Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation – CAPS – EC-Connect

CAPS Info Day – the CAPS – Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation   report CAPS 2015:   

This was the invitation for CAPS 2016:  CAPS

CAPS 2016 was a side-event of the EUROPEAN CITIZEN SCIENCE CONFERENCE (ECSA) – see the blog-report:

CAPS stands for Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation. It is an initiative launched by DG CONNECT of the European Commission in 2013 aimed at stimulating socially innovative applications of network technologies, building collective intelligence and collective action.

This event aims at bringing together old and new CAPS projects, discussing ideas for the next workprogramme, defining clusters of projects, and ultimately establishing a working community of innovation entities that will actively cooperate with the EC on Digital Social Innovation over the coming years.

The venue is chosen because of the vibrant community of social innovators present in Berlin and the date is just before the European Citizen Science conference , which includes a panel on the importance of citizen engagement and collective intelligence seen from the bottom-up CAPS perspective of ‘awareness, data, actionable change and innovation’.

The community meeting is mainly for the 36 CAPS projects to meet each other and their project officers, but it is also open to any external participant interesting in gathering knowledge about the current developments and interacting first-hand the current CAPS activities, from peer to peer.

This is an event organized by the European Commission. Participation is free of monetary charge – but you need to bring ideas.

We focus here on this OPEN FORUM blog on the harvesting final session:

16:00 Harvesting Ideas II (Magic roundtable style): empowering participants to share their ideas for collaboration or future research activities by sharing and gifting “time” from other fellows, as a form of encouragement and to manifest interest.


Some sections of the final report for the report CAPS 2016 can be shared on request.



Entrepreneurship Summit – Pitching/What next ?

Open Forum has been engaged at the Entrepreneurship Summit since 2010 annually in Berlin – and we are preparing presently for 2016.


Here you can find exemplary documentations: 2011: -

2015: In an Open-Space section of the Summit – “pitchers” – who learned to present their project – are invited to present their idea, innovation,  in a very concise format. Terse, in 1 or 2 Minutes they make offerings to the circle. Then in a market-place, interest is dedicated at time credits – so the group develops dynamically where the interest is and what lines of communication should be expanded and explored.

see an in INVITATION and “Rules of the Game” in German.

maybe check here and see you in October 2016: