Towards a shared understanding of ‘digital identity’ — reflecting on conversations with Doc Searls and Drummond Reed
Covering systems thinking and context, agency, hard borders, trust, trust triangles, and governance.
Whenever we contemplate human dignity and well-being, social inclusion and equity, economics, education, democratic process, peace and justice, whenever we contemplate many of the sustainable development goals and corresponding targets, we inevitably contemplate the question of human identity in the digital age.
Anyone who has worked on projects in areas such as these will vouch that questions of identity are integral to their research, their analyses, and their designs.
The term generative identity is used to refer to research and thinking and designs that prioritise psychological, sociological, and ecological health in their approach to digital identity. The interdisciplinary working group on generative identity exists to encourage such work and, by corollary, to highlight the innate dangers of approaches to digital identity that do not qualify as generative.
generative: relating to or capable of production or reproduction
generative sciences: an interdisciplinary science that explores the natural world and its complex behaviours as a generative process
regenerative: participating as nature; co-evolution of the whole system 
generative identity: approaching digital identity for psychological, sociological, and ecological health.
The generative identity working group aims to: