Public Participation

The transformation will come, the only question is whether it will be by design or by disaster.  The extent of the climate crisis is  in plain sight. And the way we live and do business, has exceeded by far the ecological limits and the consequences will be borne by the next generation or nature.“

"A successful transformation to sustainability will require a fundamental change the interaction between all sectors of our society. Politics, administration, business, science and civil society will have to cooperate much more and more intensively than before." Patrizia Nanz and Lukas Kübler

If you want to develop any participation process in your organization, regionally, nationally or internationally, we are at your disposal with an experienced network.

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Climate Council Austria 2022

The Austrian National Council requested the federal government to establish a climate council. From January to June 2022, citizens from all over Austria spent six weekends actively shaping the country's climate future. This film features the many aspects of the process.

All documentation from all weekends and the final report are available online:

Filmproduction: Martin Rausch and Markus Goetsch

Wise Democracy Pattern Language

Tom Atlee, Co-Intelligence Institute, and I have developed a  collection of 96 patterns we describe as… “features or design principles that we believe would show up repeatedly in a democracy characterized by collective wisdom, as manifested in collective decisions and behaviors that generate long term broad benefits and healthy living systems, both human and natural."

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Citizen Council
Vorarlberg Model

This 9-minute video introduces the evolution (0.00-2.30) of the Citizen Council and the context it evolved in. Manfred Hellrigl PhD, former director and his team of the Office for Future Related Issues in Vorarlberg, Austria’s most western state, pioneered the field of participation and social capital. The Citizen Council (german Bürgerrat) is based on the Wisdom Council and Creative Insight Council designed by Jim Rough in the US. The middle part (2.30-4.00) highlights the Citizen Council process design which has been improved over more than a decade in and for the state of Vorarlberg and its communities. In the final third part (4.00-9.30) practitioners and researchers from Austria and Germany share their insights why the Citizen Council made its mark in the field of participation.

Filmproduction: Martin Rausch und Markus Goetsch
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Citizen Council or
Citizen Assembly

This short video describes a few differences between Citizen Councils (CC) and Citizen Assemblies (CA) and offers some advice when choosing between the two. While you could consider the Citizen Council as the agile and inexpensive form of public participation both CC and CA have their place in different contexts. We also know that there are cross pollinations. Some Citizen Assemblies are considering to use Dynamic Facilitation for enhancing the quality and creativity of the table conversatons. On a national level some institutions wanting to use the Citizen Council model are multiplying the amount of councils (e.g. 6-8 councils for one topic) to meet the standard of representation.

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Online Participation

After Minute 2.00 BBC reporter shares a story about how this online tool Polis is being used in Taiwan and by Audrey Tang, Digital Minister.

Andy Paice (London) and I use Polis as part of Citizen Assemblies or Citizen Councils.

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Citizen Council
Environmental Program 2030
organized by the Ministry for the Environment
in Germany

The german Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) developed The Integrated Environmental Plan 2030 (IUP). The key challenge was to design policies that promote an ecologically viable and substainable future. For this process they involved the public by organizing 6 Civic Councils/Citizen Councils (Bürgerräte) and 6 public evening events called Civic Enviromental Forums in which the Civic Councils presented their findings which were further elaborated with a larger group of people. The results are summoned in the report titled "The Integrated Environmental Plan 2030". This film covers the overall process including the Online Council and the Online Environmental Forums.

Filmproduction: Martin Rausch
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Dynamic Facilitation

Jim Rough, creator of Dynamic Facilitation, Tom Atlee, Co-Intelligence Institue, Ned Crosby, creator of Citizen Juries, explain how Dyanmic Facilitation and the Wisdom Council Process work. Dynamic Facilitation is considered the „magic sauce“ or the agile facilitation method because of its efficiency to draw out the emotions and the creativity of its participants.

For training or facilitation services