The Social Economy and

Digital Civil Society
Lucy Bernholz
Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
Digital Civil Society Lab
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What is the Social Economy?
All the ways we use private resources to create
public benefits.
What is Digital Civil Society?
All the ways we use private resources to
organize, create, distribute, and fund public
benefits in the digital age.

How did we get here?
Interwoven  decades  of  technology  and  market  driven  innova6ons  

On  demand    
informa6on  

Changing    
Corporate  roles  

Data  assets  

Social  finance  

Mobile  
organizing  

Crowdsourcing  

Social  enterprise  

Crowdfunding  

Background  context:  public  funding  shi=s,  measurement  demands,  focus  on  impact  

Donors Choices
Components  of  social  
economy  funding    
(US  data)  
Charitable  Giving  
Impact  Inves6ng  
Poli6cal  Giving  
 
+  
Consumer  choices  
+  
Crowdfunding  
2010  Data  

Do-ers Choices
The  Social  Economy  of  Enterprises  

C4s  
Sharing  
econ  

Digital  Civil  Society  

Unknowns:  How  will  digital  assets  and  organizing  change  the  nonprofit  form?    
Revenue  needs?  

Digital  missions,  changing  enterprises  

Quiz:  Which  of  the  above  are  nonprofits?  

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The current state of digital civil society

Photo:  h\p://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lake_Bigeaux_houseboat.JPG  

In the social economy…

NONPROFIT  

…and in digital civil society today.

NONPROFIT

What we need to invent next
•  A spectrum of ownership rights regarding
digital data
•  New norms for respecting the rights of digital
data donors
•  New forms of governance for managing digital
data as a public good
•  Broader definitions of public benefit – both
individual and aggregated

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