Social Tech Tour is a series of site visits to innovative, tech-enabled social enterprises. This edition we'll visit Fairfood.

 

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The Social Tech Tour is a series of site visits to innovative, tech-enabled social enterprises. This edition we'll visit 02025.

 

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The Social Tech Tour is a series of site visits to innovative, tech-enabled social enterprises. This edition we'll visit vanPlestik.

 

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The Social Tech Tour is a series of site visits to innovative, tech-enabled social enterprises. This edition we'll visit OneFarm.

 

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Are you working on sustainability and curious to know how new, open technologies can contribute? Join the Amsterdam Social Tech Tour.

 

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How can scientists, entrepreneurs, policy makers, citizens and creatives best work on solutions for urban issues together?

 

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How can scientists, entrepreneurs, policy makers, citizens and creatives best work on solutions for urban issues together?

 

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On 15 January 2020, Waag and its partners will organise the annual lecture the State of the Internet for the second time.

 

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How can scientists, entrepreneurs, policy makers, citizens and creatives best work on solutions for urban issues together?

 

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The first edition of the new annual lecture called the 'State of the Internet' will be held on 15 January 2019 at the central OBA in Amsterdam.

 

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How can scientists, entrepreneurs, policy makers, citizens and creatives best work on solutions for urban issues together?

 

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Marleen Stikker of Waag is present at the book presentation 'The Platform Society' on 3 December atPakhuis de Zwijger.

 

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Marleen Stikker is one of the speakers at the NRC Live Tech Talks on December 13 at the OBA in Amsterdam.

 

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A fine two-page portrait of Eva Couwens and Bas van Abel of Fairphone in the Dutch newspaper Trouw.

 

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When it comes to food, our demands are high. Could blockchain be the solution to the lack of transparency in de food chain?

 

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On 27 October Jesse Howard presents his work during Unpacking the 3Package Deal 2017/18 at Dansmakers in Amsterdam.

 

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Socrates Schouten gives you five priorities in using digital technologies for social innovation.

 

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7-09-2018

Next Tech

Marleen Stikker of Waag is the keynote speaker at the Next Tech symposium about technology and blind spot

 

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On August 12, 2018 Marleen Stikker was a guest for three hours in the VPRO television programme Zomergasten (Summer guests).

 

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Fairphone has managed to raise 2.5 million euros through a crowdfunding campaign, that will be used to increase the impact of the fair smartphone.

 

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An overview of fragments, with a short description, as chosen by Marleen Stikker for the third episode of VPRO Zomergasten of 2018.

 

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Marleen Stikker participates in the jury of SODA2018, the third edition of the Dutch Stuiveling Open Data Award.

 

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DSI talks is a series of events that investigates technologies and their ability to solve sustainable challenges.

 

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What if we could share data on our terms to prevent the waste of food, energy or other valuable resources?

 

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How can blockchain help solving sustainability challenges? We look at the much-discussed blockchain technology and look critically at it from a sustainability perspective.

 

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How could open-source technologies help in solving sustainability challenges?

 

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When should we really be speaking about 'Digital Social Innovation' (DSI)? And what falls outside the realms of DSI?

 

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The British economist Kate Raworth visited the Waag to discuss the application of Doughnut Economics with city makers and councilmen from Amsterdam.

 

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The 2018 STARTS Prize is for MX3D & Joris Laarman Lab (NL) and Giulia Tomasello (IT).

 

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Amsterdam’s radically different tone of voice demonstrated by the newly elected city council on the issue of technology is crystal clear.

 

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28-05-2018

DSI Fair 2018

The ambition of the DSI Fair 2018 is to create a space for shaping the European research and innovation agenda.

 

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Martijn Gerritsen is conducting his thesis research on the use and implications of technology in urban experimentation.

 

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26-04-2018

WeMakeThe.City

WeMakeThe.City is the festival that makes cities better.

 

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This DSI event in London is specifically designed for policy makers, funders and practitioners to share how we can make the most of the opportunities in digital social innovation through new approaches to funding, policy and partnerships with public services.

 

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This two-day event brings together European Commission Urban Policy Officers, city-makers and innovators, city organisations, and other urban stakeholders from multiple cities across Europe, to discuss the development of an urban policy transformation lab.

 

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Digital technologies and the internet are changing how social innovation happens. Over the last 18 months, the European Commission has funded Nesta, the Waag, Esade Business School and the Institute for Research and Innovation to study this new phenomenon, which we call Digital Social Innovation (DSI).

 

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Join us in Brussels the 29th of June at DG Connect for a Policy Workshop on Digital Social Innovation.

