Socratic project is one of the selected CAPS platform to be presented in the next CAPS meeting which will be held in Berlin on 18 May 2016. Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation (CAPS) are ICT systems leveraging the emerging « network effect » by combining open online social media, distributed knowledge creation and data from real environments (« Internet of Things ») in order to create awareness of problems and possible solutions requesting collective efforts, enabling new forms of social innovation. Building on the knowledge developed within the CAPS2020 project, a new CAPS Coordination and Support action will launched soon under the Horizon 2020 framework programme.
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, in a grassroots manner.
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 emerging areas include:
Open Democracy: enabling citizens’ participation in democratic processes by developing and applying new tools (e.g. voting, online consultation)
Open Policy Making: better decision making based on open data
Collaborative Economy: lending, exchange, swapping made to operate at scale
Collaborative Making: developing new ways of manufacturing
Collaborative Consumption: rethinking consumerism
New Collaborative approaches to inclusion, agriculture, health, disaster management