The Social Good Accelerator is a European association created between Paris, Lisbon and Brussels as a collective initiative created at the Web Summit 2017.
Our ambition is to contribute to the change of scale of social innovation in Europe, thanks to technological tools and skills at the service of the Common Good. Our mission is to create bridges and conditions for cooperation between social innovation and technology players in Europe. Connecting, informing and pleading with decision-makers are our 3 main areas of action.
To do this, we rely on a growing community of European networks and actors from both worlds.
The “Social Innovation Village” at Web Summit 2018 was a 90-person delegation with an exhibition of 24 social innovation projects and various inspiring events, to pledge for “More Social Good in Tech, More Tech in Social Good”. The idea was born at Web Summit 2016, and had its first step last year alongside François Hollande as Chairman of the Fondation la France s’engage during Web Summit 2017.
Several are R&D funded by H2020 program, while others are startups or associations undertaking social issues such as caring for the homeless, water sanitation or youth employment thanks to tech or non-tech solutions. Every project could see their impact accelerated with tech partnerships.
Today the Silicon Valley model is more than called into question: humanly alienating, little respect for individual freedoms, beneficial to a small number at the expense of the largest, destroyer of natural resources and too greedy in energy. There is no lack of criticism.
On the oether hand, the social good sector is an important driver for inclusive growth and democracy in Europe, which tackles multiple challenges, but is late on its digital transition.
How can we imagine an alternative and democratic model integrating States, companies, the third sector and civil society? What needs to be reinvented to reconnect with humanity’s priorities?
To get a relevant overview on these matters, the Social Good Accelerator launched a study in 3 European countries to find out more about how social good and tech actor can better collaborate.
This study will be the base of a whitebook addressed to the candidates of the European Commission taking place in 2019.