Hi all, I am throwing a bottle into the sea -- but well, I at least know where to throw it in this immensity I've already discussed this idea with @nadia who recently visited us (@alberto has also had the opportunity to visit).
I am part of the happy ones who got to work closely with EdgeRyders, in the context of the opencare H2020 project that successfully ended last February. I recently became involved in the executive staff of our university (Bordeaux, where I've been appointed as vice-president for "digital transformation", that's how people like to call it here).
My post aims at identifying potential partners willing to deploy the SSNA methodology on a set of selected European university campus, in order to help our community get together and design the future of our institutions. I see lots of initiatives being taken to reform how universities work, how students may design their curriculum, how students may engage ... It is actually quite hard to make sure that directions taken are good, and even harder to get feedback from community members as those processes are designed or deployed.
Using the ER method would in a sense equip an institution such as a university with more acute ears to listen and hear what community think, want and certainly are already doing. One difficulty (at least here in Bordeaux) is our institution gathers about 60000 people: 50000 students, 6000 personnel and 4000 researchers (who also teach) -- that can be seen as a challenge in itself for the ER/SSNA methodology (!).
I figured other universities must be following the same type of initiatives, facing the same type of difficulties/challenges.
How about turning this into a research problem, putting up a H2020 consortium where universities are entities being observed (and others -- maybe the same -- are research partners)? Calls such as SwafS-16-2019: Ethics of Innovation: the challenge of new interaction modes might offer an opportunity (thanks to @lucechiodelliub for spotting the call).
Hope to hear from you soon. Cheers, Guy