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Common Good First pilot identified community projects in Glasgow and the Gauteng province in South Africa which could be brought to life through video, social media, the web and digital storytelling tools. 

Project Description

A number of the initiatives focused on youth and education were selected for the pilot.

Project Aims

Common Good First aims to create a community-driven global network which is a digital exchange of grassroots solutions to pressing social problems both in the UK and around the world. Firstly the project is promoting the projects online and then to investigating how academic networks could input innovative approaches to social change in response to the challenges the projects are facing. The platform will draw on the expertise of academics working in cross-disciplinary teams, who will compare and evaluate these community solutions and offer research opportunities, real-world examples of social innovation for learning and teaching across the University and practical opportunities for student engagement. The Common Good First team aims to work with additional projects with a focus on housing and environment (including water and sanitation) and health and wellbeing (including food security), and to establish a global digital platform acting as a connected, rigorously evaluated digital knowledge bank of current solutions to global problems.

GCU Department:
Digital Collaboration
Project Location:
Glasgow and Gauteng province in South Africa
Project budget: N/A
Project with: The project is with the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and the Social Economy at the University of Johannesburg and is for various community organisations in Glasgow and South Africa
Timespan of involvement: Pilot was 6 months. Project has now been launched
Number of GCU Students: 0
Number of GCU Staff: 0
Modes of Engagement: Online
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