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Digital Economy & Society

ICT 2015

Networking Sessions Programme

Kick-off a Community for Disruptive and Democratic Social Innovation

Room 1.08, 21/10/2015 (09:00-09:45)


This session wants to establish a Community nurturing ideas, policies and solutions for ICT-based tools detecting, monitoring, supporting and governing a specific sector of the Social Innovation, characterised by the capability to modify the market (Disruptive) by enabling people to freely act, react and participate in the innovation (Democratic).

Democratic Innovation is a mandatory approach, taking into account the growing importance of citizens' role in decision making and policy shaping processes, and the need to provide more inclusive and cross-cultural modalities for innovation to take place. This theme will be addressed by envisioning and planning deployment of dedicated ICT solutions, and also by adoption and integration of techniques which are able to create effective cultural impacts, such as the arts and creativity, in syncretic collaboration with sciences and technologies. The result will be to extend opportunities for breakthrough innovation which are closer to people.

A first set of tools, collected through a public call for ideas and shared by the organisers, will create the ground for an open debate during the session, enabling the Community to kick-start the activities.

The success of the session will be based on the experiences of 3 international networks in giving relevance to the democratic and cultural sphere of the innovation: the Impact HUB, the Art Is Open Source, the NET-EUCEN Network


Attendants’ participation is mandatory since the session will include an open debate about the ideas and questions collected during the call for ideas through an online campaign running until mid October. The 6 best contributions will be selected as trigger-subjects (2mins talk each) for an open debate that will deliver an “instant feedback” by the audience. People's engagement will run through two different channels: a Q&A session and the “instant voting” by expressing a feedback (a green coloured card). The ‘greener’ issues will form the initial topics for discussion of a new online community, initially composed by sessions’ participants.

The (evolving) agenda will maximise people's participation, thanks to the support and the experience of the Impact Hub:

09:00–09:15 Introduction by organisers (Carrera, Iaconesi, Niglia)

09:15–09:30 Ideas sharing and instant feedback

09:30–09:40 Questions and Answers

09:40–09:45 Wrap up and kick-off the Community

Expected outcome

A double impact is sought:

1) on participants, who will be engaged in forming an aggregated group, to be addressed through follow-up initiatives, such the enlargement of the current LinkedIn group and ‘meet-up’ during international events;

2) on the Communities thanks to lists of ideas to be submitted to experts for peer review and provided at the attention of the E.C. These will include a series of indications and concepts for the social innovation and cooperation sectors, and in the areas of innovation through arts/creativity/sciences/technologies (i.e. collaborating with the upcoming STARTS program), producing inclusive processes for disruptive innovation in interdisciplinary modalities.

Our target is to create impact leading to an enhancement of the smart communities sector through the design and progressive, collaborative development of tools for smart-competitiveness, and for co-relation among society, industry, IT&C clusters, in culturally meaningful, creative, disruptive ways.

Coordinated by: Francesco NIGLIA (KoySLab, Research, Italy)

Organised by: Francesco NIGLIA (KoySLab, Research, Italy)

Cluster: Innovation


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