The project is built on the awareness that it is essential to create a critical mass on the “role” of the communities at large (stakeholders, civil society organisations, social entrepreneurs, researchers, practitioners, consumers, workers, citizens) for implementing information and data related to wellbeing and societal progress for new beyond GDP measurements. For this reason, it is based on a Consortium able to contribute to enlarge the debate on wellbeing for sustainability and social innovation. Its participants represent influential agents that can play a crucial role in involving the communities at large to support grassroots processes to share data on wellbeing through a bottom-up approach.
It is a well-balanced and high level Consortium which includes four partners:
1) ISTAT – (consortium coordinator)
Web-COSI is based on a four-partner consortium that sees the collaboration among two powerful Institutions (Istat- the Italian National Statistical Institute (the coordinator of the consortium) and OECD- the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), characterized by a historical top-down approach, and two young civil society Organisations (Lunaria – the Italian Promotion Association and i-genius- the Social Entrepreneur Business and Enterprise Community), representing society at large pushing for a bottom-up approach. The consortium is multidisciplinary and well-balanced to work creating synergies in order to impact towards a growing integration of the different approaches. The partners are linked by complementing expertise and each one represents a strategic actor within the target domain.
The partners are linked by complementing expertise but, above all, each one represents a key actor in the Web 2.0 communities. The Consortium as a whole will act to create synergies and critical mass leveraging the network effect towards the implementation of a new “way” of collecting and producing information and data, motivating citizens to contribute and to access (official and non-official) statistics. Better statistical information is undoubtedly one of the pillars to make smart strategic and operational choices by citizens, stakeholders, the market, the third sector and policy makers for Sustainability and Social Innovation.
The partners will be responsible for the tasks assigned according to their own expertise as witnessed by the activities they are currently involved in.