Why people think what they think? Do we question ourselves our thoughts and values enough? How do we europeans compare in regard to our values and beliefs? Are we close, far? WikiValues is a repository of values backed by arguments so we can develop better informed opinions in collaboration.
Madrid, Spain, Copenhague, Denmark, Cologne, Germany
The European dream is only halfway through: We have a common currency, we can circulate freely… businesses have benefited greatly about this, but what about individuals? At the citizen level languages are a clear cultural barrier; we still have a very strong country-identity that makes us feel that we are more different and far apart than we really are. We think that we are much closer than we think we are: we only need to be able to see it.
Being able to check what people and organizations in other places of Europe think about important issues, and why, will empower us to understand their reasons and motivations, see things from new perspectives, empathize with other’s views and ultimately be closer to each other .These are the building blocks to knowing and accepting your neighbours.
To become a non-partisan, objective, and community moderated reference place for when people wants to get informed about a given issue, or question their own beliefs and values. A place where people go to get the facts about an issue so they can form their opinion.
To articulate a community of people and organizations that states their values and opinions about the issues they care about, and document why they think what they do. To create a tool that serves to archive your own belief system.
Our aim is that people become more reflexive on why they think what they think, and help them with tools to do it.
Research about belief systems, people’s motivations and stops to share values and opinions
Build the tool: for web and mobile, the development and code will be open
Develop community: by working key themes (to be defined) to kickstart activity, and by integrating organizations and media in as many EU countries as possible
Offer an API so any other service can consume data produced (values, opinions and arguments) to build upon.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe