1. Social Innovation with "CreateHere"
 While there are many pockets of social innovation around the world, the results of these efforts are mainly local. How might we connect these localized nodes of action and scale up social innovation in order to (1) to diffuse and improve upon process models for social innovation and (2) to recruit and train more people in becoming social innovators?  Goals for this project include using dynamic social network analysis (SNA) s/w tools to capture and interpret the “buzz” around social innovation in (3) identifying and/or constructing methods of analyzing/replicating/scaling identified transformative social innovations and also potentially building policy platforms from the analysis of social innovation; and (4) visualizing these pockets and finding ways to broker new connections. This can take the form of intervening to 'glue' them together, rather than build some new structural element with the idea that once contexts are threaded together successfully new structures will emerge to support it.
In this project we will work with "CreateHere", a group of Chattanooga residents and new recruits working for arts, economic, and cultural development, unified by the belief that place-making and connectivity are the source of innovation. 
Contact: Chris Miller
Oktay Guel
Charisse Bennett
Wolfgang Machur
Kyle Averack
Krista Siniscarco
Massimo Menichinelli

2. Coolfarming YouApp

Based on one of the COINs seminar projects of last year, the goal of the project is to further develop and grow the user community of YouApp. YouApp is a community-building platform integrated into Facebook. It addresses patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD; including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) and their primary caregivers by connecting them on Facebook. YouApp does this in two ways: It shows the user - patient or caregiver - how they fit in, by displaying their social network and how they are embedded in it. Second, it allows users to find and make new friends on Facebook who share similar interests and concerns.  While a first prototype has been developed, much development work still remains to be done. The second, and even bigger challenge, is to recruit and nurture a user community of YouApp users, who will use it to find friends and hang out in this virtual community.
Contact: George Dellal/Peter Gloor
Stephan Bartmann
Simon Höller
Karthik Budigere
Yechiel Engelhard
Colleen Heine
Jose Pacheco
Jermain Kaminski

3. & 4. Creating GalaxyIndex

The goal of this project is to create an index about the big megatrends of humanity: nutrition, energy, communication, and health. Using the Condor coolhunting tools, this project strives to create four indices similar to Dow Jones, S&P, or NASDAQ, also including volatility information such as the VIX that track consumer sentiment and latest research developments in these four areas. Towards that goal, different information sources such as Wikipedia, Twitter, Blogs, and scientific paper collections should be continuously collected and tracked to define, develop, and maintain four indices.
Contact: Peter Gloor
Artur Brylka
John Collins
Nacim Yala
Hong Zhu
Li Chen

Jiun-Shen Tchang
Kamran Babazadeh
Brian Ortega
Eike Haas
Marc August

5. Analyzing Social Movements in the 2011 Chilean Student Unrest

Using social media archives of the 2011 Chilean student unrest and dynamic social network analysis, we study how leaders and participants use social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia, and Blogs to self-organize and communicate with each other. We trace the emergence of the movement, from an early call of students to more equitable access to the countries three-class basic education and expensive semi-private university system, to an unrest infecting the entire population, with blue-collar mining and factory workers now asking for fairer access to the country's wealth derived from Chile's vast natural resources. This project is in collaboration with Universita Cattolica di Santiago de Chile.
Contact: Peter Gloor/Cristobal Garcia
Ari Dukes
Joern Heyenrath
Elisa Jara
Akash Bhatia

6. Predicting Travel Destinations from Mexico

In a joint project with online marketing agency Wannaflock and AeroMexico we identify key traveller forums similar to tripadvisor for Mexican travelers as well as public sources such as Twitter and Facebook. Based on online discussions of travelers about popular destinations we try to predict future popularity of new travel destinations, to help identify AeroMexico potential new destinations, and at what frequency and with which size plane to fly to existing destinations.
Contact: Peter Gloor/German Arellano/Nicolas Thorne
Pekka Toiminen
César Medina
Sarah Tolzmann
Giselle Rahn
Sergey Chekanskiy

7. Coolfarming COINs

The Coinsconference series brings together artists, designers, researchers, and entrepreneurs working in the collaborative innovation space. The 3rd international conference coins11 took place in Basel Sept 8-10, attended by 100 people from around the world. The goal of this project is to work with the conference participants, by tapping into their collective intelligence to shape and further develop the coins community and the future of this annual conference series.
Contact: Peter Gloor/Chris Miller/Ken Riopelle
Kai Först
Hannah Walsh
Max Koppenhoefer
Jacqueline Hershmann
Ruth Außenhofer

Analyzing Medical Innovation in Socialcast

The goal of this project is to use dynamic semantic social network analysis to better understand the evolution of  a medical research community - the C3N research project whose goal it is to build COINs among patients, doctors, researchers of  inflammatory bowel disease (IBD; including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis). We hope to be able to automatically distinguish which email discussions are developing innovative ideas from those planning Friday pizza. In particular we will be looking for key trendsetters and newly created words and abbreviations (“defining an project-specific vocabulary”) in the Socialcast archive of the C3N, speculating that it will be predictive of high innovation. Socialcast is a project-internal Facebook.

Crowdsourcing the Election of US Members of Congress
The internet and social networking have been profoundly transformative for a variety of industries: music production and distribution, retail sales, book publishing, journalism, film and television.  The same fundamental transformation has not yet occurred in the organization of the U.S. political system. The two party system remains the dominant force in U.S. politics.  The two party system in the U.S. is an organizing system that was useful in a pre-television broadcast technology era. We are now in a post-television broadcast technology era.  This proposal comes from a grass roots political organizer and proposes an internet driven movement to elect representatives to the U.S. House independently of the current two party structure. is a new and well funded initiative to use technology to elect a viable independent Presidential candidate in 2012.  The goal of this project is to define the characteristics and elements required to build a transformative independent political movement in the U.S.   Does a movement require a specific policy goal or political idea to attract supporters, or is the promise of a more productive political organizing system sufficient?

Crowdsourcing solutions for issues facing the developing world (with the use of games)
The goal of this project is to connect people to the most serious challenges facing our planet in a engaging and fun way. We do this through hosting crowdsourcing challenges that deal with issues ranging from malnutrition, access to clean water, disaster relief, and deforestation. Individuals or teams of problem-solvers will develop their best ideas and the users will be able to vote for their favorite idea. 
Users will earn their voting power by playing casual games that focus on those same serious issues. At the end of the month, which ever solution received the most votes will get a financial prize to help implement their innovation. Check for more info.
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