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5 Glocal DSI organizations you should know about

17th September 2014

One of the biggest benefits of the internet is the ability to reach out to, connect and engage people and communities who share a common interests and passions, but are divided by large geographical distances.
As part of our research in to Digital Social Innovation, we are interested in understanding exactly social innovators tackle local problems through global online networks.
Below are 5 examples of “glocal” organizations that are pioneering ways of creating bridges between local issues and a global group of participants in innovative ways.


foodassemblyThe Food Assembly (France)
The Food Assembly initiative was launched in 2011, with the objective of finding new ways to source and sell local food products. The platform connects producers and communities of consumers that set up weekly online sales and events to collect their orders. Assembly leaders start groups and re-create social connections in their neighbourhoods. The initiative started in Toulouse, France and has expanded to Belgium, Germany, Spain and UK. The Food Assembly currently links 2300 producers to nearly 50000 consumers.
Update: Food Assembly UK closed down in October 2018 but is still active on the continent. Find out more at


slowdSlow/d (Italy)
Slow/d is platform that allows product designers and artisans to produce locally and sell their wares online. Designers can upload their projects in order to be produced by registered artisans and gain royalties on the products. Artisans can access a vast catalogue of projects made by professional designers and sell both online and offline a new range of products. Clients can access the e-shop and get their object produced by a local artisan and designed by a professional. Slow/d currently connects more than 700 designers and artisans.


letsdoitLet’s Do It! (Estonia)
Let’s Do It is a movement started in 2008 when 50.000 people collectively worked on cleaning up illegal waste in Estonia. Since then the movement has expanded into the World Clean Up, with 111 countries and 198 clean-ups organized so far. Everyone can contribute to the creation of the World Waste Map, the ugliest map ever, through the website or mobile apps. Once a year, national or local groups organize clean-ups, using the maps to efficiently collect the illegal waste. Let’s Do It empowers local reporting, creates global mapping and supports collective actions.


provenanceProvenance (UK)
Provenance is a newly founded platform for shoppers that want to know where, how and by whom products are made. Through Provenance, makers that want to be open and transparent about their manufacturing and supply processes can help shoppers make better choices. Therefore, it helps making the gap between the buyer and the maker as small as possible. Starting in the UK but already expanding in Europe and beyond, Provenance aims to restore the connections between makers, sellers and customers.


1perclubsmall1%Club (Netherlands)
1%Club is an online crowd-funding platform for social good. This initiative represents a new model for international cooperation, directly linking worldwide individuals-donors to specific projects either in their local area or developing countries. The platform also allows individuals to get directly involved in the projects by performing specific tasks beyond donations. Since 2008, more than 500 initiatives in 69 different countries have been crowd-funded by 1%Club. The goal is to change the world by summing up small ideas, 1% at the time.



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