[X]changing perspectives : enriching multi-stakeholder deliberation with embodiment in participatory society

P.G. Jaasma, E.J.M. Wolters, J.W. Frens, C.C.M. Hummels

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Abstract

Societal issues in cities concern many different stakeholders, all involved from different perspectives. In the context of deliberative democracy, this asks for a broad participation of stakeholders to influence and contribute to decision-making processes. We designed [X]Changing Perspectives, to explore how design might enrich deliberation with participatory sensemaking: the joint construction of meaning between individuals whereby the individuals are affected and could not have reached the constructed meaning on their own. We conducted three case studies in real life public issues with groups of 32 - 110 multi-stakeholder participants. The sessions were filmed and analysed through video analysis. Sessions revealed that enriching deliberative conversations with tangibility and visual representations contributes to a multidimensional understanding of the situation and its conflicting stakes without resulting in conflict or consensus. The physical triggers seemed to contribute to equal participation and to constructive deliberation. The visualization of conversations provides a sense of scale and reminds participants of the relativity of their conversation in light of other or unknown perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government, CeDEM 2017
EditorsNoella Edelmann, Peter Parycek
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages147-156
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-6719-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-6718-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sep 2017
Event2017 International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government CeDEM17), 17-19 May 2017, Krems, Austria - Danube University Krems, Krems, Austria
Duration: 17 May 201719 May 2017
https://www.donau-uni.ac.at/en/department/gpa/telematik/edemocracy-conference/edem/vid/23864/index.php?URL=/en/department/gpa/telematik/edemocracy-conference/23864
http://www.donau-uni.ac.at/en/department/gpa/telematik/edemocracy-conference/edem/vid/23864/index.php?URL=/en/department/gpa/telematik/edemocracy-conference/23864

Conference

Conference2017 International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government CeDEM17), 17-19 May 2017, Krems, Austria
Abbreviated titleCeDEM17
CountryAustria
CityKrems
Period17/05/1719/05/17
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Keywords

  • Component
  • Deliberative democracy
  • Design for deliberative democracy
  • Embodied sensemaking
  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration
  • Participatory sensemaking
  • Participatory society

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    Jaasma, P. G., Wolters, E. J. M., Frens, J. W., & Hummels, C. C. M. (2017). [X]changing perspectives : enriching multi-stakeholder deliberation with embodiment in participatory society. In N. Edelmann, & P. Parycek (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government, CeDEM 2017 (pp. 147-156). [8046281] Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/CeDEM.2017.31