responses to change

Businesses and the social economy are often thought about as independent sectors. In many cases, however, their interests overlap and can make a positive on society, generating forms of collaboration that carry an important innovative potential for the community. Together with the leading consultancy firm Technopolis, and 5 other international research centres, we carried out a study on the collaboration between social economy and businesses, which collected the views and experiences of hundreds of companies and organisations in Europe, through questionnaires, interviews and comparison workshops. In particular, our team oversaw the Impact Work Package, developing a collaborative evaluation model that was created together with industry experts, companies and stakeholders. The study was commissioned by EASME (EU Commission) as a follow up to the Social Business Initiative, a European social enterprise support initiative.

Artificial Intelligence is changing our ways of producing, consuming, providing care, and participating. In the future, our world will be increasingly shaped by new technologies, and so it is fundamental that we ask ourselves how we can make the most of them in order to ensure they become tools for well-being, serving the priorities and needs of collectivity.

Through research tools and the involvement of experts at an international level, we carried out a study aimed at mapping out how AI is used today in collective projects, to enable new forms of exchange and collaboration, and to find solutions for shared problems at local and global scales. Furthermore, the study highlighted some future trends in development, and suggested innovation scenarios aimed at exploiting this potential in different sectors.