After 18 months of collaborating with an amazing team at Wemake and in DSI Consortium, we celebrated the end of DSI4EU project with a conference taking place in Warsaw and titled “New Urban Visions – Bringing Digital Social Innovation in the City Hall” and focusing on how city governments and the DSI community can benefit each other to make residents’ lives better.
I contributed to the agenda with with two interventions, in a panel and leading a workshop:
– The story of CAPS – panel
The CAPS programme is the EU’s flagship funding programme for DSI, having funded over 50 projects since 2014. We’ll hear from some of the successful projects funded by CAPS, and about next steps for DSI at the European Commission.
– Tom Symons, Head of Government Innovation Research, Nesta (DECODE)
– Zoe Romano, Founder, WeMake (OpenCare)
– Theresa Heithaus, Program Manager, Wikirate (ChainReact)
– Sybille Schroer, Scientific Coordinator, IGB-Berlin (STARS4ALL)
– Fabrizio Sestini, Senior Expert, Digital Social Innovation, DG CONNECT
– Diversity and inclusion: Walking the walk – workshop
The field of DSI is still far from diverse and inclusive. In this fishbowl session we’ll discuss the challenges frankly and share good practice for how we can turn talk into action.
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During an international seminar where experts from different backgrounds illustrated perspectives on how to measure impact beyond financial indicators, one of the speakers used an Italian phenomenon to explain what he thought could represent social innovation. According to statistics, more than 11% of Italy’s population are over 75 years of age and this number will double by 2050. Most Italian families, especially in the Northern regions, need external support to take care of their elderly. To fulfil this need, rarely covered by welfare support, there has been a constant growth of privately-hired caregivers, directly by the family, most of them women and many of them migrants from Eastern European countries.
The spontaneous social process of hiring them — sometimes even without a contract — has become a widespread phenomenon, usually spread by word of mouth. According to statistics, 6 out of 10 caregivers are paid off-the-books and don’t enjoy any form of employment benefit or accident insurance. This characteristic of being a self-organised and bottom-up arrangement of elderly care was most likely the reason why the expert at the conference lightly listed the ‘badanti’ phenomenon among the examples of ‘social innovation’. He highlighted this bottom-up but ultimately individualistic solution without problematizing, or even referring to, the new form of labour exploitation it entails. This lack of political analysis avoids acknowledging, for instance, the psychological toll that the migrant caregivers have to endure in through these working patterns, a depression so wide-spread that it has its own name: “Italian syndrome” (1). Continue reading Innovation and the paradox of for-profit care
Il Digital Social Innovation Toolkit (DSI Toolkit) in versione dinamica e in formato PDF è il risultato di un programma sperimentale che da Aprile 2016 a Maggio 2017 ha coinvolto maker, ricercatori, professionisti in workshop, discussioni e incontri online nei quali hanno contribuito a capire come open hardware e progetti maker con un impatto sociale possano crescere. Il Toolkit, lanciato a metà maggio, è stato finanziato dalla Commissione Europea nell’ambito del progetto DSI4EU di cui ho raccontato in quest’altro post. Durante il programma Serena Cangiano e io, abbiamo esplorato diverse questioni aperte come:
- come supportare la scalabilità sostenibile di progetti promossi da gruppi di cittadini, maker e associazioni e che non sono strutturati in modalità organizzative classiche?
- quali tipo di approcci facilitano la crescita quando il concetto di scalabilità non corrisponde solo a un’opportunità di business o alla sostenibilità finanziaria?
Continue reading The DSI toolkit is online | Il Toolkit della Digital Social Innovation è online
L’innovazione sociale digitale (DSI) è un concetto che vuole ripensare l’Europa a partire dalle sue possibilità di cambiamento grazie alle potenzialità della tecnologia digitali e all’apertura delle pratiche dall’open source software agli open data, passando per l’open democracy. Il progetto DSI4EU, finanziato dalla Commissione Europea e guidato da Nesta (fondazione no-profit con sede in UK), ha l’obiettivo di mettere in evidenza e creare networking tra le innovatrici e gli innovatori che sono attivi sul territorio e consapevolmente o meno stanno muovendosi in questo ambito. Continue reading Discutiamo del futuro dell’innovazione sociale digitale
From the 1st to the 2nd of February I’m in Rome to take part to DSI Fair (Digital Social Innovation) an international conference addressing fundamental collective human experience research and innovation challenges dictating what the Internet is used for and its benefits to both individuals and the overall society, which is at the core of the evolution towards the Next Generation Internet as the Internet for Humans.
Within DSI4EU team, together with Serena Cangiano I’m moderating a panel to explore different initiatives in Europe around collaborative making, art and creativity.
We’re having contribution by:
- MiniMakers project: school as a territorial hub disseminating technological creativity for youngest and adults
Leonardo Zaccone, FAbLab Roma Makers
- How to foster co-creation for young entrepreneurs and community builders with art and creativity?
Matti Straub-Fischer, Kaospilot Switzerland
- BCI4DSI: How Brain-Computer-Interfaces (BCI) offer meaningful interaction for DSI?
Lucas Evers and Jennifer Kanary Nikolova, Hackthebrain project
- What are scenarios for a sustainable maker movement?
Bastian Pelka and Janosch Sbeih MAKE-IT project
Check the 2-day Agenda and see you there!
Wednesday, 2017, February 1 – 9:30am to Thursday, 2017, February 2 – 4:30pm