Magdalena Jasik- IA4SI gives EU-citizens the opportunity to discover and discuss CAPS-projects
On 9th February, the IA4SI project reaches another milestone by launching its Impact4you platform. With this online tool, IA4SI will engage EU-citizens towards the CAPS projects specifically and the social innovation domain in general. While social innovation initiatives are emerging in many European countries and an increasing number of EU-citizens are nowadays involved in them, a large majority of Europeans still needs to discover these activities better.
On the impact4you platform EU-citizens will be able get to know the 8 CAPS projects by means of concise but accessible project descriptions. The first part of each description allows Europeans to learn about the aim, the objectives and the societal importance of the CAPS project. This is followed by an explanation of the tools and services developed by the project, as well as the initiatives that have been and well be initiated. The necessary information is provided to enable the finding of these online tools on the web and to inform about how one can participate in certain events organised by the CAPS. The final section details which kinds of people each CAPS project addresses.
The major novelty of the platform is its interactive nature. Impact4you invites EU citizens to assess each of the projects by answering some questions. In addition, on the Impact4you platform a dedicated forum has been created in order to allow citizens to can share their thoughts and discuss with others about the CAPS projects, the societal challenges the CAPS projects deal with or other social innovation related concerns or questions. Thanks to the provision of links and social media buttons, visitors can also share the project descriptions or other interesting information they have learned on the platform. Finally, a twitter-feed and latest news section allows visitors also to stay in touch with the latest development in the CAPS community.
In order to engage people on the platform, IA4SI will launch from February 2015 onwards online campaigns as well as organise dedicated seminars and special events regarding outputs of the CAPS projects in 2015. Follow our website to keep in touch and follow the calendar. We invite all EU-citizens, but also academics, social innovation practitioners and policy makers to already have a look at www.impact4you.eu, to start discussions or join ongoing deliberations about CAPS projects, and to spread the word about the existence of our platform to your fellow citizens.
Your opportunities on Impact4you platform
➢ Latest news – you can keep up with the coming events related to social innovation
➢ Learning more about CAPS projects and their results – Are you worried about the growing energy consumption? Would you like to track the most socially responsible companies in your area? Or would you like to suggest a topic to be taken up at the Science Cafe? Learn more about the goals, tools, services, events and the other initiatives, as well as the target groups (possibly you can also directly benefit from their services)
➢ Polling – you can vote on the projects and express your ideas
➢ Joining the community and get involved in social innovation
➢ Registration on the Forum – you can participate in the discussions about all the CAPS projects, as well as tools, services and initiatives that have been provided