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Involving citizens and stakeholders in planning and decision making

A practical course



The Danish Board of Technology is currently preparing a training course in how to involve citizens and stakeholders in development planning and decision making. The course will include

1)      Practical introduction how to carry out a Scenario Workshop involving stakeholders in

  • ·     decision making;
  • ·     local planning;
  • ·     finding common solutions;
  • ·     dialogue about political priorities. 

2)      A broad overview of issues related to participatory processes such as

  • ·     why to involve citizens and stakeholders, what are the advantages and what are the pitfalls;
  • ·     how to navigate between citizens, stakeholders, experts and decision makers;
  • ·     when in the political process should different players be involved;
  • ·     strength and weaknesses with different dialog methods;
  • ·     how to combine different dialogue methods in a coherent planning process.

The course will address the whole decision making process from the creation of ideas in the beginning and to the final political decisions are made. Where and how in this planning process should the involvement of citizens, stakeholders, experts and politicians take place. 

The course will be framed as a Scenario Workshop to make sure that participants will get a thorough insight in the different phases that make up Scenario Workshops and other similar workshop methods. The course will be carried out as a “learning by doing” exercise combining basic practical experience with broader discussions of deliberative processes including introduction to other dialogue methods such as citizen summit.  

The course will be based on experience gained through the BaltCICA project where cities and institutions around the Baltic Sea has developed different approaches to involve citizens and stakeholders in the development of local strategies for adaptation to climate change.

Aim: to make participants capable of planning participatory processes and carrying out their own Scenario Workshop.


Who: planners, officials, practitioners, and staff from municipalities, NGOs, education  institutions and the like.

Duration: two days.

Number: 15 – 25 participants.

Price: 600 € inclusive food, hotel and written materials.

 When: 2012. The exact dates will be issued later this year. Those who have expressed their interest in the course before then will be first in line to participate. 

 Where: DBT in Copenhagen.

 Contact: project manager Søren Gram, sg@tekno.dk; +45 3345 5362


The Danish Board of Technology (DBT) is an independent institution set up by law by the Danish Parliament as an advisory body to decision makers at all levels in the society. The Ministry for Science, Technology and Development is the monitoring authority for DBT.

 DBT has developed a wide range of dialogue methodologies and is well known for its leading role to involve, spread knowledge, and build bridges between citizens, politicians and experts in the process of decision making. As an independent institution, DBT is duty bound to involve all the parties concerned (businesses, research, interest organizations, and a wide range of public decision makers) in the assessment and debate about the possibilities of technology and its consequences for the individual, society and for the environment.

 DBT is the winner of the international award for public participation 2010 for deliberative processes, creative approaches and international reach in public participation.













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