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Welcome to SciCafe 2.0 - The European Observatory for Crowd-Sourcing

SciCafe2.0 will deploy different methodologies for participative engagement and crowd sourcing by way of experiments to evaluate approaches. This will promote sharing of the resulting insights as to the best situated models for participative engagement and leadership so as to mobilise collective intelligence. It will interactively encourage both off-line and on-line methodologies, connecting the virtual framework to local communities; providing a shared knowledge base with an invitational and customisable interface, to promote the involvement of real communities facing real problems; fostering the emergence of collective knowledge and co-creative consensus seeking towards the co-development of responsible solutions that remain responsive to pressing and complex societal issues.

SciCafe2.0 Experimentoria will support the execution of experiments following up different participative engagement approaches on real prototypical cases. It will analyse the results based on a framework of metrics and KPIs including efficacy and conclusivity of the engagement protocols, channels, models etc. The SciCafe2.0 evaluations will take into consideration the Quality-of-Experience arising from the self-expression (on/off-line) of the participants and dissemination of insights resulting from this in terms of the relative merits of alternative models and thus the best situated practice for participative engagements and crowd sourcing. For example, testing new ways to advance e-democracy: as the complexity of public decisions requires more and more the confluence of different types of knowledge (highly specialised knowledge, research results, evidence, local and contextual knowledge), exploring how best to facilitate the interplay of experts’ and citizens’ viewpoints -one of the most challenging issues of democracy.

 

User take-up and motivation (Involvement of real communities facing real problems) 

SciCafe2.0 will support various models of engagement including the peer interaction of Science Cafes, participatively engaged communities and the social “human” dimension of the discussion.  It will broaden these to include the social engagement of informed citizens of various persuasions in the virtual spaces and forums of various types on issues of interest to the stakeholders.  Involving real communities facing real problems is the essence of Science Cafés: these are run by local activists and enthusiasts with a keen interest in societal issues as they affect various communities and the world as a whole.  SciCafe2.0 will enable the participation of broader audiences and different contexts.  The motivational and invitational pull of the SciCafe2.0 from the users’ standpoint responds to their inherent need to belong and find a space for their voice and opinions to be heard, to be valued and ultimately for peer / community recognition of their creative input into the democratic consultative process and the sense of satisfaction that is attained with the opportunity for self-expression, self-actualisation, and , participating in dynamic interaction and exchange of views, sharing of insights and experiencing the social group dynamics and the influence of viewpoints in the evolution of collective insights and mutual enlightenment.

 

Social value/Social Innovation (number and type of citizens involved: young, elderly etc. -positive impact on sustainability aspects)

 

SciCafe2.0 aims to widen and deepen the reach of participative peer engagement and support the effective inclusion of greater numbers and wider categories (across ages, genders, social classes, regions) of the public to best harness collective intelligence; including both off-line and other classical forms of engagement as well as multi-modal engagement support through the SciCafe2.0 Virtual Platform. SciCafe2.0 will support consensus solution-seeking and building on social value towards socially intelligent, inclusive and cohesive innovations. It will enable the sharing of insights on how to best promote and harness participative engagement to maximise the benefit realisation in terms of collective awareness of the issues, and co-generated solutions -all of which can be enhanced through the SciCafe2.0 Observatory support for crowd sourcing and informed engaged and thus empowered citizenship – scientific citizenship.


SciCafe2.0 will thus address many important issues arising within the framework of ‘scientific citizenship’ informed by the multi-disciplinary knowledge basis of the participants from various walks of life. This enriches the insights and promotes the inter-disciplinary context-awareness of specialists. It will thus enhance the quality and relevance of discipline-specific reflections and contributions as well as the overall quality of socially informed reflective practice. For example how the interaction of different knowledge and experiences from different stakeholders should be best facilitated? How to empower citizens’ role in democratic discussion? How can the informative and consultative dimensions of participation be best balanced?

 

Multidisciplinary approach and impact (involvement of different partners from different disciplines)

 
The SciCafe2.0 Consortium brings together the multi-disciplinary expertise of Partners’ institutions including ICT and intelligent interactive media technologists, user experience designers and usability evaluation experts, social scientists, physicists, educationalists and psychologists. The project is structured to best respond to both technological and social dimensions of the challenge of supporting excellence in participative engagement and collectively informed reflective practice. Thus the impact is envisaged to cover multiple disciplines and to foster communication among specialist sectors. A variety of stakeholder groups are foreseen to benefit by adopting and adapting the SciCafe2.0 tools and the knowhow support for best situated approach for participative engagement through the SciCafe2.0 Platform and Observatory for Crowd sourcing.