 

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To bridge the gap between policy labs, EU policy makers, and public authorities from the Member States, the EU Policy Lab of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre is organising Lab Connections, a gathering of policy labs from across Europe.

 

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Peer Value: Advancing the Commons Collaborative Economy is a conference integrating conversations and plans of action for shaping and connecting the Commons on a global level. Frank Fresin (Research director) of Waag will be moderator of the conference.

 

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DSI can strengthen social bonds, leverage civic entrepreneurship, create and share many forms of value, make cities and countries sustainable and resilient, and help to turn Europe into the hotbed of social innovation that is dearly needed.

 

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Frank Kresin (research director) is one of the speakers at the TransparanCEE Meetup in Tbilisi, Georgia, a network of Central Eastern European NGOs interested in using technology in transparency and accountability work.

 

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A conference on DSI and a kick-off meeting of the EU DECODE project hosted by the City of Barcelona. The purpose of this event is bringing together social entrepreneurs, hackers, communities and researchers working in DSI fields such as digital manufacturing, the collaborative economy, open democracy and digital rights.

 

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The DSI Fair 2017 will offer a rich program featuring an international conference, focused workshops, networking and hands-on sessions. The line-up of speakers includes experts and practitioners, as well as policy makers and civil society players.

 

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The 5th edition of ENoLL Summer School will be held in Amsterdam, from the 2nd to the 6th of September and is organized by Amsterdam Economic Board, Waag, the Amsterdam City Council together with the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). The theme of this year's event is "The Art of Living in a Lab; creative, smart & innovative cities & communities" where topics such as Smart Cities, eHealth, Future Internet, Open Data and Creativity will be at the forefront of discussions for our global audience of Living Lab and innovation practitioners.

 

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How can we ensure that it’s us, the citizens, and not big tech-companies, who decide how our data is collected, stored and used? DECODE provides tools that put individuals in control of whether they keep their personal data private or share it for the public good.

 

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At this open workshop at OK Con Geneva 16 September 2012, the emerging findings from a major new study on digital social innovation (DSI) in Europe will be presented.

 

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The Express to Connect consortium is pleased to invite you to a seminar on designing an empathic society, which is organized on the occasion of launching the People Value Company. The event takes place on Friday the 15th of February 2013, at the Laurea University of Applied Sciences' premises in Vantaa, Finland.

 

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An evening at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam about sharing platforms and their influence on the city.

 

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The sharing economy is having an enormous impact on our cities. In the coming years new technological developments will change them even more drastically. The question is: who owns the platforms?

 

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It is hard to participate in classical EC Research programs for civil organisations, social enterprises, co-operations, communities and creative SME’s.

 

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This report, and accompanying guide, produced as part of the DSI4EU project, maps the projects and organisations using technology to tackle social challenges across Europe.

 

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A meeting organised by the Amsterdam Economic Board and Waag. Dutch spoken.

 

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Whereas the DSI (digital social innovation) policy agenda was mainly focused on the level of the European Union, we see that cities are strongest in materializing the DSI idea. It’s likely that the biggest impact is reached when those levels are connected. A new idea that could contribute to this ambition is the ‘third space’. In third spaces, stakeholders from multiple levels come together at urban nodes to shape the future without being preoccupied by administrative boundaries.

 

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Digital technologies and the internet are providing new opportunities to address social challenges. We call this phenomenon digital social innovation (DSI).

 

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Many people, including me, have high hopes for Digital Social Innovation. The traditional models of innovation, to be blunt, have failed us on many fronts. They prove, on the long run, to be disastrous for the planet, for economic equality, for social cohesion and for our sense of self and belonging, by focussing on the economic dimensions and the short run alone.

 

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The first Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) in Ukraine was organized by TechSoup Europe, Fundament and the Civil Network OPORA.

 

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At the Open Innovation 2.0 Conference in Amsterdam (KIT - Royal Tropical Institute), Marleen Stikker received the Open Innovation Luminary award 2016.

 

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25-04-2016

DSI4EU

Digital Social Innovation in Europe (DSI4EU) supports digital social innovation networks in Europe.

 

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On 8 April 2016, the European Commission awarded the title of European Capital of Innovation ("iCapital") 2016 to Amsterdam.

 

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Research director Frank Kresin wrote an article for the Dutch monthly 'Informatie' about Digital Social Innovation (DSI).

 

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Going from poor-to-poor towards peer-to-peer: how do we get to an open, sustainable and purpose economy?

 

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Fairphone 2 is now available for pre-order! Everything Fairphone has been working on over the past year has been leading up to this moment, and they can’t wait to start growing their community of Fairphone owners.

