Trust bring Digital Social Innovation findings to the Sector
The Young Foundation's Sophie Hostick-Boakye, author of Turning Up the Dial - a report into Digital Social Innovation in Northern Ireland

Trust bring Digital Social Innovation findings to the Sector

08 April 2014

As part of the Building Change Trust’s work on Social Innovation, the Young Foundation, one of the leading organisations globally in this field, was commissioned to carry out research on the potential for digital technology to be used for social good in Northern Ireland.

Ashley Elizabeth Ball from the Young Foundation presented the eagerly awaited report at last week’s BelTech 2014 conference and the Trust is now offering representatives from the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector the opportunity to discuss the findings in more detail.

You can access the full report here. The free event will be held at NICVA on Thursday 10th April from 10.30 to 12.30.

The Young Foundation carried out interviews with a wide range of stakeholders, experts and practitioners both in Northern Ireland and across the UK.

The report explored the characteristics, capacities and culture of the VCSE sector, the quality and distribution of Northern Ireland’s digital infrastructure, the opportunities for collaboration between sectors and the current state of digital social innovation in Northern Ireland.

Several recommendations were made for advancement in this area. For digital social innovation to gain traction in Northern Ireland, the report showed that it is vital to build a cross-sector collaborative movement of people with a passion for the social in digital social innovation.

Trust Director of Operations, Nigel McKinney said: “Social innovation is one of our core themes for 2014-2018. Activities to support digital social innovation should not take place in isolation, but should be a part of the wider social innovation strategy being developed by the Building Change Trust and others.

“This event will give the VCSE sector the opportunity to comment on the report and provide feedback on the best ways for Northern Ireland to get ahead in this area".

Update: This event is now fully booked but if you would like to join the Waitlist, you can do so by clicking here