CollectiveUP - Belgium

CollectiveUP (CU) is a social enterprise that conducts research to create methods and technologies for social impact, that benefit individuals and collectives, including families, schools, youth organizations, networks and associations, companies (both in the profit and non-profit sector), regions (neighborhoods, cities, and municipalities), and society in general. CollectiveUP currently runs 3 EU-funded projects in the branch of education and is composed of 3 paid staff members, 3 board members, and 15 self-employed professionals; and it counts with the active support and partnership of 25 organizations and 4 cities. The main goal of CollectiveUP is to support the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and it follows the slogan ‘no one is left behind’, via 2 streams of work: the Digital and Social - leaving no one behind digitally and socially.

CollectiveUP’s social work is built around inclusion and diversity and has 8 focus areas:

  1. The creation, use, and dissemination of collaborative methods and processes.
  2. The support and advocacy for inclusion of the disadvantaged population in all the areas of our society and our democracy.
  3. Advocacy, talks, workshops, and training around decentralized and distributed collective decision-making. Citizens participation.
  4. Gender balance with man/woman as partners, supporting each other.
  5. Intergenerational work and dialogues for peacebuilding.
  6. Consultancy and advice around diversity and inclusion.
  7. Incubation, support, and community building for peer-to-peer and self-directed learning.
  8. Organization of online/offline social impact events and training.

CollectiveUP’s digital work is built around responsible practices, and has 6 focus areas:

  1. The creation of tech/digital tools that follow the principles of ethics-by-design that include privacy-by-design, and society/human-centered design.
  2. The creation of online communities that support the transformational work of our partners and our projects.
  3. Teaching and speaking about technologies with a focus on tech for social good/impact.
  4. Consultancy and advice that guides teams to create digitally inclusive experiences and platforms.
  5. Incubation and support of peer-to-peer and democracy technology projects.
  6. Organization of online/offline events for next-generation technologies and their impact.

CollectiveUP uses methodologies such as, but not limited to, gamification, design thinking, kanban, community mastery board, game-shifting board, time management, scaffolding, agile project management, agile learning, scrum, sociocracy, etc. CollectiveUP uses technologies such as, but not limited to, games, web applications, swarm intelligence, artificial intelligence, distributed technologies, smart technologies, Internet of Things, cybersecurity, virtual reality, data analysis.

CollectiveUP’s activities contribute most actively to the achievement of SDG3 (good health and well-being), SDG4 (quality education), SDG5 (gender equality), SDG9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), SDG10 (reduced inequalities), SDG11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG12 (responsible consumption and production), SDG13 (climate action), SDG16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) and SDG17 (partnership for the goals).

Get in touch with the founder, Liliana Carrillo on Linkedin or via email ( ).