The Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation (CAPS) initiative pioneers new models to create awareness of emerging sustainability challenges and of the role that each and every one of us can play to ease them through collective action.

The CAPS initiative aims at designing and piloting online platforms to create awareness on sustainability problems and putting in place collective solutions. It fosters collaborative solutions based on networks (of people, of ideas, of sensors), enabling new forms of digital social innovation.

CAPS are expected to support environmentally aware, grassroots processes and practices enabling citizens to share knowledge; make better informed decisions as consumers; nudge collective environmentally-savvy behavioural changes, and set up more participatory democratic processes.

Concrete examples of emerging areas include: (1) Open Democracy: enabling citizens' participation in democratic processes by developing and applying new tools (e.g. voting, online consultation); (2) Open Policy Making: better decision making based on open data; (3) Collaborative Economy: lending, exchange, swapping made to operate at scale; (4) Collaborative Making: developing new ways of manufacturing; (5) Collaborative Consumption: rethinking consumerism; (6) Environmental action: collectively acting to save the planet and (7) New Collaborative approaches to inclusion, agriculture, health, disaster management

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