 

Scalability (Capability to reach a critical mass)

The previous SciCafe2.0 project has already established a network which includes some of the SciCafe2.0 Partners who are also in contact with national networks (e.g. Italian and British Science Cafe Networks) that already encompass all their respective national Science Cafes. The involvement of other CAPS projects, ICT EIT Labs and other KICS, Network of Regions, various local authorities, NGOs and their stakeholders, universities and other public entities will contribute to a real prospect of pan-European scale exploitation of the SciCafe2.0 tools, and Observatory Services. 

Portability (to other application areas)

 

The previous SciCafe2.0 project has already established a network which includes some of the SciCafe2.0 Partners who are also in contact with national networks (e.g. Italian and British Science Cafe Networks) that already encompass all their respective national Science Cafes. The involvement of other CAPS projects, ICT EIT Labs and other KICS, Network of Regions, various local authorities, NGOs and their stakeholders, universities and other public entities will contribute to a real prospect of pan-European scale exploitation of the SciCafe2.0 tools, and Observatory Services.

 

SciCafe2.0 – A European Support Agency for Deeper Informed Engagement and Participative Leadership

  • convergence of motivations for traditional Science Cafes and Crowd Sourcing
  • participative knowledge exchange/co-generation of knowledge -multi-lateral flows
  • virtual Platform, inviting and supporting citizen input to democratic decision making
  • methodologies for participative engagement/crowd-sourcing experiments
  • mobilising collective intelligence: insights into best participative engagement models
  • off/on-line methodologies connecting the virtual framework to local communities
  • providing shared knowledge base with invitational/customisable interfaces
  • promoting the involvement of real communities facing real problems
  • deepening and widening shared sense making; harvesting collective knowledge

 

Model building-testing-refinements for best practice in public engagement   

  • experimentoria of different participative engagement approaches applied to real prototypical cases: Plan-Facilitate-Evaluate-Learn-Refine
  • metrics framework and KPIs including efficacy and conclusivity of the engagement protocols, channels, models etc.
  • quality-of-Experience from self-expression (on/off-line) of participants
  • dissemination of insights on the best situated practice
  • testing new ways to advance e-participation and e-democracy given the complexity of public decisions, the confluence of different types of knowledge
  • enabling the interplay of experts’ and citizens’ viewpoints

 

Engagement of broader audiences in various contexts

  • supports the effective inclusion of greater numbers and wider categories of people -across ages, genders, social classes, regions
  • offers multi-modal engagement support through the SciCafe2.0 Virtual Platform - bridging inter-disciplinary gaps in shared understanding
  • provides collective intelligence; including both off-line and other classical forms of engagement
  • widens and deepens the reach of participative peer engagement

 

Responds to the Citizens’ Needs for

  • belonging and finding a space for opinions to be heard to be valued
  • peer/community recognition of their creative input into the democratic consultative process
  • satisfaction from opportunity for self-expression, self-actualisation
  • participating in dynamic interaction and exchange of views
  • sharing of insights and experiencing the social group dynamics
  • influence of viewpoints in collective insights/mutual enlightenment

 

SciCafe2.0 Scientific citizenship

  • multi-disciplinary knowledge of participants from various walks of life
  • enriching insights/inter-disciplinary context-awareness of specialists 

 

Enhance

  • quality and relevance of discipline-specific reflections and contributions
  • overall quality of socially informed reflective practice
  • enabling interaction of different stakeholder knowledge/experience
  • empowering citizens’ role in democratic discussion?
  • how can informative and consultative dimensions of participation be best balanced?
  • support consensus solution-seeking and building on social value towards socially intelligent, inclusive and cohesive innovations
  • share insights on how to best promote and harness participative engagement
  • max benefit realisation re collective awareness of issues + co-generated solutions
  • observatory support for crowd sourcing/informed engaged empowered citizenship
  • scientific citizenship
  • stakeholder groups benefit by adopting SciCafe2.0 tools and support