 

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During the Social Enterprise Day on 22 May 2015, Fairphone was announced winner of the 'Social Enterprise Award'.

 

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By taking away initiative, enforcing top-down control, and focusing on maximizing efficiency instead of possibility, the smart city is a disaster waiting to happen. Our hope lies in its constituents: the citizens. Citizens can become smart, engaged, and illuminated through mastering the technologies that help them express themselves, connect to others, share their resources and thoughts, and that helps them to reflect so they can decide the best course of action. In short, the technologies that help them to solve their own problems in a better and more thorough way.

 

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The big question is this: do administrators and politicians understand what the consequences of the “smartness” they are injecting into public infrastructures?

 

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On Tuesday February 17th, 2015, the report about Digital Social Innovation (DSI) was presented in Brussels. The last several months, NESTA, ESADE and Waag worked hard to make this happen.

 

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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.

 

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An interview with Marleen Stikker, co-founder of Waag about her work, influences and social change.

 

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Robin van Westen (Project developer Creative Learning Lab & Urban Reality Lab, Waag) participates on 26 November 2014 in the Tegenlicht Meet up #32 in Pakhuis de Zwijger about 'Expedition for a better Netherlands': looking beyond our borders for solutions that could create a better country.

 

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Aim of this seminar is a Danish-Dutch knowledge exchange in the field of digital innovation in museums, with an emphasis on the collaboration between museums, the creative industry and researchers. Danish and Dutch speakers from all three domains will be present at this seminar.

 

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Frank Kresin (research director Waag) will participate in a round table discussion themed 'Smart Citizen' during the Accenture Innovation Awards in Utrecht.

 

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In this blogpost, we introduce five examples of ‘glocal’ digital social innovators. These organisations are creating bridges between local issues and a global group of participants in innovative ways. Since 2013 we are involved in the Digital Social Innovation research project. The European Commission has funded the project to build a living map of organisations that use digital technologies for the social good. As part of the project, we want to explore the different organisations we came across during our research.

 

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The project partners in the EU project Digital Social Innovation (DSI) have published an interim report of 217 pages outlining the developments and players in the field of digital social innovation in Europe.

 

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On 3 February 2014, at the European Commission in Brussels, a one-day policy workshop for Digital Social Innovation (DSI) was organised to share knowledge among policy makers, government agents, and DSI practitioners, and to jointly explore a range of tools that might encourage and accelerate digital social innovation.

 

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A report of the third day of the Amsterdam Urban Innovation Week about 'Redefining Growth' on 19 September 2013.

 

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‘A million people working for nothing, you better give them what they really own,’ sang John Lennon in Power to the people (1971). The times have changed, the circumstances are uncomparable, and yet the call to act is more urgent then ever.

 

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This research mapped social innovators, listing what kind of activities they are involved in, how they are supporting it and how they are connected to others.

 

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Consultation via Twitter, a mobile tool for diagnostics or an app that allows you to keep track of your own medical records? These are just some examples of mHealth applications. Discover all the possibilities and learn more about the Mobiles for Good Challenge at the event 'All about mHealth’.

 

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Paulien Melis (project manager at Waag) will speak on 13 March 2013 at the mini seminar of Nictiz during the Care & ICT fair at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht. Theme of the seminar is 'Co-creation and human-centred innovation in health care'.

 

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From over 400 entries, the jury made ​​a selection of the 23 most innovative initiatives: De Radicale Vernieuwers. And Fairphone is one of them!

 

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In order to face societal challenges, we need to use the innovation potential of the whole society. Design Thinking and creativity are crucial to the acceptance of innovative applications and technology. It's all about encouraging people to behave sustainably.

 

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The Open Innovation festival in Amsterdam kicked off on 26 November with the soft launch of openinnovationamsterdam.com. This new website will inform you on the innovation projects of the City of Amsterdam, among which are the so-called City Challenges. These challenges will soon appear on the website, but were presented today at the C4EU City Challenge Pitch.

 

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Waag stood to the cradle of Apps for Amsterdam, Apps for Noord-Holland and Apps for the Netherlands, and soon the contest Apps voor Europe will start.

 

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8-03-2012

FairPhone

A phone which combines beauty, innovation en user friendliness and which respects human rights.

 

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8-03-2012

Mobilize!

Mobilize! was initiated by Creative Learning Lab and the Foundation Kennisnet. The programme activities were geared up to strengthen innovation in education and the use of creative media through the chain.

 

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A campaign for more bandwidth during Documenta X in 1997.

 

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Waag and the new media initiative Sarai in New Delhi had an intensive collaboration called the Sarai Waag Exchange Platform.