On Tuesday, November 8th, DSI4EU hosted a roundtable on Digital Social Innovation in the European Parliament in Brussels. The roundtable was hosted by MEP Marietje Schaake (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe), one of the founders of the Digital Agenda Intergroup.
The roundtable was kicked off by five speakers.
- Geoff Mulgan (Nesta) stressed the need for governments and funding bodies to think of innovation in social terms.
- Marleen Stikker (Waag Society) connected DSI to addressing societal challenges in which citizens and civil society play a dominant role.
- This was seconded by policy officer Fabrizio Sestini (DG Connect), who also reminded us that the dominant social platforms are all non-European, and need localised alternatives.
- Josef Prusa (Prusa Printers) discussed how the Maker Movement succeeds in turning citizens into makers of their own products and future.
- Finally, Antonella Passani (T6 Ecosystems and CAPSSI) explained how the impact of DSI should be measured and valued on its social and sustainable impact.
We also presented a first draft of a DSI Manifesto for discussion. The manifesto called attention to a number of important principles for policy makers that will help DSI to grow and scale.