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Social innovation is increasingly seen as a way of compensating for insufficiencies of both state and private business to address societal challenges such as ageing societies, climate change, and social inequality. Social innovations help satisfy unmet needs in society – in general, they help improve quality of life. Social innovation is an important aspect of cultural development and societal change.

We define social innovation as new products, services or processes that are social in both their ends and their means. Typically, social innovation is introduced by members of the civil society or non-profit organisations. Such innovations are not commercial and often would not permit making profits, so private enterprises have no interest in them. Furthermore, the state may not be able or ready to provide such innovative services. However, both private enterprises and public governments may support social innovation actors in their endeavours to provide new public goods.

“Digital social innovation” has emerged as a specific new topic within social innovation, triggered by advances in internet technologies. The notion refers to information and communication technologies (ICTs) that help tackle social challenges. In particular, social media provide new opportunities for linking up with like-minded activists.

More specifically, the European Commission is strategically supporting “collective awareness platforms”. These are ICT systems that leverage network effects by combining open online social media, distributed knowledge creation, and data from real environments (the “internet of things”). empirica co-ordinates the CAP4Access project, which aims to collectively improve accessibility in European cities. It involves enhancing the “Wheelmap”, one of the most prestigious online means to improve quality of life of wheelchair users and other people with mobility restrictions.

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empirica supports worldwide “MapMyDay” campaign by...

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For people with wheelchairs, walking aids or baby carriages, the most common obstacles which limit their freedom of movement on a daily basis are...

empirica unterstützt weltweite Kampagne “MapMyDay” von...

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Für Menschen mit Rollstuhl, Gehhilfe oder Kinderwagen sind Treppenstufen das häufigste Hindernis, das die Bewegungsfreiheit im täglichen Leben...

CAP4Access presented at first European conference about...

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CAP4Access is part of a broader trend within EU-funded research to exploit swarm intelligence and collective awareness for turning Europe in a more...

Overcoming care silos - INDEPENDENT project ends...

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Overcoming care silos - INDEPENDENT project ends...

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Overcoming care silos - INDEPENDENT project ends...

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Care for older people does not have to be disjointed and inefficient. 7 European regions show the way to successful integration of social, health and...

EuroFound publishes Working Paper by WRC and empirica about...

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EuroFound publishes Working Paper by WRC and empirica about...

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EuroFound publishes Working Paper by WRC and empirica about...

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The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Dublin, has published a report authored by WRC and empirica on the basis...

empirica and the Work Research Centre, Dublin have been...

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empirica and the Work Research Centre, Dublin have been...

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empirica and the Work Research Centre, Dublin have been...

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empirica and the Work Research Centre, Dublin have been awarded and started the second phase of the Work+Care project for the EuroFound

Empirica's research in the eInclusion domain features...

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Empirica's research in the eInclusion domain features...

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Empirica's research in the eInclusion domain features...

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Three projects with empirica lead or participation feature among others in a new e-inclusion brochure edited by the European Commission.

Gareis, Karsten: IANIS+ Guide to Regional Good Practice...

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Karsten Gareis (empirica) has authored a Guide to Good Practice in using indicators and benchmarking as a tool in regional Information Society policy....

Measures to increase trust and confidence of consumers in...

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The objective of the study is to support the i2010 initiative by analysing the origins as well as the impacts of the current lack of confidence in the...

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