What is CATALYST?
Assembl and Imagination for People are currently involved in a European project called CATALYST (the Collective Applied Intelligence and Analytics for Social Innovation Project). CATALYST is a 2 year EU-funded project that brings together a number of actors to create a platform that supports public deliberation in complex debates.
On today’s social media platforms it is impossible for citizens and moderators to grasp the state of the debate, or know where they might best contribute to advance understanding. In other words, a lack of organization to the debate, or awareness of what other members are contributing negatively affects how important people view their contributions to be. Social media platforms are not designed for moderators or content curation to ensure people feel their views are being valued.
CATALYST is a multidisciplinary effort to tackle this problem. By bringing together different actors, the project is aiming to improve knowledge creation through ground-breaking software development, to mobilize collective intelligence for the public good and to translate awareness into behavioural change.
What is CATALYST doing?
The CATALYST project will address the limitations of existing Collective Intelligence Technology by developing collective intelligence methods and solutions to enable qualitatively more effective large-scale sensemaking and ideation capabilities for complex and controversial problems, and support subsequent actions. The CATALYST consortium will make advances towards this goal by pursuing three primary objectives:
- Scientific and technological: develop an ecosystem of innovative Collective Intelligence (CI) tools and services that supports large-scale social innovation for complex sustainability challenges, from awareness to action. It will comprise awareness, sensemaking and ideation tools as well as supporting analytics that help provide feedbacks on the process and gaps in the deliberations.
- Empirical trial: evaluate the tools and services across a range of social innovation networks, via a series of rapid iterations to ensure that theory and practice, and academics and practitioners, are in close dialogue.
- Impact and dissemination: ensure the highest impact of the project through the widest dissemination of project objectives and results (ideas and software), combined with targeted communication for specific stakeholder groups (including policymakers; software developers; innovation networks; community moderators) and through detailed attention to embedding project concepts and software within each partner’s ecosystem.