From the European funding perspective, we have been looking into two topics in the Horizon 2020 funding stream:
- Building a social innovation community to ensure knowledge sharing and transfer within a diversity of societal actors - from universities, to policy makers and to communities themselves, the latter providing the strongest signals as to where social change happens. This is a project typed Coordination and support, based on connecting existing actors, with opportunities to build bridges between them through innovative activities, such as bootstrapping a network of harmonious hackathons or unMonastery iterations.
Status: I had emailed Alberto Masetti Zannini couple weeks ago to ask if the Hub Network and their partners are decided yet on a consortium for the Social Innovation call in Horizon 2020, and he replied saying they’re still in talks but no decision has been made, and he will get back to us as soon as possible.
- The Future of Care in the Hands of the Hackers: we are looking to deploy collective intelligence towards care using open-technologies wielded by hacking communities. This is a research and innovation typed action.
Status: we are mounting a consortium as we speak, with partners from Politecnico Milano Design Dpt, LABRI, a Bordeaux university research institute, the Stockholm School of Economics, and the SCIMpulse Foundation in the Netherlands. Once that is done (in a week or two) we will invite MT2019 as a test community if that is something they are interested in. More specifically, maybe their Open Design School (in the making?) could be involved in the design phase of hacker care prototypes; they could be hosting workshops bringing together people from Politecnico Milano, LABRi and several hackerspaces in Europe. Is that too far fetched? Anything that they would see themselves doing, they could, in a project like this.