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Strong involvement of Sigma Orionis in Collective awareness platforms

September 1, 2013

The domain of Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation (abbreviated in CAPS) is an emerging but promising one. The vision is that (open, non-commercially driven) ICT-based platforms can offer a powerful mean to connect together (forming communities) and to the outside world (Internet of Things) and thus:

  • To be better informed (extended awareness),
  • To more efficiently share knowledge and join forces (crowdsourcing, participatory design, collective intelligence, collective decisions),
  • To be in a better position to engage, innovate (creativity) and act, individually or collectively, namely towards societally, environmentally and economically sustainable approaches and solutions to tackle societal challenges: growth and employment, environment, climate change, health and education, inclusive societies, wellbeing, etc.

CAPS can thus boost grassroots social innovation, the importance of which is more and more widely recognized in Europe, namely in the context of Horizon 2020.

Ten CAPS projects have been selected following FP7 ICT Call 10, among which two will be coordinated by Sigma Orionis:

  • The CAP2020 support action, aiming at supporting the other projects in their “concertation” efforts and at organising an annual CAPS international conference under the aegis of the European Commission,
  • The CATALYST research project, focusing on collective intelligence and through which open tools will be developed and tested by some of the largest online communities worldwide.

The CAPS theme was first openly discussed on the occasion of the “1st Dialogue on platforms for collective awareness and action” held in Brussels in September 2011 and organized by Sigma Orionis in the framework of the PARADISO FP7 project coordinated by Sigma Orionis.

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