Open Lab: Athens (OL:Athens) is an IT support and research capability based in Athens, Greece, and is a Digital Civics initiative of a collective of European Human-Computer Interaction research groups. OL:Athens aims to engage with solidarity structures and the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) in Greece in order to design and develop digital systems to facilitate and extend their civic activities and as a result extend the SSE.

This Digital Civics research approach aims to explore an alternative way of doing participatory, action-oriented research through the embedding of researchers in contexts of designed social innovation. The work of OL:Athens attempts to ‘infrastructure’ the already designed social innovation of solidarity movements and the SSE, and draw inspiration for the design and development of digital systems and platforms that could lead to a more socially just society through the dissemination of SSE’s values and practices.

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As published in a previous of our blog posts, we have been selected to assess proposals for this year's (2017) EU Social Innovation Competition. Out of nearly 800 applications, 30 Semi-Finalists were selected by the judging panel (part of which is Open Lab: Athens) to attend a social innovation mentoring Academy in Madrid in July -- click here for the list of semi-finalists. The selected 30... Continue reading →


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