The Catalyst Awards shortlist wins praise from Tim Smit

With a little more than 48 hours before we announce the Catalyst Awards winners, I want to pay tribute to all of the shortlist. I said in Strange Memes & Community Innovation that "the exciting part about running the Catalyst Awards is that we don't really know what we're going to find. The web is a place where unexpected social experiments can have far reaching consequences". IMHO the shortlist lives up to these hopes, as it includes:

  • The world's first disability nightclub in Second Life
  • Social networking for young gypsy travellers, for carers of aged parents and for users & designers of disability living aids
  • The use of wikis - for young refugees and asylum seekers, and for enterprise policy makers
  • Web 2.0 sites connecting young people with politicians, the NHS with patients and carers, residents with those in power
  • X-factor voting technology being used for community decision making and consultation
  • The use of cool wireless technology (like biomapping) by socially excluded young people


There's still time to cast your vote for the People's Choice award. In the mean time, here's the Eden Project's Tim Smit (of the one of the judges) explaining that several of the projects are going to be "genuinely world changing":

See videos from many of the projects on our Catalyst Youtube channel.