The DICE Digital R&D Fund offered grants to support the delivery of ‘digital experiences’ that, among other objectives, will explore new ways of engaging audiences ©

Courtesy of Juliana Peppl

The DICE Digital R&D Fund supported the co-development and delivery of 20 Digital Experiences, co-designed by 20 pairs of organisations known as the DICE Digital Partners. 

Detailed in the DICE Digital R&D Fund - Project Portfolio booklet available for download below, the 20 initiatives were carried out between February and June 2020 and they aimed to directly serve 2,500 people by:

  • introducing and developing new technical skills for creative social entrepreneurs
  • supporting individuals to become ‘change makers’ 
  • facilitating collaboration, co-creation and dialogue between and among artists and entrepreneurs.

True to the experimental spirit of DICE, these Digital Experiences ranged in their approach and were delivered by different types of organisations in six countries. Collectively, however, they addressed economic exclusion through creativity, enterprise and social impact.

The 20 Digital Experiences were led by and for women, young people, people disabled by society, and those otherwise excluded from economic opportunity because of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender, geography or likely some combination thereof. Ultimately ‘exclusion’ was defined by the Digital Partners.

Building communities and cultural relations online

Through the DICE Digital R&D Fund, we co-designed and delivered a community of practice with all the Digital Partners. 

To that end, we provided the DICE Digital Partners with a variety of spaces to share and learn from the wealth of experience and expertise that they bring. This community is facilitated by experts in inter-cultural group dynamics, creative social enterprise and peer learning. 

We explored together how we foster values such as inclusion, connection, experimentation and co-design in online environments. 

This experience is helping us to build expertise for digital collaboration and convening, and explore what international cultural relations looks like online. 

To capture and make the most of the learning, we have also commissioned research focusing on what international cultural relations can look like online based on the Digital Experiences. When it is complete, we will link to this research from this page.