Co-creating social change with digital technology – Presented by Marc Aguilar, Barcelona City Council

Co-creating social change with digital technology – Presented by Marc Aguilar, Barcelona City Council, at the Creative Ring Sum-It, on October 23, at Designhuis in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

In this co-creation session on digital tools to tackle social innovation, participants are invited to share their experiences on successful mechanisms to scale digital social innovation (programs, practices, instruments, institutional arrangements), and map them along several key axes (funding, capacity building, societal engagement, dissemination, etc). This will be followed by a collective elaboration on those contributions to propose better policy. Participants will have the chance of shaping thought and policy in their fields, and will come out of the session with a rich understanding of current best practices in promoting digital innovation for societal impact.
This session is organized by the Barcelona City Council in collaboration with the DSISCALE EC-funded project (

What drives you?
Leveraging innovation to effect positive change in society!

What are the three things you would take with you on a deserted island?
A good book, a mojito, and a sailing boat 😉

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
The democratisation of free and open source digital technology, together with the reemergence of Asia as the most dynamic continent on the planet

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Over the next decades, the way our societies create value will be radically transformed, and we shall enter an increasingly post-capitalist, commons-based economic paradigm

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
The rise of populist and reactionary politics, which puts in risk the realisation of the full potential of democratised digital technologies

What do you hope people to learn from your presentation?
I hope we can all learn from each other about the best ways of maximising the societal impact of digital technologies

About Marc Aguilar
Marc Aguilar is Digital Social Innovation Project Manager at the Barcelona City Council. Marc studied Modern History in the universities of Barcelona and Amsterdam, and holds a MSc in Sociology Research from the former university. His professional and research interests include open innovation models and methodologies such as Living Labs and User Centred Design (UCD), Digital Social Innovation (DSI), and futures studies. Between 2011 and 2018 he has been involved in several digital innovation projects at the interface between society, culture and technology, where he’s been carrying out tasks related to evaluation, community engagement, socio-cultural research and citizen-centred piloting.

About Barcelona City Council
Barcelona, city of culture, knowledge, creativity, innovation and wellbeing, is a pioneer in the global quest of becoming a Smart city reference. With the aim of improving public services for local citizens while boosting business competitiveness, innovation and job creation, the Barcelona City Council is deploying smart city projects promoting public-private partnerships in fields such as transport, shopping, street lighting and environmental monitoring. The city has become a true urban lab for pilot services and real projects that translate into tangible benefits in the everyday life of citizens, making Barcelona more open, efficient and friendly.

About Creative Ring Sum-It!
In October 2018, during Dutch Design Week, Creative Ring organizes its first international Sum-It!

A one of a kind event, where creative communities find the tools to shape tomorrow’s urban narratives.

Sum-It! takes you beyond inspiration-by-example and provides you with actionable tools, ready to be implemented in your daily practice.

A must-attend for smart-city stakeholders & policy makers, digital innovators, community- and ecosystem builders, public libraries, grassroots initiatives.

The main event takes place on Tuesday 23 October, with a prelude on Monday 22 October and a business tour on Wednesday 24 October.

Sum-It! is a collaboration between Creative Ring, Stichting Cultuur Eindhoven and other relevant partners.

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