Interviewing Francesca Bria

Francesca Bria is a Nesta Senior Project Lead in the Nesta Innovation Lab. She is the EU Coordinator of the D-CENT project and the DSI project on digital social innovation in Europe. She has a background in social science and innovation economics and an MSc in E-business and Innovation from the University College of London, Birkbeck.

What Francesca has to say about D-CENT?

D-CENT interview: Francesca Bria from D-CENT on Vimeo.

D-CENT at OuiShare Festival

tumblr_inline_n56uqgn5R71syapwmD-CENT coordinator Francesca Bria participated in the Ouishare Festival, in a session together with Fabrizio Sestini from the European Commission, head of the Collective Awareness CAPS projects portfolio. D-CENT was presented as one of the flagships project of CAPS that can inspire a new wave of innovation building open, decentralized and privacy-aware digital infrastructures for citizens’ engagement and democratic participation. We have been asking Francesca Bria a few questions about the OuiShare session. Read more +

D-CENT in Spain: working on a real time consensus sensor

Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 6.23.05In Spain we are working with social collectives such as PAH (mortgage victims platform) and X Party to understand the needs of citizen networks, and develop software that can support the daily work of this kind of grassroots organizations for citizen engagement.

The first need we are addressing is that of a real time consensus sensor: it is not about formal voting, but just about having a tool to receive quick feedback, or approximated consensus, from a community.

This is essential for what we call net-work, where the need is that of coordinating the distributed work of many people on different tasks, escaping the bureaucratisation of solemn decision making, which in many contexts risks of just being paralysing.

We are developing a first prototype to be tested in small-medium groups, that allows people to receive instant feedback (+1 or -1, or short comments) on a task their are carrying on, so that the group’s consensus can orient individual work without paralysing it.

We are also following the work of PAH, who recently launched ComPAHs, an integrated responsive app consisting of a mapping tool, real-time polling for rapid decision-making, secure real-time messaging and a topic-based information feed. We are collaborating with PAH, aiming at enhancing the application and making it available to other social collectives.

International CAPS event coming in July

The first international CAPS conference will be organised in Brussels the 1st July – 2nd July 2014. The event joins together the first CAPS pilots and projects, launched with the support of the European Commission in 2013. D-CENT is part of this CAPS family (website:

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Engaging citizens in well-being and progress statistics

The Australian National Development Index, Happy City, HelpAge International, Nesta, the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, the European Network on Measuring Progress and Wikiprogress, invite you to join online discussion about well-being and progress statistics.

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Interviewing Joonas Pekkanen

D-CENT is talking to Joonas Pekkanen, the founder of Open Ministry crowdsourcing website in Finland. The website supports proposals getting through to the parliament. Pekkanen also works as an Open democracy expert at Forum Virium Helsinki, one of the D-CENT’s project partners, and is executing the Finnish pilot.

What is he thinking about D-CENT and what we’re trying to achieve?

If you’re interested the work we do in Finland, read an ealier post from Joonas about the Finnish pilot.


New initiative launches to decentralize the Internet

A new European-wide project launches which will build decentralized and privacy-aware tools for democratic participation to empower European citizens.

The initiative, D-CENT (Decentralised Citizens ENgagement Technologies), backed by the European Commission, will see the development of new open source, decentralized and privacy-aware digital tools and applications for direct democratic and economic empowerment.

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