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New Digital Social Platform for water related issues is online!

New Digital Social Platform for water-related issues is online!

Do you want to improve the water management in your local authority? If the drinking water in your municipality is scarce or if your population is endangered by surface water floods, then the new Digital Social Platform is the right place for you. This interactive platform is filled up with information of experts about water-related issues and used to communicate these issues to decision-makers, key stakeholders, and the public in order to increase awareness. Everyone can join in, as the platform is now activated.

The Digital Social Platform was created as part of the EU project POWER (Political and sOcial awareness on Water EnviRonmental challenges), in which among others the city network Climate Alliance, the UK cities of Leicester and Milton Keynes as well as the two water supply companies of Jerusalem (Israel) and Sabadell (Spain) are participating. Benefit from the experience of the four involved local authorities!

Do you want to share your own best practices with other municipal employees around the world? Then use the POWER platform for this purpose. It is the right place to explore and discuss experiences with the other users of the wide network of POWER cities. Learn of them and discuss their answers to water-related challenges as extreme weather events, reduction of water consumption, quality of water reuse, and variables related to water conservation.

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The main goals of the four POWER cities


Through the regional water utility, Hagihon, the city is to promote water conservation behaviours, quantifiable water savings and improve awareness regarding water quality.

Join Jerusalem Water Community and

  • Immediately report any urban water burst
  • Be a partner in turning Jerusalem to a green and flourishing city by spreading knowledge to watering gardens and saving water
  • Be part of Hagihons educational curriculum
  • Water quality is a recipe for health and wellness. Learn how to make sure quality water in your house
  • Share your experience and knowledge
  • Get ready to act in the Community Gardens

Milton Keynes

In Milton Keynes water is scarce, too, therefore, with the help of social awareness incentives, total consumption should be reduced.

Join Milton Keynes Water Community and

  • Learn why people need to save water in Milton Keynes
  • Read about ideas and tips for reducing water consumption
  • Get informed about school projects and educational resources
  • Create a Milton Keynes smarter water community


Leicester aims to strengthen the awareness of extreme weather events, as it is endangered by surface water floods. It provides real-time river water levels and predictive warnings for combined sewer overflows in specific geographical areas of the city.

Join Leicester Water Community and

  • Learn about flood risk – of your home in Leicester, your neighbourhood and your city
  • Get #floodprepared with the experiences of the Leicester  #floodpreparedcommunity
  • Get involved by giving feedback, sharing know-how and experience with the #floodpreparedcommunity
  • Get ready to act in the #floodpreparedcommunity


In Sabadell water is delivered in two qualities, as drinking water and non-drinking water. The water utility CASSA wants to actively involve citizens by implementing an information system that enables real-time information about the quality and conditions of service.

Join Sabadell Water Community and

  • Know the quality of water in Sabadell
  • Learn how Sabadell saves water
  • Ask, think and participate in all areas of the water cycle, especially the water quality and use of alternative resources
  • Follow the I+D projects in the water cycle that takes place in Sabadell
  • Share what Sabadell is doing about water management and what is done in other cities in Europe
  • Engage, participate, be critical and contribute to a more efficient resource management model, thus also reducing the impact of climate change

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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.

You can endorse the DSI manifesto here

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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