Social media en social entrepeneurship (KB-16-001.06-005)

Project: EZproject

Project Details


In this research we look at the different ways social media and ict tools offer to create and build on social relations and social capital for self-organization. Due to the very broad range of possibilities, activities and tools, it is logical to assume that through social media and digital tools many forms and degrees of social capital emerge, which people invest in achieving societal goals. The objective of the research is to give insight in the origin and functioning of social networks and social capital through, and of the activation, cashing and perpetuation of these networks by citizens’ initiatives. This understanding offers tools for citizens’ initiatives to use these online ways, but also for the facilitating government to be able to relate to the varied social capital of these initiatives. Furthermore, it offers tools for network organizations (such as community work) to support, educate and participate networks when necessary and appropriate. In addition, this project also aims to explore social media as a research method, particularly the possibilities and added value of a multidisciplinary approach. In summary, this research includes literature study, exploratory study, case study, a methodological exploration and activities of network building for a follow up.

Effective start/end date1/01/1331/12/15


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