Digital and Social Economy

New technologies and digitization: opportunities and challenges for the social economy and social entrepreneurship (EASME/COSME/2017/024)

Funding Source
Programme
Duration
Total budget
Q-PLAN role
Contact person(s)

Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME)
Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME)
June 2018 – June 2019 (12 months)
198.500 €
Project Leader
Ms Foteini Psarra, +30 2310 411 191, psarra@qplan-intl.gr

Description

The study is set out to examine, benchmark and diffuse initiatives and social policy innovation practices, necessary for promoting a successful approach to the social economy and social enterprises. The raison d’être is to explore opportunities and challenges that digital technologies pose for the social economy and social enterprises and obtain a better understanding of the ways in which the design and implementation of EU and national policies and initiatives can support the digitisation and uptake of novel digital technologies for the social economy and by social economy enterprises.

Specifically, the objectives of the study are:

  • To Identify and promote good practices and lessons learnt on the impact of digitalisation on social entrepreneurship and the social economy;
  • To vision potential future trajectories of digital platforms, open source and disruptive technologies and their consequent implications upon the social economy and social entrepreneurship, in terms of impact and business models;
  • To explore how public authorities can support social economy/social enterprises in this process;
  • To formulate practical recommendations for policymakers as well as social entrepreneurs on the promotion/uptake/scale-up/scale-out of digital technologies for social entrepreneurship/social economy.

The study is carried out by Q-PLAN INTERNATIONAL (lead), the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at the University of Manchester and the United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology and the following subcontractors: Dr F. Niglia and Dr C. Giotitsas.

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