Catalyst FP7

Improving the processes involved in fostering collective intellgience

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Bruxelles
BE Belgium
Web http://catalyst-fp7.eu/
Maturity

In development

About the project Edit

CATALYST is a consortium of numerous partners with the objective of creating an ecosystem of web tools related to collective intelligence.

These tools, and an accompanying methodology, aim to simplify and augment the world's ability to use collective intelligence to solve some of our biggest challenges.

Themes

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

CATALYST will undertake technological developments aimed at radically improving collaborative knowledge creation through ground-breaking functionalities intended to mobilize collective intelligence for the public good, and will test these next generation solution in authentic, real world settings.

Within a collective intelligence spectrum ranging from Sensing to Collective Action, CATALYST focuses on contested collective intelligence, which recognises the centrality of deliberation, argumentation and public debate.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

CATALYST's testbed partners are leaders in running international social innovation online networks, providing access to very large communities of citizens concerned with social and environmental practices, sustainable lifestyle, and more participatory democratic processes. These range from young people redrafting the European constitution, to social entrepreneurs sharing insights about responsible business models, to helping citizens co-create new public policies etc.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

The tools CATALYST is developing will be accessible under a Creative Commons licence and are open source.

Tools that have already been created can be easily adapted to a multitude of sectors and uses eg. health, education, energy, urban design and economic development.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

CATALYST was launched in the context of "Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation"

What is the business model of this project? Edit

The project is being coordinated by Sigma Orionis and is being financed by the European Commission.


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