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Blockchain-EICPrize-2019 - EIC Horizon Prize for 'Blockchains for Social Good'

IPR - 03 September 2019 17:00:00 CET - OPPORTUNITY FOR PARTNERSHIP

Our project idea: ‘Distributed governance; a human-computer interaction’

Abstract: Distributed Ledger Technology allows participants to reach consensus based on a cryptographic proof instead of trusting a third-party or central authority (Nakamoto 2009). Yet, when the ‘rule of code’ fails (e.g. DAO hack 2016) blockchain initiatives could benefit from an additional layer of human governance. Thus, the ‘many-to-many’ trustless protocols of distributed ledgers could be complemented by a ‘few-to-few’ trustful social architecture. Such a human-computer interaction could support the development of a robust distributed governance model.

DT-TRANSFORMATIONS-02-2018-2019-2020 - Transformative impact of disruptive technologies in public services


Our project idea: ‘riding at the edge of chaos, re-designing public services for adaptability’

Abstract: The huge surge in connectedness that came with the internet propelled us into a new threshold of complexity. As a result, public services now have to deal with adaptability in a world where change is the only constant. This is just the beginning. Next to global challenges, the emergence and combination of disruptive technologies like ‘permissionless innovation’ i.e. Blockchains or Distributed Ledger Technologies, 5G and the Internet of Things connecting anything to everything, Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, and Swarm Intelligence leveraging decision-making to new meta levels, Quantum Computing, Nano Techs, Genetics, and Biotech opening new fields of inquiry we can’t even conceive of, Bots and Deep Fakes rendering information valueless by default, and game-theory-driven mechanics shifting win-lose social dynamics to uncharted territories exponentially increase the field of uncertainty. Having an uppercase limit on what they can structurally handle, public services must be re-designed for adaptability. Not knowing the nature and the scope of the changes that are coming, they will have to increasingly rely on third-parties escaping their traditional chains of command and control. Therefore, new societal models would need to include an improved capacity for resilience on one hand; and a capacity to exercise trust as a fundamental element of social relationships on the other hand. Failing that - and with many services already drained away to the private sector - public services won’t make it much longer unless they find a new sense of purpose and action. As the viability of public services depends on their ability to adapt and to co-evolve with the ever-changing societal environment, we propose to apply them the dynamics of complex adaptive systems, i.e. ecosystems, along with a capacity to prompt increased interpersonal coherence at scale. In other words, we suggest that public services start to ride the new reality at the ‘edge of chaos’. This capacity is especially relevant now as social unrest operates on increasingly complex networks without any formal leadership to negotiate with. Indeed, the systemic challenge we are facing today calls for nothing more than for a systemic solution.

Governance-18-2019 - Innovation in government - building an agile and citizen-centric public sector


Our project idea: ‘Citizen-centric networks for agile public sectors’

Abstract: We witness a global and lasting trust gap between citizens and their governments (2018 Edelman Trust Barometer Global Report). Without social trust, citizens have a hard time relating to encapsulated hierarchies which - in turn - have a hard time translating their leadership into society. We propose new channels of cooperation between different institutions and between citizens and the public sector so that they can attain and maintain a viable threshold of cooperation though they operate under different dynamics and are not subject to the same vertical accountabilities. An ‘open governance’ field between citizens and the public sector would help to bridge the trust gap and spark social innovation at scale.

INFRAEOSC-02-2019 - Prototyping new innovative services

RIA - 29 January 2019 17:00:00 CET - Not available for cooperation

Our project idea: ‘Trust networks for the Social Science and Humanities community’

Abstract: To remain effective in a field in deep transition, the Social Science and Humanities community is now required to embrace a multi and transdisciplinary approach that is natively inclusive of new actors. Since these new actors operate under different dynamics than the SSH community, the challenge is to create new channels of cooperation that are more adapted to transversal collaborations. Trusted relationships being the bedrock of any successful cooperation (Luhmann, 2000), our proposal is to develop specific incentives with the aim to build trust and to foster synergies with various stakeholders within and beyond the SSH community - from traditional partners to new actors such as businesses, governments and citizens. This new infrastructure of cooperation would help to detect outstanding and reliable partners with increased outputs in terms of visibility, partnerships, and funding opportunities for SSH researchers, and would result in a win-win situation for all stakeholders.

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