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Digital social innovation brings together people and digital technologies to tackle social and environmental challenges.
Across the world, thousands of people, projects and organisations are using digital technologies to tackle social and environmental challenges in fields ranging from healthcare, education and employment to democratic participation, migration and the environment. These initiatives use a broad range of established and emerging technologies - including collaborative platforms, open data, citizen sensing, digital fabrication, open hardware, blockchain, machine learning, and augmented and virtual reality - to empower citizens to collaborate and deliver social impact. They have the potential to transform the way our public services operate, revitalise civic life and allow citizens to become direct participants in tackling social challenges.
We call this field digital social innovation (DSI), a term which overlaps significantly with other terms including tech for good, social tech and civic tech.
DSI projects are characterised by:
The broad aims of DSI are to:
To see examples of DSI in practice, take a look at our library of case studies of innovation from across and beyond Europe and explore our data visualisation of DSI projects and organisations. For a deeper look into the field and the most exciting opportunities and most pressing challenges, check out our report What next for digital social innovation?.
If you’re working on DSI, register now and get your project or organisation onto the map in just a few minutes.