HomeEventi e info per newsletterCall for paper per la STS Conference Graz 2020, “Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies” (Graz, Austria, May 4-6, 2020), sessione “Social Innovation cha(lle)nging Digital Urban Governance”
15 Dicembre 2019
Call for paper per la STS Conference Graz 2020, “Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies” (Graz, Austria, May 4-6, 2020), sessione “Social Innovation cha(lle)nging Digital Urban Governance”
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Social Innovation cha(lle)nging Digital Urban Governance
STS Conference Graz 2020, “Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies”
The “digital turn” produced new spaces for action and areas of intervention for social innovation practices, by giving rise to a multiplicity of initiatives in which digital social innovators and communities exploit the potential of ICTs to advance creative solutions to social problems and collective needs. In so doing, they advance pathbreaking forms of collective agency that mushrooms and infiltrates social organizations and (government, research and business) institutions; and produce transactive forms of governance characterised by continuous restructuration of power and responsibility relationships between multiple public, private and hybrid actors. Their agency is principally exerted in urban ecosystems, whose relative compactness, combined with a high level of offline and online connectivity, population density, potentially exponential creative contamination, and the tendency towards a progressive decentralization of global governance towards local – albeit interconnected- initiatives, offer ideal conditions in terms of practicality, social acceptability and effectiveness of digital social innovation initiatives. The session invites critical contributes exploring the impact of digitally-enabled social innovations initiatives for digital urban governance:
(a) Epistemological challenges, e.g. how can digital social innovation be interpreted in the traditional model of knowledge-production and policy-making; how is it blurring the boundaries between knowledge, science and business; what the status of innovator communities is? (b) Socio-political challenges, e.g. how is social innovation agency turning traditional multi-stakeholders’ model into a distributed and transactional governance model; how is it reshaping the traditional forms of citizen agency, participation and entrepreneurship; how is social empowerment created, contested and deployed? (c) Management challenges, e.g. how does digital innovation deal with the controversial shortcomings of a city planned, managed and controlled by highly integrated systems of sentient and interactive technologies; how are critical issues of institutional co-optation, digital exclusions and cyber-segmentation, efficiency and effectiveness addressed; how does innovators community interact with local, national and macro-regional institutions, academics and research institutions, civil society, corporativist organization and intermediate bodies and business?
Contributes exploring further challenges will be also considered as far as they revolve around the exploration of how are social brokers pathbreaking the way for tackling with social challenges via innovative governance processes in the urban context.