Positive Innovation Networks

Andrea Gaggioli, Giuseppe Riva

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In this contribution, we introduce the concept of Positive Innovation Networks (PINs) as a framework to understand processes of co-creation and open collaboration involved in digital social innovation. Drawing on positive psychology, an emerging field focused on the empirical investigation of optimal human functioning, we deconstruct two assets that PINs can leverage to achieve transformative social change: networked flow and positive psychological capital. Networked flow is an optimal group experience that can unlock the creative potential of a PIN by maximizing the 'we-intention' of its members. Positive psychological capital refers to the capacity of a PIN's core team to accrue and spread hope, efficacy, resilience, and optimism. We show how these positive psychological resources can be measured and developed for improving PIN performance. Finally, we summarize the key traits of PINs and illustrate them through a case study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerspectives for Digital Social Innovation to Reshape the European Welfare Systems
EditorsFabrizio Davide, Andrea Gaggioli, Gianluca Misuraca
PublisherIOS Press BV
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781643681566
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameEmerging Communication: Studies in New Technologies and Practices in Communication
ISSN (Print)1566-7677
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8349


  • collaborative innovation networks
  • digital social innovation
  • networked flow
  • positive psychological capital
  • positive psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Media Technology
  • Computer Science Applications


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