Written by Matt Stokes
Coming together as a community
14th February 2017
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This blog post was written by the organisations present at the meeting mentioned below, led by Cassie Robinson of Tech for Good Global. The sketch is by Irit Pollak, Networks & Engagement Lead, Doteveryone.
Nesta is the lead partner on the DSI4EU project.
Last week a group of organisations came together for a working session, which will be the first of many, we hope. Tech For Good Global, Bethnal Green Ventures, CAST, Nominet Trust, Doteveryone, Nesta, Good Things Foundation, Comic Relief and the British Council are all doing work in the “tech for good” space. Some of these organisations call it Digital Social Innovation, some Social Tech, some Civic Tech, some Responsible Tech and others Tech For Social Good. What we each call it doesn’t matter, and we are not spending any time on trying to find one description that we all agree on. What we do agree though is that there is value in us all as a group starting to link up our efforts more.
As organisations and individuals, we all believe that digital and technology have roles to play in addressing global and social challenges, and in leveling and redistributing power. Some of us are looking to broaden and strengthen the field of tech for good through research, mainstreaming content and building community, some are delivery organisations that target specific groups like the hard to reach, or charities and civil society, and others are funders. Some have an international focus, others are currently focussed on Europe and the UK.
We have come together and intend to keep meeting monthly because we want to see more of the following happen:
This activity is going to be a priority for us as a group of organisations and in our second meet up we will agree more specific targets of what we want to achieve/change in 1-3 years. As Geoff Mulgan writes in his blog post for the SIX Wayfinder this week, digital and technology should be a priority for the next 10 years for all organisations who care about social innovation.
“There’s been an extraordinary flowering of digital social innovation and civic tech, particularly around open data, open knowledge, the maker movement and citizen science. But these haven’t yet made strong links to previous generations of civil society organisations and charities, and many have struggled to achieve large scale. “
If you want to find out more about any of the work we are doing, or want to join our group of organisations then get in touch with: [email protected]
We will also be meeting for coffee and breakfast on Friday for anyone attending the SIX Wayfinder conference in London. We will be here between 8-9am, a short walk away from Nesta.