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 in Spain: working on a real time consensus sensor
In 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: caps2020.eu).
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Interviewing Max Keiser
Max Keiser is the host of Keiser Report, a financial program broadcast on Russian state media channel RT. What he has to say about bitcoin and D-CENT?
D-CENT interview: Max Keiser from D-CENT on Vimeo.
Interviewing Meg Hillier
D-CENT is interviewing Meg Hillier, the Member of Parliament for Hackney South and Shoreditch. What are her ideas about democratic assemblies and D-CENT?
Hillier was one of the panelists at the D-CENT launch event Democracy reboot: Re-imagining democracy and currency in Europe, organised at the 14th of March 2014 in London.
>> Read our earlier post about the launch event, videos included
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.
Interviewing Fabrizio Sestini
D-CENT is talking to Fabrizio Sestini, scientific officer working with the European Commission since 1997. Currently Sestini works with the unit “Net Innovation” of DG CONNECT. What he thinks about D-CENT?
Sestini was one of the keynote speakers in our launch event Democracy reboot: Re-imagining democracy and currency in Europe.
>> Read our earlier post about the event, videos included