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Digital storytelling across South Africa and Europe

Author: Jordan Junge
Published Date: 25 January 2017

It's a problem that we all know too well. We only know about social innovation projects that are great at telling their stories. Many innovations remain hidden within communities.

This is the reason why SIX is so delighted to be a partner in a new digital storytelling project in South Africa and across Europe. Over the next 3 years, we will develop a digital platform which will creatively capture and showcase social innovation projects and stories across South Africa and Europe.

SIX is working in partnership with 11 universities from South Africa, Iceland, Norway, Scotland, and Denmark, to deliver Common Good First, and is coordinated and led by Glasgow Caledonian University. The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. Our project builds on a successful pilot first initiated by Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Johannesburg focusing on youth and education.

The project will:

  • Create a much needed directory of social innovation in the region
  • Build and connect a community of academics, policymakers and funders
  • Increase ICT skills and digital literacy through the co-designed online modules and helping community groups to digitally record their stories


Our new platform will also help unlock resources. By sharing stories of some of the most innovative activities in local communities, we will increase their access to the resources that the projects need.

We will pay particular attention to the cultural and behavioural dynamics and barriers that will influence the replicability of the project in other communities across the region and around the world.

In the coming months, expect to see a lot more about social innovation in South Africa on the SIX website. To find out more information, please contact jordan.junge@socialinnovationexchange.org