What is DSI?

“Digital social innovation (DSI) is “a type of collaborative innovation in which innovators, users and communities collaborate using digital technologies to co-create knowledge and solutions for a wide range of social needs and at a scale that was unimaginable before the rise of the Internet”

The EU-DSI project captured six DSI Areas of the phenomenon under investigation:

Open democracy and participatory mechanisms featuring new projects pioneering direct democracy and citizens’ participation that encourages transparency and accountability, via participatory web platforms; organisations that are developing services allowing citizen engage in a new bottom up ecosystem for digital public services.

Open access and information Commons including cities pioneering new practices in Open Data and open sensor networks; and mesh networks projects that are using bottom up privacy-preserving decentralised infrastructure for the open Internet constituted by open standards, open data, free and open software, and open hardware.

Collaborative economy that includes crypto digital currencies and many sharing economy platforms, crowdfunding methods, exchanges, peer-to-peer lending and new economic models.

Awareness networks are enabling sustainable behaviours and lifestyles initiatives that empower citizens to improve urban life.

New ways of making including the Makers movement, open hardware projects, open design and manufacturing that disrupt mass production to bespoke creation.

Funding acceleration and incubation programs and platforms that identify, connect and support digital social innovators with partners, mentors, investors and others committed to support the development of the DSI ecosystem.


[1] www.digitalsocial.eu this is the main site of the EU-DSI project that this current study will replicate in Australia to map DSI organisations and activities.