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Digital storytelling for social innovation: Common Good First

Published Date: 2 December 2016

Common Good First is a new digital platform that will support and grow the emerging South African social innovation sector by capturing and showcasing social innovation, enterprise and community projects in South Africa and connecting them to each other, academics, higher education institutions and the social innovation community around the world.

The network will help projects in South Africa to improve their digital literacy and ICT skills so they can share their stories, skills, knowledge and solutions, and grow their support bases and networks. Through digital storytelling modules that will be co-designed and taught by young people in both rural and urban areas, the platform will reach across South Africa and learn from others internationally. 

The ultimate vision for Common Good First is to roll out the platform (and associated teaching modules and social innovation resources) more widely within Africa, Europe and beyond.

"Our goal is to create a digital platform and knowledge bank of social innovation projects, with the aim of sharing innovative approaches to social challenges, many of which are similar worldwide," says Common Good First director of digital collaboration Julie Adair.

SIX is delighted to be part of this network. Funded by the European Commission and Erasmus+, the Network is composed of the following organisations: 

  • Glasgow Caledonian University 
  • Roskilde University 
  • University of South East Norway 
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University 
  • University of the Western Cape 
  • North West University 
  • Reykjavik University 
  • University of Alicante
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of the Free State
  • Rhodes University 
  • Social Innovation Exchange 


Activities will kick off in January 2016. For more information, please contact jordan.junge@socialinnovationexchange.org