Workshop on European Communities and Collaborative Digital Platforms
On Thursday, 11 April 2019, Working Group 1 and Working Group 2 organised a joint workshop on European communities and collaborative digital platforms at LUMSA University in Rome, Italy.
The workshop started with a keynote speech by Marina Batinic (Edgeryders). She presented their open platform for collective intelligence: edgeryders.eu based on sharing stories, and illustrated its use with the project OpenCare. She presented the collaborative tool they have developed to analyze the content of the platform: graphryders, which allows discovering links between topics of discussion, or between local initiatives, or people, that contribute in spreading collective intelligence.
Then, WG1 and WG2 split to work in smaller groups. WG1 focused on how to start on the cross-European analysis, identifying themes to explore forward (e.g. who are the stakeholders, what is the role of technologies, what are the terms we should use, how online and offline activities are integrated, etc.) WG2 worked on the platform catalogue, discussing and organising the different goals that platforms pursue (e.g. creating new business opportunities, sharing values – vs sharing value , ensuring authenticity, etc.)
The afternoon started with a keynote speech by Elisa Saturno (Collaboriamo). She presented an overview of platforms in Italy and their evolution, followed by the Collaboriamo framework for platform strategic design with communities. The framework includes five steps that allows identifying the value proposition of the platform, its business model, how trust should be ensured, and how the platform will foster the creation of a community.
The workshop ended with a round table discussion moderated by the co-chairs of Working Group 4 around the following questions: What do we mean by a caring collaborative economy? What’s the unique European perspective? What’s distinctive about local initiatives and other forms of collaborative economy activities in Europe? Do we have “European” technologies? What does that mean? This discussion ended up with a reflection on the space for institutional action around the collaborative economy in Europe, starting with a focus on the relation between local needs and global technologies.