"Be the change you wish to see in the world". (Mahatma Gandhi)
The Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation (CAPS) are ICT systems leveraging the emerging "network effect" by combining:
The objective is to create awareness of problems and possible solutions requesting collective efforts, enabling new forms of social innovation.
The Collective Awareness Platforms are expected to support environmentally aware, grassroots processes and practices to share knowledge, to achieve changes in lifestyle, production and consumption patterns, and to set up more participatory democratic processes.
Although there is consensus about the global span of the sustainability problems that are affecting our current society, including the economic models and the environment, there is little awareness of the role that each and every one of us can play to ease such problems.
Such platforms can have very concrete impacts, for instance in empowering and motivating citizens to make informed decisions as consumers, or in fostering collective environmentally-savvy behavioural changes and a more direct democratic participation. Concrete examples of technical functionalities include:
To implement this vision, a second call for proposals was launched in 2014 with a total budget of 37 million euro.
To find out about the projects that have been funded under the first call, please check the ongoing projects.
Additional information can be found at the following sites: