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Project partners

DSI4EU* is a project delivered by a consortium of seven partners, and is part of the CAPS community.

Nesta is a global innovation foundation. We back new ideas to tackle the big challenges of our time. We seek out, spark and shape powerful new ideas, joining with others to take on the big challenges of our time and shift how the world works for everyone. We work with partners across the world and work in five key thematic areas: health; education; government innovation; the creative economy, arts and culture; and innovation policy.

As project coordinator, Nesta has overall responsibility for DSI4EU, and leads facilitation of and the prototype DSI Index.

Nesta is involved in a number of programmes related to DSI4EU, including Social Innovation Community, Next Generation Internet - Engineroom, DECODE and ShareLab.

Waag — the institute for art, science and technology — is a pioneer in the field of digital media. Over the past 22 years, the foundation has developed into an institution of international stature, a platform for artistic research and experimentation, and has become both a catalyst for events and a breeding ground for cultural and social innovation. Waag explores emerging technologies, and provides art and culture with a central role in the designing of new applications for novel advances in science and technology. The organisation concerns itself not only with technologies related to the Internet, but also with those related to biotechnology and the cognitive sciences.

Waag is leading the coordination of clusters within DSI4EU, as well as leading the Food, Environment and Climate Change cluster.

betterplace lab is a think-and-do-tank working on digital-social innovation, researching and experimenting where digital innovation intersects with social good. We aim to help others to do good better by analysing, inspiring and building networks. Our focus topics include: digital democracy, digital refugee integration and ICT4Women.

We work for, and in cooperation with, leading civil society organisations, German federal ministries, and the CSR departments of major tech companies. betterplace lab is a department of gemeinnützige Aktiengesellschaft, which also runs, Germany’s leading charitable online donation platform.

betterplace lab is responsible for the thematic DSI cluster on migration and integration, and is leading Work Package 3, mapping and analysing future trends in DSI.

Fab Lab Barcelona is part of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, where it support different educational and research programs related with the multiple scales of the human habitat. It is also the headquarters of the global coordination of the Fab Academy program in collaboration with the Fab Foundation and the MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. The Fab Lab Barcelona has produced projects including Hyper habitat IAAC (official selection for the Venice Biennale XXI) and the Fab Lab House (Audience Award in the first Solar Decathlon Europe in Madrid).

It is currently developing projects at different scales, including smart devices for data collection by individuals, the development of a new generation of Fab Labs in the Green Fab Lab project, and the new production models for cities with the Fab City project being implemented in Barcelona.

Our mission as a Fab Lab is to provide access to the tools, the knowledge and the financial means to educate, innovate and invent using technology and digital fabrication to allow anyone to make (almost) anything, and thereby creating opportunities to improve lives and livelihoods around the world. Community organisations, educational institutions and non-profit concerns are our primary beneficiaries.

Fab Lab Barcelona is leading the Skills and Learning cluster, and is supporting the development of the DSI Index.

WeMake is an innovative enterprise based in Milan providing a series of services and training to the creative community in the field of digital and traditional manufacturing and access to a fully equipped Fab Lab.

WeMake has been developing and designing courses, workshops, initiatives and co-design sessions, which boost knowledge exchange and explore new fields of innovation involving the local and global community on different skills and learning processes. We bring together the best practices of informal groups/companies and the most unique techniques in an environment of open exchange by excellent professionals and researchers in diverse fields.

WeMake is leading the Health and Care cluster, including mapping and fostering the DSI community at a local level (Milan and Italy) through a series of online and offline events.

Barcelona Activa is the The Local Economic Development Agency of the Barcelona City Council.

Its mission is to boost economic policy and local development in order to promote a better quality of life for citizens in Barcelona by promoting employment, encouraging entrepreneurship and offering support to companies. The objective is to meet citizens’ different needs in their own neighbourhoods and also from the perspective of the plural economy, including the social and solidarity economy. This is done by promoting citizen empowerment as well as reshaping the balance between neighbourhoods to achieve a fairer model in terms of economic development and the creation, maintenance and distribution of employment.

Barcelona Activa is leading the Cities and Urban Development cluster.

ePaństwo Foundation is a non governmental organisation based in Warsaw.

Our aim is to is to develop democracy, open and transparent authorities and civic engagement. We take various types of public data and, using the power of Internet and new technologies, present it to citizens free of charge. We give the citizens the knowledge and the tools to make their country better. Our key areas of activity and expertise are Open data, Freedom of Information, Good Governance, Civic Participation.

ePaństwo Foundation is leading the Digital Democracy cluster.

The CAPS community

DSI4EU is a coordination and support action funded under the European Commission’s Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability (CAPS) programme. The CAPS programme supports DSI in Europe through funding for projects, coordination, support, events and networking.

CAPS projects are designing and piloting online platforms creating awareness of sustainability problems and offering collaborative solutions based on innovative networks of people, ideas, services and technologies enabling new forms of social innovation. The CAPS programme supports environment-aware efforts, grassroots processes and practices to share knowledge, achieve changes in lifestyle, production and consumption patterns, and set up more participatory democratic processes on a pan-European scale.

As part of the CAPS community, we are particularly proud to be supporting the projects developing DSI solutions with funding from the European Commission. We also work closely with the ChiC project, which aims to empower the community of CAPS projects and promote their outcomes and results.

Social Innovation Community

DSI4EU works closely with Social Innovation Community (SIC), a Horizon 2020-funded project which seeks to strengthen, connect and grow existing social innovation communities across Europe. Social Innovation Community is based around specific networks, one of which is DSI. By fostering close links between the two projects, we are able to introduce DSI actors to other social innovation actors, and vice versa. Please get in touch if you would like to learn more.


*DSI4EU is the operating name for the project formally known as DSISCALE. DSISCALE is supported by the European Union and funded under the Horizon 2020 Programme, grant agreement no 780473.



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