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New Initiatives for the Empowerment of People with Activity Limitations – An Analysis of 1,005 Cases of (Digital) Social Innovation Worldwide

  • Jennifer Eckhardt
  • Christoph KaletkaEmail author
  • Bastian Pelka
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9737)

Abstract

The paper exploits an extensive quantitative case mapping to blend three strands of research: First, social innovation will be considered as an approach to improve and/or guarantee social inclusion for people with activity limitations. Secondly, ICT will be understood as a means to empower people with activity limitations; and thirdly, the needs of vulnerable people will be regarded as a lens for scrutinizing those two approaches: How can ICT based social innovation/digital social innovation (DSI) empower people? The analysed cases shed light on the phenomenon of “digital social innovations” and allow first insights into their practice. The paper illustrates a quantitative overview of the actors behind these initiatives, their funding structures and drivers and barriers. In a conclusion, the new phenomenon of “digital social innovation” is described in contours.

Keywords

Social innovation ICT Digital inclusion Digital social innovation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Eckhardt
    • 1
  • Christoph Kaletka
    • 1
    Email author
  • Bastian Pelka
    • 1
  1. 1.TU Dortmund UniversityDortmundGermany

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