The Cafés Scientifiques provide a framework for the public to engage in a debate on current scientific issues in a more accessible setting than that of a formal lecture. Following the success of previous editions, and as part of the "Sustainable Cities" series on health, sustainability and resilience organised by La Casa Encendida and the British Council, this year's cafés focus on the response thus far to Covid-19 and the recommend response going forward. The debates revolve around examples of British and Spanish cities that are demonstrating their capacity to create better living conditions in the built space of the future.
The popularity and ubiquity of social networks has enabled a new form of decentralised online collaboration: groups of users gathering around a central theme and working together to solve problems, complete tasks and develop social connections. Groups that display such "organic collaboration" have been shown to solve tasks quicker and more accurately than other methods of crowdsourcing, and enable community action and resilience in response to different events, from casual requests to emergency response. However, engaging such groups through formal agencies risks disconnect and disengagement by destabilising motivational structures.
A recording of the talk is available on the La Casa Encendida YouTube channel.