M-INCLUSION is funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme for Research & Development. Its overall objective is to create a cooperative framework between EU and LATAM mobile solution developers and end users, to promote both the growth of new affordable mobile solutions and a working environment to define a Road Map to improve personal autonomy and societal integration of people at risk of exclusion in LATAM.
CAPS – (Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation) are ICT systems leveraging the emerging “network effect” by combining open online social media, distributed knowledge creation and data from real environments (“Internet of Things”) in order to create awareness of problems and possible solutions requesting collective efforts, enabling new forms of social innovation. Over the period 2013-2015 the European Commission will support a number of research projects, coordination actions and studies concerning CAPS. CHEST is just one of a number of CAPS projects funded under Framework Programme 7.
A list of other projects can be found at ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/caps-projects
DSI – DSI is a foundational study on digital social innovation (DSI) in Europe funded by the European Commission, DG Connect and run by Nesta, in partnership with the Waag Society, ESADE, IRI and Future Everything. The study looks at grassroots civic innovations that use the Internet for the social good. The DSI research is identifying examples of Digital Social Innovations (DSI) that are exploiting the network effect of the Internet and merging technology trends such as open data, open hardware, open knowledge, open and distributed networks to bring people together to solve social challenges. Join the network and connect with other DSI organisations across Europe by creating a profile here: digitalsocial.eu/organisations/build/new_user
Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition
The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an international contest launched by The Goi Peace Foundation, Stiftung Entrepreneurship and UNESCO. The competition will honour and foster young entrepreneurs (ages 15-30) from around the world who are creating a positive change in their communities by helping solve some of the key challenges of today with their innovative ideas and leadership. By highlighting the best examples of youth entrepreneurship, the competition aims to empower the young generation to take the initiative in social innovation and become pioneers in building a harmonious and sustainable society. With their innovative ideas and leadership, these global citizens will tackle some of the key challenges of today and offer a model of the entrepreneurial potential that will fuel our future.
CATALYST is an FP7 project that will develop and test collective intelligence tools and make them available, as open source solutions, to any interested communities. CHEST is collaborating with CATALYST by testing Edgesense, one of the project’s open tools. Edgesense is a social network analytics tool augmenting online conversations with network analytics aiming to foster collective intelligence processes.
IA4Si (Impact assessment for Social Innovation) is a CAPS project aiming to adapt well experimented socio-economic impact assessment methodologies to the specific field of digital social innovation and to offer online tools for impact self-assessment, enabling projects to understand and improve their impacts. CHEST is using IA4SI’s methodological framework in defining suitable KPIs for the CHEST beneficiaries to monitor and steer their social impacts.
Phineo gAG is a not-for-profit corporation providing analysis and consulting services for high-impact social initiatives and one of the driving forces behind the development of the Social Reporting Standard SRS. CHEST adopted and customized the SRS standard for the reporting of the CHEST beneficiaries.
Ashoka’s PEP initiative (Programme Engagement with Perspective) started the accelerator programme “IT4Change” (funded by SAP) which is helping young social entrepreneurs – mainly from East-European countries – that use IT to solve societal problems. PEP is funding young changemakers and supporting them through expert consulting and by providing access to a broad community of Social Innovation stakeholders.
LABCITIES provides a global directory of smart city experts and organizations with the aim of managing, showcasing and connecting projects from both smart cities and service providers. We enable our members to gain global visibility, meet other experts and monetize their solutions across 20 smart city domains of interest in a broad solution marketplace to grow the smart city ecosystems worldwide.
The Changer is a community of social impact professionals who are committed to making the world a better place. The Changer was launched in 2014 to create a transparent overview of what is out there in terms of jobs, events, innovations and funding opportunities to help nonprofits and social impact organisations.
The Changer is a social business. A business because they sell services and products for a financial return, but social because their mission is not to make profit, rather it is to speed up positive social change through the promotion and exchange of best practices and by growing local communities of social impact professionals.