P2Pvalue @ #CAPS14EU
P2Pvalue poster at CAPS 2014 Conference, photo by Antonio Tapador
Why CAPS are so important?
CAPS can be described as non-commercial, open Internet platforms, connecting citizens to each other (and to the “Internet of Things” whenever necessary) and providing them with a more effective way to:
- Spontaneously adopt more sustainable behaviours and lifestyles, based on better information (extended awareness);
- Contribute to a low-carbon economy, for instance by lending, exchanging and reusing goods at scale, across geographic boundaries (collaborative consumption);
- Get facts/evidence from citizens for better decision making, at personal or institutional levels (e.g. crowdmapping);
- Develop alternative collaborative approaches to problem solving (crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, participatory design, collective intelligence, collective decisions);
- Actively engage, innovate and act, individually or collectively, 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.
Why a CAPS2014 international event?
A first round of CAPS pilots have been launched with the support of the European Commission in 2013 (following FP7 Call 10) and various CAPS initiatives have been emerging, day after day, in Europe and in other parts of the world. A second Call is foreseen within the Horizon 2020 EU research programme, opening in September 2014.
In this context of emergence and diversity, and in view of the forthcoming Call, it is important to organise an international event focusing on CAPS, in continuity with the “1st Dialogue on platforms for collective awareness and action” held at the European Commission in September 2011.
This event will provide existing projects and initiatives with an opportunity to discuss their impact, increase their visibility, develop synergies and roadmaps, and liaise with any interested stakeholders: civil society organisations, NGOs, local communities, students and hackers, academic and industrial institutions, policy makers, national agencies, new Members of the European Parliament, etc.