CAPS2014: Drawing Collective Awareness Platforms

CAPS2020 and the Cartoon Movement are joining forces to explore perspectives on CAPS (Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation) in view of CAPS2014, the first international event on CAPS (Brussels, July 1-2 2014). The event is free, but registration through the website is compulsory.

CAPS can be described as non-commercial, open Internet platforms, connecting citizens to each other (and to the “Internet of Things” whenever necessary) and providing them with a more effective way to:

-Spontaneously adopt more sustainable behaviours and lifestyles, based on better information (extended awareness).

-Contribute to a low-carbon economy, for instance by lending, exchanging and reusing goods at scale, across geographic boundaries (collaborative consumption).

-Get facts/evidence from citizens for better decision making, at personal or institutional levels (e.g. crowdmapping).

-Develop alternative collaborative approaches to problem solving (crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, participatory design, collective intelligence, collective decisions).

-Actively engage, innovate and act, individually or collectively, towards societally, environmentally and economically sustainable approaches and solutions to tackle societal challenges: growth and employment, environment, climate change, health and education, inclusive societies, wellbeing, etc.

Between May 27 and June 24 we are inviting comic artists and cartoonists to reflect on CAPS as a whole, contribute to their definition and spread awareness around the topic.

Cartoon Movement is a community of political cartoonists that brings together over 250 artists from more than 80 countries. The movement publishes cartoons and comics journalism on a range of international issues, and defends the right of cartoonists to express themselves without fear of censorship or retaliation. ‏CAPS2020 is a European funded project coordinated by Sigma Orionis and dedicated to the organization of annual events on CAPS.

In the run up to CAPS2014, we invite you to challenge the power and the format of online engagement, to offer ideas for social innovation and for a more sustainable world, to turn the reflector on all the societal challenges still to be solved and to reflect on citizen engagement. We welcome cartoons and comics that touch upon any of these issues.

The competition has ended. The cartoons that were selected can be seen at the bottom of this page.