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1. Enabling the use of collective intelligence

I4P is very excited to announce its upcoming collective intelligence tool, Assembl. Over the past few years, the methodology behind this tool allowed Jean-Michel Cornu (one of the idea generators at I4P) in collaboration with the Fondation Internet Nouvelle Génération in France to write and publish a book about monetary innovation, La Monnaie et Après? that can be purchased on Amazon. The best part? This book was written in collaboration with 300 experts, innovators and citizens from all over the world using the methodology behind Assembl! The tool will allow hundreds to thousands of people to collaborate on projects much like this book and will be available by the end of 2013.

2. Supporting small-scale social innovation projects financially at an international level

Imagination for People is currently setting up a partnership with a pan-European source of funding. This initiative will support projects both financially and technically by funding up to 100% of their costs and by giving free access to the functionalities on I4Ps platform. The platform also features a unique standard derived from the collaborative process of all projects being assessed and improved by other users.

3. Providing the tools and mobilization process in order to co-write the “source codes” of social innovation projects

Imagination for people has already provided the online tools that facilitated the emergence of a grassroots community in Brittany, France. A partnership was created with a local non-profit organization and, using the tools provided by I4P, the organization’s initiative was able to grow. More than 60 social innovations were thus identified and a full description of their “source codes” was initiated in order to facilitate the replication of these projects in other regions and territories.

4. Mobilizing the African community around digital-based social innovation in Africa

For the past two years, Imagination for People has organized the InnovAfrica forum in West Africa (in rotating capital cities). This grassroots annual conference brings together a multiplicity of creative players using ICTs and mobile technologies to create a positive economic and social development throughout the region. Last year’s event brought together over 200 social entrepreneurs, government representatives, and social economic development activists, while engaging several hundred people online through the I4P “Réseau Correspondants” group.

5. Launching a global first with the Moniba, a virtual currency aimed at democratizing access to education in Africa

Imagination for People, in partnership with the Minister of Education in Mali and organizations such as Orange, launched an innovative currency called Moniba. This new currency promotes interpersonal transfers of knowledge and professional training. The users with the highest level of sharing practices (as measured in a virtual portfolio) get funded by the Ministry of Education for access to university programs. Imagination for People conceived the pilot project and secured the necessary partnerships while managing the details on the ground.

6. Directly supporting the development of specific social innovation projects with a “systemic” influence on other projects

As a strategic partner of the IGC HEC 2013 competition in Montreal, Imagination for People selected the company Sensorica as the central case of the international student consulting competition. Around 50 students from 10 Business Schools worked for 3 full days on some of Sensorica’s biggest strategic challenges: defining the bases of a new Value Accounting System that helps to measure the value provided by different categories of contributors in open source networks. It led to the creation of an international working group aimed at designing the first standard for Open Value Networks, or how to properly compensate all categories of contributors in an open source project. The standard will be published under a Creative Commons Licence and will lead to an open call for experimentation.

7. Offering free micro-sites to non-profit organizations and small scale projects

Many small scale projects around the world do not yet have the means to create a full website for their project. Communities of practice with limited financial resources may also benefit from access to I4P’s Project Sheets and forum functionalities. Imagination for People provides them with a fully operational functional platform: The Plaines Images coworking space in France is an example of a project that uses the tools of I4P to grow their project.

8. Designing exploratory methods for impact investors

Through its consulting arm, Imagination for People has worked for one of the largest Labour-Sponsored Funds in Canada in order to design the first sustainable development impact assessment framework. The frameworks allows for evaluation of how impact investing generates value at a social, environmental, economic, territorial and cultural level. All non-confidential information will be shared under a CC-by-SA licence, transforming this consulting mandate into one of the first private consulting engagements to be shared as a common.

9. Defining radical new ways to work collaboratively online

Imagination for People has developed a partnership with Anim-Fr, a group composed of 400 specialists in community management. Anim-Fr is dedicated to advancing the methods required to facilitate and moderate online group discussions supporting collaborative projects.

10. Helping advance knowledge in Fab Labs

Imagination for People is partnering with a group dedicated to the development and deployment of Fab Labs. This group initially brought together francophone players from France but has quickly expanded to Canada and Africa. While the group and it’s discussions continue to be hosted by I4P, they are now operating autonomously. Bringing together our expertise in Fab Labs and our involvement with InnovAfrica, Imagination for People is also leading the starting up of Boot Camps with the aim of launching a string of Fab Labs on the African continent.

11. Creating a Cartocamp

During one week, Imagination for People led the creation of a mapping application to improve communication between Dakar’s citizens and public authorities. Most importantly, the map app allows people to report on-the-ground problems such as water spills on public roads. The mapping was carried out as an open source initiative: https://github.com/InnovAfrica/nanu-yeggle and http://imaginationforpeople.org/fr/forum-innovafrica/dakar-2012/synthese/cartocamp/

12. Setting up a consortium of leading international academic partners and social innovation networks

Imagination for People is leading an international consortium that includes Ashoka, Changemakers, MIT, Open University, Purpose, Wikitalia, Euclid Networks and others. All members are dedicated to improving collective sensemaking and creative ideation for the common good in large scale online debates on social innovation. This consortium will deliver an ecosystem of collective intelligence services that will augment ANY future partners’ platforms with • Web-based annotation tools • Recommendations to help users prioritise attention • Online creativity triggers • Interactive visualizations of debates through mind maps • Social Network and Deliberation Analytics. The overall user experience will be delivered through a Collective Intelligence Analytics Dashboard. The consortium does not require partners and users to drop their existing tools, but provides collective intelligence tools that add new value to existing web platforms. All developments will be made available under Creative Commons (for methods) and open source / free license (for software). All the specific services provided will be accessible through any module, over the internet, using technology-neutral, lightweight open data formats and protocols. Imagination for People and its partners are also therefore developing an ecosystem of widgets, APIs and plug-ins for the benefit of the entire community.

 

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