Dr. Petra Turkama
petra.turkama (at) aalto.fi
CONCORD is the Facilitation and Support action for the EU-funded Future Internet Public-Private Partnerships (FI PPP) programme. CONCORD supports the European Commission in implementing a coherent FI PPP programme in a way that makes it more than the sum of its 10 constituent projects. Concord proposes and coordinates cross-project activities. CONCORD advocates fair, open and inclusive processes for the supported parties to achieve commonly agreed—or sometimes divergent—goals. CONCORD advances an open and transparent decision-making mechanism and a collaborative environment, where all the projects are in a systematic manner contributing to, and accountable for, their contributions towards the success of the FI PPP programme as a whole. CONCORD facilitates knowledge transfer and co-creation across projects as well as with related external groups. It further supports the projects in developing guidelines related to standardisation, legal and policy frameworks, SME and user involvement and cross-project collaboration. CONCORD addresses the identified challenges and conflicting interest within the community neutrally through structured discussions and meetings. CONCORD seeks consensus and avoids dominance through set rules for participation and interactions. CONCORD focusses on future-oriented strategic planning for FI PPP and on bringing a valuable contribution via unbiased outsider attention to FI PPP structures and processes.