The Digital Social Innovation Manifesto

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The Digital Social Innovation Manifesto

The Digital Social Innovation Manifesto

The way towards the innovation in the digital society

The Digital Social Innovation Manifesto recognises that across Europe, a growing movement of people is exploring opportunities for Digital Social Innovation (DSI). People are developing bottom-up solutions and leveraging on participation, collaboration, decentralization, openness, and multi-disciplinarity. At the moment, however, this movement is still at a relatively small scale, because there are little private and public investment in DSI and also a limited experience of collectivesolutions of large-scale. In addition, there is a relative lack of skills of DSI actors compared to other commercial companies.

The DSI Manifesto aims at fostering civic participation, increasing societal resilience and mutual trust as core elements of the Digital Society. This Manifesto reflects the views of a broad community of innovators, catalyzed by the coordination action ChiC, which is funded by the European Commission, within the context of the CAPS initiative. As such, it is open to incorporating incoming views and opinions from other stakeholders and it does not intend to promote the specific commercial interests of actors of any kind.

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The key points of the Digital Social Innovation Manifesto

1. Openness and transparency

EU and national public institutions should enforce laws and promote programmes that make data and digital platforms open and broadly accessible.

2. Democracy and decentralization

The decentralized Internet has insofar been a powerful support for democracy and participation in every part of the world. DSI solutions can effectively be harnessed for elections, consultations, deliberations, policy making. DSI can inspire new decentralized models for the governance of personal data, ensuring citizens’ sovereignty over their digital life and providing them with a broader choice of solutions, which is a basic need for advanced democracies.

3. Experimentation and adoption

EU and national funding streams should promote pilots, rooted into actual communities, that can explore emerging solutions and demonstrate the long-term potential of DSI, for example in healthcare, democracy, making, environment, energy, or new economic models (such as the sharing economy).

4. Digital skills and multidisciplinarity

One of the biggest barriers to making the most of DSI is the significant gap in the skills and capacity to experiment with and develop new digital social innovations. The development of easy-to-use and effective solutions requires a complex combination of expertise from disparate different technological and social domains, which is not provided by the traditional education systems.

5. Sustainability

The sustainability of new approaches to solving societal challenges cannot rely only on commercial mechanisms or voluntary participation. It is of essence to ensure that funding for innovation in the digital society – whether at EU, national, regional or city level – reaches the actors and areas with most potential for societal benefits.

You can endorse the DSI manifesto here


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