With the aim to develop an independent platform for innovation and research, CAF supports and carries out a range of transversal projects. Focused on cosmopolitan dialogue, sciences, citizenship, community development, and social impact, these initiatives are possible thanks to the common efforts of collaborative networks. These involve universities, foundations, think tanks, and other institutions, but also independent thinkers and participants.
The New Social Contract for the 21st Century, a project by Maysoun Douas in collaboration with the Common Action Forum, discusses the conflicts of a continually changing present.
In this first series, we have focused on democratic processes, bringing together important actors from our political and social scene. Manuela Carmena, Fernando Mayor Zaragoza, Ana Sáenz De Miera, José María Lassalle and Andrés Ordóñez reflect on the political landscape and how citizens can shape or already are enacting change. This dialogue remains open to all perspectives and new approaches, which we hope to continue in future renditions of The New Social Contract for the 21st Century.
SYMUN – Spain Youth Model United Nations
Spain Youth Model United Nations (SYMUN) is a project co-organized by the Common Action Forum and the United Nations and International Law Association (ANUDI) at Carlos III University of Madrid. It aims to empower young students, to bring them closer to public institutions, to foster their critical thinking, to promote sustainable values and to enhance dialogue and cooperation as a means to confront contemporary challenges.
The Common Action Tribunal (CAT) is an initiative for dialogue and ethical deliberation that functions as a complement to the forums of ideas held annually by CAF. With a critical and pedagogical character, its vocation is to make phenomena of interest to the international community visible, proposing an ethical roadmap to address the structural problems, asymmetries and contradictions that affect global citizenship. It focuses especially on the new forms of violation of universal and fundamental rights, which consequently require new analytical, prospective and pluralistic elaborations.
The Refugees Map is an interactive tool intended to empower and optimize transnational actions against the current migration crisis. Based on a crowd-sourcing platform, it is designed for organizations, media and volunteers assisting refugees around the world. It is easy to use and features an intuitive user interface.
CAPITAL FLIGHT CONVENTION – Prevention and Sanction
Recent special investigations and leaks referred to as «The Panama Papers» and «The Paradise Papers», have revealed the indisputable criminal behavior of those who open accounts and store profits in so-called «tax havens,» as well as have exposed those governments and financial entities that facilitate and accept such transfers and deposits. This conduct undermines the public’s rights to ownership of their own resources, including natural resources, as established in Article 1.2 of both the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966), and the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (1976).
Under the leadership of our member Eduardo Barcesat, CAF provides these governments and social organizations with a proposal of international convention registered at the UNCTAD and UNASUR.
An experience where citizens around the globe can learn to appreciate the importance of protecting the night from light pollution. We are creating a spectrometer for mobile phones, enabling us to perform both qualitative and quantitative measures of light pollution. A game experience will allow users to scout cities around the world and collect light during the night. We will compare which of these cities is the most light polluted one. Octal is part of CAF’s digital citizenship platform and is partially funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 through the Stars4All initiative.
ONTAG – Linked Data Journalism
Ontag aims to expand the scope of journalistic articles using linked data and ontologies. Our goal is to create live articles that can evolve as data evolve.
LiQen is a project employing an online platform that identifies socio-environmental sensibilities, allowing citizens to report problems such as pollution (acoustic, atmospheric, visual and residual…) and misuse of urban equipment or public spaces.
A mobile app will communicate and map environmental conflicts in the city, adding crowd-sourced data to local open databases, providing the ability to amend, edit or replace already existing data. As an important innovation, citizens will receive real-time feedback to ascertain if the information collected already exists in the database. Apart from encouraging community participation in improving the quality of their localities, the platform will help in generating guidelines for optimal use and occupation of urban space, examining social habits and geo-ecological specificities to leverage better policy-making.
FAVELADO 2.0 – Building hacks for the future
Young people hold society’s future, and we should be very strong advocates of their education and ensure equal opportunities to access it. The GatoMÍDIA project wants to empower youths from depressed economic environments in Brazil by breaking down technologies barriers. CAF joined this initiative that hosted in March a residency on Media and Technology: Favelado 2.0 – Construindo Gambiarras para o Futuro (Slum Dweller 2.0 – Building Hacks for the Future). During two weeks, twenty selected youths partook in debates on the following topics: photography 2.0, script for programs on YouTube, creative text construction, activism on the web, collaborative coverage, social media, creativity 2.0, fanzine 2.0, hacking Facebook, project elaboration and undertaking ideas.
Common Action Forum is a partner of the 19 Million Project, an alliance of journalists, coders, designers, digital strategists, and global citizens from all over the world. This partnership comes together to drive global action to address the spiraling migration crisis of the estimated 19 million people a year who are forced to flee their countries and risk their lives as they attempt to escape persecution, conflict and war.