Grass­roots Radio at the Inter­net Fes­ti­val 2019

Dr Nadia Pan­ti­di, lec­tur­er at School of Applied Psy­chol­o­gy in Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Cork and co-inves­ti­ga­tor at the Grass­roots Radio Project, was invit­ed as a keynote speak­er at the Inter­net Fes­ti­val 2019 – which took place in Pisa (Italy) recent­ly – as part of the event ‘Labs of Cul­tures. Process­es, strate­gies and good prac­tices for the chal­lenges of con­tem­po­rary soci­ety’. The event was organ­ised by the Euro­pean project Cul­ture­Labs. Recipes for social inno­va­tion and pro­vid­ed an oppor­tu­ni­ty to hear direct­ly from the voic­es of inter­na­tion­al speak­ers, exam­ples, good prac­tices and cas­es of suc­cess where dig­i­tal inno­va­tion is at the ser­vice of social inno­va­tion, and par­tic­i­pa­to­ry approach­es trig­ger effec­tive paths of inclu­sion.

Nadia’s talk Dig­i­tal Futures For, With, By the Peo­ple dis­cussed cur­rent research that show­cas­es ways that dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies can be used for social good. Nadia pre­sent­ed the research con­duct­ed at the Grass­roots Radio project as a key social inno­va­tion case study high­light­ing how the RootIO tech­nol­o­gy, along­side par­tic­i­pa­to­ry research method­olo­gies, trans­forms remote rur­al com­mu­ni­ties in Roma­nia, Ire­land and Madeira by giv­ing them own­er­ship over the design of tech­nolo­gies, allow­ing them to voice their needs and val­ues, enhanc­ing media plu­ral­ism and low­er­ing the bar­ri­ers of par­tic­i­pa­tion

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