The report, published last year, was the first systematic analysis of this emerging ecosystem in Europe and makes for some very interesting reading.
Commissioned by the European Commission and written by Francesca Bria when she was at Nesta, the report maps out the current situation and ends with recommendations for policy makers. Will the recommendations emerge in policies this year? Let’s see.
The report identifies more than 1,000 rising examples of digital social innovation organisations across Europe, and the hidden links among them.
Social innovation in Europe is currently done by a few large organisations alongside a large mass of smaller organisations, but the majority of social innovators in Europe are disconnected from the bigger networks
The largest and more interconnected community is focused around open hardware and open networks, and there is a large focus on awareness networks and new ways of making.