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Open Participatory Engagement in Collective Awareness for REdesign of Care Services

Objective

OpenCare prototypes a community-driven model of addressing social and health care, and explore its implications at scale. It draws on three elements: advances in collective intelligence research, to lend coherence and summarize large-scale online debates; advances in digital fabrication and cheap-and-open hardware technology; and the rise of a global hacker community, willing and able to look for solutions to care problems. We explore the potential of this approach to deliver innovative, human-centric care solutions that combine the low bureaucratization and low overhead of communities with the scientific knowledge and technical skills associated to state- and market-provided professional care.

OpenCare orchestrates an open-to-all, community-driven process for addressing care issues, recruiting its participants from existing communities innovating at the edge of society (among others, hackers, artists, activists, designers). This entails the complete design cycle of sensemaking => selection of a problem-solution pair => prototype => testing => evaluation at scale; each step of the cycle will be radically open, with the debate happening online and the fabrication happening in hackerspaces and fully documented. We release open data and deploy onto them state-of-the-art analytical tools for collective intelligence: online ethnography and social network analysis. We integrate these two approaches into a semantic edges analysis approach.

We expect two main types of impact. The first: contributing to a better understanding of how to deploy the collective intelligence of smart communities onto sustainability problems. The second: contributing to the debate on reforming care provision in Europe by exploring how community-driven care services might integrate in the existing European care policy landscape.

OpenCare is delivered by a diverse consortium drawn from Europe’s best universities and the grassroots hacker community.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE DE BORDEAUX
Address
Place Pey Berland 35
33000 Bordeaux
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 280 638,75

Participants (5)

EDGERYDERS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 288 750
Address
Blue Cedar The Rise
SO42 7SJ Brockenhurst Hampshire
Activity type
Other
WEMAKE S.R.L.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 355 875
Address
Via Stefanardo Da Vimercate 27/5
20128 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STIFTELSEN FOR EKONOMISK-HISTORIK OCH FORETAGSHISTORISK FORSKNING
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 139 250
Address
Handelshogskolan I Stockholm Box 6501
113 83 Stockholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
SCIMPULSE FOUNDATION
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 353 800
Address
Johan Ruytersdreef 30
6132 TJ Sittard
Activity type
Research Organisations
COMUNE DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 170 250
Address
Piazza Della Scala 2
20121 Milano
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)