Social Innovation & Digital Rights


The main challenge for this ENoLL task force is to:

  1. Demonstrate the social innovation impact of Living Labs
  2. Promote collaborative working and investment in LLs as a result of a)
  3. Collectively advocate for digital rights for all citizens


Europe is in the middle of a social crisis with many regions facing housing shortages, increasing demand for social care and health services, ageing population, environmental crisis, skills, jobs and education deficits. Digital technologies and the so called democratisation of the internet has not produced the expected benefits for all of society. There is a danger of increasing social inequality through digital exclusion, and technology solutions designed by and for the benefit of an unrepresentative section of society.  This ENoLL Task Force is exploring how social innovation through Living Labs can help to address societal challenges through concrete actions and by providing access for wider society and communities to social innovation ecosystems.


This task force focusses on Living Labs role in supporting the development of social innovation at grass roots and embedding long term systemic change. Thus enabling more and diverse citizens to participate. By collaborating and sharing knowledge Living Labs will effectively demonstrate their collective impact at local, regional and global levels.


In addition to Living Labs, we will engage with different European networks in the social innovation community (SIC), including Digital Social Innovation, All Digital and others that are trying to orient their research & innovation programmes to solve social issues. This task force is focused on facilitating the collaboration of all these networks at grassroots and regionally, generating better understanding of the actions required from the local to the European and global level.


We will:

  • Advocate for and support the development of conditions to enable access for all to innovation systems and participation in actions contributing to societal transformation.
  • Connect with initiatives across regions and connect globally ensuring the development of digital rights for citizens.
  • Engage with ENoLL members and wider stakeholders interested in social innovation stimulating debate and consider collaborative actions.
  • Utilise the experience of two LL programmes* currently progressing that are developing new access routes and networks that aim to create new social innovation systems at regional level.

*Bristol Living Lab is currently working with WECA to establish a regional network of Living Labs with co- creation, knowledge sharing and engagement with communities at the heart of creating a new innovation system. We are also working with Bristol Futures Institute (University of Bristol) exploring new ways of connecting communities with research agendas exploring the role of and social impact of technology in society.

*i2 Cat Catalonia Digital Lab are developing a new regional network of innovation partners in the Tarragona region establishing social innovators in communities as drivers of change.


The 2 Living Labs will share their region’s different plans and progress to start to co-create a narrative that explores how we provide access for all citizens to engage with social innovation. This will include asking how we can provide new opportunities and actions including training, access to technology, engagement of young people, and consolidate approaches to co-design that addresses societal challenges experienced by citizens and communities. We will explore opportunities to collaborate with other living labs and wider partners.

Webinars and media content of the above process will be produced with the support of the ENoLL Secretariat to stimulate discussion and input from other Living Labs and wider stakeholders.


Post Covid – Open Access to Social Innovation Ecosystems to address Global Challenges – Collective Ways Forward


At the webinar on 9th of March between 13.30-15.30 CET, we heard from different case studies from across the world with examples of social innovation, including the use of digital developed with citizens during Covid.


Carolyn Hassan (Knowle West Media Centre) and Artur Serra (i2CAT) – introducing the AOTF
Spela Zalokar (ENoLL / Social & Creative Project Policy Briefs) [Presentation]

Fran Iglesias (EPICA foundation) – the “fura” method [Presentation]
Gabriel Rissola (Joint Research Centre, EC) – Place-based innovation ecosystems: why context matters [Presentation]
Melissa Mean (Bristol Living Lab / KWMC) – up-skilling and co design with citizens [Presentation] [Building Block Video]
Francesca Imparato (ART-ER / Chebec project) [Presentation]




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