Improve integration

As you know, we (CdM @Rossana Torri  and WeMake @Costantino) are developing local activities in Milan, already discussed here and here.

We are also looking towards the final conference and thinking about wrapping up our experience throughout Open care. Speculations at this stage should include “how can a Public Institution foster an Open caring ecosystem?”

At the same time, the “outcome of the Commission’s first review” provided some challenging remarks that are worth taking into consideration, such as:

“This consortium needs to be more integrated to achieve innovative results. Work more together (publish together) and develop a sustainable approach to the exploitation of joint results”.


“This results in a lack of integration and visibility for the entire project. For example, it is not clear how the results of the work of the City of Milano and WeMake communities in the city are taken into account in the economic analysis by EHFF”.

These remarks push us back to the Mid Term review discussions and the Geneva consortium meeting’s follow up, where we got over this subject again.

Having said that, we wonder if we can open a discussion with you all and especially EHFF, that might stems from D4.3 Research paper. Integrating community-driven care services in European welfare states and includes our (above-mentioned) speculations.

Although we do not have budget to use on this task, nor are directly involved in WP4 deliverables, we will be available to do some work and possibly engage some junior researcher with academic background in economics.

Whether or not our effort will result in a publication, it would be a sign of attention for the commission recommendations.

We could start from EHFF intermediate presentation and catch up with it. Questions we could start from are i.e.:

  •   Is the list of Open care projects complete?
  •   did you extend to a broader definition of Health or you stuck to classic?
  •   have you proceeded with the evaluation of community-based projects?
  •   have you added up to the preliminary policy implications?
  •   Is the taxonomy you created usable?

From our perspective, we would be also interested in:

  •   what makes the projects selected special?
  •   are they scalable?
  •   are they sustainable?
  •   are they replicable?
  •   can we assess their multilayered impact?
  •   what was the role of PA if any?
  •   Did you assess cases that didn’t work?
  •   What was the role of PA if any?

These findings would enable us to compare to experiences going on in Milan and possibly add up to our investigation on how a PA can foster an Open caring ecosystem.

Of course, if you think of different or more empirical actions we can be involved in please let us know.

Please let us know if it make sense to you @Lakomaa @melancon @Alberto @LuceChiodelliUB @Costantino @markomanka



relation to opencare's DoA

LuceChiodelliUB's picture

Hello Matteo, 

Thank you for sharing information on your plans towards more exchanges between partners. 
To me, opencare's DoA meets what you just mention above, you are working in the right direction:

(p.4) Excellence in research:
Some activities in OpenCare will be directed towards its ultimate goal of contributing towards care provision reform. They consist of a study on what constitutes best practice in the field of community based collective intelligence projects in the field of care provision, and on how these solutions might be integrated in national social and health care systems. This poses a number of significant regulatory and management challenges that must not be swept under the rug. Carrying out these activities is expected to yield a groundbreaking contribution to the European care policy debate: one where new technological affordances and hacker culture make a constructive contribution to public policy, taking fully onboard the complexity of the existing system.

(p.26)  Ambition for the ICT call we participate in:
Achieving in the longer term the active citizen participation in decision making, collective governance (including global Internet governance), new democracy models self-regulation, new business and economic models. Collective awareness research is expected to demonstrate scalability, reusability of results and general applicability of proposed solutions at local or regional level.

Corresponding engagements taken by opencare:
By pursuing its Objective 1, OpenCare mobilizes citizens, and empowers them as designers of care services. By pursuing its Objective 2, it applies the collective smarts of its community to public policy, hence governance. As argued above, our main focus is on building a methodology for fostering online conversation as collective intelligence engine (Objective 1.1) and leading field tests in a way conducive to feeding back to that collective conversation (Objective 1.2). These outputs are explicitly meant for reusability across issues other than care. Rich documentation, open data and “working out loud” approach enable third parties to capitalize on our result. By supporting skilled communities of hackers in prototyping care services, we hope to lower the cost to many hackers to take a first step in the world of care. This will contribute to the development of an open source makers business model for care, in which businesses use open hardware platforms to provide personalized care solutions. 



Who are your questions addressed to?

Alberto's picture

I refer to the first set of questions in the post.


Questions to EHFF

Matteo's picture

mainly EHFF @Lakomaa


Who are your questions addressed to?

Alberto's picture

I refer to the first set of questions in the post.