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

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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
    Internet address

    Keywords

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

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