Model & Tools



The DC4DM project aims to develop a new educational model and a set of tools to support the training of Digital Maturity Enablers, new professional figures able to master responsibly emerging digital technologies.

Digital Maturity Enablers have the ability to drive companies in an ever-changing digital scenario to achieve Digital Maturity, that is a measure of an individual or organisation’s ability to create value through digital solutions, usually a predictor of success for companies launching a digital transformation.

Digital Maturity Enablers possess Digital Creative Abilities (DCAs): Cognitive, Digital, Cross-functional Team, Strategic Vision. Such DCAs would help Digital Maturity Enablers to navigate disruption, make sense of complexity, and deal with uncertainty to envisage the medium and longer-term futures (5-15 years) of social and technology environments (Joern Bühring and Jeanne Liedtka, Embracing systematic futures thinking at the intersection of Strategic Planning, Foresight and Design, 2018).

These DCAs are useful to face the ongoing digital transformation. They include not only a broad range of skills (cognitive, social, emotional, etc.), but also disciplinary and procedural knowledge, attitudes and values that can guide a person to face the complexity of today and tomorrow’s challenges.

To discover more about how to develop the DCAs, download DM Toolkit Guidelines.

To envision new future scenarios reflecting on the possible applications of digital technologies and anticipating the potential implications they might have on the societal, environmental, economic and political levels, the DC4DM model adopts the Design Futures process by integrating Futures Thinking (FT) and Design Thinking methods.

The DC4DM model is based on three sequential phases. The first one, PRE-PROCESS, concerns the training of those knowledge and skills that are propaedeutic for the DM Enabler to go through the whole process; basically, this phase aims to develop the DCAs described above. The second phase, PROCESS, is based on a divergent-convergent Future Design Thinking approach; this phase aims to guide the DM Enabler through the design of new digital solutions with a projection toward future. POST-PROCESS, the third and final phase, consists in supporting the DM Enabler in iterating and continuing to add value to their abilities and/or organisation.

To discover more about the PROCESS structure and proposed methods and tools, read the DM Toolkit Guidelines.


At the end of the project you will be able to navigate the DC4DM EDUbox and other intellectual outputs through the map below. All materials will be open-source so that our DM Community will be able to apply the DC4DM method in their learning context and help us out in improving and evolving, exactly how digital technologies do!


the DC4DM model


the DC4DM language


Get inspired by
the DC4DM community


Apply the DC4DM
training session

Learn the DC4DM

the DC4DM ethos


The DM Toolkit is a practical guide and pathway towars Digital Maturity. It includes a set of methods and tools that can serve different learning setting (from HE to business environments). The DM Toolkit consists in the Guidelines that help to go through the three phases of the DC4DM model, Pre-process, Process and Post-Process, and
understand its parts. Also, the DM Toolkit is accessible through a Miro Miroverse board
where both educators and learners can find further instructions and download tools.


The DM Vocabulary aims to build a shared knowledge for working with emerging digital technologies. It consists in a list of terms and definitions that would allow the Digital Maturity Enabler to become more knowledgeable on digital technologies and future thinking approach.
The DM Vocabulary is also integrated Gallery, a set of case studies and best practices that serve to inspire and ignite critical reflection.


The DM Pills are short video interviews to experts and contributors from Universities, SMEs and startups in Europe with the aim of collecting different points of view, experiences and best practices on digital maturity, digital creativity and education.
The DM Pills will be available soon through our DC4DM Youtube channel.


A practical guide for supporting educators in organizing an intensive Learning Lab for their students. It is presented in two main parts: the first is an online guide explaining the keys to success in applying the DC4DM model advising on how to select the actors, how to create active teams, how to manage logistics and facilitation techniques and so on.
The second is a template that allows to prepare an actual action plan and tick all boxes in preparation of the educational workshop.  Teachers can refer to the format for guidance before, during and after the training.


Are you an educator? Would you like to train the next generation of Digital Maturity Enablers?
Through this Massive Open Online Course called “Digital Creativity for developing Digital Maturity Future Skills” you will acquire the fundamental elements of the DC4DM model and the toolbox to guide your students in becoming experts who strategically envision future digital scenarios and solutions in a sustainable, ethical and strategic way.


The Open Book for Digital Creatives allows the learner, the educator and the entrepreneur to get a general idea on what Digital Creativity for Digital Maturity means and suggests how to continue to learn and apply the model and tools through further outputs gathered in the DC4DM Edu Box online. It aims to inspire new ideas, conversations, and experiments among those who are curious to take part in the DC4DM movement and wish to develop their digital creativity.