Web COmmunities for Statistics for Social Innovation (Web-COSI) is another project I am currently working on that brings together two passions of mine: well-being and social entrepreneurship (entrepreneurs who are passionate about making social and environmental change whilst developing a sustainable business/project).
Web-COSI is a European Union (EU) grassroots co-ordination action project with communities in mind and the general objective to improve the engagement of citizens and society at large with statistics in the area of new measures of societal progress and well-being. Under the mantra ‘Statistics for Everyone’, Web-COSI will be exploring innovative ways to bring the production, promotion, access and engagement with statistics to life. Using the opportunities given by Web2.0 the project, built upon the increasing trust in collectively generated statistics, will improve the collection, production and visualization of data towards the integration and complementarity of official and non-official statistics.
In 2014, the official Web-COSI website, wikiprogress data portal, university programme, youth portal and brochure were created, as well as many digital initiatives completed, reports and presentations shared and events held. This year 2015 the Web-COSI team will be digging into the relationship social entrepreneurs have with data and statistics in addition to an EU seminar, workshop and more reports and presentations for you to enjoy and get involved with.
Consortium partner i-genius, will be leading on the relationship between social entrepreneurs and data. Specifically, i-genius will be focusing on how social entrepreneurs use data to:
1. Get started, e.g. assess social needs
2. Forster their ventures, e.g. raise finance
3. Evaluate and measure impact
4. Better understand and communicate the overall phenomenon of social entrepreneurship
This feature of the project will kicked off with i-genius organising a working group in London last month and will follow up with four focus groups around Europe, a report, film, and concluding with a conference at the OECD, Paris in December.
How you can be involved:
1. Visit and use the data mapping website – An open knowledge base of well-being and sustainability projects from around the world: http://wikiprogressdata.org
2. Sign up to Web-COSI newsletters
3. Offer your expertise if you are engaging with statistics in an interesting way firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more at: www.webcosi.eu