NEMODE Community Meeting

Significant themes for NEMODE research, London School of Economics

July 2013

The 2nd NEMODE Community Meeting took place on the 1st and 2nd of July 2013 at the London School of Economics with keynote speakers from Gartner and IBM with updates from academics funded under New Economic Models initiatives.

NEMODE is a network project funded under the Research Councils UK (RCUK)’s Digital Economy (DE) research programme. The objective is to develop a community of academics and practitioners seeking to research the potential for new economic models emerging from digital technologies. The project, which began in April 2012, has funding of £1.5 million over the next three years.

The project aims to inform policy on issues pertaining to the digital economy and engage with SMEs to stimulate new ideas and the creation of new markets. NEMODE will also inform business sectors and large companies about the changes necessary to enable them to take advantage of the opportunities created by digital technologies.

In preparation for the Community Meeting, delegates were asked to give some thought to the question, “What are the 3 most significant themes that NEMODE research should address?” Before the meeting, all attending delegates were invited to take part in a remote, online study where they arranged the themes submitted by their peers into groups. This grouping information, combined with some simple ICT techniques, allowed the planned breakout sessions to be structured and community led. The process was designed to be transparent, open, democratic, remote where possible and also maximise use of delegate time

On day one delegates heard updates on the progress of projects NEMODE has funded to date and saw presentations from sister projects funded by NEMinDE.

Day two was dedicated to proposing potential research in the NEMODE area (the NEMODE research landscape) and determining associated research questions, using the themes and thematic groups developed by the community in the crowdsourcing performed beforehand.

The following pages describe both the resulting NEMODE research landscape and the process by which it was developed by the community.

The ICT methods, clustering algorithms and associated support were provided by the EPSRC funded ‘ICT Perspectives’ project. We would like to very gratefully acknowledge support from both the RCUK Digital Economy and EPSRC through grants EP/K003542/1 and EP/I038845/1.

For further information please please contact Prof Mike Chantler on m.j.chantler(at) or Prof Roger Maull on R.S.Maull(at)

Grouped Research Topics

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Orange Group: Social Resilience and Entrepreneurship

Research Question #1:

How do we use ICTs to build social resilience?
How can we improve the digital community’s ability to grow and overcome risks of for example exclusions of the elderly/poor? As new economies develop there is an increasing risk of exclusion becoming worse.

Research Question #2:

How can we use ICTs to support a portfolio economy?
The nature of work is changing dramatically with individuals increasingly engaging in temporary, part time or transitory jobs both in the paid and voluntary sectors. How can we facilitate the formation of a 2-sided individual or home centred economy to provide new opportunities for entrepreneurship, micro entrepreneurship and portfolio careers? ICTs could also be used to generate business and employment opportunities in addition to reducing the social challenges that may result from a portfolio economy such as lack of social ties and support provided by colleagues and organisations.

Research Question #3:

How can ICTs bridge international economic divisions?
Could new ICT-fuelled economic models that have emerged in the digital economy be used across countries to "leap frog" into new business/economies?
E.g. Vodafone's M-Pesa in Kenya.

Raconteur Name:
Roger Cliffe

Group Members:
Roger Cliffe
Vili Lehdonvirta
Yonca Ersen
Rhian Silvestro
Navonil Mustafee
David Lopez-Berzosa
Elizabeth Daniel
Jaywant Singh
Joe Cox
Anita Greenhill

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