Programa Cidadãos [email protected] / Active Citizens Fund

Digital For Good

Challenges of the digital revolution for the social sector

Event Slider

The technological revolution has changed the way we live and work. This pandemic crisis gave the digital a new role in the social and economic order, obliging citizens and organizations to develop innovative and smart strategies of cooperation.

In this new Next Normal, we are living, the use of tech to promote social innovation can play a key role in terms of scaling up and accessibility processes. It is also reshaping the way we manage projects performance, share data, and measure impact, reinforcing the level of collective trust in society.

Being aware of the fast path of the ongoing digital revolution and its impact on the social sector, in this new context of the post-pandemic era, the Active Citizens Fund Operators of Portugal, Estonia and Malta have decided to organize a forum where the latest developments and trends shall be exchanged to secure a stronger and better prepared civil society in Europe, able to thrive in the digital age and to find together new solutions to the new problems we are facing.

The agenda of the conference combines keynotes and plenary sessions of thought leaders of the sectors (Social Innovation and Digital Agenda) with breakout sessions with a thematic focus on different societal agendas (civic participation and human rights; education; health and inclusion; environment and climate change). Several high-level experts and IT entrepreneurs from several European countries and the U.S. will trigger and enlighten the discussions.


09:30 – 10:00   Opening Session

António M. Feijó, President of theCalouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Tove Bruvik Westberg, Ambassador of Norway to Portugal
Member of the Portuguese Government


10:00 – 12:00   Plenary Session

Lucy Bernholz, Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford University

Panel of Specialists:
Geoff Mulgan, Faculty of Engineering Sciences, University College London
Alexiei Dingli
, Faculty of Information & Communication Technology, University of Malta
Giulia Carosella, IDC – European Digital Transformation Practice Lead
Filipe Santos, Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, UCP

Rosália Amorim, Journalist


12:00 – 14:00   Network Break & Lunch


14:00 – 15:30   Breakout thematic sessions: Digital social innovation in practice

Civic participation and Human Rights: empower people’svoices through digital literacy and critical thinking

Clare E. Vassallo, Faculty of Arts, University of Malta
Paulo Ribeiro, Linkare, Digital on Civic Participation
Maarja Leena Saar, Estonian Cooperation Assembly

Jaime Quesado, Expert in Innovation and Competitiveness


Education: changing the way we learn

Rui Grilo, Microsoft, Education Sector
Cláudia Cristóvão, Axians, Global Business Development Manager for Education
João Correia de Freitas, Educom, Associação Portuguesa de Telemática Educativa

Alexandre Homem Cristo, Education Policy Expert


Health and inclusion: new ways to promote well-being for all

Shawna Butler, Radboud University Medical Center, Singularity University
Helena Canhão, Patient Innovation
Angelo Dalli, UMNAI Malta

Francisco Rocha Gonçalves, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto


Environment and climate change: make a sustainable world

Tiago Domingos, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon University
Michael Parkes, BIOS
Kristiina Kerge, Let’s Do It Foundation

Filipa Saldanha, Gulbenkian Sustainable Development Programme, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation


15:30 – 15:45   Break


15:45 – 17:00   Final Plenary Session
Ethical issues, corporate governance and regulatory challenges in digital social innovation

Ciro Cattuto, CRT Foundation and ISI Foundation
Riitta Vänskä, Specialist, Digital Learning and Data Economy
Stefaan Verhulst, GovLab, New York University

Maria do Céu Patrão Neves, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of Azores/Ethics National Council


17:00   Closing

Luis Madureira Pires, Director of Active Citizens Programme, Portugal

Cookies settings

Cookies Selection

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation uses cookies to improve your browsing experience, security, and its website performance. The Foundation may also use cookies to share information on social media and to display messages and advertisements personalised to your interests, both on our website and in others.