Impact Conference Program Development Wiki

We are now commencing the preparation for the Impact conference. The event will take place online and be modeled on the community-cocreated festival we conducted in 2019, with some elements of a more traditional conference (specially invited guest participants aka “speakers”). This Wiki is to be treated as the single-source of truth for the Impact Conference The wiki will be collaboratively developed as the event building work progresses. If you wish to draw the curation team’s attention to something, make proposals or requests etc - please post it in a comment below. This way we ensure that everyone is on the same page throughout the process, avoid messes with multiple document versions etc.

Next Generation Interdependencies

A co-created online event through which we make visible hidden/new connections between emerging (networked) technologies and…

  • issues and struggles (agency and movements)
  • people and spaces (physical, social and informational)
  • processes and stakeholders (legal, political and economic)
  • domains (of expertise, mandates and resources)

When and Where

Date: November 2021 (tbd)
Location: Online ( exact where/which platform tbc, but we are sick of zoom)

UVP: We use SSNA as a method to it possible to see the whole, emergent patterns and details in a beautiful intuitive manner.

Running an event the Edgryders way offers unique advantages:

  • Interactive visualisations: Our research team provides visualisations of the conversations taking place as networks. Most people find these visualisations intuitive and beautiful.

  • Adapted for exploration: Our methodology is robust to ill-defined questions. Exploratory questions are allowed to take the center stage. Free-form conversation minimizes framing biases and encourages serendipitous discovery.

  • Scalable: Our approach and tools support large online conversations, with hundreds or thousands of participants. We use graph theory to aggregate them, and extract from them what is most important or unexpected.

  • Rigorous: Mining Semantic Social Networks yield qualitative and quantitative research. We apply network metrics to score and weigh the qualitative conclusions contributed by the team analysing the (open) data.

  • Open and accessible: all content is published and free to use under a CC-BY-3.0 license.

  • Privacy and consent: add blurb here about our data management policy, processes and tech

  • More info:

Event program format:

  • Distributed and interactive
  • Mini (Learning)
  • Fishbowls (TalkWebinarsing)
  • Workshops (Doing)
  • Networking (Meeting)


  • SSNA visualisations (depends on timing of event in relation to ethno-coding work)
  • Report
  • ?


  • Event Format and process design completed
  • Website published
  • Call for contributions to program launched
  • Online Workshops for open participatory design of event program
  • “Core” event program announced
  • Conference is delivered
  • Conference report draft #1 delivered
  • Conference report submitted.

Team contacts

Partnership/ Media enquiries

Themes and topics:

  1. Themes emergent from analysis of conversations on the edgeryders-run platform
  2. Content submitted by participants via an open call
  3. Themes and insights selected featured in the community journalism digest

heads up @marina - update sent to Katja on 19/2:

"We’re starting to work on the Impact Conf here: Impact Conference Program Development Wiki . A question re the NGI visions book: is there anything else you need from me/us at this point? The analysis/ insights we put into the community journalism deliverable is the “state of the art’ we have at this phase in the project…”

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Is there a target date for the event?

Towards the end of the year - October in order to give us enough time for production of final report and final dissemination materials. But we need confirmation from the rest of the consortium.

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Priority topics to include

  1. Environment, Sustainability and resilience

    • Environmental impact of devices
    • Environmentalism and internet technology
    • Climate crisis
  2. Decentralising power and building alternatives

    • Open Source technology ecosystem
    • Competition
    • The promises and possible shortcomings of Open Source technology
  3. Public space and sociality

    • Impact of the internet on physical/ public space
    • Online shift’s effect on offline space and sociality
  4. Access, Inclusion and Justice

    • An inclusive internet
    • Justice and digital discrimination
    • Ethical Internet Technology
  5. Trustworthy information flows, cybersecurity and democracy

    • Trustworthy Information Flows (Democracy, fake news and the Internet)
    • Trustworthy Information
    • Safer online environments
    • Impact of the Internet on democracy
  6. Privacy, Identity and Data Governance

    • New data governance models
    • Negotiating Privacy/ personal data trade-offs
    • Privacy
    • Digital ID
    • Decentralised power on the internet and personal data control
  7. Ethical Ai

    • Algorithms, AI and regulation

These draw input from Leonie’s Ethno report #1

The Future of Work

Defining forms of labour, work as space, work as time, work as movement, work as process, work as relationships

When we talk about the impact of technologies on the future of work, we must consider the complex ways in which they interact with and impact our health, welfare and wellbeing.

  • how current decisions and models around work affect the lived experiences of day-to-day work
  • how business models and regulatory principles shape the conditions of everyday labour.
  • how technologies and business models interact with and impact our environöentm health, welfare and wellbeing.
  • what alternatives are or could be improving conditions

The SSNA offers a visual map of the ways in which work is understood, and which Leonie defines across four categories - the fifth is :

  1. work as space (physical and social)
  2. work as movement (including access and agency)
  3. work as time (including notions of acceleration, slowness and constraint)
  4. work as process (legal, political, economic)
    Addition from event curator:
  5. work as activity (what is and what is not considered “work”)

Within the discussions about labour, a distinction is made between

  • everyday labour: the practicalities and lived experiences of day-to-day work and
  • top-level business models, policies and forms of regulation

Focus questions

  • What role will technology play in our ability not only to survive (to attain livelihoods, to establish systems of support, and to access to necessities), but to build abundant and sustainable ways of living?

  • What do we need digital technologies to allow us to do in order for us to work during crisis?

  • Role of exposure to digital technologies in community/collective mental health?

  • What are the challenges and responsibilities of institutions, companies and organisations to facilitate new forms of co-working and and co-living?

  • Now that many forms of labour have moved to online spaces, how do we ensure socioeconomic mobility?

  • as we look toward the future of work, what are our values? How do we ensure that our values are represented going forward? How can tech intervene to shape the future of work?

  • how is work currently regulated and how should these models change in the future?

Resilience, Welfare & Sustainability

We can’t talk about technologies without considering the complex ways in which they interact with and impact our health, welfare and wellbeing.

  • health,
  • environment,
  • infrastructure,
  • community-building (building collectivity)

Focus questions

  • What role will technology play in our ability not only to survive (to attain livelihoods, to establish systems of support, and to access to necessities), but to build abundant and sustainable ways of living?
  • how can we harness the potential of digital tools to improve our existing systems and pave the way towards a resilient and sustainable future?
  • role of exposure to digital technologies in community mental health. maintain social contact, to establish networks of support and build online communities. can also heighten anxiety, our sense of isolation and desires for human contact.
  • what perspectives are there on shared responsibility?
  • understanding the relationship between digital technology and public health
  • Access to healthcare: digital technologies can make access to crucial healthcare information more widely accessible. technologies allow us to track the spread of the virus and locate vaccination and testing sites. can offer quite a lot of agency to individuals and communities. technology may further exacerbate disparities in healthcare access. may also contribute to exploitative business practices

we need the date set - is this something you could bring up during the consortium meeting today @marina?

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Looking at channels/ platforms for where to promote and host these events - So it seems that Linkedin now has two interesting options. Nb @ivan and @bojanbobic

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We are free to suggest the date(s) that would work for us and then share with the consortium (especially Nesta Italia) to confirm and make sure it doesn’t coincide with any other big events.

We would like to run it as late as possible - do you know what dates Nesta Italia is doing theirs?

@giacomo.mariotti ?

Hi Marina, the second Research & Policy Summit is planned for the beginning of December 2021 (dates TBD).


thanks thats very helpful to know.